OUR TEAM

BILL BARNWELL

Senior Pastor

Pastor Bill is the Lead Pastor of Royal Oak Church and has served in ministry since 2001, when he began at only 20 years old. Since that time he has served at churches in the South Bend, Indiana area, and throughout Michigan in Flint, Port Huron, and now joins us to lead Royal Oak Church.

He has been married to his wife Lorie since 2005 and together they have a son, "Little Bill." He is a graduate of Bethel College, and also carries Master's degrees in Ministry and Theology. Bill is also an attorney who has his own private law practice. Well versed in Scripture and with a passion for reaching today's culture, Bill is committed to leading the church to make a lasting impact on the community.

JOE DUPREY

Worship Leader

Joe Duprey joined Royal Oak Church with the vision and drive to lead people in worship, and has focused on finding fresh ways to help people experience Jesus on a new level. 

Joe sings and plays multiple instruments and has a great passion for music. He is currently attending University of Detroit Mercy earning a degree in business. 

Family Ministries Director

Brian joined our staff in September of 2017. He grew up in Madison Heights, Mi where he attended Redeemer Missionary Church for 20 years. He later moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2007. Shortly after moving to Arizona he met his wonderful wife of 10 years, Morgan. Brian and Morgan have three kids together McKenna Benjamin and Joshua. Brian was the Co Youth Leader at First Christian Church of Tempe in Tempe, Arizona for about three years. Brian has completed level one of PLI (Pastoral Leadership Institute). Brian became an official license Pastor in February of 2020. He is currently the Family Pastor here at ROC. He has a great passion for ministry as well as a great passion to learn and grow. He is a very energetic and outgoing person

Administrative Assistant

Gennifer is excited to join the ROC team and serve an amazing community. She graduated from Cornerstone University in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education. She is a preschool teacher by day and administrative assistant by night. She has been apart of the Royal Oak community since birth and so loves finding ways to continually give back and help make it a better place!

BRIAN THRASHER

STEVEN SABENS 

Associate Pastor

Pastor Steven serves as an Associate Pastor and works with the Deacon Team and heads the Community Events here at Royal Oak Church. He has served in ministry for many years starting in Mobile, AL, working with the youth at Covenant Church of Mobile in the late 1990’s until he joined the Army in 1999. In the Army he maintained helicopters and trained soldiers in aviation duties. In (2011) he started working at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission, serving and ministering to Homeless Veterans. In (2015) he began working with the police department and began a Chaplains Corp for the Fairbanks Police Department until 2017.

While living in Alaska, Steven served the youth, college aged, as a deacon, small group leader and preached on occasion.He meet his wife, Theresa, (2000) while stationed in California and later moved to Alaska where the two were married in (2003). While in Alaska, Steven and Theresa had four children boys, Riley (2007), Isaac (2009), girls Madelyn (2012), and Leilani (2014).

After Steven got out of the Army he began his studies, graduating Moody Bible Institute (2010) and earning his Pastoral Counseling degree from Liberty (2013).Steven And his family moved to Michigan in May of (2017) to be closer to family. They began attending Royal Oak Missionary Church and desired to help the launch of ROC, earning his Pastoral License in September 2018 and commissioned on November 04, 2018.

GENNIFER TESAR

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(248) 541-6606

Address

411 East 11 Mile Road 
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

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