Ron Kelly | Senior Pastor

Although I was not raised as a Christian, my mother required me to attend Peoria Junior Academy as a young teenager. This encounter put my feet on the path of life. Through Adventist schools God gave me my life calling, a wonderful friendship in my wife, Collene, and the joy of being a part of the family of God. I am eternally grateful to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the myriad of dedicated members who believe that everybody ought to know who Jesus is. I believe in a cross-generational approach to ministry, the power of the out-of-doors to shape lives, and the freedom of obedience to God’s law. Maranatha!

Dennis Page |Associate Pastor

I didn’t grow up in a Christian home and have since tried to fill the void in my life only to find that money, years of selfish and destructive lifestyle, or military training could not elevate or satisfy the soul. God, in His mercy, arrested my downward spiral to utter ruin and hopelessness to lead me to a Biblical understanding of the truth and His church. What drastic change in lifestyle and purposes! Through the years God has opened various opportunities for me to share my testimony to many churches, prisons, and schools, here and abroad. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife and best friend, Melody, who shares with me the desire to live for God and share with others this good news of His transforming love. It prompted us to attend Mission College of Evangelism to further train for His glory. We both received diplomas in Applied Ministries and I went on to further study under their Pastoral Ministry program. Being able to serve at Village Church has blessed us with so many opportunities for service and growth, which we are profoundly grateful for. It is our hope to invite and encourage as many possible to be ready for Christ’s soon return. Yes, come Lord Jesus. 

Michael Kusarawana | Associate Pastor

Born in Zimbabwe, I was raised in an Adventist family but was not fully committed until I was nineteen years old. I graduated from Gweru Polytechnic College (Zimbabwe) in 2013 with a business major in Human Resources Management. During my college years, I sensed God’s calling to ministry which led me to pursue a double major in Lifestyle Education and Theology at Hartland institute in Virginia. Having been exposed to technology at a young age, I also pursued web development and digital marketing on the side, to compliment my ministry. My measure of success is a soul won for Christ. The Village SDA Church family has contributed extensively to my growth and has presented me with opportunities to minister both locally and abroad. It is my greatest desire to meet all, whom I come in contact with in the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Michael Hess | Associate Pastor

Being raised as a pastor’s kid gave me the opportunity to be involved in ministry at a young age. While attending seminary, I became convicted that God wanted me to combine pastoral ministry with medical ministry, so, after completing my M.Div. at Andrews University, I attended medical school at Loma Linda. Following a family medicine residency, I spent 19 years in Northern California working as a pastor and physician. I am married to Vickie, who grew up in Indiana, and we have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. When not working I enjoy going into nature to wander and explore. I am excited about the opportunities for service here at Village as I work with Jesus to guide people to complete restoration, physical, mental, and spiritual, through a deeper walk with Him. 

Junior Vertus | Assistant/Youth Pastor

Born in Orlando Florida, I was raised in a family that desired to follow Jesus to the best of their knowledge. It was not until my later teen years that I decided to make my parents’ God my own. One day while reading Matthew 5:13, “Ye are the salt of the earth…” I questioned whether I was really living out my life purpose in inspiring others to love Jesus, and leaving this earth thirsty for righteousness. After several years of leading the youth group at my local church, speaking at different events, and spending many a summer in door to door evangelism, I felt the Lord’d impression on my heart to join the ministry full time. I then pursued a Bachelor’s in Pastoral Evangelism from a small Adventist College in Rapidan Virginia, along with a minor in Gospel Medical Missionary work. Serving at the Village church has been a tremendous blessing. I am excited to see how the Lord will continue leading us. May we keep our eyes fixed toward Heaven. Jesus Is Coming Soon! 

 

Toni Minikus | Secretary

From Iowa, the “corn state,” Toni journeyed as a Bible worker for twelve years, serving in the Michigan Conference; in Vancouver, British Colombia; with Amazing Facts as a church coach; in Iowa/Missouri Conference; and in Indiana Conference. She came full circle to work in Michigan once again, this time as the administrative assistant here at Village. Toni appreciates the opportunities to interact with many people while she serves as communication central for the church, and she continues to give at least one Bible study a week. 

Rhonda Johnson | Treasurer

Raised Adventist, Rhonda moved to Berrien Springs in her teens, eager to finally attend an Adventist School. During her senior year of high school she became an accounting clerk, then went into banking, and started working alongside her dad in his business endeavors. She has been a member of the Village Church for over forty-five years now and has enjoyed serving as the Treasure of Village Church for over twenty years and as the treasurer of the school for much of that time. Rhonda has taken classes in banking, accounting, has a degree in Fitness and Nutrition, and works from her home as a licensed beautician. Rhonda’s gift for numbers and her ability to manage innumerable details has been a blessing for Village Church. She says “observing the generosity of donors and how God miraculously provides for His work gives inspiration and joy to what would normally be mundane accounting tasks.” Rhonda often prays that Jesus would be able to come soon so we can all go home.

Kutlo Lekwapa | Media Intern

I was born and raised in the beautiful country of Botswana, Southern Africa. Both my parents are teachers by profession and my siblings and I had the unique priviledge of being homeschooled. My homeschooling journey sparked my love for literature. Books became my companions, fostering a passion for writing and a heart for missions. I recently graduated from Hartland College in the study of Christian Media Ministry with a creative writing emphasis. My work revolves around media, from writing scripts and articles, editing videos and podcasts, to dabbling in website design and photography. Music has a very special place in my heart. I’m a music lover and occasional singer. My goal is simple – to share stories that resonate, inspire and connect hearts across borders. Be it through words, visuals, or a mix of both, I believe in the power of storytelling to make a difference. Let’s connect through stories and make a positive impact together, and only eternity will tell the rest of the stories that we don’t get to hear on this side of heaven.