Whether paid or volunteer, our staff is passionate about inspiring others to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ!

  • Duane bower

    Lead Pastor

    My name is Duane, I've been the lead pastor here at epic for 4 full years now.  I'm married to my wife Sadie and I have 5 kids (with one more on the way!).  I enjoy movies, video games, woodworking, playing ukulele, knitting, and pretty much anything else I can learn on YouTube.

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  • melanie pierce

    connections pastor/xplode high school director

    I have been married for over 22 years to Chad Pierce and I have 2 boys, Brendan and Kyle. I left the "working world" to begin full time ministry in 2007 and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I love to spend time with my family, shop and enjoy the beach at Lake Michigan whenever possible.

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  • jon baum

    worship Leader

    I am Jon Baum. I've been married to my lovely wife for 11 years. We have a 2 year old son named Jackson, and a dog named Sadie. I enjoy playing and listening to music, camping, and spending time with family. I have been a part of the Epic community since 2010.

  • sadie bower

    Children's ministry director

    I am Sadie Bower. I am wife to Duane and mom to 5 kids, soon to be 6! I love teaching, coffee, music, reading, coffee, and going to plays! I have been a part of the Epic community for 8 years! 

  • Todd svanda

    xplode Middle school director

    Hi, I'm Todd! Together with my wife Betsy we have 4 awesome kids.  I enjoy shaving my head, and wearing glasses.

  • Mike Bayless

    Global missions director

    I am Mike Bayless. My wife Casie and I, and our 4 kids have been part of Epic since 2008. I enjoy traveling, tropical beaches, experiencing new places, trying new restaurants, reading, walking, and golf.

  • jessica schrauben

    Gifts/volunteer coordinator

    Blessed to be the wife of an amazing God fearing man and the mom of four beautiful girls. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, canning, gardening, and reading.