Shepherds and leads disciple-making in the high school ministry for 9-12th graders
Jeff Andridge, High School Pastor
Pastor Jeff has been serving as the High School Pastor at Midland Free since 2004. He loves training and equipping students and adults to know Jesus’ heart and to make disciples. Pastor Jeff has been involved in youth ministry for 16 years. He graduated from Michigan State University and Wheaton Graduate School with an MA in Educational Ministry.
Luke is Jeff’s favorite book of the Bible because Luke took the time to research and to give his readers insight to Jesus as the perfect God/Man. On his day off he is most likely to be spending time with his wife, Kassie, running or hunting. Jeff and Kassie have four children. Finally, after 40 years Pastor Jeff has been able to grow a beard!
Phone: 989.631.4411 Ext.1031
Develops ministries and provides leadership to shepherd the church family toward spiritual health, growth, and maturity
Gib Giblin, Connections/Care Pastor
Pastor Gib has been serving as the Connections/Care Pastor since 2006. Gib previously served in a church in Austin, Texas, and as Family Life Pastor and Pastor of Christian Education. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1985 with a Th.M. majoring in CE and received a BS in Education from University of Texas, Austin.
The best part of Gib’s job is: “I love God and His people and being able to minister the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into every aspect of life. I am drawn into intimate moments of people’s lives, help minister the life Jesus offers and connect them with others who can help and encourage them.”
Gib and his wife, Caroline, were introduced to each other at Nau’s Drugstore in West Austin while in high school. They have been married since 1977 and have four adult children and four grandchildren.
Ephesians is Gib’s favorite book of the Bible. On his day off Gib hangs out with Caroline, meets friends, reads, takes a nap, and works on projects around the house. Gib is not his real name. His given name is Norborne A. Giblin, Jr.
Phone: 989.631.4411 Ext.1016
Oversees ministry to children from infants through 5th graders
Kim Goodnight, Children's Director
Kim has been serving as Children’s Director at Midland Free since June 2012. Kim says, “The best part of my job is building relationships with our ministry partners, parents and their children as we seek to achieve a common goal of multiplying disciples for Jesus Christ.” Prior to working in full-time ministry, she spent 15 years within The Dow Chemical Company, utilizing her business degree.
A little known fun fact about Kim is that she was in a televised opera called the Tender Land (by famous composer, Aaron Copland) when she was a child. It can still be seen on YouTube and her photo ended up in the TV Guide that year. In her spare time Kim loves to read, take nice long naps, or go kayaking. Kim’s favorite book of the Bible is Philippians. Her life verse comes from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Kim and her husband, Jeff, met in 7th grade and have been married for over 27 years. They are the parents of two adult daughters and are expecting to be grandparents in 2015.
Phone: 989.631.4411 Ext.1034
Functions as the leader of the staff and overall operations of the church
David J. Jebaratnam, Executive Pastor
Pastor David has been serving as the Executive Pastor since 2006, and he reports to and works closely with the Board of Elders to implement the mission and vision of the church. He loves working on teams with staff and volunteers to discover strategies and align everyone’s God-given gifts and talents to achieve the mission and vision.
Prior to joining Midland Free, Pastor David served as Missions Pastor and Outreach Team Leader at a large church (Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts) for eight years. He also enjoyed a successful academic career as a tenured Chemistry Professor at the university level.
Pastor David’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986), a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University (1988-1990), a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2003), a MBA from Northwood University (2009).
Pastor David is very confused about where his loyalties lie. He is a die-hard fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins, but has no loyalties to any team in Michigan. Pastor David and his wife, Gem, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2013 by taking their first ever trip to Hawaii. They have two adult daughters.
Phone: 989.631.4411 Ext.1019
Shepherds and leads disciple-making in the middle school ministry for 6-8th graders
Chuck Lloyd, Middle School Pastor
Pastor Chuck came to Midland Free as the Youth Pastor in October, 1995, after serving a Methodist Church in Brick, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Missouri (BA in Math Education) and has taken classes at three different seminaries including Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Why is Chuck in youth ministry: “I began in youth ministry because of my passion to share the truth with students and disciple them to follow Jesus. I am thinking that you may someday find my photo in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's oldest youth pastor. My primary responsibility is to build disciples in 6th-8th grade students so they can love and serve the Lord with all of their heart, mind and strength not only during their school years, but also throughout their lives.”
One of his favorite books of the Bible is Esther because it is a fascinating story that shows the incredible providence of God. On his day off Chuck is most likely to be searching for new baseball cards to add to his collection. He is the president of the Michigan chapter of the St. Louis Cardinals fan club (as well as its only member). Chuck and his wife, Nicole, have three children.
Phone: 989.631.4411 Ext.1033
Primary preacher and teacher of God's Word
Jeremy K. Lobdell, Preaching Pastor
Pastor Jeremy joined the staff at Midland Free in November 2014. Prior to joining Midland Free, Jeremy served two years in British Columbia, Canada, as a Teaching Associate Pastor at Northview Community Church. He earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006. From 2006-2012, he served as Senior Pastor of a small congregation in La Plata, Missouri.
Of his calling to ministry, Jeremy shares, “God gifted me in the area of teaching. A passion for God’s Word led me to seminary. Through the process of prayer, consultation with others, evaluating my spiritual gifting, personality and upbringing, I realized God designed me for full-time ministry.”
Jeremy and his wife, Robyn, have been married for 13 years and have three children. On his day off, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, target shooting, snow skiing, and quiet moments when they may be had.
Phone: 989.631.4411 Ext.1020
Equips, develops, leads worshippers and plans how the church body can engage with God each week
Rod Lyon, Worship Arts Pastor
Pastor Rod has been serving as Worship Arts Pastor since 2004. The best part of his job is that he is expected to study the Bible, teach the Bible, grow as a disciple of Jesus, make and develop disciples, pray for people, plan and lead worship services and give his life in service to Jesus. Rod says, “People pay me to do this!!”
Rod graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master Church Music, Minor Counseling & Biblical Studies) and Jacksonville University (Bachelor of Music). Rod loved music from an early age. God called him to ministry in 9th grade when he learned he could use his love for music in local church ministry.
Rod’s favorite book of the Bible is Ephesians because Paul describes our inclusion in the completed work of Jesus Christ and how we live in light of the indescribable nature of the gospel. On his day off you might find him sleeping late, reading, or having a lunch date with his wife, Carol. Carol and Rod have two adult daughters and three grandchildren. Did you know that is not Rod’s real hair; he wears a wig … just kidding. For just a split second you tried to imagine him bald didn’t you?
Phone: 989.631.4411 Ext.1021