Lead Pastor: Kevin Guetschow
Kevin grew up in Plainwell, MI and attended Western Michigan University. Kevin met his wife, Karen, while in high school. They were married in 1981. Kevin and Karen have two children, Erin and Erik.
In 2010, following 28 years managing and owning businesses in the automotive field, they sold their business and moved to Kent City, MI to enter into ministry through the United Methodist Local Pastor Licensing process. Kevin completed his theological education in 2016 at United Theological Seminary.
In 2017 Kevin and Karen brought their energy and passion to CrossWind Community Church and the Dorr community. “We feel there needs to be spaces and places in every community, where people feel comfortable and welcomed – as they are, where they are – to experience the love of Jesus.”
Life Verse: “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40: 1-3
Favorite Books: Hmmmm… tough one. First thought… The Bible. Second thought, Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
Favorite Movies: Another tough one. I have many. I’ve watched Pretty Woman with Karen, and Frozen with my Granddaughter more times than I care to remember.
But, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably one of my favorite.
Favorite Musicians: Matt Maher, George Strait, and Randy Travis, just to mention a few
Worship Leader / Administrator: Carter Lezman
Carter grew up in Holland, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015. In 2016 Carter met Betsy, his wife, at one of his music performances in Holland. Carter and Betsy were married in the summer of 2019.
Carter followed God’s call to ministry and accepted the position of worship leader at CrossWind in 2016. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity at Liberty University, and is planning to graduate in 2020. After graduation, Carter hopes to continue his career as a full-time worship pastor.
Carter is also a professional singer-songwriter who performs at local live music venues. Carter released his first album, a four track EP entitled “Stand Out,” in August 2018. He has a passion for music, and is currently working on his next album, to be released in 2020. More than anything, Carter believes that God can use the positive message of his music to inspire others to live a meaningful life.
Life Verse: “The LORD is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2
Favorite Movies: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and anything else with a good plot line and adventure!
Favorite Books: The Bible, Fathered by God by John Eldredge and Love Does by Bob Goff
Favorite Musicians: There are so many. For worship, I love Phil Wickham, Rend Collective, Bethel Worship, Elevation Worship, Vertical Worship, Third Day, and Michael W. Smith. For everyday music, I love John Mayer, Keith Urban, Eric Church, and Ed Sheeran.