ABOUT US

Together we are a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 

 

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.

 

We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.

 

LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, SERVE GOD, SERVE PEOPLE

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

Together we are a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 

OUR VISION

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.

OUR VALUES

We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.

OUR HISTORY

SMALL BEGINNINGS

  1. Founded in 1953 by a small group of believers in the city of Battle Creek.  The church had 17 people in their first service.
  2. The church started on Grand Truck Street and later moved to Goaguac Street.
  3. In 1998 the church relocated to 226 Capital Ave NE, and remained there for the next 24 years.
  4. Presently the church is mobile and meeting at The Lakeview Middle School on Sundays.
  5. The church is currently redesigning its new home at 135 Hamblin Ave and should have its grand opening in the fall 2022.

OUR STAFF

Mark Hopper

Lead Pastor

Pastor Mark has been leading the church since 1996. He has a true heart for the lost of this city and this area. He wants to see true change in this area and will not stop until that dream is fulfilled.

Julie Hopper

Administration & Marketing

Julie serves as Administration and Marketing pastor. She oversees church marketing and strategic planning to achieve the church's mission and vision. She oversees the church management software.

 

John Kuzma

Assistant Pastor

Pastor John is an outstanding Bible teacher and life group leader. Together he and his wife Kim have lead many to Christ.

Bobbi Morehead

Executive Pastor

Dr. Bobbi Morehead is the Executive Pastor.  She coordinates the church ministry leaders and teams.  

David Morehead

Education Pastor

Pastor David leads the education department team with energy and organization.

Lindsay Smith

Worship Pastor

Lindsay is an exceptionally talented singer and worship leader. She leads the music team by organizing rehearsals and planning worship sets. 

David Evens

Outreach Connection Pastor

Minister Evens leads life recovery classes and organizes the outreach connection team. He passionately develops 

strategies to take Christ to the community.

Kim Kuzma

Financial Peace Coach

Kim is a certified financial coach leading people to financial freedom.

Tom Striffler

Big Kids/Little Kids Leader

Tom Striffler provides many years of experience working with children at the Downtown Church.

Bea Striffler

Big Kids/Little Kids Leader

Bea Striffler provides many years of experience working with children at the Downtown Church.

Ben Marais

Big Kids teacher

Ben has a heart for children and youth and is passionate about engaging students on their journey to Christ.

Megan Striffler

Big Kids teacher

Megan is an asset to the kid's team and students of the Downtown Church.

Stanley Russell

Family Counselor

Stan brings many years of experience with family counseling to the church ministry team.

Barbara Russell

Meal Ministry Cordinator

Barbara serves at the leader of Meal Ministry which assists and provides meals to many different sitautions.  She also serves as secretary for the Strong Branches Ministry.

Rick Springer

Strong Branches Leader

Rick leads the group created for those who have lost a spouse.  This group provides comfort and fellowship for others who have faced similar losses in their life.

Rick Burton

Building Supervisor

Rick is responsible for the nice and clean Downtown Church facilities.

Amy Evens

Hospitality Cordinator

Amy brings her enthusiasm to the Welcoming Crew as one of the first faces you will see at the Downtown Church.

Justin Gorton

Pastoral Assistant

Justin is an Apostolic Bible Institute Graduate and comes to the team with 3 1/2 years of Pastoral experience.  

Alivea Reyes

Outreach Connection Assistant

Alivea has a heart for people. She assists Minister Evens with the Outreach Connection team.

Hannah Kuzma

Little Kids Teacher

Hannah is a great assest to the Children's Department.  She is always willing to lend an extra hand and a smiling face.

Leonardo Rivera

Lead Armor Bearer

Leonardo organizes the Armor Bearers and Ushers.

Laurie Rivera

Event Cordinator

Laurie is the life of the party and plans events that are engaging and memorable. 

HELPING PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS