Pastor Ben Kirkman
Ben Kirkman was born in 1983 in Owosso, Michigan to Gary and Becky Kirkman. In the spring of 1987 his mother led him to the Lord and he was born again by faith in Jesus Christ.
He was called into the ministry while attending a Church planting mission’s trip to Canada in the summer of 1999. In 2001 he went to West Coast Baptist College to begin preparing for the ministry.
During his junior year of college he was married to Maggie Savoie. They both graduated from West Coast Baptist College in 2005; Ben, with a degree in pastoral theology and Maggie, with a degree in elementary education. In the summer of 2005, they accepted the call to serve the Lord at Glenwood Springs Baptist Church
Pastor Matthew Chilson
Matthew Chilson was born on January 7, 1992, to Glenn and Angela Chilson. He has two older brothers, Jeremy and Darren. As a child, he was in church all the time thanks in part to his grandma, who always made sure her grandsons were learning about God! Matt grew up in Flint, Michigan, and his family moved to Grand Blanc, Michigan when he was seventh grade.
It was around that time that Matt went to a youth conference in North Carolina with his youth group. During the worship time, the praise team played the song, “I Surrender All.” Matt had never heard this song before, but God was using it to really speak to his life. It was then that he made the conscious decision to give his life to God and ask him to be his Lord and Savior!
Right before their sophomore year at Grace College, Matt asked Brittani Kirkman to be his wife, and she obviously said yes! They were married on July 16, 2011. They had two years left of school, and it was such a fun time in life for them. At the beginning of their senior year, they found out that they were going to have a baby!
Nine months later, and only two weeks after graduation, Benjamin Lynwood Lee Chilson was born on May 25, 2013. Matt had graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry and a double minor in Biblical Studies and Business.
Brittani graduated with a Bachelor of Science in both Counseling and Youth Ministry and a minor in Biblical Studies. As Brittani stayed home with Benji and learned how to be a momma, Matt continued his education at Grace Seminary completing a Masters of Arts in Local Church Ministry. He is currently working towards an M.Div in Discipleship Ministries at Liberty University.
Pastor Matt and his family joined our church in July of 2014. Pastor Matt coaches basketball at the local high school and his wife, Brittani, coaches volleyball. In March of 2015, they welcomed their baby girl, Matti Grace Marie Chilson, to the family!