Chris and his wife Leah met at Stony, back in 1997. Chris has been on the staff since 1999.
Rev. Chris BourdeauExecutive Pastor
Chris is home grown. He came to Stony as a senior in high school in 1996. In that first year, Chris decided to follow Jesus, was baptized, met his future wife, Leah, and began leading Bible studies in the youth ministry. After becoming a member in 1999, Chris served as interim youth director—kicking off a long list of roles in which he would serve. He has played and even led our praise band, served as business director, and as programming director. Then, in 2005 Chris was licensed to the Gospel ministry and hired as assistant pastor over youth and programming. Since then Chris’ role at Stony has continued to grow, leading to his current position as Executive Pastor— overseeing the pastoral staff, business around the office, outreach, and large projects—such as our recent building renovations.
Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Rochester University in 2008, his Masters of Religious Education from Liberty University in 2010, and his Masters of Divinity in Christian Leadership—also from Liberty University—in 2015. He was licensed to the Gospel ministry in 2005 and ordained at Stony Creek Church through the Great Lakes Association of the North American Baptist Conference in 2009.
Chris and his wife, Leah, were married at Stony in 2003, and have two sons. Xander was born in 2009 and Ben in 2011. Chris and Leah enjoy having friends over at their home and traveling the globe any chance they get. In ministry, Chris’ passion is to involve, envision, and equip his church family to help people come to Christ, connect with Christian living, commit to church, and go on to coach other Christians.
Randy is our senior pastor. He founded Stony back in 1991 and has been leading us ever since. Raised in Warren Michigan, Randy became a Christ follower when he was a teenager and sensed God’s call to ministry when he was in high school. Randy has earned a Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE) from William Tyndale College in 1981, a Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1985, a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Trinity International University in 1996, and a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of Wales in 2010. He was ordained in 1984 and is a fully- credentialed minister with the North American Baptist Conference.
In 1981 Randy married his best friend, Debbie. They have three adult “kids” –Jess, Megan, & Jonathan. They’re a close-knit family that enjoys watching wholesome movies and laughing together. Randy likes walking, listening to podcasts, and reading.
Randy’s passion is teaching and preaching God’s Word! He enjoys communicating the deep truths of Scripture in creative, interesting, practical, and clearly- understandable ways for both seasoned Bible readers and newbies who’ve never read a page of Scripture. Randy has discipled and mentored numerous people at SCC, including some of our leaders. He has a passion for leading people to faith in Jesus (even skeptics!) and then walking them through the steps to maturity in Christ. Randy is an adjunct Instructor at Detroit Bible Institute where he teaches classes on New Testament books and subjects. Randy is passionate about writing and biblical scholarship. His most recent book is called God the Son: What John’s Portrait of Jesus Means and Why it Matters (Wipf & Stock, 2018). Randy has developed a video curriculum (with printed notes), based on his book, for small group Bible studies. He relishes teaching on Jesus’ deity, the Trinity, and the practical implications of these weighty truths to our daily lives. In 2015 Randy published a scholarly book entitled An Exegetical and Theological Analysis of the Son’s Relationship to the Father in John’s Gospel: God's Equal and Subordinate—a revised version of his PhD dissertation.
Randy has been interviewed by Dr. Michael Brown on the Line of Fire syndicated radio program (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaoHKeyl8Uw), as well s the Bob Dutko radio show on WMUZ
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