Join us December 10th following the Noon service to approve the nominated Elders, Deacons, Trustees and Nominating Committee Members for 2018.

Slate of Nominees for 2018


  • Brad Eldred
  • Mary Barz


  • Mike Rankin
  • Jill Rankin
  • Erica Wolff
  • Erin King
  • Jeri Grover


  • Sam Prout
  • Doug Labelle
  • Deb McGilsky

Nominating Committee

  • Aaron Mora
  • Denise Anthony
  • Marjie Brownson

Bios for Nominees:


Mary Barz – Mary grew up in Beal City where she was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church. Mary worked as a nurse for Gratiot Hospital and later, the Davis Clinic. When she and her husband became parents, they decided for her to stay at home in order to raise their family. When their children entered school, she began working for MPPS as a Kindergarten Aide and volunteered for numerous school activities and team events. Seventeen years ago she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and found her church home at Mt. Pleasant Community Church in 2002. For the last 11 years, she has served as the CEO of Life Choices of Central Michigan and felt privileged to witness the life changing and life-saving impact of Christ as He worked through the staff and volunteers who serve in this ministry. She has been married to Rick for 40 years and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Mary has enjoyed teaching in the kindergarten classroom, holding babies in the nursery, serving as a greeter, and working VBS at MPCC. As she looks forward to her retirement in 2018, she desires to continue to serve God and share His love with those she encounters. Mary shared that she is humbled and honored to have been nominated as an Elder Candidate for Mt. Pleasant Community Church.

Brad Eldred – My family, wife Cindy, daughter Emma and myself have attended Community Church for the past nine years and are now proud members of this loving body of believers.

I grew up in church every week and am thankful for parents who always made me attend, like it or not. I was much older when I realized that being a Christian wasn’t about attending church, although that is very important to me, it’s about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

I have always been a people person who enjoys deep and honest relationships with others. I enjoy small groups, helping with worship when called upon and for past three years, Cindy and I have enjoyed being inter generational leaders in the U-Life college ministry.

I look forward to sharing what God is teaching me with others. I have learned that life is a journey and that we grow in both the highs and lows of life. I have learned that mistakes do not define you, God does. I have learned that forgiveness, both given and received, is a true blessing. I look forward to whatever God has in store for me. I hope that my life can make an impact for Jesus in every relationship that comes my way. I pray that I am becoming the husband and father God has called me to be!


Doug LaBelle II – Doug moved back to Mt. Pleasant in December 2014 after a 16 year career playing Professional Golf.  He and his wife Julie have two daughters Vanessa and Emma.  Doug is a real estate agent with LaBelle Realty and specializes in commercial and residential real estate.  He continues to learn about the Lord and strives to serve him each and everyday.

Deb McGilsky – My husband (Tim), daughter (Kate), and I moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1989 from DeKalb, Illinois, for me to accept a faculty position at CMU. Tim and I grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. I have been an accounting professor at CMU since 1989, teaching several different tax, financial accounting, and management consulting courses. In 1989, we visited several churches, ultimately attending First Baptist Church (FBC) after Kate decided she wanted to attend Mt. Pleasant Baptist Academy (MPBA), which she did from 5th – 12th grade. While at FBC, I served in several areas, including Women’s Ministry leader, Sunday School teacher for the Women’s class, nursery volunteer, Small Group/Bible study leader, College Ministry volunteer, Bible Study Leader for College Ministry, VBS volunteer, Treasurer for the MPBA Sports Boosters, and Board Member of the MPBA/Christian Academy. In 2004, we left FBC to become actively involved in a new church plant, Cornerstone Church (CC). While at CC, I served in several capacities, including writing the weekly church bulletin and Treasurer for 3 years. I also served as nursery volunteer, Small Group/Bible Study leader, and co-teacher with Tim for the ‘Tweens Sunday School class (4th- 6th graders). In 2015, Tim and I began attending Community Church, becoming members in 2017. We are members of the Fox (Dave and Connie) Small Group. I look forward to serving at Community Church wherever God places me.

Sam Prout – Sam and his wife Shannon have been attending MPCC since 2010 and have been members since spring 2017. He has served on the worship team, kid life, greeters and parking lot crew and attended the Alpha course. Sam and his wife have two children Gavin (4) and Owen (2) with a little girl expected spring 2018. He attended Eastern Michigan University, met Shannon through the His House Christian Fellowship organization and received his Bachelor degree in Finance. Sam works at Garr Tool in Alma and volunteers with Youth for Christ in Gratiot county. He grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to Christ when he was twelve years old. Sam is excited to become a part of a team at MPCC to continue to help lead people into a focused life with Jesus Christ!


Jeri Grover –  I live in Shepherd with my miniature pinschers.  I am a widow and was married to my husband Patrick for 37 years.  I have 2 sons, Josh who lives in Detroit, and Brian who lives in Farwell with his wife Stacy and 5 children, Damion, Devin, Michael, Emilie and Hailie.  I also have 2 step daughters, Patti who lives in Shepherd with her husband Will and 2 children, Will Jr., and Shaelynn and Anita who lives in Virginia Beach and her 2 children, Tim and Brooke.  I work for DeWitt and Riley Orthodontics and have recently moved to part time work in the area of marketing.  I enjoy my family times and doing for others.

