Brett Kays

Lead Minister

Brett is Southpoint’s founding minister (since 1992), and has served in ministries in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan since 1984. His degrees in Bible, Ministry and Theology (B.A., M.A., M.Div.) come from Cincinnati Christian University. In Indianapolis, Brett worked as a Christian radio announcer, met his wife, Penny, in their church youth group (also a CCU graduate and a Southpoint Administrative Assistant), and married in 1985. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law, Steve & Kelly, and Thomas.

Trent Shivley

Central Operations Minister

Trent was born and raised in the mid-Michigan area. He has a Bachelors in Automotive Management from Ferris State University and a certificate in Bible from Moody Theological Seminary. Trent started serving in ministry full-time in 2005 and has been serving at Southpoint since 2010. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, since 2008 and they have a son named Evan and a daughter named Taya.

Mark Essick

Allen Park Campus / NexGen Pastor

Mark was born in King, North Carolina and grew up on Pop-Tarts & sweet tea. He graduated from Kentucky Christian University in 1999 where he met his wife, Cindy. Cindy & Mark have three kids, a daughter-in-law, and 2 grandkids. . They served in churches in both Kentucky & North Carolina, then came to Southpoint in 2006. They are both passionate about growing healthy families and training/sending kids and adults to go share the gospel all over Downriver & the world.

Cindy Bobruk

Trenton Associate Minister

Cindy started attending Southpoint in 1994 after seeing an ad in the yellow pages that said, “Come as you are!” She met her husband, Greg, at Southpoint and married in 2000. They have seven kids and 5 grandkids. Cindy came on staff in 2005 after working in the legal field for 17 years and loves to make sure people feel welcomed and connected here. She loves to collect vinyl records, and at home she relaxes by watching movies and and spending time with her family.

Ben Spencer

Creative Arts Minister

Ben was born in Texas but raised in Kansas, with his seven other siblings. When he graduated High School, he returned to Texas where he served in a ministry for five years. He met a Michigan gal there named Amy. They dated long distance for a few years then got married and served in youth ministry in Virginia. In 2012, Ben and Amy moved back to Michigan to be closer to family, and that’s when they made Southpoint their home church. Ben loves to write songs, play his guitar and sing, play basketball, and hang out with family and friends. Ben and Amy have two daughters: Moriah and Selah.

Dawnell Jordan

Campus Operations Director

Dawnell has been a member of Southpoint since 2006, and worked in the medical field for 17 years before joining our staff. As a volunteer, she has been dedicated to Info Central and supporting C-Groups for many years, became the Trenton Campus Pastor’s Administrative Assistant in 2014, and hired on to her staff role in July 2017. Dawnell has been married to Thomas since 1993 and they have 3 children: Aaron, Aden and Emma. When not around Southpoint, she’s usually attending her son’s hockey games, her daughter’s softball, dance or cheer, or just spending time with family.

Rachel Reinhardt

Trenton Production Director

Rachel was born in New York, but was raised in Southeast Michigan. She has a Bachelors in Electronic Media and Film Studies. She married her husband Michael in 2011 and they have three children together: Sophia, Eric, and Kaycee. They started serving at Southpoint shortly after they became members in 2011, and Rachel came on staff in 2019. Rachel loves baking, being crafty, and spending time with her family and friends. 


Michael Leich

Technology Director

Jennifer Burns

Trenton Groups Director

Jorel McCree

Student Environments Director

Kristin Krogol

Student Operations Administrator

JoEllen Hurst

Student Connections Director

Heather Rogers

Kids Director – Trenton

Kim Kamm

Connections Director


Pat Britt

Administrative Assistant

Penny Kays

Administrative Assistant

Betty Long

Administrative Assistant

Terri Modlin

Administrative Assistant


Greg Bobruk


Brett Kays


Juan Pardo


Dean Faletti


Ken Tomalak


Keith Whitehouse