Mark & Crystal Lantz

Pastor Mark and Crystal have served in ministry for 26 years and have served as Lead Pastor of Christian Center for the past 8 years. Pastor Mark has earned a Master’s Degree in Ministry as well as a Doctorate of Ministry from Indiana Christian University. Crystal holds a Masters Degree in Ministry

John & Sonya Spencer

Pastors John and Sonya Spencer have served together in many aspects of ministry in the church over the last 19 years. Pastor John holds a Masters of Biblical counseling and a Bachelors of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary. John and Sonya both hold degrees from IBC in Business Administration. Together

Scott & Dee Phenis

Scott and Dee Phenis have been involved in Children’s Ministry for 10 years and youth ministry for 23 years. They have three children: Chantel, Josh, and Breanna. Scott answered the call of God on his life in 1997 when he was burdened for the youth of his church.  In 2003, Scott attended

Gary Shepherdson

Pastor Gary became an Ordained Minister in 1992. He has served in ministry for many years in various capacities. As our Connections Pastor he oversees our Usher’s, Altar workers, our Security Team, and our First Impressions Team to help ensure that your attendance at Christian Center is a exceptional one. Gary

Sue Geist

Sue Geist, the Pastor of Counseling, is married to Bob Geist, and, together, they have four children and 15 grandchildren.  Sue received a Masters in Ministry Counseling and a Masters in Clinical Counseling degrees from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. She is certified in Pastoral Counseling as well as

Dan Geer

Reverend Daniel P. Geer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Philosophy from Indiana University South Bend in 1990. In 2007, he earned a Master in Ministry degree from Bethel College and then a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 2009, also from Bethel College.

Cheryle Bates

Cheryle earned a Standard Ministerial Diploma from Mt. Vernon Bible College, Ohio, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology with Indiana Christian University, Kokomo, IN.  She and her husband, Dr. Roger Bates, pastored for over 30 years within the Great Lakes area with The International Foursquare Gospel Churches

Tommy Ward

Tommy Ward has been a professional musician since the age of 17 and has led worship for the past 20 years. Besides leading worship Tommy also heads up our sound and media ministry and works as the audio supervisor for LeSea Broadcasting here in the South Bend area. Tommy has also

Lee Barlow

Lee came to South Bend in 1991 to attend World Harvest Bible College and quickly discovered the ministry opportunities available at LeSEA. With a passion to reach the masses for Jesus, in 1994 he joined the LeSEA Publishing staff and has found a home making the Christ-centered teachings of Dr.

Lisa Barlow

Lisa has been employed by LeSEA for several years, serving in various departments. She currently serves alongside her husband, Lee, at LeSEA Publishing where she functions as the primary print operator.