Ezra Byer, Founder of TMC
Hi there! I’m so glad you have taken a few minutes to check out this site! Real quick, let me just tell you a bit about myself. I was born in Montreal (Yes, I am a diehard Canadiens fan) and raised around eight hours north of Toronto, Ontario in a small town called Cochrane (pretty much in the middle of nowhere!). At fifteen, I moved to the Cincinnati, Ohio and remained there till I received a BA in Ministerial Studies from God’s Bible School and College and then went on to complete my Master’s Degree in Practical Theology from Ohio Christian University. I am currently working on a PhD in Philosophy, with a focus on intercultural studies, from Columbia International University.
It was during my teen years that I picked up a copy of a book entitled Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. It was a life-changing moment for me! This book placed in my heart a desire to impact the lives of people who did not know Jesus.
In May 2011, after I graduated college, I took my first pastoral position as an associate at Eastlake Community Church in Moneta, Virginia. On June 22, 2012, I married Janan Hunt. Get this, she is from the North Pole…literally…North Pole, Alaska. She loves children and has taught grades 6-8 for five years. I could not be blessed with anyone more awesome! On June 8th, 2017 we welcomed our first addition to the family, Zoey Jane. She is an incredible bundle of joy! About two years later on June 17th, Ezekiel Ron came into our lives and life got a lot more interesting! For those of our friends who always said, “Just wait…being a parent changes you!” I can now say you were definitely right!
In the fall of 2014, Janan and I packed up our belongings and moved to Scarborough, Ontario where we worked in inner city ministry for five years. The journey was extraordinary, with a lot of ups and downs. In November of 2019, my wife and I moved to Nampa, Idaho where we are in sort of a holding place and waiting on the next adventure God has for us. I love to write and have authored three books: What’s the Pointe? What Kind of God Do I Serve? and Walking with a Limp.
My passion is to help people get to know Jesus and take them deeper in their walk with God. It was out of this passion that the genesis for this site came about. Having people at a church facility on Sunday is important to me. But equally as important is seeing the truths of God’s Word that they hear on Sunday implemented into their everyday lives on Monday.
Through this site, I want to tackle the nitty-gritty questions everyday Christians face. I also want to feature the stories of believers who are modeling what it means to put their faith into action. Hopefully, it is of help to you! 🙂 Well, I guess that’s about it! I hope you enjoy the content and resources on this site and feel free to contact me below! I can’t wait to hear about how God is working in your life! – Ezra
David Hartkopf, Podcast Host
Hi, my name is David Hartkopf (BA Music Education, MM Trumpet Performance) and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Yes, I am a die-hard Detroit everything, but don’t feel sorry for me, I don’t want your pity! I have been employed at God’s Bible School and College (GBSC) since the fall of 2009 as a music faculty member and more recently as the Undergraduate Dean. In addition to my teaching/conducting/worship leading responsibilities on campus at GBSC, I have worked regularly around the Cincinnati area as a trumpet teacher, giving master-classes, and playing my trumpet professionally. I will take any gig for 50.00 or at least some good tacos!
Besides music roles, I am also an ordained minister and serve as pastor of Pine Grove United Methodist Church in Falmouth, KY. My greatest joy and passion (even above music and teachable students!) is following Christ, being a husband to my wife of 15 years, Jessica, and a dad to my three children Mallory, Emma, and Judson.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sports (especially contact ones, i.e. hockey and rugby), and running. I also love God’s Word, and have been working for several years to put longer sections and books into my long-term memory. Currently, I am also pursuing a Doctorate in Worship Studies.
James tells us that saving faith is demonstrated in good works. The Scriptures reveal that right belief and a pure heart lead to obedience in the one who truly follows Christ. We cannot follow Christ and consistently and knowingly disobey His teachings. I am passionate for believers to put down deep roots in Christ, and that those roots would lead to the type of life Jesus described in the opening of his Sermon on the Mount. More than information, I long to see deep transformation into Christlikeness among those that call themselves Christian. But that doesn’t happen by accident. Checking a church attendance box for a few hours a week does not lead to this type of transformed life. It’s for this reason I joined Ezra at the Monday Christian. I pray that our conversations our Spirit-led, and that the resources we share aid you in putting feet to what you believe about life and reality as a disciple of the Lord of History, Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace,