New Beginnings Leadership
New Beginnings is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Gordon D. Aikin
Interim Senior Pastor
Dr. Gordon D. Aikin was asked to serve as New Beginnings 's Interim Senior Pastor August of 2019. Prior to that, he served as Pastor for 20 years at Central Assembly of God in Muskegon and 17 years at, what is now, Vision Point in Otisvillle Michigan
Dr Aikin holds a B.A. in Ministry, a M.A. in Christian Counseling and a D. Min. from Bethany Bible College and Seminary in Dothan Alabama.
Dr. Aikin believes in strong Bible preaching & teaching, leadership development, and counseling. Though he is interim pastor he is happy to lead a church like New Beginnings where biblical views are embraced and encouraged and with members who care about the needs of those around them and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. Dr. Aikin believes the preaching of the word and worship to God, along with prayer. are vital points of the church.
Dr. Aikin has been married 54 years to his beautiful wife Linda (Cookie), together having two daughters and three grandsons.
Pastor Jack Stockfisch
Jack Stockfisch was asked to serve as New Beginnings 's Youth Pastor October of 2019.
Jack is working towards his bachelors degree in minstrel leadership at Northpoint Bible College Grand Rapids
Jack believes in strong Bible preaching & teaching, leadership development, and counseling. He is excited to lead Ignite Student Community where biblical views are embraced and encouraged and with students and leaders who care about the needs of those around them and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. Jack believes the preaching of the word and worship to God, along with prayer. are vital points of the Youth Group.
Jack has been married just under a year to his beautiful wife Jenna.
Interim Minister of Music
John was appointed to serve as the interim Music Minister for New Beginnings in October 2019. He has been a keyboard player and worship leader at New Beginnings for three years. John has served as a music minister in the western Michigan area for past 42 years. He started playing piano at the age of ten, and began leading worship for his youth group at 17 years old. John was born again at the age of 6, and filled with the Spirit as a young teen. His desire for ministry is to lead people into the presence of the Lord through praise and worship.
John has a Bachelor's degree in music from Grand Valley State University, and a Master's Degree in Education from Western Michigan University. He is a retired public school teacher, having taught elementary and middle school classrooms, and elementary music, as well as being a middle and high school choir director. John was employed for 30 years at Montague Area Public Schools, where he taught over 1,500 students during his career.
John has been married to his beautiful wife, Margaret, for 33 years. They have three sons: Seth (Karah), Caleb, and Jesse, who are all musical, singing and playing a variety of instruments. They also have two energetic grand-children who fill their lives with happiness. Margaret is a bee keeper who also raises chickens.