Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Blaine Faircloth

Lead Pastor

I always struggle with writing my own bio. One of the main reasons is I am one of those people that if you ask me what time it is I will tell you how to build a watch! I love statistics and quotes and what my wife calls useless trivia. More than anything though, I love Jesus and subsequently his church. I have spent more than 30 years serving the church in some capacity or the other and I love it. I dream about being a part of a thriving church that is impacting and influencing culture in a positive way. My best days are the ones in which I see God’s people working together as the body, using their gifts to make God’s name famous!
 
The love of my life (next to Jesus) is my beautiful wife Julie. Our life together has been an awesome adventure. We live in such a way that we can’t wait to see what each day is going to hold.  Julie and I are very proud of our children Candace, and her husband John, and BJ, and his wife Jaime. We take great delight in our grandchildren Cami, Alonna, my buddy Malachi, Blaine III, Moses and our newest addition, Natalie.
 
Hobbies: Travel, shows, nice restaurants and anything that gets me outside (hunting, fishing, golf, horses and motorcycles).
Books: The Divine Conspiracy, The Power of a Whisper, The Blue Parakeet, Courageous Leadership, anything by Louie L’Amour.
Odd Fact: One of my Great, great… uncles, Daniel Fairclough, was one of the translators of the King James Bible.
 
Life Scripture: Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Julie Faircloth

Ministry Coordination Pastor

Julie serves as the Coordination Pastor of Dexter Lake Ministries. She is Pastor Blaine’s college sweetheart, married for 35 years!
 
She demonstrates in every way that life is an awesome adventure from God, and she looks forward to many new adventures God has! She enjoys making art out of people's discarded trash! Seriously.. if you are ever with Julie, you may be dumpster diving! Be prepared to laugh and have fun!
 
She is also proud of her two children, Candace and Blaine Jr., and her 10 precious grandchildren!

Justin Candela

Student Ministries Pastor

Since 2007, I have been working in student ministry as a team with my wife Erin.  Our passion has always been seeing students' lives changed through the power of Christ, watching them discover their calling, and seeing them grow in it.  Our goal at Dexter Lake Church is to witness this same transformation in the lives of our students.  We love spending time with students through community outreach, band practice, game night, counseling, watching movies, or just living life.  

I met Erin in Eastern Michigan University's Marching Band in 2002.  Erin invited me to her church and I got saved that night.  Little did I know the amazing adventure that I was about to embark on with God.  After serving as youth band leaders at Victorious Life Church of God for five years, we were asked in 2012 to lead as the youth pastors. I had the pleasure of leading the same youth group that I got saved in.  I marveled at what God was doing in my life.  We look forward to what God will do next!

Our favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Erin Candela

Worship & Logistics Coordinator

I’ve had a love for music since I was a young child.  I grew up singing with my mom in my home church.  As I grew older, I learned that worship has many forms.  I’ve been involved with singing, instruments, sound and media, dancing, drama, flags, and painting.  I learn more by seeing and doing, so I love to see worship in all its forms.
I met my husband in college.  At the time, we were both music majors.  I ended my college career with a Fine Arts Group minor which included courses in music, art, and theater.  Justin and I have been ministry partners since 2006.  In addition to worship arts, I also help Justin stay organized and plan events with Student Ministry. We have two young, wild, and beautiful children who share our love for worship.
If you have an interest in any Dexter Lake worship teams (vocal, band, sound, media, dance, drama, painting/visual art), we would love to get to know your strengths and train you to use your talents in worship to God.
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…”
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
1 Peter 4:10-11  “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others…so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Tony Barger

Administrative Pastor

Tony’s life scripture is Mark 12:30-31 “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

His ministry passion is in Stewardship – of our time, talent, treasure and testimony. He believes that Stewardship is effected in service. As Jesus did, we’re here to serve – God and others. Tony is a local – born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan – with exception of a 2 year stint in Alabama as a child and a 2 year stint in Canada as an adult. He’s attended Dexter Lake since adolescence and served in numerous church capacities over the years.  He’s the oldest child in his family, very happily married to Cori, has two adult children in Rachel & Michael, a son-in-law David and three awesome grandchildren, Thea, Evie and Dash.

Ironically, before serving in his current role as Administrative Pastor, Tony had a career at the Kellogg Company in Engineering, having received his degree from University of Michigan. He and Cori both completed their Chaplaincy certification and CAMs study for credentialing within the Church of God. While Cori’s talents and abilities are more creative and Tony’s administrative, it’s their desire to use those gifts in serving our church and community. Their single, united passion and purpose is in hospitality and building relationships. They enjoy spending time with family which includes traveling; staying fit and healthy; enjoying various home projects / hobbies; and antiquing. Tony’s favorite movie is the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which he has watched no less than a dozen times.

