Shannon Whaples

Title: Lead Pastor

Bio:  Born & raised in Almost Heaven, West Virginia! Yes it's true. You can take the boy out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the boy. Along the way, I've had the privilege of learning from some incredible people and professional experiences. I hold a MA in Christian Education and an M.Div. from Wesley Seminary. Currently, I'm in the DMin program at Liberty University. In my spare time, I love college football and an occasional round of golf. Yet my greatest joy is my family - my wife Sandy and two amazing kids, Emily and Michael.


Where did you grow up? Nitro, WV


How do you like your coffee? Starbucks Kenya through a Jura... Black


Favorite 1am Snack? Frozen Kit-Kats


Current Netflix binge? Various Documentaries


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? FireHub


What is the best part of working at FIrst Wes? The people! I love working alongside our staff and volunteer leaders. FW is blessed by some of the best people I know, who relentlessly throw themselves into seeing God's Kingdom come in our church, city, and world.



Sandy Whaples


Title: Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach Director

Bio:  
I am most like Samwise the Hobbit, and I love to encourage and help others on their journey or assignment. I love serving in the church and community, and find great joy when I can help people discover their role in the story of their life. Wife to Shannon and mom to Emily and Michael, I know I am a dearly loved daughter of God. I am a sketchnoter, beach glass collector and lover of history. I love to study God's Word, pray and work behind the scenes.


Where did you grow up? West Virginia


How do you like your coffee? 3 Creams


Favorite 1am Snack? Nuts, Raw Veggies, and Pepperoni


Current Netflix binge? Sherlock


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Continental Bakery


Do you know your Enneagram Results? 9 - The Peacemaker


What is the best part of working at FIrst Wes? The people, they are so generous, hardworking and faithful. I love the people of this church!




Trish Richardson

Title: Spiritual Growth Pastor

Bio:  
I'm an Irish Hillbilly married to my knight in shining body armor. We are both from law enforcement backgrounds, using the skills and gifts we've been given to further God's kingdom in Battle Creek. I love the adventure of the outdoors, maybe because of my Hatfield family heritage. I've picked shrapnel out of my arms and legs, killed a buck with my Harley, and was trained in hostage negotiation by a Lufthansa flight 592 negotiator. No, I didn't make any of that up, but it's not the most interesting details about me, my God is! Ask me!


Where did you grow up? Battle Creek, MI


How do you like your coffee? Rich and Creamy


Favorite 1am Snack? Salted dark chocolate covered toffee


Current Netflix binge? Dual Survivor


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Barista Blues


Do you know your Enneagram Results? 3 - The Achiever


What is the best part of working at First Wes? The people! I love meeting people and hearing how God is working to save them, redeem them, and shape them into His perfect creation. Ministry is what He made me for, and the people at First Wes are His blessing of fulfillment to me!



Dan Mack

Title: Worship Pastor

Bio My name is Dan and I hail from the Great White North (eh?!) Kim and I have been married for a loooooooooong time and have 4 kids. Braelynn, Eli, Harrison and Micah. We love to adventure together. Whether it's a day trip to SoHa or a weekend in Traverse City we love the Lake.


Where did you grow up?  Ottawa, Ontario. Canada


How do you like your coffee? Tim Horton's of course!


Favorite 1am Snack? 1:00am? I've got four kids, I'm lucky to have energy to be awake at 9:15pm.


Current Netflix binge? Would you hold it against me if I asked what Netflix is?


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Chili's! You can't beat those Chips and Salsa.


Do you know your Enneagram Results? What is an Enneagram? Who's that? Is this the new Candy-Gram?


What is the best part of working at First Wes? I love watching people experience Jesus each week through worship. When someone realizes the goodness of Jesus and they begin to shift their focus and affection to the greatness of the Savior there is nothing better than that.


carol daniels

Title: Benevelonce and Cafe Coordinator

Bio:  I’m Carol, a benevolent fueled by passion to serve others and share the love of Jesus. I married my husband (Tim) in Las Vegas 24 years ago. We have 2 daughters and 2 grand-doggies. I enjoy traveling, hiking, gardening and cooking. I am a roller coaster fanatic. My favorite sports are NASCAR (yes it is a sport) and college football.


