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NORM BYERS

LEAD PASTOR

I am grateful to God for all the delight in my life. “Everything good is from Him!”  I have a wonderful wife, Brenda. No question God, designed her for me! We have been blessed with three beloved kids: Jared, Jalynn, and Janssen. It is challenging being a father…especially with kids that are adulting! “But God gives more grace…” Discovering how to be a better husband and father continues as a labor of joy for me.   

I get pleasure out of my work, first of all teaming with an amazing group of people at Genesis Church which exists to know Christ and make Him known. Also, I get to be involved with bigger picture stuff by impacting culture through church planting with the team at Converge MidAmerica. I enjoy both the daily local church setting of encouraging, leading, and caring for people, and also I get jacked up by getting to dream about what could be and then acting on it. A current goal of mine is to continue working at becoming more self-aware and bettering my leadership serve.

Educationally, I earned a BA in Communications from Cedarville University in 1992, a Masters of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in 1998, and was ordained by First Baptist Church of Hart in 1999.   

My hobbies are exercising 4 or 5 times a week, cooking tasty things, and during football season, watching my Detroit Lions often snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Scott Gardziella

Administrative Pastor

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Jonathan Whitcomb

STUDENT DIRECTOR

 

Dan Hasty

Technology Director

Dan Hasty has been a part of Genesis Church since its beginning. Dan has been serving students for the majority of his life getting his start in camping ministry throughout college. Technology has always been what Dan has done and he loves to use his gifts and talents to help Genesis connect and grow. Dan loves to coach basketball and is the freshmen basketball coach at Petoskey High School. Dan is married to Amy Hasty and they have two boys, Noah and Ryan.

SANDY LEE

GENESIS KIDS DIRECTOR

Sandy has been teaching/leading/volunteering in some capacity of children’s ministry for over 25 years.  She joined the Genesis staff in January 2017 as their first ever Children’s Director. 

She became a follower of Jesus at an early age and understands the benefits of starting your walk with Jesus when you are young.  She is passionate about helping kids see how much God loves and desires a relationship with them. 

Sandy also recognizes that although gathering together as a church is vital, the family is where the most spiritual growth will take place –  so it is our desire to come alongside the family and equip them to lead their children in a life-changing relationship with Jesus.

She enjoys living in Northern Michigan with her husband, Joe and 4 children.  She spends her spare time reading, decorating, following Petoskey sports teams, practicing hospitality and anything that takes place on the water!

JAY JULIAN

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

Having served the Lord in many capacities such as youth, music, church planting and pastoring since 1996, Jay is honored to serve as Worship Director since 2015 and is looking forward to many years of doing life and community here in Petoskey with Genesis Church.

 Jay is passionate about worshipping God through music and serving the people of Genesis with compassion and grace! His heart is to reach up and reach out so that the Lord is honored and people find peace and life changing encounters with Jesus!

 

DANE RASPER

SMALL GROUPS PASTOR

I was born and raised in northern Michigan in the small town of Onaway. After graduating from high school, I relocated to Petoskey where I enrolled in the local community college. After completing both the paramedic and nursing programs at North Central Michigan College, I began working for Emmet County EMS as well as McLaren Northern Michigan’s emergency department. Along with my pursuit in medicine, an increasing desire to serve and be involved with ministry has grown. I am excited and thankful to be serving as the Small Groups Pastor at Genesis Church as we live out the “One Anothers” of Scripture together. 

Although I grew up in the Church, my relationship with Jesus wasn’t authentic. I sought life through materialism and relationships, but they continually left me disappointed and despairing. Through the connection I found in small group community in 2016, God began to take control of my heart and radically changed my life. Walking in freedom and pursuing wholehearted devotion to Jesus now defines my life. 

In addition to ministry, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Angelika (Gel), and our daughter, Ella. We spend many of our days hiking, hanging out with family, or eating at good restaurants (Mims and Barrel Back are our faves!). 

Deborah Graham

Administrative Manager

 

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ADDRESS  1124 NORTHMEN DR., PETOSKEY, MI 49770

THE GATHERING  SUNDAYS @ 10:00 AM

OFFICE HOURS  MON-THURS 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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GET CONNECTED

CONTACT

PHONE  231.487.0081

EMAIL  info@genesiswired.com

ADDRESS  1124 NORTHMEN DR., PETOSKEY, MI 49770

THE GATHERING  SUNDAYS @ 10:00AM

OFFICE HOURS  MON-THURS 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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