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Senior Pastor

Nate Thomas

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J. Nathan Thomas

Pastor Nate was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He attended college at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma 1961-1965 where he majored in religious studies and received his Bachelor of Theology Degree. Following graduation he entered the field of Christian ministry.

From 1965 to the present he has been involved in ministry giving leadership in the following areas: pastor, evangelist, and consultant, which has involved him in personal evangelism, discipleship, small group ministry, congregational care groups, training and commissioning of lay pastors, teacher training, church board discipleship, counseling and marriage seminars, pulpit ministry, evangelistic speaking, Bible teacher, church camps, retreats and foreign missions crusades. Also presently involved in a national motorcycle ministry called the Priesthood.

Nate is married to Janette Emery; they have three sons, James, Darrin, and Benjamin, one daughter, Amanda, 11 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters. His hobbies are golfing, motorcycle riding (with Janette), fishing, hunting and anything in God’s outdoors.

Pastor Nate is currently serving Romulus Wesleyan Church as Lead Pastor. He has a heart for God and a love for the community and Christ’s church.  

Personal Testimony

Being raised in a Christian home I attended church all my life. Although I am grateful for this rich heritage of faith, I realized early in life that having a relationship with Christ is not just a family or communal experience. I knew that I needed a personal relationship with Him. As a young teen I made a personal decision to follow Christ.  From that point to the present my life has been blessed as I continue to learn more and more how to follow Christ. 


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Jim Bowen

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I was born and raised in Lowell Michigan,I am married and have two children I spent a portion of my life going after what our culture said was success. I now spend my days loving my family and others as a Christ follower.

 I now have a wife and two kids, my life was rescued when my family and I were Encountered at Impact Church in Lowell. Following God and discovering his purpose for our life has sent us here to Belding to plant Encounter: A Community Church, to help others encounter their purpose by loving God, loving others in communities that reproduce other God loving communities. I believe the local church is the hope of the world. Churches as they were meant to be, culturally relevant and biblically based.


Asst. Pastor

Roger Seely

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