John Hile

Pastor John's greatest joy is seeing God's Word make a lasting impact on a person's life, faith and relationships.  He is humbled and grateful to walk through life with his wife, Kelly, and loves being a dad to their three children.  John has been at Heart of the Shepherd since 2011.

Courtni Holst

Courtni has a big heart for seeing children and families thrive in all aspects - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  She has served as CDC Director since the doors opened in 2005.  Courtni and her family never miss a home football game at the University of Michigan, where she holds a B.A. in Psychology.


Galen Grulke
Care & Visitation Pastor

Pastor Galen loves showing Christ-like compassion to anyone going through life's various challenges.  He followed God's call to plant Heart of the Shepherd in 2002 together with his wife, Patti.  Galen served as a Lutheran school teacher for 20 years before pursuing full-time ministry.

Pat Schuknecht
Office Manager

Pat's hard work and attention to detail keep everything running around the office.  She and her husband, Steve, moved to Howell from Jackson, MI to help Heart of the Shepherd get started.  Pat also coordinates the collection of quilts across Michigan for  Lutheran World Relief.

michelle perron

Michelle loves getting to know people and hearing their stories.  She is always coming up with creative ideas for the classrooms and any chance to gather people together in fun ways. Michelle keeps busy as a mom to three boys, driving them to practices and activities and listening to constant requests for more food.

Dale Noel

Dale gave up a career in engineering in his 50's to serve the church as a trained deacon. An avid disc golfer, Dale is always thinking ahead. You'll often find him preparing a Bible study, working to solve a problem, or planning his and Mary's next trip with all of their camping friends.


Johnathan Dunn
Worship Leader

Johnathan began making music at a young age with his family.  He shares his musical gifts by volunteering all over the community, playing with The Paradise Band, and leading our music during worship - all while helping people find the right home as a realtor with RE/MAX.