Pastor Gary is our senior pastor. He is a student of Nazarene Bible College's Extension Program and has been ministering in mid-Michigan for over 30 years.
Pastor Gary's ministry began at the age of 19 when he and his wife Linda took over the children's and teen ministry at their home church. Over the years, his responsibilities widened into adult ministries as well, teaching Sunday School, Bible studies and fill-in preaching. However, he knew God wanted more. Early in the spring of 2015, he felt God calling him to move in a new direction. After much prayer, Gary and Linda agreed to plant a church in Goodrich, Michigan.
Pastor Gary Loudermilk brings a passion to reach the lost for Christ through his roll-up your sleeves and get the job done kind of ministry as well as his sometimes corny sense of humor.
Miss Linda is our children's pastor. Her love for children is evident in the enthusiasm and energy that she brings to every facet of the children's department.
Children are Miss Linda's passion, and it is that passion that drives this children's leader to constantly be learning, growing and stretching her ministry. The units of study that she presents to the kids are challenging, engaging, but most of all...FUN! And they are always changing! Nothing gets stale when Miss Linda is around.
Along with her husband Gary, Miss Linda has served in children's ministry for over 30 years. She also serves as the head of Children's Ministry for the Eastern Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene. She has also dedicated much of her ministry to sharing with and teaching others about ministering to children.
Linda and Gary have been married for 33 years and have two sons, Jordan and Joshua, both students at Olivet Nazarene University.
Pastor Autumn Howard
Pastor Autumn and Jeff Howard are the most recent addition to the Family.
Thess and TJ Ash
Our Worship Arts team is led by TJ and Thess Ash. TJ is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Thess is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University.
As worship leaders, Thess and TJ partner together with a team of singers and musicians to lead worship in our 11:00 service.
Thess and TJ are mom and dad to three daughters, Arianna, Aleah and Aubree.
The Director of Preschool at Family Naz is Miss Amanda. This is Miss Amanda's second Preschool Director position.
As the mother of three little ones, Miss Amanda has built her ministry on personal experience and lots of research. From curriculum to room design, Miss Amanda puts the time in to research what is best for Preschoolers. It is Amanda's heart that all children, even our littlest ones, be taught God's Word, not just be entertained while parents worship in the sanctuary. Don't be surprised if your three year-old comes home sharing stories of Jesus' miracles or telling you how many books of the Bible Paul wrote.
Amanda and her husband Justin have three children, Maycie, Riley and Logan.
Miss Erica is the head of our nursery. This is the first ministry lead position for Miss Erica.
As a mother of two small boys, Miss Erica knows a thing or two about changing a diaper. But her desire for the nursery department is to be much more than a babysitting service for your infant or toddler. She believes that ministry starts early and it is her hope to share God's love with every Family Naz member in diapers.
Besides being wife to Rodney and mom to Luke and Landon, Miss Erica is also a full-time student studying to be a Respiratory Therapist.