Pastor Mark & Tricia Cox

Mark Cox is the Lead Pastor at Central Church. He and his family moved to Green Bay in October 2006 with the desire to have a positive influence on both the church and the greater Green Bay area. And a positive influence he has had! Under his leadership, Central has made a tremendous impact on the community through hugely successful outreach projects, including Convoy of Hope, July 4th Family Zone, Housing Resource, Grief & Marriage assistance programs, Homeless Shelter assistance, and Firefighter’s Toy Drive.

Mark’s passionate, funny, and relatable style of leadership drives his vision to reach the unchurched with the gospel regardless of obstacles and culture. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God with over 20 years of ministry experience; 11 years as a student ministries pastor and worship pastor in both Missouri and Illinois, and more than 9 years as Lead Pastor at Central Church.

Mark is the Chief Chaplain for the Green Bay Metro Fire Department and has served in that role since April 2012.

Mark’s wife Tricia has also been Mark’s partner in ministry, using her gifts of administration and vocal music.

Mark & and his wife Tricia grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri area. They met in church at the ripe young age of four, where their love began and has endured ever since. They married in October 1994 and have two children: Jonathan and Lauren.

 

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri – Go Cardinals!

Favorite things to do: Eating out with my family, playing golf, watching NASCAR, and hanging out with friends.

What makes him laugh: Funny home video shows, and the questions my kids ask me…hilarious! Actually…almost everything makes me laugh!

Favorite food: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits, and TONS of white gravy.

 

administrative pastor

Pastor Aaron serves as the Associate Pastor at Central Church. He has served in various pastoral roles throughout his more than 17 years of ministry, including as a youth pastor in Aberdeen, SD. He moved back to Green Bay in July 2003.

Aaron was born and raised in Green Bay, so he and his wife May, have a special place in their hearts for the members of the Green Bay community. Their desire is to see them connect with God on a personal level, grow deep in their faith, serve others by developing and utilizing their God-given gifts, and be involved in reaching the community for Christ.

Aaron and May have been married since November 2007. They have four children: Lincoln, Micah, Kaylin, and Emerson.

 

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Favorite food: My wife’s absolutely amazing Mocha Cheesecake!!

What makes you laugh: Pastor Mark – he’s one goofy guy!

Favorite Bible verse/person of the Bible:

Verse:  Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom & His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.”

Person:  Joseph of the Old Testament

Favorite things to do:  Triathlons & watching the Packers (but not at the same time)

 

children's pastor

Pastor Paul has served as the Children’s Pastor at Central Church since February 2011. Paul has over 24 years of experience investing in children and filling their hearts with God’s word.

He and his wife, Shelby, share the vision of reaching people in Green Bay and the surrounding communities. They passionately believe that children are a BIG deal to God and want to help them grow BIG in their faith.

Pastor Paul and Shelby have been married since 1993. They have two children: Alyssa and Adrian, and two Golden Retrievers named Buddy and Penny.

 

Hometown: Green Bay

Favorite food: Too many to choose!

What makes you laugh: Anything funny, I mean “really” funny.

Favorite Bible verse/person of the Bible: My favorite Bible verses begin in Genesis 1:1 and end in Revelation 22:21. The Life of Joseph is one of my favorite stories in the Bible.

Favorite things to do: Eating, walking my dogs, and hanging out with my family.

 

youth pastor

Pastor Nic has served as the Youth Pastor at Central Church since June 2014. Before coming to Central, he served in various youth ministry internships after graduating from North Central University in Youth Ministry studies.

He and his wife, Melissa, came to Green Bay because they wanted to be a part of the extraordinary things God is doing at Central Church. They believe God has placed them here to make Jesus known to the community, especially the youth of the community, and teach students to follow him.

Pastor Nic and his wife Melissa have been married since October 2013. No pets, no kids.

 

Hometown:  Willmar, MN

Favorite food:  Buffalo Wild Wings

What makes you laugh:  Students…and farts (or the combination of both).

Favorite Bible verse/person of the Bible: Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

Favorite things to do:  Playing basketball, skateboarding, traveling

 

missions director

Pastor Brandon has served as the Missions Director at Central Church since July 2014, overseeing theGOproject. He studied Intercultural Studies and Languages at North Central University, and has had the opportunity to experience what God is doing around the world through people who have responded to Jesus’ command to ‘GO.’

He and his wife, Pastor Rachel, have a desire to see followers of Christ go from being ‘donors’ to ‘owners’ of theGOproject. By overseeing this mission and providing opportunities for individuals and families to engage in events and projects, they hope people will heed Jesus’ call to be local, national, and global missionaries. At the same time they strive to equip people to be career missionaries (GOpartners) who are sent from Central Church.

Pastor Rachel is married to Pastor Brandon. Their daughter, Lena, was born in April 2015. They have been married since August 2013.

 

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite food: Thai!!! I can pretty much eat a hamburger any day. Said burger necessities: Beef, bun, bacon, BBQ, and cheese. Anything else is simply an added bonus!

What makes you laugh: Scaring my wife. This usually involves an hour of apologies though (worth it).

Favorite Bible verse: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all of your anxieties upon Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7  We were not designed to carry the burdens of life. This passage reminds me that these burdens act as a safeguard to fix my perspective on God; the only one who can fully carry the weight of my burdens and the one who deserves all my affection.

Favorite things to do: I love to travel and explore with my wife, whether locally or internationally. Finding a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in major cities is a family favorite. I also enjoy photography, especially when taking candids of my cute daughter.

 

worship director

Pastor Rachel has served as the Worship Director at Central Church since July 2014. She also served in various worship roles throughout her years at North Central University while she earned her degree in Worship Arts: Worship Leading.

Rachel is passionate about using the creative arts to connect with God, while also training and equipping the Church to lead and serve. She wants to see people at Central learn to worship God with everything – their hearts, souls, minds, and strengths – by using the gifts God has given them.

Pastor Rachel has been married to Pastor Brandon since August 2013. Their daughter, Lena, was born in April 2015.

 

Hometown: Duncansville, PA

Favorite Food: Coffee…coffee…coffee! And Thai food!

What makes you laugh: My family. They are hilarious!

Favorite Bible verse/person of the Bible: Galatians 2:20 – “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Favorite things to do: I love spending time with my husband and my daughter. Living life with them is a blast!

 

administrative assistant

Nicole Reed has served as the Administrative Assistant at Central Church since January 2011. She is passionate about connecting with people who visit her office at church and encourages them to seek a deeper relationship with God so they can experience His freedom and healing in their lives.

 

Hometown:  Rhinelander, WI. I’ve lived in several places in Wisconsin growing up including 10 years in Madison.

Favorite food: Chocolate, Mexican, chips and salsa, ice cream…

What makes you laugh: The silly things my son says, my own clumsiness, my friends, and my sister.

Favorite Bible verse/person of the Bible: Isaiah 43:1, 2, 4 “Fear not, for I have bought you back, I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honored and I have loved you.” These verses have been spoken over my life and comfort me when I come up against trials and difficulties. They remind me of my worth in God’s sight.

Favorite things to do: Spend time with friends, singing, traveling and exploring, playing board games, expressing creativity through many different avenues.

elder team

Our Elder Team is comprised of faithful men and women who serve the entire church by providing directional advice, financial oversight, and accountability for our church vision. They are always happy to discuss any questions you may have about Central Church.

Elder team L to R, top to bottom: Scott Coppersmith, Terri Seitz, Tim Sorbo, Jeff Suski, Nick Zerillo, and Dan Zinser.

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