Pastors & Staff

Doug Schmidt

Pastor Doug grew up in Minnesota and met his wife Carolyn while in college. They have been married since 1974. They began their ministry here at Woodside in May of 1991. The Lord has blessed them with three children; Andy, married to Kate; Christy; and Teresa, married to Drew Steury. Their six grandchildren bring much joy and excitement to their lives! Pastor Doug holds college and seminary degrees including an EdD (Doctorate in Education). God has used his gifts and passion for teaching and preaching His Word, to minister to people here and around the world. He also encourages and mentors other pastors. Ask him what book he’s reading, and he’ll be able to tell you about a few. He also enjoys classic cars, hunting and playing golf – although he’d probably say his golf game is more about being outside and enjoying people versus birdies! If you are visiting Woodside or have never had the opportunity to meet Pastor Doug, please introduce yourself, he would enjoy meeting you.

Andy McKeever

  • Position Executive Director of Operations

Steve Zarrilli
  • Position Executive Pastor of Campuses and Romeo Campus Pastor

Steve graduated from Cedarville University on a sunny Saturday in June of 2002 and started at Woodside Bible Church on Monday two days later. He’s been part of the church family ever since. He has served as the Middle School Student Pastor, then the Student Ministry Pastor, then the Leadership Development Pastor. He still leads leadership initiatives but primarily serves as the Campus Pastor of Woodside’s Romeo Campus. Steve met his wife, Katie, through Woodside’s Young Adult Ministry and they were married in 2003. They have 3 children: Leah, Josiah and Eliza. He is also a graduate from Moody Theological Seminary and is a doctoral student of Western Seminary. His passion is to follow Jesus, see lives changed by the gospel and make disciples who makes disciples.

Rick Seidel
  • Position Campus Development Pastor
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Rick Seidel first joined the Woodside team in July 2009 as a core team was being formed with the goal of launching the Lake Orion Campus. Since that time, he has enjoyed the privilege of serving and leading this growing community. Joining Rick on this journey is his wife, Lana, a life-long Orion Township resident.

They have two adult children, boy and girl twins, plus two more sons
born in 2001 and 2006. Before coming to Woodside the Seidels had spent time in Quebec City, Canada as church planters.

Andy Baligian
  • Position Leadership Development Pastor

Andy grew up in the Detroit area, lived in Dublin, Ireland briefly and loves being a part of Woodside. He is married to Kim and together they have 5 kids- Katherine, Liam, Owen, Emma and Ezra.

Kristi Kirschmann
  • Position Communication Director

There’s nothing that excites Kristi more than thinking about all people who don’t know Jesus yet and how we can use the platforms God has given us to make His name known to reach the world with the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus! Before becoming a mom, Kristi worked in advertising and marketing – never imagining God would call her to use those skills for Him at Woodside. Kristi is married to her life and ministry partner Mark, has two teenage boys who bring lots of laughs and joy, and a Goldendoodle named Buddy. Kristi enjoys hanging out with the fam, golfing, skiing and hiking (although no heights please!).

Vince Messina
  • Position Care Ministry Pastor

Coming to know the Lord as his Savior at eight years old, Vince’s entire life has been tied to Jesus and His church. Through Bible College and Seminary, raising five children and having served the Lord at four churches throughout southeastern Michigan for the last 37 years. Vince and wife Judy, give God all the praise and glory! Vince’s current position as Care Ministry Pastor here at Woodside affords him the direct responsibility for one-to-one counseling, as well as oversight of multiple ministries in coming alongside people with God’s Word, providing hope for the hurts and challenges of life.

Brad Hulcy
  • Position Next Steps Pastor

Brad grew up in Colorado where he acquired his love for the outdoors. He is a duck hunter and wilderness camper and will take any opportunity to get outside. He has traveled to 20 countries on 5 continents including the Himalayas in Kashmir. Brad believed and began to follow Jesus in high school and then attended and graduated from Bob Jones University with a BA in History. He later received an MA in Theology from Michigan Theological Seminary, now Moody Theological Seminary. Brad and his wife Shari were married in 1977 and have two children and four grandchildren. They have been at Woodside since 1982 and on pastoral staff since 1997. He cannot think of anywhere else he would want to be than at Woodside.

