Pastor David Ferranti is the founder and lead pastor at Bay Valley Christian Church in Bay City, Michigan. He founded BVCC in 1991 along with his wife Cheryl and two kids, Matt and Hannah. Under his leadership, the church has grown to over a thousand people. In addition, he has networked with a number of organizations that support the vision of training and equipping leaders. Furthermore, he travels internationally planting schools of ministry, as well as conducting leadership equipping seminars. He is also the founder of Leaders For Christ Training Center.
Al and Beth Verhagen joined our staff June 2017. Al and Beth were married in Wisconsin in 1998. They have two grown children, Spencer and Sloane. They have been in full-time ministry together since 2008. They have both been involved in many different roles over the years from administrative roles to lead pastors. Al is currently serving as the Executive Pastor overseeing the day to day operations of the church. Beth is currently serving as the Connection Pastor overseeing the First Impression Teams, everything from the streets to the seat. They also lead our Anchor Groups at BVCC. Their passion is for people to walk in their God-given calling and the freedom that Christ gave His life for.
Dana came to a tailgate service the summer of 2008 with her 7 yr old and 1 yr old, and she left knowing they had found their new church home. That fall she started volunteering in the children's ministry at Bay Valley. Over the years she has volunteered as a Children's teacher, an Impact youth Volunteer, Decor, and Craft Leader at VBS. Then the summer of 2016 God called her to step full time on to Bay Valley's staff as the Office Manager, where her passion for God and his calling on her life has continued to grow. Dana and her husband Don got married in 2006, they have a son and daughter who are also involved in volunteering in Media and Children's Ministry with Bay Valley.
Tyler grew up at Bay Valley. Over the years he has held several roles both on and off staff. Primarily, his focus has been live service production, focusing his energy on making sure our services sound and look great! He is a father of two daughters, Callie and Addilyn. He is happily engaged to his fiancée, Elisa. In his spare time, he likes working on and racing cars.
Pastor Cheryl gave her life to the Lord in 1980. Not long after, she began studying for the ministry with the emphasis on Worship and Creative Arts. She's been a worship leader for 32 years and has a passion to train others to lead worship. Cheryl and Pastor Dave got married in 1985, and founded Bay Valley Christian Church in 1991. They have two children, Matt and Hannah, who have served with them side-by-side in ministry. Pastor Cheryl loves spending time with her husband and children traveling, and just being with them, laughing and enjoying life!
Patty began volunteering at Bay Valley Christian Church in 1996, and by 2000 was pursuing her call to full-time ministry. She worked administratively throughout Bay Valley Christian Church and has been an active part of our Life Kids and Impact Youth Ministry. As she finished her degree with Leaders for Christ Training Center & Vision University, the call to the church at large became very evident. Patty has passion to see people connect on a deeper level, not only with the Lord, but with each other. She also loves motivating others to realize God's best for their lives and their families, regardless of age! Patty and her husband Dale have been married for 35 years. Together they have two grown children and 6 beautiful grandkids!
Hannah is the daughter of Pastor David and Cheryl Ferranti and has been attending and actively serving at Bay Valley Christian Church her entire life. After graduating high school in 2008, she joined the team in the fall, as the receptionist. In 2011, Hannah continued to volunteer for Bay Valley Christian Church in graphic design offsite, as she moved to California to intern for a year at the Los Angeles Dream Center under Pastor Matthew Barnett. After her internship, she moved back and once again joined the team to work alongside her father as the assistant to Lead Pastor David Ferranti. She is also currently active in the creative arts ministries at Bay Valley Christian Church, involved in both the visual and performing arts. Hannah married her husband Bill in 2015.
Austin grew up at Bay Valley Christian Church until his family moved to Kalamazoo for a few years. When his family moved back to Bay City in 2011, Austin was hired as a worship intern to lead worship for Impact Student Ministries. Since then, Austin has continued to serve as the worship leader for Impact, and now leads worship for Sunday morning services as well. Austin graduated from SVSU with his B.A. in Communication in May of 2016, and graduated from Leaders for Christ Training Center in April 2015. He is very happily married to his wife Brittny.
Cindy has been at BVCC since Easter of 1993. In 1994, she helped to launch the Understanding God class. She has worked in numerous areas of the church: children's ministry, youth group, as well as with the Understanding God class. Cindy has been married to her husband Rick for 35 years. They have four grown children Joseph, Jamie, Jennifer and Jaclyn; one son-in-law Mike; and two fantastic grandsons, Connor and Hayden.