• Aaron welch Lead pastor / staff Elder email

    If this is our “team” then Aaron’s the head coach, keeping all of us in unity with each other! He’s been a pastor for over 30 years and loves serving inside and outside of the church. On Fridays you might find him pushing the merry-go-round as an elementary school recess monitor and during his free time, he loves hanging out with his wife, Jen and 4 kids anywhere in or near the water! If you see Aaron at church, don't be shocked if he doesn't see you... His eyes aren't the strongest, hence the magnifying glass in our fun photos above!

  • Andy Alber Associate Pastor / staff elderemail

    Andy serves as the Associate Pastor here at Peoples and is sometimes jokingly referred to as the "Medium Guy,” wearing many different hats. His primary responsibilities include leading our NextGen Ministries, teaching alongside Aaron on Sunday mornings, and participating on the Elder Team. Andy and his wife Cora (our Communications Director) have a dog named Bilbo and a cat named Mowgli, and when Andy is not at work you can catch him playing board games, adventuring outdoors, or just sitting around a fire with friends. 

  • trent madaski Worship Director email

    Trent's role includes anything worship or tech related. Some of his responsibilities include Sunday morning services, Wednesday student worship & all the relational and technical equipping he works on with his volunteers. Outside of work, Trent enjoys working out, making music, and watching football. Trent and his wife Haylie have two precious girls (Charlotte and Sophia) who are quite energetic, and bundles of joy all in one. Two kids under two typically means they have their hands full. Going on walks (and trips to the playground) are their favorite family activities.

  • Tricia Richardson KIDMin director email

    Tricia is the director of our kids ministry and oversees all things from newborns through 5th grade! She loves to plan but would also call herself a professional procrastinator (aren't we all)! She and her husband, Jay, have two kids, Sheri and JR. The four of them have been in Pinckney for 17 years and she takes the cake for longest on staff here at Peoples, clocking in at 8 years this year! When not at work, she hopes you'll find her traveling somewhere warm with sunshine and maybe a beach! 

  • Brianna Montalvo office administrator email

    Bri is our Office Administrator and Treasurer who is tasked with trying to keep all of the paperwork organized. She and her Husband Matt also serve on our Worship and tech teams on Sunday mornings and both lead High School students on Wednesday nights at youth group. When not at work Bri enjoys being outside (especially in the summer), doing puzzles, drinking coffee (sadly not sponsored by Biggby yet, despite the photo above), or working on crafty signs. 

  • cora alber communications director email

    Cora is our content creator for all things artsy within the church. In her role, she works to ensure continuity and alignment of all communication needs with the mission and values of Peoples. She currently volunteers on the worship team and spends Wednesday nights hanging out with high school girls at youth group! Cora's hobbies are flowers, sourdough and books! On her days off, you might find her trying out a new recipe, playing board games, designing a frame for her business, or out having coffee with a friend! 

  • Glenda recker Discipleship director email

    Glenda directs our leadership team (on and off of staff) in learning how to live and lead like Jesus. She and her husband, Ken, have been married for 24 years and live right in Pinckney with their 2 kids and 2 pets. Her favorite activities are learning and creating new things, watching college football (Go Green!) and she enjoys making people laugh and listening to others’ stories. Glenda has been at Peoples for 23 years and you can probably locate her in the building if you follow the whistling and/or humming, as music is a big part of her expression of faith.

  • Sharen westhoff nursery/toddler coordinator email

    Sharen coordinates all things LITTLE! Be it Sunday morning, scheduled events or just for fun, you might find Sharen wrangling toddlers in for songs & stories. Her greatest task is ensuring that even our tiniest disciples have the chance to hear God's Word. On Wednesdays, Sharen leads the AWANA club, serving kids between the ages of 3 and 11. When not at church, she is hanging with and leading her own kiddos in Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA, hiking, camping, fishing, and crafting!

Lay Elder team

  • Mark hoppstock

    Mark is an elder as well as the leader of our greeter team here at Peoples. If you're new to our church, he's a laid back, easy person to connect with on a Sunday morning! Mark runs his own contracting company and has a background in graphic design. In his free time, you might find him and his wife Barb putzing around the lake in their boat, competing for largest fish to catch, or cooking something delicious on the grill! 

  • josh robinson

    Josh currently serves as a youth leader, life group leader and elder team member here at Peoples Church. Josh and Missy first came to Peoples Church in 1997 and got married here at the church in December of 2000. They have 4 children and a new son in law in 2023! They love hiking, fishing, hosting events at their home and spending time in the upper Peninsula. Josh would love to meet you if you see him around!

  • brian jacek

    Brian enjoys the role of being on the elder team & being part of the core leadership at Peoples. You may see Brian back in the drum cage on Sunday mornings as this is one of his favorite expressions of his faith. He and his wife, Heather have three daughters (Samantha, Brandi, and Krystal), two new sons-in-law and a new granddaughter, Esme. Brian enjoys outdoor activities and euchre when he's not working as an engineer in Lansing.