In January of 2016 Jason and JoAnn were married. God has placed a strong call to missions in both of their hearts, and after their marriage, Jason felt that Saginaw was at the heart of that calling – the place, the people and the time. They bought a house and planted themselves there for the long haul.
In August 2018 they were blessed with a beautiful little girl, Ellie, who already has a testimony of her own and brings joy to all who meet her.
“We are excited about the vision God has for the Saginaw area. We want to start a church to help those in our community connect with God by the move of His Spirit. We want to create a church family atmosphere that everyone would want to be a part of, a place where people will encounter God’s presence with no hype. Acts2 Church will be a place filled with love, no matter a person’s past or where they are on their journey, a place that feels like home. We want to leave the four walls behind and take God’s love to our community through serving them – no strings attached.”
Jason was saved around age 19 – even though he wasn’t looking for God. He was on a path of darkness when God revealed Himself and he became involved in a small country church. For the next 13 years he mowed the lawn, played on the worship team, taught the word, started a life group, and served as an elder. This church had such a great impact on his life that they made him feel like he was part of a family.
Jason’s role in the church plant will be as Co-Lead Pastor of Acts2 Church. He will oversee the everyday operations of Acts2 Church. Jason has a teaching gift to help others grow in their faith through discipleship. He will train Life Coaches and Life Group leaders to lead.
He also has musical abilities that he has invested in worship teams for over 20 years. Because of this experience, Jason knows what to look for and how to put together a good team.
JoAnn was raised in the church and saved at a very young age. At twelve years old she felt a call to the mission field and ten years later followed that call to Argentina where she spent 2 years serving the people and the church family. Upon returning home, she continued pursuing ministry opportunities, including serving as a children’s pastor, a service coordinator, a missions board member and a Life Group leader.
JoAnn has a variety of gifts that will be put to good use in Acts2 Church as a Co-Lead Pastor. Primarily, she feels called to serve others and will take on the role of caring for the needs of the people of the church, whether coordinating visitations or meal trains or counseling members as the need arises.
She is also a talented writer and designer who will handle marketing and outreach for the church, including the website, social media, print materials and church graphics.
Joe and his wife Kiz have served in the ministry for many years. Joe attended Great Lakes Bible College in Lansing Michigan studying Bible Theology. Over the years he has served as a children’s pastor, youth pastor, family pastor and he’s led worship. Joe loves the energy and passion that children bring and wants to see that passion and energy being used to learn about Christ. Joe and Kiz have two grown kids that love and serve the Lord.
Brenan was raised in a small church since he was young and was also saved at a young age. He strayed from God for a while in his early teen years but started going to a bigger church that had a youth group when he was 14. Brenan became very involved in the church and at the age of 15, he started playing the piano, discovered he could sing, and started playing on the worship team. When he was 18 he picked up the acoustic guitar as well. While he was 18 and still in high school, he first felt the call to ministry while job shadowing his youth pastor.
After he graduated high school he started attending a college on the other side of the state and is on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership in 2022. At the age of 19, he met his beautiful wife Haley and they got married the same year.
Brenan’s goal at Acts2 Church will be to lead himself, the worship team, and the congregation into worshipping God in a God-centered way.
EJ and Charlene LaRock have a heart for ministry. They believe in the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit and are committed to seeing people made whole through Christ and the power of prayer. EJ is currently training to become a licensed minister and he and Charlene have served in many church leadership positions.
“We believe in mentoring and want to come alongside our current and future team members to help train and equip them for times of ministry and intercession. Confidentiality is a high priority commitment of all our team members.”
Ellie Roth, whose passions include running around the church, reading board books, hanging out with her best friend Annie the dog, and pestering a giant black kitty, will leverage her adorable nature to bring laughter and joy to anyone and everyone who visits Acts2 Community Church.
With nearly 200 pounds of slobber and fur and a penchant for playing ball and seeking affection, Annie draws attention – opening the doors for conversations about the church. And she’s friendly to everyone she meets – the perfect greeter.
The rest of our leadership team will be comprised of people who have shown a strong connection to the vision of Acts 2 Church and those who have had previous leadership experience. If you’re interested in learning more or joining our Launch Team, check out our Interest page by clicking the link below.