Please join us in praying for our former Lead Pastor, Jon Hix, and his family. In August 2019, he began serving a church in South Florida, and we are in the process of finding his replacement. We are thankful for his many years of steady leadership and faithful teaching of God's Word. Prior to taking the helm of Legacy Church, he led Orchard Hills Baptist of Novi from November of 2001 until it and First Baptist of Novi merged (see History). Before that, Pastor Jon served Ebenezer Baptist Church on Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands from May of 1996 until November of 2001. Pastor Jon is married to his beautiful wife Allison, they have a delightful daughter named Selah and baby twins Abigail and Naomi, and a precious dog named Bene. We are grateful for their time at Legacy, and now we pray for them as they begin their new journey.
Steve Monette is the newest addition to our staff, coming on board in November 2017 as our Minister of Discipleship. However, he has been a faithful member of Orchard Hills/Legacy since 2006 and has served diligently in many capacities. As our Minister of Discipleship, Steve gives special focus to the area of discipleship (see Being a Disciple). Pictured with Steve is his wife Kelly who currently serves with our Refresh Ministry. We warmly welcome both to the Legacy family.
Betty Ward serves as our Director of Children's Ministry. She and her husband Lauren came to Orchard Hills/Legacy in the fall of 2003. Betty began working in children's ministry in 2004, and in 2009 she became the leader of our Children's Ministry Team. We are so grateful for her love for children and her dedicated service. Her husband Lauren serves alongside her, and previously helped lead worship at Orchard Hills for many years.
Gary Elfner, Jr. serves as our Building Manager. As such, he not only oversees maintenance, but also serves as Legacy's liaison to the various community groups who use our building. Gary and his wife Miko were very involved in the ministry of First Baptist for many years and continue to serve faithfully through Legacy. They also are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Hana Prudence, born in July.
Dale Myers is one of our deacons. He is the husband of Margaret, father of Stephen, Stewart, and Blythe, and grandfather of Isaac, Eddie, Nate, and Ben. Dale and Margaret minister to our more seasoned saints in their sixties and above. Dale also actively serves in our Building and Grounds department, and Margaret is one of our volunteer receptionists.
Keith Varhol, also one of our deacons, is the husband of Dodie, father of Bill, Amy, and Lisa, and grandfather of Grace, Zachary, Emma, and Griffin. Keith and Dodie minister generally to those in their forties and fifties. Keith also takes an active role in helping manage the church finances, and Dodie gives much of her time to Community Outreach.
Paul Slowinski, the third of our deacons, is the husband of Lynnet and father of Caleb and Madison. Paul and Lynnet minister to our younger membership, generally those in their twenties and thirties. Paul and Lynnet also serve in our Children's Ministry and take their turn with our AV team during worship services.