Reuben Ellis
  • Position Community Outreach Director

Reuben  came to Woodside from Living Faith Church in Warren. He grew up in a family of 12 in Detroit, beating the odds. Reuben and his wife Ericka  have two adult children; Raven, and Julian. Reuben loves to spend time with his family, reading- especially books of faith, courage and victory, road cycling and running for fitness.

Eric Haven

  • Position Estate and Gift Planning Director

In 2001, after a 28-year career in the auto industry as a manufacturer’s representative, Eric became Executive Pastor of Woodside Bible Church. Ten years later, in 2011 he turned his focus outward, eagerly assuming the dual roles of Community Relations Pastor for the church and Director of Development for the newly formed Woodside Vision Foundation.

Eric and his wife, Nancy, have been married 43 years; have two married children and five grandchildren.

Eric loves reading, teaching and mountain biking but his favorite pastimes are spent with his grandchildren, encouraging them to grow in the Lord and pursue their loves of gymnastics, swimming and soccer.

This powerful quote captures Eric’s take on life and his forward-leaning work in development. “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” -Helen Keller

Brian Wood
  • Position Adult Ministries Pastor

Brian grew up in the Metro Detroit area. He went to school at Trinity International in Chicago receiving his undergrad in Biblical Studies. There he met his wife Kirsten. They have been married since 2003 and have 3 children – Isaac, Ella and Eli. After building homes for several years Brian went back to grad school at Denver Seminary, and completed his Masters in Divinity. He joined the Woodside staff in 2012 and loves being a part of this church family.

Beth McKenna

  • Position Groups Coaching Director

Beth joined Woodside staff in 2000. Since then, Beth has enjoyed the different roles and ministry teams she has been able to serve and lead throughout the years. From Kids ministry, to events and multi site campus development, to presently serving in Adult Ministries.   Beth has a Masters degree in Counseling. She enjoys the outdoors, running, swimming and watching football.  She is always up for a backyard BBQ with family and friends and treasures spending time with her adult children, Josh and Taylor.

Shelley Jacobson

  • Position Women’s Ministries Director

With a heart and passion for God and His Word, Shelley desires to see women come face to face with God. After many years of serving in an international women’s Bible study locally, God opened the door of opportunity to lead as the Women’s Ministry Director at Woodside – Troy in 2013. Shelley and her husband Ken have been part of the Woodside family since 2000 where they have served in various positions over the years. They are high school sweethearts and parents of three adult children who live outside of Michigan. Shelley is honored to have the privilege to support women throughout the seasons of their lives, providing opportunities for them to connect with God and one another while being equipped to serve and represent Jesus in the community.

Greg McDougall
  • Position Special Needs Director

Greg is the Special Needs Director. He and his wife Janice have been married for twenty-five years and they have three daughters. They have been attending Woodside for 15 years. Greg’s interests include music and fantasy sports.

Lee Hart

  • Position Worship Director

Frankie Krasinski

  • Position Worship Director

Casey Selph

  • Position Technical Arts Director

Randy Cuthrell

  • Position Audio Director

Randy has been on staff as Woodside’s Audio Director since 2003. Besides having a passion for mixing audio, he loves playing competitive softball, working out, hiking, beaches, spending time with his wife Kay, son Corey, and 2 boxers (Molly and Moose).

Kevin Cox

  • Position Lighting Director

Kevin started attending Woodside in 2007, when he was invited to Lighthouse by a friend. In 2014, after serving in Lighthouse, Oasis, and Detroit, he was presented the awesome opportunity to come on full time as Troy’s Lighting Director. He has a beautiful family made up of wife – Andrea, daughter – Sadie, and son – Ryker. Kevin loves the unique opportunity he’s been given to utilize technology to help compliment an atmosphere for worship.

Mike Fisk

  • Position Director of Administration & Finance

Mike is a first born who found his niche in Finance and Accounting a number (pun intended) of years ago. After a few stops in the corporate world Mike is excited to be using his God given skills at Woodside to help further the Lord’s kingdom. Mike completed his undergraduate studies at Alma College and received his MBA from Wayne State University. While at Alma he met his wife, Christine, and they married in 1994. They reside in Troy and have two children. In his spare time, Mike enjoys running, golf, and watching movies and sports (especially football).

