“The task of the ministry is to lead the congregation as a whole in a mission to the community as a whole, to claim its whole public life, as well as the personal lives of all its people for God’s rule.” – LESSLIE NEWBIGIN
Knox has begun the search for a new senior pastor. After eleven years of deeply-appreciated ministry, our former pastor has accepted a call to serve at another church. Knox is thankful to have a breadth of leadership serving us, including three experienced associate pastors, program staff, elders, deacons and many committed and qualified volunteer ministry leaders. We learned from our prior senior pastor search that a time of transition can be especially fertile in producing new leaders, new initiatives, new friends and new members. So while we all look forward to welcoming a new senior pastor, we also appreciate the distinctive opportunities for growth that occur during a search process.
Associate Pastor of Adult Education, Missions and University
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Pastor Bob joined the Knox staff in 2000. He helps lead Knox in the areas of local and global outreach, engaging universities, as well as directing and resourcing our education ministry to adults.
Raised in Detroit, Bob became a follower of Jesus during college and then went to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Before coming to Knox, Bob pastored a church in east Baltimore and served as director of instruction at Chesapeake Theological Seminary in Linthicum, Maryland.
Besides enjoying movies (Godfather and Godfather II are his favorites), music and food, Bob is such an incurable reader that he earned a graduate degree in the History of Ideas at Johns Hopkins University – just for the fun of it. His wife, Ilene, is a CPA and a senior manager at a regional accounting firm in Ann Arbor.
Associate Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship
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Pastor Mike joined the staff of Knox at its inception in August 1992. He works to strengthen relationships within the church, stimulate community outreach and advance individuals’ relationship with Jesus Christ.
Mike grew up in the college football capital of the Midwest… Columbus, Ohio. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing/communication from Ohio State University. He then traveled the world with a backpack before meeting and marrying Tama. Tama and Mike have been married 30 years and have six children.
Mike is a second-career pastor having worked in sales and sales management in advertising prior to graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. While pastoring Mike has completed some doctoral coursework at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Mike enjoys trail running, camping and fishing with his family, along with gardening and watching high school baseball. His favorite book is “The Heart of a Servant Leader” by C. John Miller. He counts it a privilege to walk with people through the great joys and the deep sorrows of life. Dialoguing with and helping unbelievers meet Jesus is a great delight in his life.
Mike loves living in Ann Arbor because of the diversity of interesting people and the easy access to parks and outdoor entertainment. He has not yet, however, become a Wolverine football fan.
Associate Pastor for Marriages and Families
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Pastor Tom has a deep passion for youth, families and marriages. He and his wife, Ruth Ann, have been involved with pre-marital and marital counseling for about 31 years. Tom works to cultivate a climate at Knox where healthy, Gospel-centered marriages and families can flourish and find support as they navigate through various life stages. In particular, he encourages men to be the husband and father that God has called them to be.
Tom was born in South Bend, Indiana. He came to faith in junior high school, and that faith grew throughout high school and college. He has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Grace University and a master’s degree in pastoral psychology and counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.
He served as a campus life director with Youth for Christ in Findlay, Ohio, and pastor of youth and family at Ypsilanti Free Methodist Church in Ypsilanti, prior to joining Knox in 1992 as pastor to youth and family. He became ordained into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1997. He also has special training in grief work.
Tom and his wife, Ruth Ann, have two daughters, Sarah and Molly, and one grandchild. Tom loves to work with wood, refinish antique furniture, work in the yard, tinker around with electricity and try to make broken things work. He loves to sing and has been in involved in quartets and various singing groups.