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John Thybault, Senior Pastor

John Thybault (top left) has served as our Senior Pastor since October 2009. He is married to Ann and they have a blended family with seven children and five grandchildren.

John has over 30 years of ministry experience. Prior to coming to Garden Park, he served as an associate minister at West Kalamazoo Christian Church from 2001-2009. From 1997-2001 John served as the senior/preaching minister of Peninsula Christian Church in Hancock, Michigan.

For 14 years, John worked in campus ministry at the University of Cincinnati, Miami of Ohio, and Western Michigan University. Several of the young men and women that his life touched are now in vocational ministry or serving in their home churches.

He holds a Master of Ministry degree from Cincinnati Christian Seminary (1990) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University (1980). John has learning experiences in the areas of leadership, small groups, discipleship, counseling and preaching.

Pastor John especially likes a good cup of coffee and meaningful conversation. He and Ann enjoy the adventure of traveling and meeting new people. He has a beating heart for world missions and a passion for prayer.

Joe Pittenger, Youth Pastor

Joe (top right) has recently joined our staff to serve our students and we're excited to have him. Joe has been a follower of Jesus since 2003. Because of how Jesus transformed his life, Joe gets excited about bringing others closer to Christ. He has a heart for youth and parents, and for making disciples. He has now worked in youth ministry since 2006, investing 7 years with the Salvation Army (Northeast Ohio Division) and 3 years with Church of the Cross (Toledo). In 2010 Joe complete his Bachelors of Arts and in 2014 graduated from seminary with a Masters of Ministry.

Joe is married to a wonderful woman of God, Kayla, who also has a heart for youth ministry and the church. Joe also enjoys adventure, traveling, deep conversations, playing sports, and just simply having a good time. If there is any way that Pastor Joe can help you or your family grow closer to Jesus, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Kendra Mizer, Administrative Assistant

Serving the church has been the design of Kendra's life since she was born into a ministry family. Kendra has been attending Garden Park for 24 years and has been our Administrative Assistant for over 19 years. Her husband leads one of our Lifeline Bible Study small groups. Kendra is serving as our music teacher in Thursday School, and is actively involved in our ministry to the Deaf.

The Mizers enjoy traveling together, reading, spoiling their cats, and spending time with their family.

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