Where did you grow up?  Kentucky


How do you like your coffee? A little bit of Coffee, lots and lots of cream


Favorite 1am Snack? Apple with Peanut Butter


Current Netflix binge?  Supernatural


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Pastrami Joe's


Do you know your Enneagram Results? Type 2, The Helper


What is the best part of working at First Wes? The staff I work with are amazing. Together we are making a difference in other people’s lives and sharing the word of God. But more than that, we are making a difference in each other’s lives by holding one another accountable and encouraging each other to grow.

Tori Boorum

Title: Children's Minsitry Director

Bio:  My name is Victoria (Tori) Boorum and I am originally from Pennsylvania. I love my family, the outdoors, and a good adventure! The world is too big and too grand for me to stay inside. Living in Michigan has been great for finding new places and meeting new people. I love to have good conversations around the table and I believe that laughter is the best medicine.


Where did you grow up? Lehighton, Pennsylvania


How do you like your coffee? The better question would be "How do I like my creamer?" I prefer my coffee iced and as a latte or macchiato.


Favorite 1am Snack? Butter Popcorn


Current Netflix binge?  The Good Place


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? FireHub


What is the best part of working at First Wes? I love the people at First Wes. Especially the volunteer team I have been blessed to work with. They are a group of people who love the Lord and want to pour into the next generation of students.

Connie Moon

Title: Cleaning Technician

Bio:  
My name is Connie. I have been on staff with First Wes since 2012. I am married and have a daughter and one Grandson.I enjoy hanging out with friends and family,playing laser tag, go carts, riding bikes and watching movies.


Where did you grow up?  Battle Creek, MI


How do you like your coffee? Black


Favorite 1am Snack? Peanut Butter and Dill Pickle Sandwhich


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Chilli's


What is the best part of working at First Wes? I love fellowshipping with the staff here and meeting new people!

Kate GeisSel

Title: Financial Assistant

Bio:  I have a large family of 3 brothers, 3 step-sisters and 1 step-brother. My family is incredibly important to me! My husband and I have been married since 2009 and we have 3 beautiful children together. We enjoy going out to dinner together and experience new things together. We also enjoy staying home and snuggling up with our children, a movie and some popcorn!


Where did you grow up?  Delton, MI


How do you like your coffee? I like my coffee with sugar, and a little cream


Favorite 1am Snack? Cold Pizza


Current Netflix binge?  Gilmore Girls


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Any of the great Mexican resturaunts


Do you know your Enneagram Results? Type 2, The Helper


What is the best part of working at First Wes? When I come into work in the mornings, everyone is full of joy! I feel that I am valued and I have something to offer to my coworkers and to the creator of the Universe. I am encouraged when I do well and I am coached continually.

Blaine Farr

Title: Financial Assistant

Bio:  I have a large family of 3 brothers, 3 step-sisters and 1 step-brother. My family is incredibly important to me! My husband and I have been married since 2009 and we have 3 beautiful children together. We enjoy going out to dinner together and experience new things together. We also enjoy staying home and snuggling up with our children, a movie and some popcorn!


Where did you grow up?  Delton, MI


How do you like your coffee? I like my coffee with sugar, and a little cream


Favorite 1am Snack? Cold Pizza


Current Netflix binge?  Gilmore Girls


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Any of the great Mexican resturaunts 


Do you know your Enneagram Results? Type 2, The Helper


What is the best part of working at First Wes? When I come into work in the mornings, everyone is full of joy! I feel that I am valued and I have something to offer to my coworkers and to the creator of the Universe. I am encouraged when I do well and I am coached continually.

Derek Malone

Title: Student Ministry Directors

Bio:  I have a large family of 3 brothers, 3 step-sisters and 1 step-brother. My family is incredibly important to me! My husband and I have been married since 2009 and we have 3 beautiful children together. We enjoy going out to dinner together and experience new things together. We also enjoy staying home and snuggling up with our children, a movie and some popcorn!


Where did you grow up?  Battle Creek, MI


How do you like your coffee? I like my coffee with sugar, and a little cream


Favorite 1am Snack? Cereal


Current Netflix binge?  Gilmore Girls


Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? Any of the great Mexican resturaunts 


Do you know your Enneagram Results? Type 2, The Helper


What is the best part of working at First Wes? When I come into work in the mornings, everyone is full of joy! I feel that I am valued and I have something to offer to my coworkers and to the creator of the Universe. I am encouraged when I do well and I am coached continually.