Rev. Terry Bate, Senior Pastor
Terry has been our Lead Pastor since January 2009. He was raised near Ft. Wayne, Indiana and attended Olivet Nazarene University (BA Communications in '94). He has served on church staffs in Maryland, Ohio and Michigan.
As our Lead Pastor, Terry’s responsibilities include casting vision for our church, guiding the church in its mission to impact the Flushing community, to preach and teach the timeless truths of God’s Word in relevant and creative ways, and equip us all for service in the Kingdom of God.
Terry and his wife Tammy have been blessed with two great kids: son Corbin, and daughter Sutton. As a family, they love to ride their bikes, enjoy movie night and a great bowl of ice cream! The Bate family understands well the pressures and frustrations of life. They also know the power and freedom that flows from the love of God.
Feel free to contact Pastor Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments are questions you may have!
Rev. Steve Close, Creative Arts
Steve was raised in Davison, Michigan, graduating from Davison High School. He received his B.S. in Christian Education from Olivet Nazarene University. He is a 20-year youth ministry veteran, now serving as our pastor for Creative Arts. Steve works with our creative team and excellent musicians to plan and lead our worship gatherings.
Steve is the staff “gearhead”, enjoying anything with a motor and loud exhaust and he’ll pinstripe anything that will hold still long enough. He’s been married to Julie since 1985 and is the father of two adult girls: Lindsay Mikhail (Jonathan) who lives in Joplin, MO and Brenna (attending ONU).
Joel Heald, Youth Pastor
Joel has been our Youth Pastor since July 2011. He was born in Kansas but spent most of his childhood in Illinois. Joel studied Youth Ministry at Olivet Nazarene University ('08) and is completing his Masters in Youth Ministry very soon. As our Youth Pastor, Joel’s responsibilities include reaching out to the youth of our church and of our community showing them God's love and acceptance while investing in them a life of discipleship and learning.
Joel met his wife, Emily, while attending ONU. Both love to sing and use their gifts to reach children of all ages with the love and grace of God. Feel free to contact Pastor Joel at email@example.com with any comments are questions you may have!
Darcy Smith, Children's Ministry Director
Darcy graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in the Science of Nursing. She is now taking classes in ministry and would like to be ordained in the Church of the Nazarene as a Children's Pastor. She has been involved in children's ministry on the Eastern Michigan District for the last 10 years, including leading our Flint Zone Children's Bible Quizzing. Here at FCC, she directs the children who attend CLUB 56, Boost, and Bible Quizzing. She also assists in Sunday morning Kid's City Worship and plans special events, such as vacation Bible school and musicals.
She has been married to Eric since 1996 and together they have 3 children: Abigail, Lauren, and Luke who keep them very busy! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and biking. She also loves any messy, gooey kid's games!!!
Mike DeVuyst, Spiritual Formation
Mike joined our staff as Pastor of Spiritual Formation in September of 2012. He was raised in Ithaca, Michigan. Mike has studied graphic design and illustration, graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2003. After receiving a call to ministry, he returned to school and in 2012, graduated with a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Mike’s passion is for helping others deepen their commitment to Christ and experience God in every aspect of their lives through continued discipleship and spiritual formation. As our Spiritual Formation Pastor, Mike leads our Spiritual Life Team in developing opportunities for our church to engage God’s word and Spirit for ongoing spiritual growth.
Mike met his wife Dori at KCAD and both enjoy using and creating artwork in service to God. They have one son, Gideon.
Mary Ann Korte, Administrative Assistant
Mary Ann serves our Administrative Assistant. She brings energy, excitement, and commitment to everything she does. When she is not serving our church, she works as a computer lab manager for Flushing Community Schools.
Mary Ann and her wonderful husband Don have 2 grown children, Carla who teaches 4th grade in Guatemala, and Paul who works as a business consultant in Ann Arbor.