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Ron has lived in Rochester Hills for the past 32 years. He is retired from General Motors where he was formerly employed as a release engineer in the Electronics Integration and Software group of the Powertrain Division. His family includes his wife Judy and their three adult children, Paul and Sarah (Cucheran) of Rochester Hills and Timothy of Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as six grand children. His hobbies and avocations include writing, presenting and directing many original dramas, skits and oral interpretations for churches, schools and youth groups, cross-country skiing, pastel painting and reading. His speaking experiences include teaching at various church services, Christian conferences and retreats, both in and out of the U.S., as well as leading a monthly Sunday evening vesper service at a senior complex in Rochester Hills. His passions include the ministry of Celebrate Recovery, serving as Spiritual Mentor to the leadership of the chapters at Kensington Church, and Crossroads Pregnancy Center, which he served as president of the Board of Directors from 2005-2015.

Ron Daggett, Board Chair 

Dave Spoelma is a former business owner in the service industry as well as manufacturing.  He was called out of business to go to seminary and become a pastor in 2000.  He received his Masters in Divinity Degree at Calvin Theological Seminary and is now serving as lead pastor at Imlay City Christian Reformed Church.

Dave has been married to his wife Cheryl for 27 years.  Cheryl is self employed and is owner/operator of a daycare center.  They have two sons.  Their oldest son, Kyle, has just graduated from the Calvin College Accounting Program has been hired at the firm Beene Garter in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He is studying for his CPA exam.  Their youngest son, Tyler, has finished up his general eds with a focus on Criminal Justice. He will be attending Saginaw Valley State University in the Fall to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology.  He will go on from there to Grand Valley State University to obtain a Masters in Criminal Justice Degree.  His goal is to be a Profiler with the federal government.  

Dave has a deep passion to make disciples and to see people come to know Jesus Christ.  Of all the boards that Dave has served on, the Center For Discipleship is his favorite.  It fits his vision for who God has called him to be, but he also sees it as the best "bang for the buck and for his time."  Time is short.  Time is valuable.  The time is near for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our only way to salvation.
 
"My personal mission is to introduce as many people to Him as possible and to make disciples while doing so.  The Center For Discipleship has these same goals and I am proud to serve on their Board!"

Dave Spoelma, Secretary

Bradley R. Johnson
Brad Johnson is married with three children. He has been married to Kim for 18 years. They serve and share ownership in businesses in the Lapeer county area. They strive to promote a strong family ministry unit according to biblical standards.

Brad is currently serving as plant manager for MIG Molding. Current responsibilities include fulfilling the vision of the company while operating within profitable parameters. Brad continues to develop prosperous business endeavors to increase MIG’s position in the marketplace.

Brad was born in Lapeer Michigan. He graduated from North Branch High School in 1984 and has continued education at Oakland Community College. He has received ministry training from the International School of Ministry and Bill Anderson Ministries. After completing BAM International School of Ministry, Brad served as a staff minister for three years. Prior ministry experience includes youth ministry, local church board, and Elder board positions. During the years spent as staff minister, his responsibilities included developing the ministry vision and consulting with peer ministers, exhorting them in their ministry focuses. 

Brad relies on the leading of the Holy Spirit to move in the body of Christ. His fulfillment as a five fold minister causes God to be in the forefront of everything he does. He uses the Word as an example of conduct and believes people need a model of Christ in our culture.

Ray Champion is an entertainer; keyboard player/singer, one-man-band musician, magician & business owner.  He has been involved in the music ministry for nearly 40 years and a professional entertainer for 48 years.  Ray has an Associates of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy and working toward a Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministries through Nation to Nation Christian University. 

Ray married Janis in 1971.  She is a licensed massage therapist, orthodontic dental assistant and also has an essential oil business.  They have three children, Aaron, a supervising engineer for Stryker Medical working on his MBA.  Sarah Bowman, an eighth grade science teacher working on her second Masters and Lana, currently a stay at home mom, a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist.  They also have five grandchildren.

Ray's mantel is as a music minister, proclaiming the glory and majesty of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit through music.  He also believes he has the gift of helps.  He is involved considerably in municipal and service organizations; Rotary member, past president, Rotarian of the Year, Rotary hall of fame and three time Paul Harris Fellow, on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, past vice President.  The involvement in community activities gives Ray the opportunity to live out the scripture relating to being a "...living epistle, known and read by all men."  God gives Ray occasions to express his faith at fitting times as He directs.
 
Ray is honored to serve on the board at the Center for Discipleship as the mission there is in sync with the ideals he pursues in life.
 

Ray Champion

My name is Nancy Herpolsheimer.  I am married to Chuck and have been for almost 49 years.  We have 3 children, Brad, Heather and Hope.  We are also blessed with 7 grandchildren.      Chuck and I are part of the founders of, and live in, an intentional Christian Community in Imlay City.  I am a member of the Light of Christ Church.  The community owned and operated a commercial greenhouse business for many years and I worked in and helped manage that operation. I became the Deputy Clerk in Attica Township in 1988 and was appointed Clerk in 1990.  I have continued to hold this position until the present time.   
         I obtained my Bachelor of Education degree from Oakland University in 1967 and taught 2nd grade in Romeo schools for 3 years and Head Start for 2 summers in Romeo also.  I became a full time mom when our children were born.  Once they were all in school I became a substitute teacher for many years.  Right now I am continuing my education as a student in the Nation 2 Nation program being held at the Center for Discipleship. 
        My greatest joys are being a Child of God, a wife, a mother and grandmother to the greatest kids ever!
 

Born and raised in Anacortes, WA, she has lived in North Branch, Michigan since 1983 when she married her husband Bryan.  They have three married children and 5 grandchildren.

She has an associates degree in accounting from St. Clair County Community College. She worked as the financial secretary of Country Christian Church, where her and her husband attend.  She is currently the administrative assistant there.

She is very glad to be a part of the wonderful ministry of The C and is excited to see how God is going to use it to bring people to Himself.

Shannon Pratt, Treasurer