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Patrick Schwenk - Lead Pastor

Hi, I am Patrick! I was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, IN and my wife Ruth, was born and raised in Ann Arbor/South Lyon, MI. We met on a prank phone call while attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. While Ruth didn’t fall for the prank, in time, she would fall for me. Today, we have been married for almost twenty years and have four children ages nine to fifteen. We have had the joy of serving in local church ministry for over 15 years.

We are the founders of and, as well as authors of several books with Harper Collins Christian. (For Better or For Kids, Pressing Pause, Hoodwinked, and The Better Mom and more).

I have a Master’s in Ministry from Grace College and I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Discipleship from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University). I love reading, drinking lots of coffee, spending time with my family and watching Michigan football!


Scott & April Huard - Children's Ministry Directors

Hello! We are Scott and April Huard. We both grew up in Bryan, Ohio. In fact, we met in algebra class there and were high-school sweethearts. After graduating from Defiance College and Hillsdale College respectively, we got married and have been learning and growing together for the past 20 years.

In addition to raising our own 5 kids, who range in age from 5-19, Scott and I have been heavily involved in both education and children’s ministry our entire lives. Scott is currently an elementary principal, and April is a former second-grade teacher. We both care deeply about the spiritual formation of children.

As a family we enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, and very strong coffee. We also love gathering around the dinner table to laugh and connect.