“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1).
Never could have Jeff and April Brown imagined how strongly those words would resonate in their hearts, not just
once in their lifetimes, but twice. The first being a little more than twelve years ago, December 2004, the month
they moved to Michigan.
Born and raised in the small town of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian
mountains, coal mines, farmland, and family all around, they never pictured themselves moving. Married almost ten
years with two small girls, they were comfortable where they were. But God had different plans, plans that went far
beyond Jeff’s engineering and administrative experience, far beyond April’s biology degree and future years of
teaching, plans that only He knew and was preparing to reveal to them for such a time as this.
Those plans brought them to Bad Axe, Michigan, in the heart of Michigan’s thumb, in the heart of sugar beet and
dairy farms. This was the land the Lord had brought them to, a land away from everything and everyone they had
ever known. A land where the Lord drew them near, calling them to ministry in 2011. The Brown’s pursued God’s
call on their lives to full time ministry the next couple of years, as Jeff continued with his secular job and their
daughters finished up school. During this time both Jeff and April served their home church body at Evangel Life
Assembly of God, rotating amongst worship, kids, men’s and women’s, discipleship, and outreach ministries.
Then August 2015 rolled along, and Jeff and April once again found the Lord commanding them to “go to the land
He showed them”, and that land was not Bad Axe, MI. Never in a million years did they have any intentions of
visiting the World Missions booth; that was the furthest thing from where they believed the Lord was leading them.
Yet that was exactly where they found themselves after hearing the Lord’s call to serve overseas in Moldova, a
country in eastern Europe. From the fall of 2018 through the winter of 2020, the Brown’s served as missionaries
with the Assemblies of God World Missions in Moldova’s capital of Chisinau, ministering the students and young
people there. But their time in Moldova was cut short in March 2020, when Covid 19 came on the scene shutting
down much of the world. In a matter of six hours the Brown’s found themselves on a plane headed home, as
borders began closing behind them.
After three months with their daughter and son-in-law, during Michigan’s shutdown, Jeff and April found the Lord
numbering and ordering their steps right here to Harrison, Michigan. From their first time to Harrison, it felt like
home…..family. It was on June 1, 2020 that they were unanimously voted in as the lead pastors here at Trinity
Christian Life center. Their hearts are to love and serve the people around them, whether within the TCLC family or
in our local community. Because in God’s eyes we are all family, and He wants each and every one of us to
THRIVE. They look forward to all the Lord has in the coming years for Trinity Christian Life Center and the entire
Christena and Brent Gotts have been married for 15 wonderful years. The Gotts’ have three children; Eian, Makensley, and Rylee, who keep them busy when they are not working or serving here at Trinity Christian Life Center. Christena is the Children’s Pastor at Trinity Christian Life Center and works side by side with her husband, teaching the kids of the community the love of Jesus. Both were raised at TCLC and love the Harrison community, it is near to their hearts. Graduating from Harrison High School, they know the area well and love the people that they have grown up around all of their lives. In their spare time the Gotts’ love to spend time outdoors….camping, hiking, biking, bonfires.