Ashley Green

Office Administrator

Ashley’s family came to Dexter Lake Church in 1998 and she has attended ever since! She is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek having graduated from Lakeview High school. Upon graduation, she continued her education in Cosmetology at the School of Designing Arts where she then pursued her career as a stylist in the Battle Creek area for 8 years.

She met her husband, Coty Green, at Dexter Lake at a young age and began a lifelong friendship. Coty and Ashley began their relationship in 2006, decided to become official members of the church together during this time, and married later in 2009. Coty and Ashley have three wonderful boys, Caeden, Decklan and Tristan, that they are raising to be good, Godly men – a longstanding tradition in the Green family.

Her heart is to serve her family, friends and church in any way she can. Ashley is currently involved in Children’s ministry, Worship Ministry, Treasury Ministry and serves on the Women’s Board. Her position as office administrator allows her to further contribute to her desire to serve. For Ashley, Dexter Lake has always been her home church and she looks forward to cultivating a hunger for God in her children as they grow here. She enjoys the outdoors and can often be found taking walks at the local zoo and area parks as well as visiting the downtown area admiring historical architecture. Ashley loves spending time with her family, playing games, watching movies, cooking and laughing with good friends. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11-12 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you”.

Amy Ayres

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Amy serves as the Kid Zone Director here at Dexter Lake Church. She has been an active member since 1999. Amy and her husband Michael have been married for 21 years. Together they have one daughter and three grandchildren.

Amy has a passion to teach children about the love of Christ and worship through song and prayer. With the heart of a Pastor, she continually prays for each child that comes into Kid Zone. She enjoys seeing them week after week and hearing about their successes and praying for their troubles. Passion in itself has many meanings, but the most important one is a deep desire. So what is her deepest desire for Children’s Ministry? To see a child ask Jesus to be their personal Savior, and yet another one learn to enter into worship. Amy loves each child that enters through the doors of Kid Zone, and when they leave, they will know that they are loved.

Vince Aldrich

Media Coordinator

I was born again on December 27, 1999 at 10 p.m. in the evening. I was laying on the living room floor reading a book. The main character in the book read a prayer of salvation. When I finished reading that prayer I heard God's voice for the first time in my life. He said, "You know what to do, just do it." I laid there frozen for about 5 minutes. Then I reread the prayer and said it aloud as I read it. Instantly I felt the void in my body  filled. It was a void that had been there my entire life. It was a void that I didn't recognize until it was filled because I was just used to it being there.

After that I came to Dexter Lake and felt the Holy Spirit confirm within me it was where I should be as soon as I walked in the door. I was mentored by my wonderful men of God and grew and leadership and roles within the church. Primarily in Men's Ministry.

Unfortunately, due to changes in my personal life, I fell away from my personal relationship with God. I never lost faith - I just lost the day to day relationship with him. For most of four years I was absent from church.

Thankfully that changed the summer of 2016. I came back to a daily relationship with God and returned to Dexter Lake. Currently I am thrilled to be involved with the Worship Team and the Multimedia Team. I desire excellence in everything that Dexter Lake produces. I desire excellence and supporting our pastoral staff and all that they do. I desire excellence in directing, producing and supporting anything that happens on our stage as well as anything that happens with the Dexter Lake name associated with it. I desire to love everyone on the teams that I work with. I desire that they know that I love them. I desire to present God's glory in anything that I do; that's why I'm thrilled to be a part of Dexter Lake Church.

Cindy Swart

Hospitality Coordinator

Cindy Swart is the Hospitality Coordinator at Dexter Lake Church. Cindy has been married for 25 years and started her journey at Dexter Lake in 2015 . Cindy has a passion for helping others discover their God-given gifts as she has worked on discovering hers. Cindy is driven by helping others volunteer in the areas which bring out who they are and help them to feel a sense of belonging in the body of Jesus Christ as they serve others.

Dianne VerPorter

Missions Coordinator

Dianne is the Local Mission Representative at Dexter Lake she and her husband John moved here from Landrum South Carolina in October 2017 and has been attending Dexter Lake Church since November 2017.  While in South Carolina Dianne and John were involved with leading the Mission program at Oneal Church of God. Dianne served as the LMR at Oneal for 17 years and was in the position when she moved to Michigan.   Dianne has a passion for Mission awareness within the body of the church; by planning Mission trips, helping a Missionary or Mission with an urgent need or just reminding everyone that the Great Commission was not a suggestion but a commandment.