Matt Hickok - Pastor

In June of 2013 the Lord led Pastor Matt & Betsy (Navarro) Hickok to Community through Vacation Bible School. After becoming a member and a volunteer here the search committee asked for his resume!

Matt & Betsy are from Southwest Michigan, having graduated from Vicksburg High School (about 50 miles east of Niles). Pastor Matt became a believer at the age of 19 after being mentored by a man, who still mentors him to this day. They then graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute in New York and Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University).

Pastor Matt's personal passion is for Equipping people, which he defines as "seeing where people are, and helping them take the next step!"

Betsy was an elementary school teacher for 7 years (3 at Ballard here in Niles) and now homeschools their 2 children (Matthew & Liberty).

Andy Jacobs - Youth Pastor

Pastor Andy and his wife Pam have been in professional ministry for more than 30 years!

Pastor Andy's father, (Duayne Jacobs) was a minister in Marcellus, Michigan (about 30 miles from NIles) where Andy graduated from high school.

Andy then graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute in New York before graduating from Cornerstone University, where he met the love of his life, Pam. Pam was a graduate of a private school in Laingsburg, Mi (20 miles northeast of Lansing) before graduating from Cornerstone. She currently works at a dental office in South Bend, but her passion is for spoiling the grandkids!

Pam & Andy have 3 children (Adam, Ben & Jessica) and 6 grandchildren!

Pastor Andy's personal mission verse is Psalm 71:18 which says "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, Oh God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come."