Meet our ministry team

Our ministry team is dedicated to meeting you wherever you are at in life.  We understand life can throw all of us twists and turns that we never anticipated.  Our goal is to walk with you through the good, the bad, and the ugly.  As the scripture instructs us, we will rejoice with you when you rejoice, and we will weep with you when you weep.  Although we are involved in ministry, we are still subject to the same things you are subjected to....we're not perfect....so, we can probably identify with any struggles you may be experiencing.

 

Our ministry leaders and ministries are here to help!

Ted F. Mitchell

Pastor Ted has been pastor of Christian Assembly since February of 2009. Over the years he has found that people are his passion.  He doesn't feel complete unless he has the opportunity to help someone else grow as a person and in their relationship with God. 

 

Pastor Ted is married to Francine and they have 3 married adult children, and 3 beautiful granddaughters, and a handsome grandson!!!  

 

He went skydiving a few years ago and wants to do it again!

Pastor

Jess Townsend

Jess has a variety of interests which include four children, seven grandchildren, sky diving, sky diving instructor, competitive ping pong as well as working on his pilot's license.

 

Jess loves ministry and is actively involved as a Deacon, Men's Ministry Coordinator and shares God's word at our Kalamazoo Gospel Mission "Bread of Life" outreach.  

 

Jess and his wife, Margie, have been a blessing to all that come in contact with them.  

Deacon

Men's Ministry Coordinator

Martha Jimenez

Deacon

Martha has faithfully served as the church Treasurer for 11 years and is committed to serving with excellence in this position.  She has been able to see first-hand the overall increase in giving as the church grows and expands their vision toward reaching the Portage/Kalamazoo community as well as focusing on world-wide missions.  She desires to see the generosity of Christian Assembly increase as the church continues to grow and expand their vision.

 

Martha has been married to her husband, Joe, for 49 years and they both have served the Christian Assembly family very faithfully for many years.  They have 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  In her spare time Martha enjoys visiting with family and friends, shopping (always looking for a bargain), and vacationing with family members.  She also is very involved with the Christian Assembly Women’s Ministries and has a great appreciation for the bond of friendship she has developed with others through the various ministries of the church.   

Cyndi Chupp

Sunday School Coordinator

Cyndi has a genuine heart-felt love for children and has taught Sunday School for over 20 years. She strongly believes Sunday School helps to provide a solid foundation for the Christian life.

 

She states, “My goal as the Sunday School Coordinator has always been, ‘MORE!’ I desire for us to reach and teach MORE people the life changing principles of God’s Word! It’s a wonderful thing to see people, young and old, enjoying the Word of God together!”Cyndi also loves to spend time with her son, Anthony, talking with him about his interest in cars, video games and planning their next mini-vacation together.

 

Additionally, she also enjoys being involved with the other great ladies of Christian Assembly through the Women’s Ministries. When she can find the time, she loves scrapbooking and a variety of craft projects. Reading is also a passion for her. She often will read a couple of books at the same time and even listen to another audio book while in the car.

Wilda Miller

Women's Ministry Coordinator

Wilda has served in various ministry capacities of over many years.  As the Women’s Ministries Director she has an expressed desire to help women cope with our ever changing society and to lead women to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.  Her goal is to lead the women of Christian Assembly to serve the local church in various capacities as well as support orphanages within the Assemblies of God. 

 

Wilda is very acquainted with ministry as she and her late husband, Vernon, served in full time pastoral ministry from 1954 to 2000.  She has 3 adult children and are blessed with 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Although retired, Wilda continues to take a very active role in the church and serves as an inspiration to the entire congregation.  

Mark Knowlton

Outreach Coordinator

While living in Kentucky Mark announced his calling to preach in July of 2003. Later that year he was asked to go into a prison to minister to inmates. That was the beginning.


In Sep. 2004 he became a state certified volunteer prison chaplain. He volunteered one day a week and had many rewarding experiences.


In 2005 his wife Kathy, joined him in the ministry and they ministered in the county jail for a year.
 

In Aug. 2006 Kathy joined him in the prison and became a state certified volunteer, also many times through the year they traveled to other prisons in the commonwealth of Kentucky. He was the outreach minister at their previous church.
 

After being gone from home for 16 years they felt God was directing them  so they moved back and settled in the Portage area. Shortly after they returned they started attending Christian Assembly of God.
 

In April of 2014 Mark and Kathy joined the church and in July Mark became outreach coordinator and began coordinating services at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

 

In September of 2017 the church added a monthly outreach to FountainView Assisted Living, in Kalamazoo.

Mark & Kathy have one daughter, Jennifer. 

 

Rene and Cristina Salas

Coordinadores de la iglesia en español

Spanish Church Coordinator

Iris Tortorelli

Prayer Coordinator

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