Pictured above (left to right): Sue Wilson, Administrative Assistant; Diane Jezierski, Music Director; Steve Veilleux, Facilities Manager; Jon Enright, Senior Pastor; Chad Lewis, Assistant Pastor; Brian Torres, Assistant Pastor; Jake Stirnemann, Associate Pastor
Jake Stirnemann, Associate Pastor
Apostolic Bible Institute – Graduate
Associate Pastor Jake Stirnemann was raised in Clawson, Michigan, the fourth of six boys. His family attended a church in Detroit and when Jake turned 12, his parents allowed him, along with his older brothers, to attend a nearby church by themselves.
They began going Oak Park Chapel. Jake was baptized there and attended prayer meetings with other youth on weekends.He was working with the youth at Oak Park Chapel, when he felt God’s call upon his life.
His pastor and mentor encouraged the calling Jake felt in his heart for ministry. As a result, he attended the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned a degree in theology. He also met his wife Judy there. She has been a faithful servant’s wife for 51 years. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Janel, and four grandchildren: Meagan, Tyler, Emily, and Jake.
He started his ministry at Oak Park Chapel, which became Troy Christian Chapel, 66 years ago.
Pastor Jake has worked as a youth pastor, an evangelist, an interim pastor, a church planter, and has been an associate pastor at TCC for the last 25 years. He has pastored churches in Ontario, Minnesota and Indiana and has always had a secular job as well as a minister’s job. He is a machinist by trade; and he has been an estimator for GM.
Jake enjoys golf, bowling and loves to write. Jake has traveled extensively in the U.S., and would love to explore Germany, Switzerland and Poland.
Psalm 133:1 is Pastor Jake’s favorite verse: “Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.”
Brian Torres, Assistant Pastor
Houghton College – BA, Biblical Studies and Educational Ministries
Assistant Pastor Brian Torres is from Rochester, New York. As a youth he was headed down a wrong road when a friend invited him to attend a Christian camp. Brian gave his heart to Christ on the second day of camp and has never looked back and still keeps in touch with his friend from camp.
Brian felt called to the ministry and attended Houghton College in New York, and Bethany Bible College in New Brunswick, Canada. He has earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in educational ministries and in biblical studies, and also has a minor in psychology. While in Canada, he met his future bride, Dawn. They’ve been married for twenty-two years and have a son, Isaac.
As well as New York, and Canada, Brian has lived in Pennsylvania, where he pastored a church for five years as the director of youth. He has travelled to Mexico, South Dakota and New York on mission trips. He has also traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where Dawn’s family resides.
They moved to Michigan nine years ago, despite our cold winters, joining TCC as Assistant Pastor.
Brian loves the outdoors. He is an avid vegetable gardener, and he loves fishing. He would love to go to Alaska one day during the salmon run. He is also well practiced in several of the martial arts.
Galatians 2:20 is Pastor Brian’s “life verse: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Chad Lewis, Assistant Pastor
Wayne State University – BA, Literature and Philosophy
Assistant Pastor Chad Lewis, the third son of Pastor Dan Lewis, was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He believed, and was baptized as a young boy, and has attended Troy Christian Chapel for over thirty-five years.
He attended Wayne State University studying English and philosophy, and to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts to study ancient near eastern Judaic studies.
He has been an assistant pastor, teaching pastor, young adult pastor and a Sunday school teacher, and has served on the mission board at Troy Christian Chapel. Chad has also served on the Troy Clergy Board, the Society of Biblical Literature, and YWAM.
He is an avid student of languages and has studied Canaanite, Babylonian, Sumerian, Seriac, Latin, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek. He teaches full time at Bloomfield Christian School, and carries five preps: Latin, Rhetoric, Bible, Philosophy, and Classical Literature.
Chad and his wife Becky have four children: Rachel, Elijah, Thomas, and Nathaniel. Pastor Chad has traveled to England, Scotland, Germany, France, Hawaii, and the Netherlands, and would love to go to Israel, Italy, and Greece, because he likes ancient cultures.
He’s especially interested in the Bible and philosophy (his favorite philosopher is Kierkegaard), and the Roman Empire which he says is the last great civilization of antiquity.
When he is not teaching, studying the Classics or spending time with his family, Chad likes working in restaurants and in fact that is where he met his wife Becky. He continues to work on weekends as a server in a local restaurant. He also likes role-playing games and Batman comics. His favorite book is the “Iliad,” and his favorite movie is “Citizen Kane.”
John 1:1-5 are his favorite Bible verses: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”