Meet Our Leaders

Jim Cross – Lay Elder

Family – Husband of Gail (1979); Father of Jeff (married to Kimi) and Matt

Hobbies – Biking, reading, watching sports, eating (😀)

Favorite Restaurant – Breakfast – Stackers; Lunch – Panera Bread; Dinner – Logan’s

Favorite place(s) I’ve traveled – Tanzania…amazing to see and experience life with believers in this part of the world!

How you met Gail – We were in the same chemistry lab section at CMU.   She claims she could not figure out how to work her buchner funnel.   I helped her….and the rest is history!   I always have wondered if she ‘really’ needed help….

Kevin Nehrt – Lay Elder

Family – Husband of Janelle (1993); Father to three children – Christa, Matthew and Makayla

Hobbies – Camping, Canoeing, Backpacking

Favorite Restaurant – Breakfast – Perkins (too bad there aren’t any around here); Lunch – Jimmy John’s; Dinner – Outback

Favorite place(s) I’ve traveled – Thailand – visiting Faith Village orphanage and seeing God’s work in the lives of these young children

How you met Janelle – I met Janelle while attending church at the Baptist Student Foundation, a campus ministry at Purdue University in Indiana

John Vander Male – Lay Elder

Family – Husband of Duffy (1982); Father of Meghan, Tim and Julie

Hobbies – Fishing – When you catch a fish, you can release it. The older I get, the more I like that concept! I have been spectacularly unsuccessful the last few years trying to grow raspberries. The birds and bugs seem to really appreciate my efforts. Hiking northern Michigan. Recently rediscovered Silver Mountain and Sturgeon River falls in Baraga County.

Favorite Restaurant – Breakfast – Big Boy; Lunch – PI’s; Dinner – Applebees

Favorite place(s) I’ve traveled – Northern Ontario – Enjoy the quiet of the Canadian wilderness

How you met Duffy – We met in Mt. Pleasant Michigan where we were both involved in a ministry to developmentally disabled adults. The ministry was a cooperative effort from many different churches in the community. It turns out that Duffy’s dad used to work for the same company that I was working for at the time we met.

TJ Marshall – Staff Member, Music and Youth Minister

Family – Husband of Andrea (2006), Dad to Chasen, Kenzee and Kaylee

Hobbies – Guitar, Reading, Coffee

Favorite Restaurant – Homecooking

Favorite place I’ve traveled – Guatemala

How you met Betsy – Went to the same church together when we were teens.

Philip Miles – Staff Member, Lead Pastor

Family – Husband of Kari (1999), Dad to Gavin, Gunner, Mayleigh and Griffin

Hobbies – Podcasts, Reading, Guitar, Cheering from the sidelines of whatever one of my kids is doing, Dreaming with my wife

Favorite Restaurant – Chick-fil-a, Shier’s

Favorite place(s) I’ve traveled – Hawaii and China

How you met Kari – We went to college together in Arlington, TX and I was won over by her amazing cartwheel abilities.

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