Meet Our Ministry Team

Mike Gafa- Lead Pastor

Mike Gafa is our lead pastor and came to us in fall 2020. After working in the corporate sector for 20 years, Mike transitioned to vocational ministry in 2005. Mike has served three churches as an Executive Pastor, as well as the RCA in various denominational leadership roles. Mike also currently serves as the Executive Director of Luminex Transformational Leadership Group, a non-profit ministry dedicated to equipping church leaders and helping churches to thrive. Mike is a commissioned pastor and is both a student at Kuyper College in the Master of Ministry program (expected completion fall 2021) and an occasional adjunct instructor at Kuyper. Mike has written two books, including Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church. 


Mike married Pam in 1986, and they are proud parents to twin adult sons Spencer, who works as an architect in Grand Rapids, and Trevor, who works as an English teacher in Izumo, Japan. Mike enjoys teaching, reading, writing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, traveling, and hiking - all of which he hopes to do more of in beautiful northern Michigan!. Mike is especially passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ, and helping churches realize their full potential.

Pastor Jan Price, Pastor of Adult Discipleship

Jan Price is the pastor of Adult Discipleship at Glen Lake Church. She has held that position since completing the Commissioned Pastor training through the RCA in September 2011. She currently is involved with Faithwalking, Churches Learning Change, and leads the small group ministry. She also preaches on occasion.


Jan recently retired as a charge nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Munson Medical Center, a position she has held for over 40 years. She is married to Bob and they live close to Glen Lake near the Narrows. Jan and Bob have two children, Betsy and her husband Tim who lives in Seattle, and Jeff and his wife Cristina who reside in Vermont. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and camping in the U.P. with her dogs Rudy and Bo.

Abby Nowicki, Director of Student Ministries

Abby Nowicki (Deters) joined our ministry team in August 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University. It was during her time at Grand Valley, that God had called Abby into youth ministry through an organization called Young Life. Since then, Abby has been a volunteer leader, Team leader, on Student Staff, and has served 2 summers at Young Life Castaway Club.


Abby and her husband Ronnie love leading in Youth Ministry together and being a part of what God is doing in the Glen Lake community!  These two are often found hanging out with students, running, hiking, hanging at the beach, and playing Ticket to Ride.

Diane Stier, Director of Worship Arts

Diane joined the ministry team in October 2017 after transitioning to the Empire area in March 2017. She has served 2 churches over the past 14 years as full time Worship Leader, Frankenmuth Bible Church in Frankenmuth, MI and Journey Ministries in Davison, MI. Prior to that she served as a part time Worship Leader and volunteer in numerous worship settings including 15 years as Director of Red Letter Edition, a music and drama team comprised of high school students, a ministry of Youth for Christ.


Diane’s educational background is nursing, and she has worked in numerous settings including adult ICU, Public Health and Community Mental Health. She is currently working for the Health Department.


Diane and her husband Ron have 3 grown children, 2 amazing daughters’ in- law and 3 granddaughters. They love the outdoors and all the beauty and activities this area has to offer.


“God focused, Holy Spirit led worship is the passion of my heart. I am blessed to serve the body of Christ at Glen Lake Church.”

Emily Zingg, Office Administrator

Emily Zingg came to us in the summer of 2019. She has two associate degrees, one from Illinois Central College in Art & Science and one from North Western Michigan College in General Education. Emily grew up in Illinois as a pastors daughter and has served in about every aspect in the church growing up. When Emily isn't at the church, she is enjoying time with her son Landon, her husband Michael, and their dog Ezzie. They can be found usually doing something outdoors such as hiking, kayaking, taking photos, fishing, hunting, or enjoying a campfire.

Jennifer Watkins, Director of Helplink

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Lucina Stachnik, Custodian

Lu was raised, baptized, and married at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. She has been serving in the custodial position for over 25 years. Lu married her high school sweetheart, Clarence (who is a dairy farmer),  27 years ago and together they have two children, Becca and Molly, and one very cherished and special grandson, Owen. She can be found spending time with her family, down on the farm or cleaning the church.


The ministry of Glen Lake Community Reformed Church would not be possible without your time, talent, and gifts!  If you are not currently plugged in, talk with one of our staff members to find a place to use your gifts for the Kingdom of God!

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