Erin King – has attended Community Church for 8 years with her husband, daughter and three sons. Erin has been involved in Community Church in a variety of ways such as KidLife, VBS, Worship Teams, and Small Groups. Erin is in her 14th year of teaching and currently teaches at Pullen Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant and is so thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference daily in the lives of her students. Erin has a heart for Jesus and furthering His kingdom and is so thankful to be a part of Community Church, showing the community His love.

Jill L. Rankin – I was born August 18, 1964 and married at 18 to my husband Mike Rankin; we just celebrated our 35th Anniversary.  We have 2 children, Lance and Greg. We are blessed with 12 grandchildren, 3 attend church with us regularly.  I have been attending Mt. Pleasant Community Church for about 8 years with my husband Michael and our grandchildren.  I am a woman and warrior for God and I just love being able to say that.  I have become more bold for Jesus as I enter into this 8th year of spiritual growth.  I have had some pretty tall hurdles to jump and with God’s never ending support and guidance I break through them instead of them breaking me.  I have dealt with many heartaches and feel I am stronger for them or in spite of them; when the enemy attacks he gets beaten down, not me, because the Lord MY God is for ME, so who shall stand against! I have been involved in many of the programs and volunteer opportunities such as: checking the children in on kiosk and Alpha Cooking Team. I have taken and helped with the Alpha course a few times and this will be my 4th year with the Homeless Shelter Greeter/Guest Care.  I was honored to start small groups from Alpha.  I started Kids Hope as a Mentor but as my job hours lengthened I took advantage of being on the Kids Hope party food team.  I have been in the sewing group, prayer groups, taken classes with Pastor Wally on the book of John and Freedom with Pastor Alan. I volunteer as an usher and attendance counter on Sunday, Operation Christmas Child Year Round Volunteer and now Team Leader.  I was voted in as President with the Gideon’s Auxiliary this past May.  I am an aggregate scale operator, weighing in semis that carry sand/gravel product. I have been in my current position 2 1/2 years now and love it.  I minister to the truck drivers when an opportunity arises.  I feel God leading me to be where I need to be, when I need to be there and for how long he needs me to be there.  I have served people through personal care, customer care to helping them find a seat at church.  Now I find myself getting the call for missions; I am not sure if I could physically go across the pond and serve but I can serve my missions calling by helping people out in our wonderful community.  In closing I thank you for this nomination, I am eager to see the path God has for me next.

Michael Rankin – I am married to Jill Rankin and we have been married for 35 years; we have two Sons and 12 Grandkids.  I have been attending  MPCC for 7 1/2 years and have been a member for 7 of that.  I have been in the Building Industry for the past 40+ years and enjoy what I do very much.  I enjoy volunteering on the Parking Crew and have helped with the building of sets for VBS and some set up when work/time permits. I also help my wife with Operation Christmas Child, loading boxes on the trailers.  I am a member of the Gideons and enjoy the friendships I have made and opportunity to put the word of God in people’s hands through this ministry.  I co-lead our small group with my wife and have enjoyed classes given here at MPCC.  My joys are my family, my work, relaxing with some sports and reading.  I feel over the last 7 1/2 years I have grown in the Lord and want to help others who could use my skill sets.

Erika Wolff – Erika and her husband Tim have been members of MPCC for six years.  They have two daughters, Karis who is 8 and Abby who is 4.  Erika is a “take care of the children and serve the Lord” mom who has been serving on the  Women’s Ministry and MomLife leadership teams for the last 4 years, VBS for 3 years, Community Days for 3 years  and has recently started serving in Kidlife and the permanent Care Store.  She has a heart for serving those who are broken and living in poverty.  She helped plan a picnic for the homeless in our community, and has also spent time helping homeless people find home furnishings they need after transitioning into permanent housing.

Nominating Committee

Denise Anthony – Tom Anthony and I have been married for 34 years. We have 4 adult children and a 6-year-old granddaughter.   I have worked in office management and client service at Northwestern Mutual for 40 years. My family began attending MPCC about 12 years ago, and we became members a couple of years later. I have been a believer my entire life and was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. The foundation and experiences I grew up with laid the groundwork for an ever evolving, growing walk with the Lord. Worshiping at MPCC has allowed me to develop a stronger and deeper faith enriched by the Word of God and the support of wonderful, loving mentors. I presently serve on the Hospitality team as a Greeter, Kidlife as a nursery volunteer, the Widow Ministry as a volunteer, Kid’s Hope as a mentor, and a women’s community group as a co-leader. I have completed the Alpha course and volunteered as a table leader and kitchen helper and most recently completed the Freedom Course as a table leader.   We feel so loved and blessed by our church family and praise God for his faithfulness in leading us here.

Marjie Brownson – I began working at Community Church in the fall of 1980 and currently serve as the Administrative Office Assistant. My husband Gene and I have four grandchildren and volunteer together as small group leaders, ushers, and help tend the church landscaping. We facilitate a grief support group called “GriefShare”. I also help with kidLife kiosk check-in. Hobbies include camping, walking, bike riding, and tending my geraniums. I enjoy playing piano and also have a new piano student. A favorite Bible verse is II Corinthians 10:5 – “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Aaron Mora –  Aaron serves as Director of Community Engagement at Mount Pleasant Community Church.  He oversees all communications and groups ministry for the church and also serves as worship leader and member of the Planning Leadership Team.  He has been on staff since 2010 and previously served as Director of Student Ministry. He and his wife Kati began attending the church in 2006 and have two sons, Eli (10) and Ben (9).