Paul Paschal-Family Life Pastor

Paul Paschal was born in South Korea and adopted around the age of three.  He grew up in Oklahoma and has also lived in Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and now Michigan.  Paul was a double major in Counseling and Youth Ministry at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.  He also has...

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Dr. Mark Pietscher – Lead Pastor

Mark grew up in Michigan, but for the past 25 years has served churches in Wisconsin and Illinois before coming to BVC in January 2013. He was educated at Northern Michigan University (BS Social Work), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div), and Bethel Seminary (D.Min). Mark and his wife Lenette have...

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Dr. Dennis Moles – Teaching Pastor

Dennis came on board as the teaching pastor in 2016. He was born and raised in West Virginia and has been in vocational ministry as a pastor, professor, and writer for nearly 20 years. Dennis is a graduate of Cedarville University (BA) Moody Theological Seminary (MTS), Calvin Theological Seminary (ThM),...

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Rosemary Carlson- Biblical Adviser to Women

Rosemary is married to Wendell Carlson. They have three married children and 6 grandchildren. Rosemary has been on the BVC staff since 1984. She enjoys reading, baking, and auto racing. Rosemary has attended numerous training courses including “Freedom in Christ” and “Stephen Ministry Leadership Training” which have equipped her for...

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Chad Vitarelli – Worship Arts Pastor

Chad has served in pastoral worship ministry in the church for the last 20 years. He is a graduate of Cedarville University (BA) and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (M Div). For the last three years he has also served as Discipleship Coordinator for Partners in Discipleship International, where he and...

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Laura Cronin- Director of Missions

Laura has a degree in Elementary Education from Messiah College. After college she was a missionary teacher for four year at Newark Christian School with World Impact in Newark,NJ. There she met Phil Cronin, a Bella Vista supported missionary, who she married in 1993. They returned to West Michigan in...

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Shannon Rifenberg-Office Manager

Shannon grew up in Northern Michigan, moving to the area with her husband Scott after their marriage.  They have three girls, Kaitlyn, Emily and Julia.  Shannon and her family have attended Bella Vista Church since 2010. After serving her family as a full time wife and mother for many years...

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Kirsten Swanson- Finance & Human Resources / Women’s Ministry Director

Kirsten grew up in North Dakota and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN graduating with degrees in Business Management and Organizational Communications. Kirsten and her husband Jeff have two boys, Jacob and Micah. They have attended Bella Vista Church since 1999 and Kirsten has been on staff since 2011. Kirsten...

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Gary Peterson-Facilities Manager

Gary and his wife, Donna live in Muskegon near the lakeshore. Gary is an avid kayaker and frequently spends time on Lake Michigan. Gary quietly and unobtrusively maintains and manages the BVC facilities and grounds with excellence and a true servant’s heart.

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