TRISTAN & MELANIE GRIFFIN
Co-Founder & Executive Director (Tristan)
In 2014, I moved from my home state of Texas to Ohio, and within my first few months in the Buckeye State, I met a beautiful woman from Celina, Ohio. As the story goes, she pursued me until I said yes…couldn’t keep her away from me ;). In May of 2016, we got married and moved into a little one-bedroom apartment in the Akron area. We enjoyed nearly 2 years of peace and quiet, and then our family began to grow. Scout was born in 2018. Tillie and Bingham were born in 2020, and Dawsey was born in 2022.
As for my professional life, I joke about writing a book called, “Climbing Down the Ladder.” I started as an attorney, then became a college football coach, then went into full-time ministry, and now I’m a farmer. I’d say that this was all a part of my plan, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The truth is that I’ve been trying to follow God’s lead since 2015 and that has resulted in an atypical journey.
As for Melanie's professional life, she's engaged in the most important profession of all...motherhood! She wrestles and wrangles our four children all day every day and does a darn good job of it. She's also one of the goofiest people you'll ever meet. Oh, and she loves to bake.
Everyday is quite an adventure and we’re doing our best to soak it all up.
DILLION & LAUREN THOMPSON
I (Dillon) grew up in Canton, Ohio as the youngest of six children in a homeschooling family. After high school, I attended The University of Akron where I met Lauren, though she made me pursue her for several years before she finally said yes. Today we live in West Akron with our two boys, Noah (2) and Milo (1). After graduating with a degree in Finance, I helped start a small investment holding company. The early years in my career were spent studying for financial exams, but after completing those, I now enjoy spending time reading books, playing board games with Lauren and friends, hunting, and recreating my childhood Lego collection.
I (Lauren) grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio and moved to Akron in 2011 to attend The University of Akron, where I received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. I am the oldest of nine children, consisting of three biological siblings and five siblings who were adopted through foster care. I am passionate about children and families and started my first dream job out of college at Summit County Children Services. Dillon and I first met when he joined my college small group. I may have said no to him for three years, but after he confessed his love for me on our first date and told me he wanted to marry me, there was no more denying that we were meant to be together! I switched careers to my true dream job and became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of Noah in 2020, shortly followed by Milo in 2022. I love to cook/bake, read books, play board games, and dream about the future with Dillon.
CALEB & KRISTA CLARK
I grew up near Columbus, Ohio and Krista grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio. We met at Kent State University through an on-campus ministry called Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). In 2014 we started dating and got married on the first day of 2016. We have completely opposite personalities. Krista is a peacemaker, is more outgoing, and loves being around people. I am highly introverted and people drain me.
For many years we struggled through infertility and it was tough, especially when we really wanted kids. God used that season in our lives. We bonded, grew close, and got to spend those years getting to know each other (good sides and bad sides). We have mutual hobbies like board games, hiking through nature, sports, gardening, and serving others.
Krista and I have a passion for loving children who have no one to love them. In 2022 we became foster parents. Over the past 2 years, we have had 3 kids placed with us at various times. This has been one of the most challenging, growth-inspiring, and rewarding experiences of our marriage. And if life wasn’t crazy enough, in the summer of 2023 God blessed us with a baby boy named Crew!
TIM & DIANA EAMES
Tim and Diana have 4 children living on the west side of Akron. Together they run a business consulting firm, Custom Consulting Group, and Foundation 59, a local non-profit organization that sets academic standards and provides one-on-one mentoring, and financial assistance to competitive junior golfers.