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Our Staff

Mark St. Louis, Senior Minister

Mark grew up in the Detroit area, where he developed a passion for sports, reading, music and ministry.

Mark attended Great Lakes Christian College (GLCC), graduating with majors in New Testament, Old Testament and Bible Languages, as well as the dubious distinction of taking the most credits in the history of the school (now that’s ADD!). His Masters of Ministry is from Kentucky Christian University.

Mark served First Church of Christ in Owosso for 22 years, the first 10 years in Youth Ministry.  He then moved on to begin a preaching ministry at DeWitt Christian Church in February of 2001.

He is married to the former Cindy Allen (also a graduate of GLCC) in a union that has produced six children and nine grandchildren (to this point). They began dating while Mark was the accompanying pianist for Cindy’s flute recital and love to honor God by sharing their musical gifts in worship as well.

Sarah Heckaman, Teen Minister

Sarah, and her husband Tim, have been married for over 13 years and have three cats, Leo, Tucker and Roarie (our first female kitten!). She enjoys reading, board games and anything artsy-crafty.

Sarah has been the teen minister here at DeWitt Christian Church since January 2013. She first started working with the youth ministry in 2008, when she was asked to help out with a lock-in during the summer. After that, she knew this is what God has called her to do. “I prayed for months asking God where I could help the church, what He wanted me to do. I realized He answered my prayers when I worked at Rock Lake Christian Assembly (RLCA) during the 8-12th Grade All Girls camp for a week, and then when I did that first lock-in after VBS that same summer.”

Sarah first learned about Jesus in 8th grade. Her older brother had started attending a local youth group and invited her to come along. Through friends and mentors, she learned who Jesus really was. That summer, she was baptized and went to her first Christ in Youth (CIY) summer conference that changed her life completely.

Thomas Gorsuch, Elder

Tom, who has served the church as an Elder for many years, was born and raised on a farm in Wauseon, Ohio.  At a young age, Tom drove tractor and helped his parents work their farm and milk cows. After graduating from high school in 1966, Tom moved to Lansing, Michigan and attended Great Lakes Bible College (currently known as Great Lakes Christian College). While attending college, Tom started working at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors (GM) in April of 1969, and worked for 38 years before retiring in 2007.  While working at GM, and after graduating from GLCC, Tom received a “Greetings” letter from Uncle Sam and then joined the Michigan National Guard in October 1972, and served with the Guard until his retirement in 2000.

Tom married Diane Sue Blakslee in June of 1969 and they had 3 girls, Heather Sue, Anna May and Carrie Jean.
Tom enjoyed working at GM as a crane operator and die setter. While being in the Michigan National Guard he started as a motor pool clerk and closed his military career as a Platoon Sargent when he retired. While in the Guard he traveled to Germany for two weeks maneuvers, went to Detroit for a Governor’s conference, drove a Brigadier General around the state of Michigan, flew with the General to Washington D.C., and got to stand on top of the Mackinaw Bridge Columns twice (quite a climb and magnificent view).

Tom really enjoys spending time with his 3 grandchildren and his family.  He also enjoys traveling when schedules with grandkids allow it. Over the years, Tom and Jess have had other kids in their home as part of their family, and now those kids have kids of their own, and are also part of the extended family.

Michael Hager, Elder

Michael, serving DeWitt Christian Church as an Elder, grew up in neighboring Wacousta where his parents Bonnie and Gardner still reside. It was there he honed his skill and enjoyment for hunting, nature, and the outdoors. Michael became a member at the DeWitt Church with his parents and siblings in 1977.

Michael attended Great Lakes Bible College (now Great Lakes Christian College).  During his freshman year he met Pam, who is now his wife of 28 years. They have a passion to serve in God’s ministry. Michael and Pam have volunteered as summer camp counselors at Rock Lake Christian Assembly for the last 26 years. They got their first taste of Mission work serving on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County, New York, where they helped to put on a Vacation Bible School for children at a church building on the reservation.

Michael and Pam have a son Scott and a daughter Bethany, who also attended Great Lakes Christian College. Bethany participated in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic serving GO Ministries, introducing Michael and Pam to GO Ministries. They have now traveled twice to the Dominican Republic on week-long mission trips, and have worked numerous fundraising events to send out short term missionaries and to benefit GO Ministries.

Michael has worked at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems in Ann Arbor, MI for over 23 years where he is the Warehouse Manager in charge of Shipping and Receiving. Terumo supplies hospitals around the globe with life-saving medical equipment such as the Advanced Perfusion System 1 heart-lung machine.

Tim Heckaman, Elder


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