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Senior Pastor

My family: 

I have three intelligent, beautiful daughters.  Yes, I know that everyone says that about their children and I am “one of those parents.”  So keep that in mind if you ask me about my daughters – you might be there for a while as I brag on them. 

In order of birth my daughters are:  Dawn Dingman (Will), Elizabeth Bramhall (Brian) and Corinne Smith (Zach) and yes, they are all “taken!”  Dawn has two Boys, Caleb and Billy and you will often see them around the church – and they are way too comfortable in the building because it is like home to them!  I have 3 delightful extra grandchildren in my life, Nick, Noah and Natalie who have been added to the abounding love when their dads joined my family.   Dawn and Corinne live in Michigan and Elizabeth lives in Maryland.


My family of origin came from Harrison Twp., Michigan.  My four brothers and I were raised in a family business and grew up in this creative, entrepreneurial environment.  Since the family business was a marina, we worked hard even as young children in many aspects of the business.  One of the side benefits though was the opportunity to spend our days on the lake with customers and their children.  We loved to play on the marsh, fish, swim and in the winter dig tunnels through the huge snow drifts created between the boats.

My hobbies: 

I love to garden, read and craft when I have time.  Lately I occasionally garden, I read on vacation and have not crafted in …… a LONG time.  As you might expect, I enjoy water activities, but I prefer non-motorized recreation, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting and rowing.  I have rowed for several years on the Detroit River and I am looking forward to June 2018 to return to my crew!

I love walking in nature and I need to more of it, especially in the winter.  Admittedly, I am not motivated to do this alone, but I have a goal to be in hiking condition before spring 2018 so if you are looking for a partner - give me a heads up!


My favorite family tradition:

Wow, that is a tough question!!   Favorites would include eating dinner nightly with my children and have deep family discussion at the dinner table.  I loved reading to my children and grandchildren – they selected the books and they loved “sneaking” Dr. Seuss books because I hated them.  (smiley Face)  Happiest tradition was spending time at Metroparks on the weekends and Apple Tortures in the Autumn (they said it that way and we never corrected them because it was hilarious  - or at least we thought so.)

I think my daughter would say that they loved hearing their birth story each year on their birthday.  Funny that they occasionally will ask me to tell them now, even as mature adults.

Director of First Impressions

My family:  

I am the oldest of three girls and very close to my two younger sisters, who live locally with their families.  My father lives in a little town just north of Reed City, my mother passed away in 2003, but I have been blessed to have my father’s companion in my life for the past 12 years.   I have been married to Ron for over 30 years and we have two children, Nicole (33) who lives in Livonia and Ronald (32) who lives in Tampa, Florida.  Ron and I downsized from our four bedroom home in Livonia into a two bedroom condo about two years ago and now live in Farmington Hills.  We are both very active with the Rotary Club of Livonia.

My hobbies:  

Camping, entertaining, cooking, genealogy, travel, reading, quilting, scrapbooking, various other crafts and home improvement projects.


My favorite family tradition:   

Ron’s mother is from Poland, she and her parents were displaced during WWII and sent to Siberian work camps.  Because Ron’s grandmother passed before I met him and his mother had no interest in cooking, I have worked to maintain the family tradition of a Christmas Vigil on Christmas Eve.  This involves the preparation of an extensive 5-7 course meal with many traditional Polish foods.  It is one of my favorite meals to plan and prepare for and I look forward to the traditional sharing of the oplatek.  Before partaking of the Christmas Eve meal, the family gathers around the table. The eldest member holds a large wafer (the oplatek)and breaks off a piece to begin the ritual. The remaining wafer is passed on to another member while a prayer for loved ones is said. This continues until everyone at the table has a piece of the wafer. Finally, the family members consume their share quietly.  It is very important to me and my children to keep this tradition alive. 

Director of Music Ministries

My family:

I come from a family of musicians.  My father, Bob, is a music director at Fairview Christian Church and has been a band director in several High Schools around Missouri and Kansas for over 40 years.  He is somewhat enjoying retirement these days (he will always have that passion to teach kids).  He was instrumental in passing that passion on to his sons.  Both my brother and myself have followed in his footsteps.  Robert is an orchestra teacher and music director at his church, University Baptist in Bloomington, IN.  Having music in my life for so many years, it would make sense for me to marry a musician as well.  Alysia and I met as part of our respective music organizations in college.  She is a singer and was very active in her sorority advocating for music.  We got married in 2011.  We have two rescue dogs named Arlo and Felix and in 2019 we welcomed the newest addition to our family unit in our daughter, Lydia.  She is my greatest joy in life!


My hobbies:

cycling and woodworking


My favorite family tradition:

Just about every year, Alysia and I travel back to Kansas City, MO to be with family for Christmas and New Year’s Day.  We love to drive through Longview Lake park with hot chocolate in hand during the annual Christmas in the Park.  It is a driving route that displays thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights in a variety of holiday scenes.  It is amazing and never gets old!

Kim Welden

Kitchen Manager

My family:  

I have three children, a son Jason, and two girls; Joanne and Jenny.  I have six grandsons.

My hobbies:  

Cooking, crochet and swimming.  I enjoy spending time with my grandsons and watching their sports activities.  I love to spend time in the sun, enjoying the sand and the beach.

My favorite family tradition:

Making pierogi and Christmas cookies and spending time with my family over the holidays.

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