BCBC Leadership & Teaching Team
I absolutely love making the Bible's truth come alive for people - and I love seeing people take life-changing steps forward! My wife Melissa and I parent ten children (we adopted six through foster care), love hospitality, enjoy spending time outdoors in our beautiful Michigan community, and serving the BCBC family. I've served at Life Action Ministries as a writer and speaker, been trained at Moody Bible Institute and Liberty Seminary, had experience leading churches in Florida and Ohio, been attached to multiple ministry and humanitarian efforts in South Asia, and most of all have been impacted personally by the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
When it comes to the adventure of serving Jesus, Matthew 6:33 is the key! I'd love to meet you and hear how God is working in your life, and what your next steps might be.
I love helping people step into a deeper relationship with God, while bringing insight about human personality and relationships to Bible teaching. My passion in life is to help people thrive emotionally and spiritually, which is why serving at the church, along with my friends, is such a joy for me. I've also worked for many years as a family counselor and therapist, in addition to pastoral and ministry work.
I love great coffee and conversations, especially with my wife Debra and our four children.
My experience in music ministry began as a young boy, hand whistling for a church talent show, and grew from there! I’ve always had a love and natural bent towards music, and where better to use that gifting than to help lead God’s people in worship! My desire is that every week, when you visit BCBC, you hear the gospel, even if you miss the preaching. The music itself, and the lyrics, should communicate gospel truths clearly and soundly every week. You might also spot me with a new instrument every once in a while, it is too fun to learn new things, I can’t ever just stick to one. Currently, I am trying my hand at saxophone, but you might also find me on the bass, guitar, drums, keyboard, penny whistle, ukulele….and yes, perhaps even hand whistling.
Helping people grow and mature is what activates my passion. Whether teaching a class, training a leader, counseling a weary heart, walking with someone through the valley of grief, linking arms to achieve a goal, or enjoying a conversation with a cup of coffee, I seek to help people take the next steps in life. I’ve been privileged to be a part of the BCBC family since 1996.
Student Ministry Pastor
Ever since I was quite young, I loved being with students. In sixth grade, I told my parents that I wanted to go into student ministry, and I started pursuing that option, asking God to lead me in a different direction if that wasn't his will. He kept me on the path to Student Ministry. I graduated from high school and received my Bachelors degree in Youth Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. From there, I have been working at BCBC, and have absolutely loved sharing the love of Jesus with any students that I come into contact with, either through our student ministry or within the school systems where I coach multiple sports. I love being active, and working with students definitely keeps me on my toes in that regard. I am outgoing, and my passion is to care well for anyone that God brings across my path.
Student Ministry Coordinator
I have always had a great passion for teens and their walk in with the Lord, so immediately after graduating Moody Bible Institute, I moved to Michigan and began my job as the Student Ministry Coordinator. I believe that in today's culture, religion is challenged daily for teens and it is essential to help them build a firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. My heart and passion is to come alongside students in their walk with the Lord, equip their knowledge of God, empower their faith in Christ, and encourage them to “amplify” God’s truth in every community.
I didn’t hear about Jesus until adulthood - but I'm so glad I met Him! After beginning to follow Jesus and living out my faith, my life changed dramatically! In fact, He led me here - from the other side of the world.
I love my family - my kids, my husband Ray - sharing meals and fellowship with other people, and hearing stories about how God is changing lives. And, I like administrating and "details" - which is why I love my job at BCBC!
My goal is to add value to people around me, no matter where I am.
Connections & Children's Director
I really enjoy helping others get connected on their journey of faith!
My husband and I have been married for 15 years. We currently have four children from age 11-23yrs. We hope to add another soon, as we are in the process of adopting from South Africa.
I enjoy being in the sun either on a paddleboard or sitting with a book!