Staff

Patrick Schwenk - Lead Pastor

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Hi, I am Patrick! I was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, IN and my wife Ruth, was born and raised in Ann Arbor/South Lyon, MI. We met on a prank phone call while attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. While Ruth didn’t fall for the prank, in time, she would fall for me. Today, we have been married for over sixteen years and have four children ages six to thirteen. We have had the joy of serving in local church ministry for over 15 years.

We are the creators of For the Family (www.forthefamily.org), The Better Mom       (www.thebettermom.com), and The Dig for Kids (www.thedigforkids.com). We are also the authors of a book with Zondervan entitled, For Better or For Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House.

I have a Master’s in Ministry from Grace College and I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University). I love reading, drinking lots of coffee, spending time with my family and Michigan football!

 

Kathleen Miller – Worship Arts Pastor

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Hey there! My name is Kathleen and I am the Worship Arts Pastor at Refuge Church. I was born and raised in Perrysburg, Ohio and my husband, Andy, grew up in southeastern Michigan. I've been involved in learning, playing and performing music for as long as I can remember.

Actually, music is how my husband and I met. During my junior year of high school, I sang and played bass in a rock/funk band. Little did I know at the time, one of my biggest fans would be my future husband! Andy, along with a handful of friends came to watch a local show. After the show, he and his buddies decided to do some SERIOUS research (stalking) on the internet and found me through my AOL screen name - the rest is history! We were married on New Years Eve of 2010 and recently had our first son, Theodore, in June of 2015.

Besides music and leading worship, I love students! I have been involved in student ministry for over ten years - investing in the lives of junior high, high school and young adults through the local church and Young Life. I also have a deep affinity for Motown music, Disney World and ice cream.

 

 

Scott & April Huard - Children's Ministry Directors

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Hello! We are Scott and April Huard. We both grew up in Bryan, Ohio. In fact, we met in algebra class there and were high-school sweethearts. After graduating from Defiance College and Hillsdale College respectively, we got married and have been learning and growing together for the past 20 years.

In addition to raising our own 5 kids, who range in age from 5-19, Scott and I have been heavily involved in both education and children’s ministry our entire lives. Scott is currently an elementary principal, and April is a former second-grade teacher. We both care deeply about the spiritual formation of children.

As a family we enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, and very strong coffee. We also love gathering around the dinner table to laugh and connect.