Leadership

Our leadership structure engages strong leaders in three distinct areas of ministry ownership. From Staff to Operators to Overseers, we activate our leaders to take their areas of ministry to the next level, with guidance and accountability along the way.

Staff

Our Church Staff takes ground-level ownership of their area of ministry, putting in the day-to-day work to keep every program and event at The Bridge functioning at its best!

Operators

Every ministry at The Bridge has an Operator, a volunteer ministry leader who provides guidance, support, and prayerful leadership over that specific area of ministry. (Our word for "Deacon.")

Overseers

Our Overseers are powerful, spirit-filled leaders who serve as spiritual council over the church. They provide leadership and accountability to ministry and pastoral staff. (Our word for "Elder.")

Bridge Staff

Our Bridge staff is a group of energetic, passionate people who are crazy about ministry at this church. Click on their photo to email them directly.

Email Pastor Jeff

Jeff Wenke

Lead Pastor



Email Pastor Ryan

Ryan Frantz

Discipleship Pastor

Email Joel Messenger

Joel Messenger

Director of Ministries + Men’s Discipleship

Email Gynetta Thompson

Gynetta Thompson

Women’s Discipleship + Director of Bridge Kids Staff

Email Jeff Fernandez

Jeff Fernandez

Director of Student Ministries



Email Nic Sims

Nic Sims

Director of Worship + Tech

Email Peg Weaver

Peg Weaver

Director of Prayer

Email Melody Woods

Melody Woods

Director of Community Impact

Email Tabatha Weaver

Tabatha Weaver

Director of Bridge Kids Younger (Infant – 5 Years)



Email Heidi Wenke

Heidi Wenke

Director of Bridge Kids Older (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)

Email Wendy Caster

Wendy Caster

Director of The Zone (4th + 5th Grade)

Email Sara Campbell

Sara Campbell

Student Ministries Assistant

Email Katie

Katie Cugliotta

Communications + Operations



Email Kim Putnam

Kim Putnam

Accountant

Email Jen Klaassen

Jen Klaassen

Finance Office Assistant

Email Meghan Gjeltema

Meghan Gjeltema

Office Coordinator

Email Becky

Becky Ringler

Congregational Care Director



Email Emily VanDis

Emily VanDis

Married People Ministry / Hospitality Coordinator

Email Tyler Burdick

Tyler Burdick

Tech Coordinator

 
Email Carl Austin

Carl Austin

Lead Custodian



Email Pam Cowgill

Pam Cowgill

Custodial / Bridge Kids Assistant

Email Taylor

Taylor Houston

Childcare Assistant

 

Bridge Overseers

Our Overseers are committed to serving The Bridge and our congregation as spiritual leaders, counsel to our staff, and powerful prayer warriors.

www.thebridgeportage.org/jeffwenke

Pictured from L to R: Billy Powers, Jason Caster, Leah Weidenaar (Apprentice), Joel Messenger, Kelly Young, Jeff Wenke, Andy VanDis


If you'd like to connect with our Overseer Team with a question or concern,
please click the links below to send an e-mail!

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