Our Staff


John Cernero

Lead Pastor

John married Kathy in 1978 and together they have four grown sons Jonathan, Jeremy, Jamie, and Joshua. John has been in full time ministry since 1975 when he graduated from Zion Bible Institute in Rhode Island. He was ordained in May of 1977. He also studied Music Education at Barrington College in Rhode Island. He has been on many missions trips including trips to Africa, Romania, Russia, and Nicaragua. John has served as an associate pastor and minister of music in the past in such places as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Indiana.

He has been the senior pastor here at Radiant Christian life since its inception in 2000. His ministries here at the church include preaching, teaching, worship leading, counseling, and missions. In his spare time he enjoys running, cooking, doing yard work, reading, and listening to / playing music.


Kathy Cernero

Associate Pastor - Director of  Women's, Missions, & Children's Ministries

Kathy grew up in Avon, IN with 3 brothers. She gave her heart to Christ at the age of 9. She felt the call into full time ministry as a teenager. She attended Zion Bible College and studied ministry. She met John at Zion and the two were married in 1978. Together they have raised 4 boys and have served at 6 different churches. Kathy has overseen the Women's ministry since the inception of Radiant and is currently over Children's Ministries and the Mission's Board as well.  Prior to full time ministry Kathy worked as a preschool teacher, school bus driver, and secretary.

For fun Kathy enjoys reading, watching movies, going to the beach, spending time with family, having lunch with her brother, and hanging out with her girlfriends.

Favorite Books:
"Return of the Prodigal Son" by Henri Nouwen
"The Divine Romance" by Gene Edwards


Dee Head

Associate Pastor

Dee is an Indiana Licensed Mental Health Counselor and an ordained minister.  She works at Radiant part-time overseeing the Hospitality ministry, Life Groups and small groups.  She has a full-time private practice called New Hope Counseling & Consulting, LLC.  She has 20+ years of experience working with individuals, marriages and families.