OUR TEAM

The staff and leadership at Journey exists to live and lead the vision of helping as many people as possible live in a life-giving relationship with Jesus. 

  • JON ALLEN

    LEAD Pastor

    Jon is the founding and lead pastor of Journey Church.

    He's deeply passionate about people finding an intimate relationship with God and embrace the full life He offers. Jon gets to be married to Erica, the girl he's loved since they met  as teenagers. They are mom and dad to their twins, Sydney and Mackenzie. He loves to golf, read, watch really good shows with Erica, and watch Michigan football and Duke basketball  

  • Derek schultz

    MIDDLEVILLE LOCATION pastor

    Derek serves as the pastor at Journey's newest location in Middleville, Michigan. He desires to see people walk closely with Jesus. Derek and his high school sweetheart, Tina, have been married for 20 years. He enjoys spending summer days camping with his family, hunting and fishing with his son, Sam, and shopping with his daughter, Taylor. 


  • KATIE THOMPSON

    JOURNEY KIDS DIRECTOR

    Katie’s greatest passion is for the next generation to genuinely know and love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. She loves to do this by partnering with parents as they grow closer to Christ and watching that overflow to their kids. Katie and her husband, Andy, are West Michigan natives and love their three kiddos Cole, Izzie, and Riley. You can often find them outside, playing games, or doing anything related to sports.  

  • Maranda Pellerito

    JOurney kids assistant director

    Maranda has a passion for building relationships with kids and their parents. She seeks to partner with families as they navigate living out their relationships with God.  Maranda loves spending time with her husband Scott, son Cameron, and daughter Allie. As a family, they enjoy playing board games, watching movies, and going out to eat.

  • Ryley olson

    STUDENT MINISTRIES pastor

    Ryley's deepest passion is seeing people of all ages come to know Jesus and His power in their lives. He came to Journey Church in 2016 to invest in the middle school, high school, and college students. He grew up in Wisconsin and is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. Ryley and his wife, Sam, were married in June 2014 and enjoy being outdoors, drinking coffee, and watching movies together.

  • MARK SHEPHERD

    FORmation PASTOR

    Mark joined the team in 2014. He oversees the process for people at Journey to be formed in the image of Jesus. He's a native of Marion, Indiana and a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. Mark's passion is to walk alongside of others as they grow in Christ. Mark and his wife, Lauren, have one amazing son named Davy. Mark loves watching sports, creating music, and reading books. 

  • Christie cummins

    MINISTRY SUPPORT

    Christie and her husband Andrew joined Journey after moving to Caledonia in 2014.  Their greatest joy is spending time as a family with their two girls, Georgia and Kinley. Christie is thankful for the opportunity to work at Journey and to be a part of the great adventure of seeing people grow into a life-giving relationship with Jesus.

  • JOEL GORVEATTE

    Worship & Creative Arts PASTOR

    A native of Grand Rapids, Joel has returned to the area after five years of living in Eastern Canada. He graduated from Kingswood University in 2016 and has joined the team at Journey to lead worship and creative arts. Joel has a passion for seeing people come fully alive in Jesus. He enjoys drinking great coffee, writing and recording music, and trail-running.   

  • Kelly maichele

    FInancial secretary

    Kelly comes to Journey with over 10 years of experience in accounting. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Kelly moved to Michigan after graduating from Anderson University in 2007. She is a die-hard Steelers fan and a lover of Dippin' Dots ice cream. Kelly loves spending time with her two boys, August and Atticus, and is proud to be a part of the Journey family.