Helping people love and follow Jesus

what we

We believe that there exists an eternal God who is supremely powerful, knowledgeable, and Holy.

Consider this: There is a divine Creator, God, who fashioned the entire universe for His glory. However, in the beginning, mankind rebelled against God’s design, and because of that, sin and death entered into God’s perfect creation. This corruption has tainted everything in the world – it is the reason for pain, evil, and death. All who sin and commit evil are deserving of God’s just punishment, and all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard. Therefore, mankind stood condemned.

Here’s the crux of the matter: God, who created us, did not abandon us when we fell from perfection — far from it.

God became a man and dwelt among us. His name is Jesus, and, when He came to Earth, He lived a perfect life – not sinning in action or thought even once. Though He lived a perfect life, He allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross to offer His death as a substitute for our own. The punishment we all deserved, Jesus took upon Himself all at once. Being Man, He could die in our stead, since He was tempted as we are but did not stumble. Being an infinite God, His death could cover every sin. Jesus lay dead in a tomb, but on the third day, He was raised to life! It is in this resurrection that the power of God truly shines through because it proves that death was not stronger than God. After His resurrection, Jesus did not die again but ascended into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He remains today.

We have faith that by believing these things about Jesus’ saving work on the cross and confessing that He is the Lord of our lives, we too will be saved from death and raised to life as He is.

We come to believe in these truths through the power of the Holy Spirit, who indwells believers to enable them to love God, obey Him, and worship Him rightly.

our values

We laugh, we cry, and we live as a spiritual family. But we are a family with a purpose. We display and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ for the good of God’s kingdom, each other, Penn State, the surrounding community, and beyond. (1 Thessalonians 2:8; Matthew 28:19-20)

We believe God’s living word has been faithfully passed down to us. We haven’t invented anything new. We stand in awe of God’s Word and seek to handle and honor His word faithfully, and live dependent on its every word. (Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:12)

We eagerly anticipate the presence and work of God in our life, seeking to live in the rhythm of revelation and response. God reveals — we respond. We are a prayerfully dependent people expecting God to hear and act according to His good purposes. (Ephesians 6:18)

We confess that we have dishonored the image of God found in those different from ourselves. Our predisposition to sin has led to injustices opposed to God’s holy design and to divisiveness; but through the cross, Jesus has broken down every wall of hostility known to humankind. We long for our church to be one family from many nations, races, and social statuses, as it will be in the New Creation — coming together to follow Jesus in unity. God’s creativity and character is expressed in this diversity and His redemptive plan thrives on our unity. (James 3; Ephesians 2:11-22; John 17:20-23; Revelation 7:9)

We seek to be an inter-generational church where wisdom and experience of the mature is combined with the strength and zeal of the young. We have an intentional focus on investing in and partnering with college students because of the role Penn State plays in our community. (Psalm 145; 1 John 2:12-14)


Learn more about how we are pursuing the next generation by visiting The Well.

We want to come alongside people as they walk the path that God has for them. Every human being is uniquely created by God and every Christ follower is gifted by God to participate in His church. From our first meeting to sending our family throughout the world, it’s our great passion to journey with people and help them discover their design as they grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally. (1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)

God is the creator, owner, and beneficiary of every resource we have – even our bodies! He has given us time, relationships, finances, talents, skills, our town, and the world to nurture and invest in for His glory. We want to live like gardeners who wisely steward all their tools and land for a healthy and fruitful crop (Psalm 24:1, Matthew 25:21).

our staff

matt toms

lead pastor

olivia toms


paige cowing

international missions

our leadership

matt toms


mike swanson


dan roe


bryan schlake


a bit about matt

I am the husband of Olivia and father of Lily, Ned, and Eleanor! Olivia and I have lived in State College since 2007. We were part of the original launch team that started Wellspring and I have served on the Leadership Team since its inception.

I love Wellspring Church and count the time I have spent serving here as my greatest ministry adventure, full of incredible challenges and beautiful expressions of the gospel. Being a part of this church family has been such a blessing. Through Wellspring God has provided people who have been able to journey with us as we try to be real with our struggles and shortcomings and he has given us the privilege to journey with many others in brokenness that only he can heal.

