General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

2022 Leadership Directory

Board of Directors

Sheila Granger, Chair; Tad Mellish, Vice-Chair; Jeff Salisbury, Secretary, Tom Bader, Joshua Brandt, Jeff Eckman, Cathy Ganus, Lucius Hayward, Doug Irving, Connie Mashue, Wendell Thompson, Mark Richardson, David Aukerman, ex-officio.

Executive Committee

Sheila Granger


Sheila Granger, Chair

Community Church of God, Ypsilanti

Minister Sheila Granger serves at Community Church of God under the leadership of Senior Pastor Portia Mann. Her ability to encourage God's people through His word is drawn from Psalm 119:18 "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law."

She has worked in various leadership roles including Executive Board Member of Ministers and Laity United and President of the Michigan State Ushers of the Church of God where she now serves as an advisor. She began in pulpit ministry at Joseph Campau Avenue Church of God and is continuing her development as a Leadership Focus credentials candidate.

Tad Mellish

Rev. Tad Mellish, Vice-Chair

NorthernLight Church of God, Cadillac

I have been married to my beautiful wife for more than 25 years and have one son. I am also, retired from the United States Air Force where I served as the Group Staff Agency Superintendent. During my time there, I managed personnel, budgets, and additional management resources. I am currently serving as a Pastor at NorthernLight Church of God in Cadillac for more than six years.

Jeff Salisbury


Mr. Jeff Salisbury, Secretary

Jeff has served as Secretary of the General Assembly and Board of Directors of the Church of God in Michigan for five years from 2013-2018. He has been part of a Consultation Team for Church Health Ministry and previously served two terms as Secretary of the Division of Church Extension for the Church of God in Michigan.

He has served the First Church of God in Greenville and New Horizons Community Church of God in Jackson congregations for 20+ years in a variety of leadership positions including Chair of the Board of Trustees, Church Council, Pulpit Committee, Capital Fund Campaign and Board of Christian Education; and as an Elder, Deacon, and Finance Committee member.

Since his graduation from Ferris State University in 1979, Jeff has held a variety of Engineering, Purchasing, and Sales and Marketing positions in the HVACR industry. He, his wife Eva, and their family have lived in Adrian, MI since 1998, where they have served their local home school support group and athletic committee as Board members. As their four children have headed off to college and marriage, Jeff and Eva have begun the transition to empty-nesters. In recent years their family ministry has focused on multiple community based ministries providing food, shelter, transportation, counseling, and other basic needs to men, women, and children in Adrian and Lenawee County.

Jeffs spiritual gifts are administration, leadership and service. He looks forward to serving the General Assembly again as Secretary in October and if ratified at the 2021 General Assembly.

Assembly Ministries

Church Health Ministry

Tom Bader, Greg Capsel, Jaime Cervantes, Matthew Chesney, Emily Clark, Rhyan Glezman, Tom Whitesel, Jerry Lyon, Church Health Minister, Mark Richardson, staff.

Credentials Ministry

Joshua Brandt, Chair; Carl Baker, Terry Bernard, Robert Confer, Michael Harris, Chariese Matthews, Ronald Nuckles, Mark Richardson, staff.

Pastoral Health Ministry

Jeffrey Eckman, Chair; Portia Davis-Mann, Mary Lockley, Carron Odokara, John Mattern, Suhailah Talibah, Sheryl Thompson, Jerry Lyon, Church Health Minister, and Mark Richardson, staff.

Youth Ministry

Emily Potter, Chair; John Davis, Jesse Hargett, Trevor Moody, Brian Spitters, Mark Staton II, Ex-officio: Ken Forsman, Michigan Singers; Kelley Dendel, Warner Camp; Ben Kreider, MSLI; Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry, Mark Richardson, staff.

Assembly Committees/Task Forces

360 Ministry Conference Task Force

Tom Bader, Rhyan Glezman, Debb Lyon, Jerry Lyon, Sharon Richardson, Becky Rodriguez, Mark Richardson, staff.

Audit Committee

Melody Capsel, Vance Kupisch, Jaela McQuillan, Paul Myers, Chris Walker, Mark Richardson, staff.

Business Committee

Alruthus Dulin, Theron Kersey, Michael Potter, Matthew Stone, Robert Tramel, Mark Richardson, staff.

Children's Ministry Task Force

Clyde Beaver, Sheryl Blake, Becky Rodriguez, William Shepard, Mark Richardson, staff.

Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI)

Ben Kreider, Chair; Jim Sirks, Kevin Tippin, Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry, Mark Richardson, staff.

Personnel Committee

William Jones, Kimme Nuckles, Mike Stone, Jerome Willis, Mark Richardson, staff.

Program Committee

Tad Mellish, Chair; Dwight Fontenot, Nathanael Lyon, David Rails, Erin Taylor, Mark Richardson, staff.

Youth Convention Task Force

Tori Eckman, Alyssa Olivarez, Jenny Salas, Jim Sirks, Brian Spitters, Jessica Staton, Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry, Mark Richardson, staff.

Youth Winter Retreat Task Force

Krystal Kotesky, Mike Mazurek, Alex Merren, and Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry, Mark Richardson, staff.