Clayton Goers

  • Position Facilities Director

Clayton was hired in 2006 and became the Facilities Manager in 2010. He oversees building maintenance, custodial and transportation for all the Campuses. He enjoys teaching the Grow and Reach classes at the Warren location where he and his wife have attended since the merger in 2005. He married his high school sweetheart Sandy in September of 1974 . Their family has grown to 23 !! with the addition of their two new granddaughters giving them a total of 13 grandchildren. Clayton really enjoys mountain bike riding and has peddled across the State of Michigan.

Brad Ervin

  • Position Information Systems Director

Brad has been walking the halls of Woodside Bible Church since 1999! He grew up with parents working typical jobs at church and serving in different areas of ministry. This largely shaped his view of being connected in a church family. The journey from childhood to the adult years has been an adventure marked by God’s great hand of direction. Since 2006, Brad has been serving as the Director of Information Systems at the Troy Campus. Brad and his wife Michelle have two great girls, Kimberly and Emily.

Robin Mitchell

  • Position Bridges Coffeehouse Director

Robin and her husband Jay began attending Woodside as a young married couple new to the Troy area and immediately felt at home here and became involved in our church family. They love serving the Lord together, actively participating in Woodside’s adult fellowship groups, Bible studies and a neighborhood group. In 1997, Robin and Jay began their adventure into the coffee world to serve coffee and specialty beverages to Awana parents on Wednesday evenings. In 2008 Robin joined the staff and now runs Bridges Coffee Ministry made up of 75+ volunteers, creating opportunities for rest, refreshment and fellowship for our church family and guests.

Lauren King

  • Position Human Resource Director

Jason Porter

  • Position Safety and Security Director

With a passion and desire to serve and protect, Jason became Woodside’s Safety and Security Director in 2015. He is responsible for security operations campus wide, including Woodside’s Child Protection Program. Jason’s passion for protecting people started at a young age which led him to his role at Woodside. He and his wife, Danyelle, have been a part of the Woodside family since 2008. They have two children, Drew and Audrey, and enjoy raising their foster son. Jason’s hobbies include being in the outdoors with his family.

Steve & Cathleen Tripp

  • Position The Lodge Host & Caretaker

Steve (assisted by his wife, Cathleen) is Host/Caretaker of The Lodge in Deckerville, MI. They have five children; Evan, Kelly, Jake, Emma, and Tadd. Steve has a Biblical Studies degree from Calvary Chapel Bible College and has served in assistant and lead pastor roles. Prior to joining the Woodside family, Steve and Cathleen served for several years as missionaries in the Middle East. Discipleship is their passion and together they see each day as an opportunity to encourage and strengthen others. When asked what their hobbies and interests are, Steve said, “We enjoy the outdoors and serving people; so this is the perfect job for us.”

Julie Benzenbower

  • Position Pre-School Day Care Director

Working with children has always been a passion of Julie’s, starting when she was in middle school helping at VBS or babysitting in her hometown in Indiana. With over 20 years of teaching experience now, Julie has begun a new adventure of being Director of Woodside Bible Preschool. Julie says, “Watching a child learn, not only academically, but also seeing them grasp the love Jesus has for them is so exciting!” Julie and her husband, Brett, are the parents of two children, Jacob (8) and Justin (6), and have been a part of the Woodside Bible Church family for 8 years.

Tom Gitter

  • Position Life Impact/Missions Pastor

Tom has been the Life Impact pastor since 2008. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Economics and then earned a Masters of Divinity from Michigan Theological Seminary in 2003. Tom is also part owner of two global manufacturing businesses located here in Michigan. He is passionate about helping every Woodsider realize that they are global Christians, called to reach their neighborhood, their region, and the world

Lexie Schwarze

  • Position Life Impact Director

Lexie is Director of Life Impact for Woodside. She comes to us with 20 years’ experience working in the corporate world, and a degree in marketing and Computer Science. Lexie and her family have been members of Woodside Bible Church since 1998. She, her husband Fred, 3 sons Bradley, Spencer and Noah live in Lake Orion along with Dixie and Sydney, their bloodhound and cat!

