Jack has lived on military bases all over the world, but he spent his teenage years in the Metro Detroit area. At the age of 16, he gave his life over to God. He realized that nothing could ever satisfy his soul, or forgive him of his wrongs...except Jesus. Ever since then his life has never been the same.
Jack knew that God was calling him to teach the Bible, so after high school he moved to Mississippi to pursue a B.A. in Biblical Studies and B.S. in Business Administration. While attending Blue Mountain College, he found and married the most wonderful and beautiful woman he has ever known, Courtney.
They lived in the Memphis, TN area for 6 years, where Jack served as an Associate Pastor and Youth Minister. He also received a Master of Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Eventually God started moving his heart back toward Downriver, Michigan. After spending two years as a pastor at Metro City Church (metrocitychurch.tv) God moved his heart to take his next step in life. He now gladly serves here as the lead pastor. He loves his role of following God's leadership and direction for Grace, helping to develop biblically grounded followers of Jesus.
Jack loves being a father to two rambunctious little boys and one precious little girl. He and his wife are expecting twins in December.
Jack's favorite things:
- Teaching the Bible
- Playing games and working on the house with his family
- Trying new foods with his wife
Dave and Marilyn have three grown children, eight incredibly adorable grandchildren, and the assorted grand-cat that drops in for awhile. When not building Sunday messages, his interests are making wood chips in his shop (out of which an occasional piece of furniture appears), flea-market outings with Marilyn, or repeated attempts to launch a golf ball into some semblance of controlled flight.
Counseling & Discipleship Pastor
Steve has enjoyed teaching, preaching, counseling and taking missions trips to Mexico. With the growth of the body at Grace, Steve has transitioned into a pastoral counseling and discipleship ministry. Steve and his wife, Bobbie, have five adorable grandchildren. His recreational dream is "breaking 80" in golf without breaking his back.
Worship & Community Life Pastor
Kyle and his wife, Mary, have three children, Kaitlyn, Noah and Adelyn. God continues to show him the great honor of this calling as Worship Pastor, giving him strength and energy to do His work. Kyle loves to exalt the living God in worship and getting to know people in authentic, "bare your soul" type relationships. He loves serving with a team of pastors and is thrilled to be at Grace!
Student Ministries Pastor
Loren is married to his wonderful wife, Anne (who loves working with youth too), and they have three children. Loren is learning something new about God and how to trust Him even more with the life God has given him.
Juli enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, organizing just about anything, reading a good book and giving her best to whatever God directs her to. She enjoys her role at Grace-- catching God's vision for impacting children and the community with God's love. Juli and her husband, Ryan, have one daughter, Ruby.
Lori has always had a heart for children. When she was young she loved to play with dolls, babysit and work in the children's programs at her church. The children here at Grace mean so much to her and she wants them to experience God and His love for them through the teaching of Bible stories and singing while they are in the nursery. Lori and her husband, Jonathon, have four children, Makenzie, Adelynn, Emerson and Camille.
Janelle has been working for Grace for thirteen years. She is married to Doug and has three children and one daughter-in-law; Matthew & Amanda, who live in Denver, Colorado, with Sophia and Savannah, Abigail, who is working in Asia and Jonathan, a senior at Manhattan Christian College. When not working, Janelle enjoys cooking and reading.
Assimilation & Facility Use
Building a strong family is very important to Edith. She values the time spent visiting and communicating with her four children who live in Oklahoma, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.
Three grandsons and a granddaughter bring lots of joy and smiles! Edith's passions include relationships with God and others, thrift stores, walking and reading novels written before 1940.
Website Coordinator & Design
Jessica, a native Oklahoman, has been working at Grace for three and a half years. She and her husband Richie are busy learning how to raise two children under two, Lee and Lacey. Jessica enjoys creativity and tries to implement her favorite word into all that life offers... JOY!