Jeremy and Ann met at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN, from which they both graduated, and were married in January of 1998. Jeremy was ordained in 2002 and served as a youth pastor. In 2006, God blessed them with the addition of their daughter. In the summer of 2010 they were again blessed with the birth of their son. Since 1998, Jeremy and Ann committed their lives to reaching teenagers and their families with the life changing love of Jesus Christ. God placed a desire in their hearts to minister together as a team and they have felt extremely blessed to do so. They are passionate about discipling families to reach their full potential for Christ centeredness and wholeness.
In January of 2008, Jeremy and Ann believed that God was directing them towards church planting. In the summer of 2008 Jeremy and Ann left the greater Milwaukee area and returned to Mishawaka to begin the process of starting a new church. Their prayer has been that God would break their hearts over the things that break His heart. As a result they long to live in a community of authenticity and to be an extension of the grace, hope and love that can only be found through Jesus Christ.
EMILY VAN DE VOORDE
Co-Director of Connections
Emily is one of the directors of Connections along with her husband, Mike. They have been involved in many types of ministry as a couple since they were married in 1997. She and Mike started coming to Epic in November of 2015 out of a longing to be involved in a church within their community. When she first came to Epic, Emily was a volunteer in Children’s Ministry and is looking forward to getting to know more of the Epic community by serving in Connections. Emily is excited about the opportunity to help others connect to each other and grow in deeper connection with God. As we do life and spend time together, we are constantly learning and growing. The Mission Statement at Epic – Living In + Living Out God’s Love is all about connecting. That is what drew Emily and her family here and that is what she is humbled to be able to pass on to others as she comes alongside and helps support Connections at Epic and throughout the community. Emily was born and raised in Northern Indiana and now lives near Mishawaka High School. She and Mike have 2 girls. Ruthie is a student at John Young Middle School and Allie is at Beiger Elementary. They have recently adopted a puppy named Coal. Their family enjoys being outdoors and likes to visit parks and go camping.