Doug and Carolyn have been happily married since 1974 and have three grown children and seven (near perfect) grandchildren. Doug holds BA, MBE, and EdD degrees. After serving as a seminary professor and Dean of Students for seven years, he pastored Ross Bible Church of Port Huron for five years before becoming the senior pastor of Woodside Bible Church in 1991.
Working alongside her late husband, Dick Sochacki, pastor and former director of Barnabas Ministries, Dee has over 40 years of experience providing encouragement and strength to ministers through workshops, seminars, personal counseling and networking with other ministries. She has developed relationships with dozens of resources specific for churches and church leaders. Today, Dee leads a team of intercessors providing them valuable prayer support for pastors and churches in the Metro-Detroit area and beyond.
With a passion for reaching the world with the gospel message, David Andersen and his wife Mary have served in full-time Christian ministry for over sixty years. David served as a senior pastor for the first thirty-one years of ministry and as the president of Envoy International for the past 27 years. While serving with Envoy, David traveled to nearly sixty countries helping and encouraging pastors.
David and his wife Mary met in high school and have been married for 62 years. Together they have three children and two daughter in-laws, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They live in Rochester Hills, Michigan where he is presently serving as Director of Pastoral Encouragement with Barnabas Ministries.
Pastor Timothy Helland married to Regina for 31 wonderful years. They have 2 Sons and 1 Daughter in Law, Leif and Juliana, and Andrew. He has served as associate pastor for 15 years before taking the Senior Pastor position at Creekside in 2014. Tim worked in the building trades for 20 years before and during the call into ministry. Tim has earned his BFin and MTh in Christian Apologetics. Tim and Regina love their community and enjoy ministering in the jails, senior living centers and homeless shelters.
Ken and Merilee served as missionaries to Africa for 27 years in the countries of Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Botswana, and South Africa. Ken has an earned doctorate in Intercultural Studies form the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and passionately pursues assisting pastors in creating a culture of generosity within their local church. Ken and Merilee have two adult children and are enjoying their empty nest!
Ever since the Lord called me to Himself as a late teenager, I have had a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone. My deep desire is for people to know that Christianity is not what we do for God but what God did for us in Jesus. I am also zealous for the local church and seeing it built up and cared for with people being unleashed for God’s glory.
I am married to my wonderful and just plain amazing wife Kelsey. We have 4 beautiful children (2 boys and 2 girls) and are incredibly grateful to be their parents although they do keep us busy (We planned for 3 but the Lord gave us 4!). I have pursued my education and completed degrees at Moody Bible Institute and Bethel College and I am always learning and growing in the grace of God. I have served in different pastoral and leadership roles in the local church for about 15 years. I currently serve as the Lead Teaching Pastor and an Elder at The Lakes Church in Waterford, MI.
Joelle is an independent graphic design artist and fine art photographer specializing in three-panel canvas art (www.joellejoy.com). Joelle is president of Gresham’s Seasonal Services, Inc. in Macomb County. Joelle attends Woodside Bible Church of Romeo where she loves working with children as part of the Nursery Ministry team. Another passion she has is karate.
“I am honored to be a part of Barnabas Ministries,” says Joelle, who received a BS degree in Graphic Design/Communications from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA).