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Mike Brewer - Lead Pastor
Pastor Mike Brewer comes from a long line of pastors and at age five he knew that he would be a pastor, even though he rebelled his first year of college. Since accepting the “Call”, his heart has been set on pastoring – caring for God’s people. He received an Associate degree from Emmanuel College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lander College, a master’s degree in Psychology and Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a master’s degree in Church Growth from Southwestern University. The week of his graduation from Lander he met Janice Clary who would become his wife a year later. They are the proud parents of Johnathan, Kristy and Jason who are all married with children of their own, giving them five grandchildren. Pastor Mike first served at Lowndesville P.H. Church during its time of growth from 19 to 175, then as Christian Education Director with the Upper South Carolina IPHC Conference, and in 1977 became Pastor of Bible Temple, now Compassion Toledo. He also served as Superintendent of the Great Lakes Conference, Assistant Superintendent, Treasurer and Board member of E4N, and a Trustee of Emmanuel College. He heard of Compassion in December 2016, attended a meeting with its Mid-Region members in early 2017, shared its vision to see people saved, freed, restored and fulfilled with the Board, and the church became part of the Compassion Network and finally changed its name from Bible Temple Family Worship Center to DBA Compassion Toledo.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13 NIV
Mike Stevenson - Praise & Worship Director
Mike Stevenson has a long family pedigree as a fourth-generation minister. He began playing the piano when he was 13 years old and quickly picked up drums, bass and guitar. His grandfather was a founding member of the Mountain Assembly Organization which started in Jellico Tennessee. His family is also among Southern Gospel legends; The Freeman Family, Vestal Goodman, and June Carter-Cash. Mike received his minsters certificate from the IPHC in 1994 and has been a Praise and Worship Leader since the age of 17. He worked in the recording industry for 15 years before stepping into ministry full time and has worked with Grammy winner Bishop Rance Allen, Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah and many others. He has been Worship Director at Compassion Toledo since 2014 and along with his wife Dana, strive each week to soften hearts to receive the word of God.
If there was an encouraging word Mike and Dana could give it would be Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Heather Lane - Kids Director
Heather Lane grew up in Barbados with Mom, Dad and three brothers. She graduated from Bellevue University, Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Business, and the University of Toledo with an MBA degree in Computer Systems. Her love of music, which started in high school, led her to meet, marry Ben and sing with Clarence Smith Community Chorus, Opera, Repertoire Theater, Choral Society and Bible Temple. They have an adult son. Heather’s Christian walk began when, after hearing Billy Graham preach and talking with her grandmother, she prayed to accept Christ. She was five years old at the time and was not sure what it meant until much later when she recommitted her life to Christ, and eventually in 2017 became the Kids Director/Church Administrator at Compassion, Toledo.
1 Thess. 5:18 KJV In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Tim Ross - Students Director
After high school in Toledo, Tim Ross attended Bowling Green State University where he walked on and earned a 4-year football scholarship his freshman year. He earned All Mid-American Conference honors and was named team captain his senior year, and as a fire fighter he became the first Employee Assistance Program coordinator for the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department. He was raised in a Christian household with a two loving parents and seven siblings … four brothers and three sisters. His upbringing greatly influenced his Christian walk, and at a previous church he was the chairman of the Deacon Board, and chairman of the Board of Trustees. At Bible Temple, he worked with the “teens”, Kids department and is a board member. After Bible Temple adopted the Compassion vision, Tim became the Student Director.
Matt 9: 12-13 KJV 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Peggy Noble-Binford - Connections Director
Born in Bay, Arkansas, Peggy Noble-Binford does not remember a time as a child when she was not in church. She graduated from George Washington Carver high school and after marriage moved to Toledo, Ohio. Peggy started volunteering at Bible Temple after she was asked by John, the head usher to assist him. Eventually he trained her to take over the role which may have been God's way of preparing her for what was to come. Months later, Bible Temple adopted the Compassion vision and since Pastor Troy who had been the Connections Director had gone on a sabbatical to Thailand, Pastor Mike approached Peggy about taking over Connections ... the rest is history! Peggy has four children and two grandchildren.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Prov. 15:1 NIV