Robert Wendt Lead Pastor
Robert has been changed by the love of Jesus, and desires to share this life changing love with everyone around him. He has a deep passion for the local church and believes God desires to spread His great love through a church's presence in the community. Before coming to Fellowship, Robert served as the Director of Student Ministries at another local church for four years.
He received his Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. A graduate of Utica High School, Robert has a deep love for the metro Detroit area. While he enjoyed the formation God put him through outside of Michigan, Robert is excited to be here in his home state of Michigan.
Robert believes everyone has a unique and powerful story. He is always open to hearing about what God is doing in the life of people around him. You can always reach out to him for a cup of coffee and a discussion just about anything. When he isn't in a church or coffee shop, you will find Robert spending time with his family (wife Jessica and son Jacob). Jessica really enjoys running, so Robert has learned to love running out of a love for his wife.
Julie Kausch Children’s Ministry Director
Julie loves God and she loves children. While still in high school, a leader in the church saw potential in Julie and mentored her to be a teacher for the elementary kids during the worship service that ignited a passion for children’s ministry.
She was born and raised in the Muskegon area and moved to the Detroit area for an engineering job at Saturn after college. Before coming on staff at Fellowship, Julie spent time volunteering with the Parenting Program at Beaumont, as a Field Leader for MOPS International and as a coach for FIRST robotics. She is married to Jeff and they have four boys. You will often find Julie running, hiking or at Starbucks.
Nate Raese Worship Arts Director
Nate was born and raised in the Detroit area. Trusting in Christ at a young age, he truly began dedicating himself to following Christ in middle school. It was also around this time he discovered he loved leading people in worship, by helping lead chapels at his middle school. After continuing to develop spiritually and musically at Macomb Christian Schools in high school, he moved to Louisville to study Worship & Pastoral Studies at Boyce College, which starting in August 2017 he will be finishing from Michigan online.
Nate loves writing and recording music and playing various instruments including keys, acoustic guitar, and percussion. But even more than music, Nate has a passion for people—whether it's in a worship service or hanging out with his friends. If Nate's not at church, he might be eating papaya, listening to Twenty One Pilots, or drinking coffee.
Roger Santini Student Ministries Director
Roger loves being involved in the passionate service and dynamic growth that young people are capable of. He was called from the career path of computer animation to that of youth ministry during his college years as God worked on his heart and sense of purpose. He grew up in the Macomb area and graduated from Rochester College with a degree in Youth and Ministry. He also has three years of experience in the field of youth ministry before coming to Fellowship Chapel.
In his free time Roger can be found enjoying solitary time with a good video game, book, or movie. When it's social time, he can be found hitting the town or park with friends and family accompanied with some good food or group activity. He loves hearing a powerful story, profound thought, or contagious laugh. His favorite tv shows are superhero themed and his favorite foods usually involves some form of red meat.