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Staff & Elders

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gabe sturley

Gabe and his wife, Sarah, are former missionaries to Ukraine where they worked with orphans. Gabe is a graduate of Simpson University and received his Masters of Christian Ministry with an emphasis on missions from Liberty University. Gabe and his wife Sarah have three children. His life verse is John 3:30 - "Jesus must increase and I must decrease." 

lead pastor



Amy graduated from Oakland University with a degree in business. Amy, her husband, Eric, and two sons have been attending Ore Creek since 2017. 

Office Administrator

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isaac Hawley

Isaac is a graduate from the Moody Bible Institute where he received a BA in Pastoral Studies. Isaac loves being with people, playing sports, hiking, and being active. His life verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31 - "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 

Youth Pastor



Don and his family came to Ore Creek from Grace Church in 2001. Don's desire is that we be a congregation that lives by the example of Christ's love and hope in our personal relationships, professing Him as our light, our hope, and our joy. May we boldly proclaim that we are nothing and have nothing of any lasting value except Him.

Elder &

Worship Director

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Dave Classen

Dave founded Ore Creek in 1998 and served as Lead Pastor for 25 years. He now serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation. Born to missionary parents in Nigeria, Dave is a graduate of Bryan College and Dallas Theological Seminary. Dave and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Pastor of     Spiritual Formation



Julie's degree in Christian Ministry Leadership  is from Spring Arbor University. She has taught history and Bible at a Christian school. Her experience spans pre-K through 12th grade. Julie loves kids and is passionate about teaching them about God and His word.

Children's Ministry Director



Sarah is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gabe, served as missionaries in Ukraine for four years. They have three kids. Sarah loves sports, reading, music, solitude, and encouraging others to grow in their relationship with the Lord.

Women's Discipleship Coordinator

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David is the executive director of Wildwood Ranch, a summer camp and youth development ministry the Detroit Rescue Mission. David's dream for Ore Creek is that the church would be "a launching pad enabling, equipping and empowering people to meet the needs in the lives of those around us."




Tom and his family have been calling Ore Creek their home since 2002.  He has a diverse business and leadership background and is ever pursuing a deeper relationship with the Lord.  His life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”




Dave lives in Fenton, MI with his wife, Amelia and two daughters. While being raised in the Catholic Church, Dave made his faith his own in 2005 while attending a high school youth group. Since then he has been involved in college student ministry, large campus churches, a house church, and has been attending Ore Creek Community Church since 2017. 


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