Co-Pastors

Andrew Ford
Co-Pastor

AndrewFord@glbc.org

Pastor Andrew leads the missional outreach of GLBC both locally and globally. As well he oversees congregational care, small groups, and much more at GLBC. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies and a Master of Arts in Ministry.

Andrew and Jill came to Grand Ledge Baptist Church in 2000 and Andrew enjoys ministry in Michigan very much. Andrew married Jill in 1990 and they have three children: Caleb, Noah, and Abby. Their favorite place to vacation is Maranatha in Muskegon Michigan. They are devoted GREEN BAY PACKER FANS, and they love spending the day at Lake Michigan. Andrew enjoys time with his children, sailing, motorcycles, and most of all – holding his wife’s hand.

Brian McLaughlin
Co-Pastor

BrianMcLaughlin@glbc.org

In addition to preaching and leading with the other co-pastors, Pastor Brian leads the student ministries GLBC (Jr. High through college). Brian grew up in Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!) and attended Miami University. It was at Miami that he was saved by God’s grace. After graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Nikki, and moved to Kalamazoo, MI for work in the paper industry. It was through involvement in his local church that Brian felt a desire to attend seminary and serve the Lord as a Pastor. After receiving an M. Div. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Spring 2002, Brian and Nikki moved to Grand Ledge.

Brian and Nikki have three children and enjoys just about anything that involves them. He also loves to read and study. In 2007 he completed a Master of Theology in Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. In 2014 he completed his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary.

John Lemke
Co-Pastor

JohnLemke@glbc.org

John grew up in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.A. in Economics. While living in Pennsylvania, he met his wife Patti, and in 1998 they married. John and Patti have one child, Jace, born June 2003. After working in manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Oklahoma, John and Patti felt that God was calling them into full time vocational ministry. John has completed his Masters of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. John enjoys watching football, playing golf and volleyball, and reading about history.

  • Who Does What?

    Andrew oversees Missional Outreach & Congregational Care

    Brian oversees Youth Ministry and Christian Education

    John oversees Adult Ministries, Assimilation, & Counseling

    The co-pastors share big picture leadership: vision, planning, and general direction, while each of us have areas of specialty in ministry. These ministry specialties were assigned according to skills, passions, and experience. We share the pulpit, each of us participating in every sermon series.
  • Flatter Style of Leadership

    Our co-pastor model is based upon the belief that God has called and gifted multiple people to lead each local congregation. The elders and co-pastors work together to develop the vision and direction of GLBC. They also work together to shepherd the GLBC congregation, and reach out into the community.
  • Preaching and Sermon Prep

    Many people ask how we work out the preaching calendar. After prayer consideration of what our community needs from the Word, the co-pastors present their sermon series ideas to the elders for approval. From there, we divide up the text at its natural breaks, see who is available, and finally consider who has desires (if any) for a specific passage.

    We work hard on the text together. We study our individual passages, we share notes, and we seek advice on understanding the text as well as delivery. It is not uncommon for us to spend a couple of hours on a Monday discussing unique aspects of the text, an introduction, or application. It is refreshing and encouraging to study together.
  • Mondays at the Table

    We spend a lot of time planning together, and there is no quick and easy way for us to do this. Mondays are set aside for vision, planning, problem solving, and ministry issues. Although we do not always agree, we always work towards consensus on these issues. This requires hard work, humility, and patience. The time on Monday sets the tone for how we lead together, and it has become one of the most important things we do!

Our Leadership

Elders

Andrew Ford
Todd Gute
John Lemke
Larry McCaffrey
Brian McLaughlin
Mark Mulder
Jim Nickel
Bob Patterson
Randy Redmer

Deacons

Ryan Anderson
Josh Call
Larry Efting
Mike Harmon
Vic Ide
John Kruse
Roger Mawhorter
Jim Normandin

Deaconesses

Jill Costello
Sherri Gerhardt
Rachel Gallimore
Beth Hinshaw
Liz Hugo
April Long
Linda Nickel
Mimi Patterson

Ministry Directors

Deb Merryfield
Children's Director
Matt Wagemann
Worship Leader

Administrative Staff

Wendy Mulder

office@glbc.org

Lauri Normandin