Our Pastors

Zach Maddox

Lead Pastor
  • zmaddox@connectionpointchurch.org
  • Call The Office – (765) 463-0956

About Zach Maddox

Zach was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
Zach went to Northern Illinois University on an ROTC scholarship and majoring in physical therapy. After working through the devotional, Experiencing God, he felt called to full time ministry and ended up at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. That’s the short story. Zach is completing a Master of Divinity with a concentration in expository preaching at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is the author of Faith, Hope, Love: A 28-Day Journey and The Resistance.
Zach, and his wife Shellie, served overseas in Khartoum, Sudan and in East Jerusalem, Israel. He has served as Lead Pastor of Connection Point Church since 2015.
Shellie is the author of Unveil Me: 21-Days of Quiet Contemplation. Zach and Shellie live in West Lafayette and have three children: Nate, Haley and Lucas.

Jim Walsh

Community Life Pastor
  • jwalsh@connectionpointchurch.org
  • Call The Office – (765) 463-0956

About Jim Walsh

Jim was born in Oxnard, California and grew up in Lima, Ohio.
In 1981 while attending Lima Technical College and working toward a computer programming degree and with aspirations of continuing onto law school, Jim sensed the call of God to full time ministry. Jim and Robin both completed their pastoral studies at Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1985 and 1984 respectively.
Jim devoted the first 25 years of his ministry years working with junior and high school students. Since 2009 Jim’s focus of ministry has been devoted to worship, discipleship and outreach.
Jim and Robin have 5 children: Torre (spouse Andrew), Shayna (spouse Andrew), Jaron, Camryn and Brady.

Zachary Rainey

Family Life Pastor
  • zrainey@connectionpointchurch.org
  • Call The Office – (765) 463-0956

About Zachary Rainey

Zack’s home town is Covington, Indiana.  As a young man, he was baptized at First Christian Church and  recognized a call to Christian ministry at First Assembly of God.  He was baptized in the Holy Spirit while attending Zion Bible institute (East Providence, Rhode Island). After graduation, he served as the children’s pastor and Christian school administrator at Valparaiso Assembly of God (Valparaiso, Indiana). He and his wife, Elizabeth, were married there.  Over the next 21 years, they taught at Full Gospel Bible Church Academy (Marion, South Dakota), pastored Covenant Assembly (of Porter County, Indiana), ministered as youth pastors at Bethel Assembly of God (Elkhart, Indiana), and pastored Kendallville Assembly of God (Kendallville, Indiana).  They have served at CPC since 2003. Zack  ministered locally as a hospice chaplain for 11 years. Zack was licensed by the Indiana District Assemblies of God in 1987 and ordained 2 years later. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Zion/Northpoint Bible College in 2011. Lizzy is an awarded artist and an x-ray technologist at a local hospital. She and Zack have two granddaughters and four adult children: Sarah (husband Chet), Zack (wife Alana), Austin, and Jayson.

Mark Whitehead

Youth Pastor
  • mwhitehead@connectionpointchurch.org
  • Call The Office – (765) 463-0956

About Mark Whitehead

Mark was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. Mark spent the first 2 years out of high school at serving at a program in Big Sandy, Texas designed to help out with natural disasters. His main focus was on Leadership and Leadership Development. After returning home to the Lafayette area he began at Purdue University.  While studying Agricultural Economics he felt the call into full time ministry. Mark then transferred to North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Youth Ministry a minor in Business. Over the next several years Mark and Ashley served as youth pastors at Living Waters Church in Salida, Colorado and at Topeka First Assembly in Topeka, Kansas. They have served as youth pastors here at Connection Point Church since January 2017. Mark and Ashley have one son, Samuel Carter.

Andrew Farmer

Creative Director & Online Campus Pastor
  • afarmer@connectionpointchurch.org
  • Call The Office – (765) 463-0956

About Andrew Farmer

Andrew was born in Greeley, Colorado and grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2010 Andrew graduated from Evangel University with a bachelor’s degree in Film.  While completing his Masters degree in 2012, he felt called to serve in his local church full time.  After a year of volunteering he was hired on staff as the Creative Arts Director of Connection Point Church.   Andrew’s wife Torre is also one of our Worship Leaders in our Sunday morning services. Andrew and Torre have three children: Drew, Kylar, and Bailey.

Eric Putman

Business, Administration & Missions Pastor
  • eputman@connectionpointchurch.org
  • Call The Office – (765) 463-0956

About Eric Putman

As a “third culture kid” for his early childhood, Eric lived in Southeast Asia nearly 9,000 miles from Indiana and experienced visiting every continent on the globe except Antarctica and Australia. (And those final two remain on his bucket list!) Time living abroad gave Eric a unique vantage point for seeing the world but the midwest was always home as ties to Iowa and Indiana were emphasized. All along the way, faith was part of the experience; “One of the great influences on my life was my father who had a genuine boldness in sharing his faith. In the workplace or in the everyday interactions in life, Dad was really good at pointing people to Jesus. In that attribute, he is my hero.” Eric’s degree from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture was put to good use in Pennsylvania before marrying the love of his life and moving to Washington, D.C. For the next seven years he worked with a non-profit organization involved in leadership and development. Prior to joining Connection Point Church, Eric enjoyed a fifteen-year fundraising career with Purdue Research Foundation working with alumni, companies and foundations all across the country. Along the way Eric and his wife Cara became proud parents of four exceptional children; Abigail, Jonathan, Rebecca and Daniel. Eric joined the staff at Connection Point in the summer of 2017 at the invitation from Pastor Zach Maddox to assist with the business and administration function and participate in the missions direction for the church — and looks forward to encouraging a similar global worldview for the next generation of 3rd culture kids!