John was born and raised on the west side of Traverse City. He attended Traverse City Central High School and graduated in 1985. John then attended and graduated in 1989 from United Wesleyan College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministries and a minor in Psychology. His passion for the local church and the call of God is evident in every area of his life. Many describe John as a passionate, personable, out-going, and humorous person. His life-application messages are filled with deep Biblical truths and humorous observations from his own experiences. His love for the outdoors and quality time with his family are also very important to him. Together, John and, his wife, Michele have led two very successful student ministry programs spanning fifteen years, and then started West Side Community Church in the fall of 2002.
Andy’s main responsibility is to shepherd the worship team well relationally, spiritually, and technically in order to lead the church to worship our Lord Jesus. He’s always loved music and performing, he is honored to get to use that passion and gift of music in the church. Andy is passionate about seeing people reach out to Christ in worship and seeing their lives changed through praising Him. His hope for West Side is to always be filled with the Holy Spirit, grounded in the Word of God, and dedicated to leading people to Christ.
Family Ministries Pastor
Stephen oversees children, youth, and adult ministry. He loves meeting new people, learning how they are gifted and what they are passionate about, and then getting them plugged into a passion area. He has a huge heart for families and marriages, as well as outreach and missions. He is admittingly addicted to coffee, the Detroit Tigers, Michigan State sports, and the Green Bay Packers. Stephen enjoys being outside, fishing, and hunting (aka… sleeping in the woods).
Andrew is very passionate about the Senior High and Junior High demographic, and studied Youth Ministry at Grace Bible College. He loves people and the relational side of ministry. One of the highlights of working in ministry is connecting with students and people one on one and Andrew looks forward to seeing people grow and playing a part in that through mentorship and discipleship. Andrew also has a passion for taking the Bible and making it more understandable and presenting that to people in a way that gets them excited about Jesus and promotes their personal and spiritual growth.
Director of Operations
Dave’s priority is to manage the property, buildings, and equipment of West Side. Basically, he is the reason our Sunday services can run so smoothly. Dave believes that operating efficiently, while still providing a comfortable, distraction-free, and welcoming environment is what makes us the church we are. Some of his responsibilities are to supervise the custodial staff, coordinate expansion and renovation projects, and overseeing the Parking and Security Teams. His hope for West Side is to continue to use our resources to glorify God within our community and around the world.
Early Childhood Director
Stacie enjoys serving families with young kids and connecting them to our church body and to each other. She is privileged to show kids Jesus in the church setting and be His example out in the community. Her passions are to create fun spaces for kids to gather and using quality resources to discover Jesus. Nursery, preschool and Kindergarten are essential years to a child coming to know Jesus. Her prayer is that Kid Side is where kids feel safe and know they matter. She is thankful for the opportunity to share Jesus with the kids and families at West Side!