Cody Francis is currently serving as the ministerial director for the Michigan Conference. It is his joy to serve and help support pastors in their mission of taking the everlasting gospel to their communities. He is a graduate of the Andrews Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM). In 2017, he accepted a call to pastor in Michigan serving in northern Michigan as pastor and later as a district superintendent. Prior to serving in Michigan, he served as Academic Dean of Hartland College in Rapidan, Virginia and a church planter in the Seattle-metro area. Cody and his wife Mandy are blessed with three daughters (Karise, Serena, Hosanna). In their free time they enjoy many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, backpacking, and biking.
Tom Hubbard is currently serving as associate ministerial director for the Michigan Conference. It is his passion to help and serve pastors to carry out the calling that God has placed on each one. He has served in multiple churches throughout Michigan and most recently served as pastor of the Wilson and Menominee churches as well as District Superintendent. It has been his joy and privilege to serve in ministry with his wife Amie. They have five children and two grandchildren. As time permits, they enjoy traveling and spending time in God’s wonderful outdoors backpacking, canoeing, and hiking.
Bob Stewart is currently serving as associate ministerial director and oversees multi-ethnic ministries for the Michigan Conference. He has served in Saginaw, Detroit, and most recently in Grand Rapids. It was there that his heart was drawn out to the needs of refugees, and he played an instrumental role in helping the Kinyarwanda speaking refugees from Africa organize and start their own church. He is a graduate of Southwestern Adventist University. His wife Sandi was called by God to ministry when she was converted and has been serving the Lord for over 40 years as a Bible worker. They have been married for almost 40 years. They have four children and many grandchildren.
Allie Gayle is the administrative assistant for the Michigan Conference ministerial department.
TheMinisterial Department: We provide the local congregation with pastoral resources and strive to minister to the individual pastors as a "pastor to the pastors." We hope to foster an atmosphere in which pastors may be used of God as dynamic channels for the Holy Spirit and to offer opportunities for them to improve their skills and gifts through mentoring, coaching, partnership, prayer, seminars, and continuing education.
The Pastor has been appointed to be the spiritual leader of the local congregation by the Conference Executive Committee. The pastor will coordinate all evangelism activities as the local church works to present the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ to their community. Through sermons, visitation, counseling, and earnest prayers on behalf of those in need, the pastor leads the way by inspiring the members to be a truly caring, soul-winning body of people.
Since the pastor’s highest work is to develop the local church into a training center for Christian service (Ephesians 4:11-16), it is important that the pastor find ways to involve each member in some phase of church activity so that as many as possible can participate in the joy of service in the body of Christ.