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Rita Osborn  

Senior Leadership Team,

Executive Pastor &

Pastoral Care Director  

Rita is our Executive Pastor (she manages all of the day to day happenings), Pastoral Care director, a member of the SLG, a certified life coach and the heart and soul of Family of Christ Church. Her heart is for people to know and to be known by the Father Heart of God. She has a passion for people and for helping them to find wholeness. Rita and her husband Brad have two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, the most perfect orange cat, and own a local window cleaning business.

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Dave Ledingham

Senior Leadership Team 

 Dave and his wife Deborah have been a part of Family of Christ since 1977, with Dave serving as a part of the senior leadership since 1980 and as the senior pastor from 2006 to 2015.  Before retiring from his full time job to become the senior pastor, Dr. Dave had a long and prestigious career as a general surgeon at the hospital here in Petoskey for almost 40 years. He and Deborah have strong ties to Harbor Light Christian School where Deborah has taught for over 40 years, with Dave also teaching several classes over the years. Dave and Deborah have two kids and 6 wonderful grandkids. 

Jim & Lisa Millen

 Senior Leadership Team

Jim and Lisa joined the SLG in 2019. They lend a very prophetic flare to the leadership team. Their hearts are not only to influence our city, but also our region by going after the more of God. They love connecting with people and connecting people to each other. They have been involved in leadership in other churches around the country before landing here in Northern Michigan.  Jim and Lisa own and operate Great Lakes Reclaimed here in Petoskey, and they have 4 wonderful children. 

Contact Rita at office@familyofchristchurch.org
or at 231-347-0141
Contact Jim and Lisa at
foc606@gmail.com

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Tony Balistreri

Children's Pastor 

Tony is passionate about children's ministry. He gets excited about investing in the next generation and encouraging their spiritual journey as they grow. He is never at a loss for fun adventurous ideas that draw kids into an encounter with Jesus. He is married to his beautiful wife Rita and they have two supportive girls Sophia and Bella. Tony is bi-vocational serving as part time staff at the church and is also an Electrician. His wife Rita is a Nurse Practitioner with Petoskey Surgeons. 

 

Contact Tony at balistreritony@yahoo.com

Kalie Lechowicz

Worship Pastor

Kalie loves to lead others into the presence of God through worship. She is passionate about empowering other worship leaders to step out and grow in leading worship. Her heart is helping others experience the presence of God in a way that is transformative. Kalie also works full time at Infinity Eye Care in Petoskey as their office manager.

 

Contact Kalie at kalie@focpetoskey.org

Robb & Phyllis Burkee

'The Bridge' Pastor

Robb is in his second decade as Senior Leader at our other campus THE BRIDGE.  His wife Phyllis is a leader within  the SOZO healing ministry team at Family of Christ. Robb & Phyllis share a passion to see God touch those with hurts, habits, & hang-ups. God has called them to deepen their love relationship with Him & embrace a lifestyle demonstrating the full power of God. Pastor Robb is also a State Farm Insurance Agency and Phyllis is a relator with Jack VanTreese and Associates in Petoskey.

Contact Robb at robbburkee@gmail.com and Phyllis at phyllisburkee@gmail.com