OUR TEAM


JOHN GORVEATTE I campus pastor

Originally from Caledonia, MI, John graduated from Kingswood University (New Brunswick, Canada) with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry. His desire is to unleash every person to live out his/her God-given calling.  His life-aim is to see zero spiritually-lost people in the Byron Center area. He is married to his beautiful (extremely gracious) wife, Lindsey. John enjoys teaching the Bible, running on trails, all things minimalist, and being outside.

email: john@centergr.com


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BRENDON ENDERS |worship/nowgen pastor

Brendon joined the team in August of 2016 and serves as the director of student and worship ministries at the south campus. While originally from Muskegon, he graduated from Kuyper College in Grand Rapids and holds a degree in Pre-Seminary Studies. Brendon is passionate about helping people develop in their God-given gifts and abilities in order to further the Kingdom of God and to serve the church. He also cares deeply about discipleship and helping young people to grow stronger in their relationship with Jesus. Among Brendon’s other passions are sports (particularly soccer and football - Go Blue!), video games, theology, weight lifting, podcasts, indy rock-n-roll, and late night Taco-Bell runs.

email: brendon@centergr.com


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ANJA BURNS | administrative assistant

Anja joined the team in the Fall of 2018 and serves as the administrative assistant at The Center Church.

She was born and raised in Germany, but decided to move across the ocean to Michigan in 1997, joined by her husband Dennis and three (now grown) children. Anja finds joy in sharing God's love with those around her, and is passionate about making prayer a priority in her life, and the life of others.

She loves 'family life' and adores her three grand-kids (and counting!); walks on the beach, and being creative.

email: anja@centergr.com


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LEAH HANKINS | ministry intern

Leah, while originally from the great state of Wisconsin, has lived quite a nomadic life for the last few years. She’s worked in churches and camps, such as NTS and SpringHill, traveling the Midwest and beyond. She thoroughly enjoys being with kids, cooking, singing, cleaning, and short walks on the beach. She loves anything with good food, great friends, and/or a spectacular view.  Leah loves God and wants to share the unending joy only He can give. She desires to see people diving deeper with the Lord through his Word. And yes- she loves cheese.