Our favorite thing to do on a Sunday is to linger after the service and catch up with our Wellspring family. We also love to get out into nature, go on adventures, and eat new and interesting things. These things are only made better when we get to do them with new or old friends!

You can contact Matt at

a bit about mike

Mikala and I live in Boalsburg; she’s a State College native and I’m a transplant from Pittsburgh. I moved to State College in 2012 to serve on campus as a college minister with the CCO. In 2017, Mikala and I helped plant Wellspring. At the time, I was a part of the Wellspring staff team helping to transition the college ministry into today’s version of the Salt Co. We moved to Pittsburgh in 2017 after we got married so I could pursue a new opportunity training campus ministry staff with the CCO. After a difficult season there, we moved back in 2019, and have been at Wellspring since. We came back because we wanted to plant deep roots in a community committed to Jesus and his Kingdom.

Currently, Mikala works for Penn State as the Academic Integrity Coordinator of the College of Liberal Arts and as co-owner of Idou Coffee Co. I still serve the CCO as the Assistant Director of Training and am in the process of completing a masters in Systematic Theology + Church History.

We both hold a strong conviction that God is actively redeeming, restoring, and healing people and places through His Body + Bride, the Church. We hope to be a part of a community that longs for and anticipates the day when all things will be made new under Jesus. Until then, we wait, proclaiming His death, resurrection, ascension and session until He returns.

If we haven’t met, we would love to treat you to a cup of coffee on our porch. Send me an email at and we can work out a time.

a bit about dan

My wife, Sandy, and I started attending Wellspring Church the fall of 2018 and became members the spring of 2019. We both moved to State College separately in the mid 1980s. In 1990, God brought Sandy into my life and we were married in 1991. We have two grown daughters and just last year became grandparents!

For 30+ years, Sandy and I were members of State College Efree Church and ministered in their AWANA program, small groups, Sandy ministered in the women’s ministry and I was an elder for 8 years.

In 2017, as I approached the end of my term as an elder, we felt God saying it was time to step away from leadership for a time of renewal and redirection. Sandy and I were not sure where God was leading us, but we felt a supernatural peace as we prayed over two years for His direction. In 2018, God seemed to tell us it was time for us to leave EFree after 32 years and step out into the unknown, which ended up with God drawing us to Wellspring.

Last year, I retired from architectural practice after 43 years, and God nudged me to move back into leadership, which included moving into connection group leadership with Sandy and becoming part of the leadership team at Wellspring. Sandy and I look forward to seeing what God has in store as He leads us into the next chapter for Wellspring.

You can contact Dan at 

a bit about bryan

Hi, I’m Bryan. Over the last 15 years, it has been my joy and privilege to follow Jesus into the lives of college students at the University of Illinois, Virginia Tech, and now Penn State University. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, I moved to State College in 2012 working for Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Soon after, I became a member of the State College Efree Church. In 2014 the Lord opened a door to teach Engineering at Penn State Altoona, and this gave me new opportunities to serve Christ among PSU Altoona students and fraternity men here in State College.

In 2018 Jesus intersected my life with a beautiful godly woman from northern California. Anna and I were married in July of 2019 and she moved to State College in August of that year. We began attending Wellspring regularly towards the end of 2019 and became members in 2020. We were drawn to your passion for Jesus, unwavering commitment to God’s Word, desire for genuine relationships, and deep love for college students.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic last year, Anna and I have greatly enjoyed building friendships through our Connection groups and through leading D-groups with some amazing Wellspring students. In April we welcomed our first child and have been overwhelmed by all the love and generosity poured out on us through this community. Anna and I are excited to continue “doing life” with you this summer and serving our brothers and sisters here at Wellspring. We’re especially looking forward to cookouts with friends, block parties in our neighborhood, plenty of hikes in the woods, and maybe even a camping trip or two!

You can contact Bryan at

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