Gathering Minister

Pastor Markus Jeromin is a California native and grew up learning about Jesus at home and at church. Over the years his desire to share the Good News grew. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Biology, he changed paths which took him to seminary in South Carolina. While there, he met and married his northern bride, Sharon Ruth. They spent their first 7 years of church ministry in Manistee, MI, where their family tripled in size. Their next adventure was church planting missions in Uruguay, South America for three and a half years. That was followed by a summer at the Boardwalk Chapel, a discipleship and evangelism ministry in Wildwood, NJ. They arrived back in Michigan last August and are quickly growing to love the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas. As a family, the Jeromins love beaches, camping, hiking, fishing, soccer, and all things international... but nothing tops the church of Jesus.



CHEX Administrative Assistant

Liz Schumaker is a the Administrative Assistant for the Church Extension (CHEX) Committee and provides administrative support to Rev. Markus Jeromin and Grace & Peace.  Liz grew up in Zeeland, MI, and spent her high school years in the greater Grand Rapids area, where she met her husband. She then ventured out to western Pennsylvania to attend Grove City College, where she majored in English. Elisabeth enjoys pursuing her interests in Real Estate, art, and gardening in her free time, and lives in Portage with her husband. Elisabeth has greatly enjoyed the chance to assist church planters throughout the Presbytery and to provide administrative support to the committee as well. She is excited and eager to see how the Lord continues to bless His people and His Church -- specifically in Battle Creek!

Grace & Peace for Battle Creek is an exploratory study of the OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church). The study is being supervised by the Church Extension (CHEX) Committee of the OPC Presbytery of Michigan & Ontario.


The CHEX Committee works with established church plants as well as exploratory projects, supporting our church planters, guiding potential mission works, and identifying new church planting opportunities. To learn more about the CHEX Committee and their staff, visit our website at: www.opcchurchplanting.org