Pastor Phil Krist
Pastor Phil and his wife Becky were college sweethearts. Marrying right after graduation, Pastor Phil and Becky entered full time pastoral ministry the same year. They have three children: Julie, Jonathan and Jennifer. Lakeside is where all three children have committed their lives to Jesus and have grown in Him.
An adventurer at heart, Pastor Phil is an accomplished scuba diver and certified underwater cave diver. Krist family vacations are never boring, and have included white water rafting, mountain climbing, camping, scuba safaris, Mayan ruins and more! Some of Pastor Phil’s most exciting and hilarious sermon illustrations have come from his many adventures.
Pastor Phil’s ministerial studies have taken him across the country and around the world. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL. He received his Masters of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA and he earned Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston, MA. Yet his most exciting educational experience were archaeological studies on a dig in Israel!
Pastor Phil’s ministry background includes being a student ministries coordinator, a hospital chaplain, a youth pastor, an assistant pastor, a college instructor and a Lead Pastor. He has been a speaker at both national and overseas conferences, but his most important ministry is his family. He often remarks, “My marriage and children will be the most important sermons I will ever preach.”
You get a non-boring guarantee when Pastor Phil speaks. His messages offer encouraging, practical insights from God’s Word for significant daily living. Bible truths are made easy to understand. Messages come alive through Pastor Phil’s illustrations, frequent use of props, drama, and video. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be blessed by fresh, uncompromising messages spoken into your life.
Under Pastor Phil’s leadership, Lakeside has relocated to a highly strategic location, experienced consistent building programs, expansions and improvements. Lakeside has grown from being a new church plant to one of the state’s largest Assemblies. Yet Pastor Phil’s most important building project has been people! His vision for people to become disciples of Christ rather than mere decisions has birthed more than 100 Lakeside ministries and the planting of four area churches. His passion for world outreach has taken Lakeside from supporting just six missionaries to over 150 missionaries and ministries around the world!
More than a preacher or a teacher, Pastor Phil is a Pastor. He loves people. Whether it is through his speaking, his counseling, praying or just caring, his consuming passion is to make an eternal difference in peoples lives for the glory of God.
Pastor Randy Neary
Family Life Pastor
Pastor Randy joined the Lakeside Team in August 2007. He has been in full-time Children's & Family Pastoral ministries for over 29 years, serving in churches in Wisconsin and Texas . Pastor Randy graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Studies from North Central University, has attended graduate studies at Lamar University & has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family from Moody Theological Seminary. Pastor Randy is a Limited License Professional Counselor and serves part-time as a Therapist at Crossing Paths Christian Counseling.
Pastor Randy has been married to his wife, Rosemary, and partner in ministry for 35 years. Rosemary has been the Director of Lakeside Preschool & Childcare Center since it opened in September of 2013. They have two children, Ben (and his wife Samm who live in Chicago) & Beth.
After serving over 10 years ministering primarily to children at Lakeside, Pastor Randy now oversees Christian Education, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Care & Technology at Lakeside.
Next Gen Ministry Director
Aaron serves our children from Kindergarten to 8th Grade via....
Weekly Kids Church Services, Missionettes and Royal Rangers and
Children and Kids Annual Outreaches, Activities & Family Fun Events.
Student Ministries Director
Married in February 2019, Jordan and Yari make a great ministry team! Yari has her educational degree in Chemistry and is a dental hygienist; she joins her husband with an incredible passion for Youth Ministry. Jordan has attended both Evangel University of the Assemblies of God and Oakland University. Jordan and Yari (pronounced "Jahdi") have been active Worship & Creative Arts participants, Jordan has led Lakeside's Young Adult Ministry and he and Yari have been our interim, volunteer Youth Ministry Leaders since Fall of 2019. Although both were working full-time secular jobs, Jordan & Yari have excelled in youth ministry preaching, administration, pastoral care, promotions, etc. Upon the completion of his ministerial education and credentials, Jordan will become the Student Ministries Pastor. Yari is especially excited to further get to know all of Lakeside's teen and young adult girls to speak God's Best into their lives.
Worship & Creative Arts Director
Dawn joined the Lakeside Office Team in 2007 as the Worship & Creative Arts (WCA) Administrative Assistant. Since then, she has been instrumental in growing Lakeside’s Adult Choir, Praise Team & Band, and aiding in strengthening the Drama, Sound & Lighting Ministries, becoming the Director in 2010. Dawn and husband Tim have been married for 37 years, both graduates of Evangel University in Springfield, MO. A talented trumpet player, Tim works with Dawn in the Worship & Creative Arts Ministry at Lakeside, directing the Orchestra and helping out in any way he can. Dawn and Tim have two grown sons - Jason (a police officer in Minnesota with his wife Danielle and twins Lili and Leo and baby Jax) and Jordan (our Student Ministries Director), who with his wife Yari are part of the Worship & Creative Arts choir and drama ministries, and have led Lakeside's Young Adult Ministry since Fall of 2019. The Waage family has been a part of the Lakeside family for many years, first attending from 1987-1994. After a brief time of living and working in their home state of Minnesota, God rejoined them to the Lakeside family in 2005. When not here at the church preparing for services and special events, Dawn enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Womens Ministry, Nursery & Preschool Ministries
Becky Krist pioneered Lakeside's Nursery & Preschool Ministries. She is the wife of our Lead Pastor and has a real passion for God and for children. More than a being a Pastor's wife and mother of three, Becky has also earned a four year college degree and a ministerial license. Becky has also served as Lakeside's Christian Education Director and Lakeside's Women's Ministries Director.
Dale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Wayne State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and #1 in his class. He joined the Lakeside Team in January, 2013 after taking an early executive retirement from Chrysler Corporation. Dale has an extensive business background in Strategic Planning, Finance, Marketing and Business Operations. He is involved in other ministries at Lakeside, including Bible classes and Music Ministry. Dale is an accomplished keyboard player, accompanying performing artists such as Larnelle Harris and Phil Driscoll. Dale is married to his wife, Lisa, who together have 4 children & 7 grandchildren.
Mike and Holly began attending Lakeside in 1987. Mike has served in various ministries, including leadership in Royal Rangers (Boy Scouts), Jr. High Leader, drama and music ministries, MTI Teacher, and has served on the Board of Deacons since 1988. During his time on the board, Mike has served as Secretary, Chairman of the Church Business & Administration Team, and as Treasurer since 2000. Mike graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources Administration. Mike retired in 2016 after working 39 years with TruGreen Corporation as a Regional and General Manager. Mike and Holly have been married 41 years, have 2 adult children, Christopher and Jessica, and 4 grandchildren.
Preschool & Childcare Center Director
Rosemary Neary has over 25 years working in preschool & childcare, 12 years as a teacher and 13 years as a director. She has been a Director in two Church Preschool & Childcare Centers and has taught infants to preschool. Rosemary earned in BA in Early Childhood & Christian Education from North Central University. She is married to Pastor Randy Neary, Family Life Pastor at Lakeside and they have two children, Ben (and his wife Sam who live in Chicago) & Beth.
World Outreach Missions Director
Chuck and his wife Sherrie have been married for 22 years. Graduating from Schoolcraft College Police Academy in 1998, he worked for the Wyandotte Police Department. He has attended Lakeside for 23 years, starting to volunteer and become involved almost immediately. Positions he has held at Lakeside include Head Usher, which was the first thing he volunteered for and continues doing to this day.
His other ministries include security team member, MTI teacher on occasion, Director of Lakeside's Impact ministry and, most recently Missions/Outreach director. Chuck also coordinates Lakeside's Big Gives and Missions Trips/Fundraisers.