Smitty was born and raised in the Buckeye State, but he didn't grow up in a religious home. His family literally never went to church – which gives him a pretty unique perspective on faith. He has his Bachelors in Ministry and his Masters in Storytelling. (Yep, it’s a real degree. Seriously.) After working for a great church in the Washington, D.C. area for 8 years, Dan came home to Ohio (like Lebron) and led the amazing team of people who started Momentum.
Dan is an avid NFL, Cavs, and Buckeye fan. He loves weightlifting, photobombing, watching movies that have guns in them, and eating all foods that are Asian. He’s also a pasty-white hip-hop artist. Dan and his wifey, Shannon, have 3 young mini-me’s: Zion, Azlan, and Journey.
-In 2005 Dan made a comedy video generated 26 million hits in one year.-
In 2007 Dan was chosen as one of Cleveland Magazine's "Most Interesting People."
-In 2002 Smitty won an Ohio Hip-Hop Award and was nominated again in 2013.
Twinsburg/Macedonia Campus Ministercurtis@momentumchurch.com
In south Baltimore, Md is where this kid was raised. On the playground is where he spent most of his days. Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool often would spend time shooting b-ball outside of his school. But, in the 6th grade his friends finally convinced him that he indeed could not be the next fresh prince of Bel Air. His love for baseball took him to Milligan College where he met his wonderful wife and now they work together to raise their adventurous and brave little girl, Hadley. Working with James and Dan over an internship in 2010 helped Curtis realize how much he loved Cleveland and how he could use his story-telling to let others know how relevant Jesus’ teachings are.
Twinsburg/Macedonia Campus Minister
Part-time MoKidz Coachnicole@momentumchurch.com
Nicole was born in Maryland and had spent parts of her life in the DC Suburbs of Maryland and Virginia before deciding to “take her talents to Cleveland” in the summer of 2006. Since then Nicole has become a huge Cleveland fan and considers this city her home. Eating at the Happy Dog, going to Cavs games (there’s always next year right!), sipping coffee, and reading in Tremont are her favorite Cleveland pastimes. Children and families are something very close to Nicole’s heart and is passionate about making Sunday morning the highlight of your child’s week.
Part-time MoKidz Coach
Part-time Mo Groups Directorshannon@momentumchurch.com
Shannon Smith was raised all over the place, but will give a shout-out to Crowley, LA because that is where she spent most of high school and because the Cajuns have the best food. After graduating from Kentucky Christian University, Shannon went on to teach high school math in northern, VA – which technically makes her a nerd. Now she resides in Cleveland, OH where she enjoys great Vietnamese food at #1Pho, awesome (and cheap) ice cream at The Big Dipper, and chai tea lattes with her hot husband and three cool kids. Although Shannon wears socks on her arms, has a bandana fetish, and only has high heels in her shoe collection, she’s still allowed to lead the Mo group ministry at Momentum. She’s passionate about creating small environments that move people forward spiritually and truly believes that “Mo group is better than no group.”
*It’s no coincidence that Dan and Shannon Smith have the same last name and seem to flirt a lot. To avoid nepotism, we have arranged for any concerns about Shannon’s leadership (that already have been discussed directly with Shannon; Matthew 18:15) to be directed toward Jason Peterson, a key leader at Momentum.
Part-time Mo Groups Director
Keeping Mo organized and running smoothly is what Cortney does best! Talking with and getting to know people has always been a favorite past time for her and she loves that she can incorporate that into her administrative duties as well. She grew up on a farm in the middle of Amish country, where she really enjoyed riding horses in her spare time. She has since traded in her cowboy boots for hiking shoes to explore the Cleveland Metro Parks. She also cherishes time spent with her husband and two fur babies, Sadie and Sonny. They often take walks, watch movies and play fetch as a family. She enjoys pretending she is an artists, and loves serving as the leader of the backdrop and painting team. Her favorite backdrop to paint so far was for the Gospel According to Suess series.
Josh grew up just up the road in Mentor. He grew up on church, but didn't really take it seriously until his senior year of high school, when he decided he wanted to be a pastor. So he moved to the middle of a cornfield in Lincoln, IL to study ministry. After working at churches in Chicago and Phoenix (where he met his wide Mackenzie), Josh decided it was time to come back home to Cleveland.
If you're interested in talking to Josh, here are a list of things he likes and knows about: cooking, coffee (both drinking and making), sports, disc golf, good food (especially chicken wings), Cleveland in general, art (just looking at it, he can't make it himself), nice pens, traveling, music, and comedy. If you don't know anything about any of these things don't worry, he'll still talk to you and probably just make up stuff to contribute to the conversation.
Twinsburg-Macedonia Student Ministry Apprenticebobby@momentumchurch.com
Don’t call it a comeback, he’s planned this for years! Bobby was born and raised in the Bluegrass state and though his jeans might be a little tight, he’s a country boy at heart. He easily relates to Browns fan due to being a hard-headed Kentucky football fan and will fight anyone that talks smack! Bobby did not grow up in a Christian home, however, he became a Christian in late high school. His love for football lead him to Kentucky Christian University where he graduated and met his gorgeous wife Rachael. Rachael is at least six times smarter than Bobby and has her Masters to prove so. During school Bobby completed an internship with Momentum and after graduating he set his mind on returning to the MO-family. His hobbies are playing any and all sports, though he is only decent at football, CrossFit, hiking/camping, and long walks in downtown Cleveland.
His experience of becoming a follower of Jesus through great Christ-like role-models that deeply invested in his life, and a welcoming student ministry, lead him to want to provide the same for the younger generations. He hopes to do all that he can to move students forward to love God, love people, and make disciples that make disciples.