Our Elders

Greg Cooper, Lead Pastor

Welcome and thank you for visiting Brightside. I hope you can find helpful information here and the answers to your questions.  It is my hope and prayer that we can minister to your family and connect you with the hope of God that is found through Jesus. We are looking forward to meeting you and ministering to your family.  Please feel free to contact me with your questions and comments. Greg@Brightside.org

Counseling: Don’t lose hope – find the help you need.  I have a real concern that many people who need help have no idea where to turn.  You don’t have to walk through the trials and problems of life alone. If you need someone to talk to you, a place to ask frank questions, and find real answers – I am here for you. Just let me know and we can set up a time to talk.

Education: Bachelors in Pastoral Studies / Bible, Masters in Church Ministries

Family: One Great Wife (Rhonda), Three Beautiful Daughters (Ashley, Jenna, & Alyssa), One Cool Son (Zane) and an Adorable Granddaughter, Ellie

Favorite Things: Family, Fishing, Friends, Golf, Reading

Favorite Books: Bible, In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, Chasing Daylight, Pivotal Praying

Favorite Music: Crowder, Third Day, Stephen Curtis, Hillsong, Fee, Classic Journey or Boston

Favorite Movies: Rocky, Hoosiers, Invincible, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous

Jim Stortz, Executive Pastor

Education: Western Michigan University: Pre architecture; Kent State University: Architecture; Cornerstone University: Bachelors in Business Administration

Family: Wife: Tammy, Daughter: Sam

Favorite things: My family and sharing the gospel with people

Favorite Books: The Bible, Ted Dekker books

Favorite Music: We Are Messengers, Toby Mac, Unspoken

Favorite Movies: All Marvel movies


Keith VerHage, Elder


Michael Ringleka, Elder

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