Meet Our Pastoral Staff
Tim Fall - Senior Pastor
Being a pastor’s son did not make Tim’s spiritual journey easy or automatic. Instead, he developed a cynical view of the church's portrait: full of religious rhetoric, judgmental, hypocritical... NOT genuine. Maybe you’ve had a similar thought. The breakthrough for Tim came with some “in your face” challenges that caused him to look to God for friendship. Then, he developed a passionate relationship with the Lord. Governed by the verse: “The Truth will set you free”, Pastor Tim was able to shed all pretense and facades that are set according to our culture which often lead to devastation or unhappiness. The church CAN be a place to discover the true God who offers hope through Jesus Christ. Pastor Tim is truly grateful for his upbringing and looks back on his life experiences with a sense of understanding now. He doesn’t want anyone to allow “religion” to jeopardize an authentic relationship with Jesus.
Through the changing times, Pastor Tim realized that he has always loved learning, but now believes growth is more important. His advice is not to exploit our sins of the past, but to celebrate forgiveness, personal growth and change.
Pastor Tim was born and raised in Michigan and has worked in various business capacities from sales to corporate controller. We are thankful that Tim has been using his skills as our Executive Pastor for the past 14 years, and moving into the Senior Pastor role. Pastor Tim and his wife Katie have 4 children. You will notice that their entire family aspires to love people and share the Truth... authentically!
Rev. Harry (Bill) Van Patten - Connection Pastor
Pastor Bill is a people person with a good sense of humor! He cares about people and the things they go through in life. Raised in Michigan but not growing up in a Christian home but in the world, he can relate to many of the hurts and struggles families face today. His first introduction to Jesus Christ came from a caring neighbor at the age of 30 years old. This began his exciting adventure with Christ!
He moved his family to Iowa to attend a small Bible college, Vennard Collage, and in 1985 graduated with a BA in Pastoral Ministries. He pastured for 25 years on the Iowa District where he also held several district positions. After retiring in 2010, the Van Pattens moved back to Michigan.
His love and concern for people has also taken him on mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Africa.
Pastor Bill married his teenage sweetheart, Susan, and they have been blessed with three daughters and six grandchildren. The Van Pattens come to CCN with a vast variety of experiences that will be used to further the Kingdom of God in the Clare area including leading a yearly parenting class entitled, “Growing Kids God’s Way”.
Jeremy Gomez - Pastor of Discipleship
Jeremy Gomez is a pastor who cares deeply about discipleship and helping churches realize God’s calling, to love and serve. He attended the University of Michigan from 1993-1997 for Chemistry and ultimately Dentistry, when God warmed his heart in a strange way and in 1997 accepted God’s call to preach. Rev. Gomez then transfered to Spring Arbor University where he received his BA in 1999. Following this training he took 6 years of extension courses from Bible College for ordination.
His first pastorate took him to Imlay City, Michigan. During four years of ministry the church experienced spiritual and numerical growth and in 2001 was awarded the Eastern Michigan District Pastor of the Year for the C Church category for the 2000-2001 Church Year.
Pastor Jeremy was also on staff at Richfield Church of the Nazarene in Otisville, Michigan where one of his responsibilities was to establish and oversee small groups for 700 people. During this time he taught Small Group Development at “Team Day” (which brings all three Michigan districts together for training) and spoke at the national M7 Conference on “Leading Through Spiritual Formation,” in Kansas City.
Pastor Jeremy also holds a masters in pastoral leadership with a focus on discipleship from Olivet Nazarene University. His hearts passion, is making Christlike disciples who embody the message of Christ (transformation) and reveal the Kingdom of God.