EJ Swanson

One of E.J.’s greatest joys is serving The Lord! He is blessed to be leading a team of NextGen Pastors and Directors across twelve campuses at Woodside Bible Church in The Metro Detroit area! Passionate about people E.J. oversees staff, volunteers, strategies, and leadership development for Kids, Students, and Young Adults at Woodside. He loves being in the trenches with a great team! As well as Pastoring at Woodside, E.J. Speaks across the nation to over 150,000 students and adults per year. EJ’s lively personality provides an exceptional ability to communicate to high-energy people in a way that is not only engaging and fun, but challenging as well. His greatest loves are Jesus, his wife Abbey, his little girl Ruth and good coffee!

Scott Crosby
  • Position Central NextSteps Pastor

Scott grew up in Troy, graduated from Michigan State, and spent some time living in Denver, Colorado. He enjoys skiing, sports, and staying active.

Joe Crabb

  • Position Student Ministry Pastor

Joe has been a member at Woodside since he was a young lad. He spent a large portion of that time serving within Oasis, our middle school ministry. Joe worked as a volunteer small group leader for 4 years, a student ministry intern for the next 3, and has been on staff as a Co-Director of Middle School Ministries since 2010. He graduated from Rochester College with a degree in Youth and Family Ministries and a minor in Behavioral Sciences. Joe married the love of his life, Robin, in 2013!

Trevor Callis

  • Position Oasis Worship Director

Kim Schuler

  • Position Central Students Director

Kim works with the high school students and enjoys being able to walk through the formative years with students as they look for answers about their faith and form their identity in Christ. Kim is married to Maxwell Schuler, who serves alongside the students as well. Together they enjoy serving, outdoor activities and traveling.

Daniel Park

  • Position Student Ministry Director

Daniel loves Jesus with everything he is, and his desire is to help others love Jesus more. He has served overseas for a year in Liberia, West Africa as a missionary, and he currently loves serving in the student ministry staff as a Director, and all that comes with it. He loves disciplining young men, and being a part of their lives and influencing them to love Jesus more. He loves playing music and sports. He is glad to call Woodside his home.

Matt Uitti
  • Position Central Kids Pastor

Matt has been walking the halls of Woodside Bible Church since…since he could walk! He grew up with parents working typical jobs at the church and serving in all different areas of ministry. This largely shaped his view of being connected in a church family and doing life in the Metro Detroit area. The journey from childhood to the adult years has been an adventure marked by God’s great hand of direction. Since 2007, Matt has been serving with his wife Adrienne as the Student Ministry pastor at Woodside Warren. They have a precious bundle of energy, daughter Estelle. Matt loves the Lord with his entire being and desires for students, along with their families to know Christ – grow in their relationship with Him, and live with mission and purpose.

Stacy Warda

  • Position Troy Kids Elementary Large Group Director

Stacey is another recent addition to our Kids Ministry, and serves as one of the Elementary Directors. Her official title is: Large Group Experience Director, Troy Kids Ministry (whew!). She is married to Kevin and will celebrate 16 years of marriage in November. They have two children. They have attended Woodside for 8 years and her hobbies are – kids! She says, “Seriously, I love art and anytime I get to be creative.” She is currently illustrating a children’s book and also works at her children’s school as a lunch mom.

Deborah Cristoforo

  • Position Kids Early Childhood Director

Blessing Bloodworth

  • Position Troy Kids Project Director

Blessing is also working in Kids Ministry as the Nursery Director. She is a newlywed (married to Tyler), since August. She is in her third year at Oakland University studying Elementary Education. She would like to have her own preschool or kindergarten classroom. But ultimately, she says, “My goal is to grow to be a great wife and eventually, mother”. Her favorite way to spend a Saturday morning is sitting with Tyler on their balcony in a cozy sweater with a hot cup of coffee.

Sarah Arndt

  • Position Elementary Kids Director

Sarah believes that God’s design for families is for parents to be the primary means of forming their children into disciples of Jesus. That is why she is passionate about partnering with parents as they help their kids to know and love Jesus. Sarah has worked in Kids Ministry since 2002, but has only been part of the Woodside Kids team since 2016. Working with the amazing Kids Ministry volunteers at Woodside is one of the best parts of her week! Sarah is happily married to Dan and they have been blessed with two creative, fun, silly boys named Noah and Levi.