Who Are We?

We are a diverse community of people from many backgrounds and walks of life. Our aim is to share the good news of Jesus. For us, sharing this good news is about loving our neighbors, gently caring for our local and global community, and faithfully proclaiming God’s grace and justice.

We are greatly loved by God who has given us his Word, the Bible. His word helps us makes sense of the world and ourselves, and it tells us how to live well. 

This world is a messy place. Life is messy. Relationships are messy. Dreams tarnish. Hopes fade. All of this mess points back at us. We are broken, but God’s Word makes meaning out of our mess. The good news of Jesus repairs the brokenness and fills life with faith, hope, and love so powerful that it conquers death. Sounds crazy, but it's the motivation at Evangel for everything we do. We want to help each other follow our Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of the joys and suffering of our world.

Core Beliefs

There is One God, the Creator of the Universe who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus of Nazareth is God, the Son. He is the God man and the Word, who presents God.

The Holy Spirit works in our lives, drawing us to Jesus, leading us in faith, comforting us in sorrow, strengthening us for service, and empowering us to love.

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the final authority for what to believe and how to live.

We were created in God’s image, but chose sin and are utterly separated from God without hope apart from Jesus.

Jesus rescued us from our sin and made a way for us to be in relationship with God. His death and resurrection provide the only basis for our salvation. Through trusting and following Jesus, our relationship with God is restored and our lives have new hope to find life here on earth and forever with him.

Baptism and communion are ways that all of Jesus’ followers are called to join in celebrating his good news.

Much of our encouragement and support comes from relating with others who love and worship God. That's why we gather together as a church. We celebrate what God has done, connect with each other, change with the support of others, and commit to serve and care for one another until Jesus returns.

Our People

Evangel Baptist Church is part of God's people. Throughout the world, people from every ethnicity, background, and homeland follow Jesus. Our local gathering, just like millions of others around the world, is a place where lives are transformed by the God who has saved us. We teach His ways, worship, pray, and encourage each other to live according to Jesus' teaching.

The members and attenders of Evangel come from all walks of life, from many parts of the world, with all different skin tones, a broad spectrum of ages, and with different passions and interests. We hope that you will join us and share in our passion to see people's lives blessed because of the love of our God.

Our Pastors

Levi Matteson, Lead Pastor
Nate Marsh, Pastor

Travis Williams, Pastor

Pastor Levi is a husband to his wife, Jen, and a father to four boys. Levi loves to lead God's people in reaching the lost and broken in our community. He also loves basketball and throws elbows at the Michigan Tech's SDC from time to time. Pastor Nate is a husband to his wife, Natalie, and is a father to two boys and a girl. Nate loves to help people grow in their commitment to Jesus. He also hangs out with our youth and challenges them to live the good news of Jesus. Nate enjoys carving up the mountain bike trails at Michigan Tech.  Pastor Travis and his wife, Brenna, have four awesome kiddos. Trav is passionate about helping people meet Jesus in a real and life-changing way and seeing people grow closer to Him and to each other. He loves hanging out with his family and getting outside.

Our Staff

Jill Johnson, 
Administrative Coordinator
Cindy Hendricks,
Facilities & Event Manager
Sherry Jaszczak,
Administrative Assistant
Jill is wife to her husband, Dean, and mom to three adult children. Jill loves kids and directs our children's ministry. She loves talking and even talking about what God has taught her of late. Jill likes to crochet when she has time and takes every opportunity to promote her favorite football team, the Packers. Cindy is wife to her husband, Mike, and mom to three adult children. Cindy takes care of church logistics. She cleans, purchases, arranges, organizes, coordinates, and communicates. She too is a rabid Packers fan and enjoys the rare peace and quiet of a road-closing snow day. If you have a question she can help. Sherry is wife to her husband, John, and mom to seven children. Sherry is our project woman, who takes on messes and works until they are sorted out. Sherry is an amazing cook and loves to shop.

Our Legacy

Steve and Marcia Wilson

Steve and Marcia Wilson are still in our hearts, even as they make a new home for themselves in Grand Rapids. They came to Evangel in March 1975. Steve retired from paid ministry in March 2015, which marked forty years of service to Evangel. With their servant hearts and love for shepherding people, their ministry will continue.