Building Relationships in Flat Rock – AG News
Ryan P. Nissley didn’t see himself as a church planter. A licensed minister, he had been youth and worship pastor for 18 years at New Hope Assembly in Taylor, Michigan, where his father, Philip, is senior pastor. Ryan’s wife, Shayna, started going to New Hope when Ryan attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.
In 2015, Ryan became concerned about the number of young people drifting from faith after leaving home to attend college. Some returned to church years later, often with questions or regrets after missing valuable years of discipleship. Nissley wondered if God wanted to use his youth pastor experience to bridge that gap for young adults and families.
Shayna agreed, and Nissley, who studied at Master’s Commission as well as the Carlson Institute at North Central University — in addition to CBC — completed ordination requirements. Today, Nissley, 39, is lead pastor of Grace Church Michigan, meeting at Flat Rock Community Center, 15 minutes from Taylor in the downriver area of metro Detroit.
The Nissleys attended a Church Multiplication Network Launch event plus a ministry conference at River Valley Church, a Minnesota megachurch where former youth group member Ryan Williams is worship leader. Grace Church opened in November 2017, with support and funding from CMN and AGTrust...