Staff Leaders

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Justin Kats, COO-CFO

Justin has served on the Stewardship Team and in other capacities at Faith Church, always advancing the Kingdom. He spent nearly 10 years with a Top Eight public accounting firm performing financial statement audits as a CPA. And recently spent nearly 3 years as the Executive Director of Finance for the second largest hospital in Chicago. Justin felt God’s calling to come to Faith full-time as the COO-CFO, focused on operations, strategic planning, finance, human resources and overall execution of the vision God has put on the heart of this church. Justin with his wife Stacie have two children: Regan and Hunter, residing in St. John. Justin is excited about what God has in store for Faith Church.


Brett Dood, Catalyst Pastor

Brett Dood (pronounced like “Road” with a “D”) comes to us from West Michigan where Brett was the pastor to 20’s and 30’s at Christ Memorial Church in Holland. He is a passionate guy that loves to connect with people and have fun. His heart beats for the Gospel and the transformation that is found in Jesus Christ. He is an avid sports fan, a self-proclaimed “nut” and has coached both basketball and football at the high school level. Brett with his wife Sarah have two sons, Jacob and Joshua that bring a whole new level of excitement to their home. He loves the outdoors, reading, relaxing, and connecting with you!


Karla Weemhoff, Director of Communications & Weekend Programming

Karla Weemhoff is a former high school chemistry teacher who now serves as the Director of Communications and Weekend Programming. She has been attending Faith Church since 1997 and has seen God grow this church in amazing ways. In her role, she helps organize the thoughts and processes involved in weekend programming and then gets the word out. In this multi-site church, planning ahead is key! Her husband Dave is the Multi-Site Director and they have four children: Kassidy, Annie, Chloe and Zander.


Corrie Vos, Missions Director

Corrie graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Youth Ministry. She has served in several countries including South Africa, Panama, and Peru as well as in New Orleans assisting in post-Katrina long-term relief and development before joining Faith Church staff. She is excited to be a part of discovering what Faith Church's role is in making His name great among the nations.


Dave Gruthusen, Student Ministries Pastor

Dave grew up in Chicagoland, went to college in Minnesota, seminary in Deerfield, IL, and has been a youth pastor since 1990.  He likes the Cubs AND the White Sox…the way it should be! His most obscure Bible hero is Ehud, the left-handed judge. He married his college sweetheart, Kresson, in 1988, and they live in Dyer with their three children: Tyler (1996), Jordan (1998), and Talia (2000). Dave wants each student at Faith Church to be captivated by Christ and mobilized to do the works He has prepared for us to do. All because Jesus is the hope of the world and because His Word is our life!


Phil Krygsheld, Children's Ministry Director

Shari and Phil have three children, Josie, Layton, and Jensen, and live in Crown Point. They enjoy spending time together as a family and learning how to love God and love the people He brings into our lives. Phil is honored to lead the incredible servant volunteers and staff that connect children to Jesus Christ at their level for God’s glory.


Ryan Matthysse, Director of Worship & Arts

Ryan Matthysse serves as the Director of Worship and Arts. Overseeing our weekend worship services, Ryan has a passion for helping others worship Jesus Christ. Over the past few years, he has also been involved in different mission organizations as well as our own church mission team. When he’s not playing the accordian or running marathons, he’s probably cheering for the U of M Wolverines. Ryan lives with his wife, Susan, and 3 children in Crown Point.