Timothy Keller, Pastor (M.Div.)
Our pastor loves books which means he loves preaching and teaching, but he also loves people. His passion is to see people flourish using every gift God has given them to serve others. Native to California, Timothy came to Michigan for seminary but stayed after he fell in love with Gospel Life. Married in 2003 to his creative wife Rebekah, together on mission, life has been and continues to be an adventure.
Cliff Roberts, Worship Leader
Don't let the rough exterior fool you. Cliff loves people. His most famous contribution at Gospel Life is implementing hugs. He's even got our pastor hugging people. Cliff's love for people means he's always trying to get people on stage to use their talents.
Cliff is an electrician and can fix almost anything. Cliff is married to his lovely wife Amber with four kids. When he's not at GL, he's either blessing someone with his handyman skills or fishing at Belle Isle with his wife.
Jeff Swanson, Deacon, Community Group Leader
Jeff is a local business owner with a heart of gold. He makes sure we keep our heart for our community, plus we can always count on Jeff for wisdom and experience.
When Jeff isn't at GL, he's either managing his business, helping someone, or at his cottage with his wife. His passion for God is a driving force at Gospel Life.
Diane Scott, Treasurer, Women's Discipleship
Diane is a native of the Detroit Metro area and has lived in Clawson since 2001. She is blessed to have one adult son and 2 growing grandchildren who live in Oakland County. She works full time as a software engineer and loves using technology to make life more efficient for herself and others.
She is a science fiction fan, particularly of all versions of Star Trek. She has always loved to read and currently she is reading is focused on studying to become a Noutheic Counselor.
She has been the church treasurer since 2010 and has been able to combine her past and present employment experiences to help the leadership make wise financial decisions and to assist members with personal budgeting.
Diane came to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior over 30 years ago and considers herself fortunate to be able to grow in grace and to serve Jesus through Gospel Life Church.
Amber Roberts, Children's Ministry
Amber passions are getting closer to God daily, encouraging the down hearted, serving, loving children, and being creative through photography & drama. Amber’s exploits have taken her to Peru and South Africa on missions trips. Ask her about them sometime. She has some amazing stories. Amber affectionately calls herself a “lifer” of Gospel Life and she takes her calling to serve the children seriously. Like Jesus, she sees them as precious souls and the next generation of the church.
Jim Carlton, Leadership Team
Born and raised in Madison Heights. I was an agnostic and never attended Church with my family.
The first year of our Rosies Park picnics was when I was first introduced to Gospel Life Church, then known as Community Baptist. I would take my kids to Rosies Park every night after work and I at first thought there was a reunion or some other event. When I found out what it was about, I would not allow my kids to partake of the event, because I felt that people were taking advantage of good people who were reaching out to the community. I watched from the play structure and just saw people taking and not giving back. I offered to give them some money to help but I was denied politely.I did stay and help them clean up each week, as it was the only thing they would let me do. The second year as the event drew near, my wife called me at work and told me about a Church picnic at the park that she wanted to attend. I told her we could go but again we would not partake for the reasons listed above. What I did not know at the time was that my wife had been praying for years for me to want to attend a Church. In addition someone from the Church choose my driveway to turn around in and while there spoke to my wife and invited us to the Picnic. Lastly PT and his wife Rebekah choose the sidewalk in front of my home to pray for a good event and guidance. We went to the park that night on the first week of the second year, and my kids went right to the face painting. I took the time to literally grill PB, PT and several other members on the logical reasons for belief which at the time I needed to be able to reason thru my mind. After spending three hours in discussion with several people, it left me open to more discussions. During the second week of the second year I reached out to the leaders of the Church and asked how I could help them with their Church. After a few weeks I was able to help with some needs that the Church had that I could help with. While digging out a trench and working on the building I said a few prayers not really believing that they would mean anything, however the Lord granted me a glimpse of his power and actually answered my petty prayers. The Lord gave me exactly what I needed to become a believer both in my heart and mind. Why the Lord choose to reveal himself to me an unbeliever, to this day brings tears to my eyes. Little did I know at the time that the Lord was and had been working on my mind and heart for two years to bring me to salvation. That night I came home and the family was out somewhere, I spent a good half hour praying to the Lord and it was on my heart to attend services at Community Baptist. After attending for three months, I asked to be Baptized. From that point forward I was an active member of the Church. After two to three years and several Church classes, I was nominated to become an Elder of the Church. Not long after my appointment as an Elder, I found myself in a place to guide the Church thru some of its most challenging times alone with just the Lord and the support of my family. After a few months the Lord brought PT back to the Church and he helped me bear the burden. During this six month period I found myself not ministering to my family and I choose to step down to give my time back to ministering to my wife and kids. Shortly there after I was diagnosed with Stage three cancer and by Gods will we were able to beat it and get back to full health. I am now back to a place where I can serve the Lord and his Bride, and minister to my family.
Drew Madry, Community Group Leader, Leadership Team
Rebekah Keller, Creative Director
Rebekah is our official "think outside the box" specialist. She's always pushing us towards forward thinking not only with all things creative but also with our mission. Rebekah loves Jesus and has a huge heart for people. When Rebekah's not at GL, she usually giving people rides, seriously. She's one of those people who doesn't know how much we love her. She's the great woman behind our pastor and without her, Timothy always says he couldn't do ministry.
Carla Harnden, Hospitality
Carla grew up in Madison Heights and brought her family back to live in the house she grew up in 25 years ago. When she's not serving as the Hospitality Coordinator at GL, singing with the GL band, or caring for her family, she is working full time as a customer service rep for a company headquartered here in “the Heights.” Carla has been married to her husband Tom for 15 years and together they have 1 amazing son, 3 beautiful daughters and 4 wonderful grandchildren. She walked through the doors of GL in January of 2011 looking for religion, but instead met Jesus and fell in love. One of her biggest blessings is to serve her GL family by coordinating opportunities for everyone to break bread together. She looks forward to what God has in store for her future and the future of Gospel Life Church.
Ben Zhu, Media Director