Shane Cox - 

Lead Pastor

My name is Shane and I am the lead pastor of this community of faith. I bring vision and direction to our faith community and oversee the preaching and teaching for our church. I lead the staff and ministry leaders, and give spiritual direction and support to our body of Christ.

I have been married to my beautiful wife (Heather) since the summer of 1998. Together, we have two children whom we are trying our best to raise as followers of Jesus. We fail often, but we are forgiven always.

I had the privilege of attending Briercrest College and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical studies. I also had the honor of attending Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and graduated with a M.A. in Intercultural ministries (missions) with an emphasis on church planting.

Take Hold Church started as an in home Bible study in our two bedroom apartment in the summer of 2009. It has been a wonderful and crazy ride! I cannot think of any other thing I would want to do. I love my vocation! I am humbled and blessed to be the shepherd of this authentic church family.

I am always up for great coffee and conversation so please feel free to reach out and we can schedule a time that works best for us to dialogue and get to know each other better. 


Micah Hill - 

Music Pastor

My name is Micah and I was invited to TH by Pastor Shane in 2009 to lead some music for one of their gatherings. I've called it home ever since. 

I wear a few different hats here at the church: I am responsible for facilitating worship music for teams during the Sunday morning services. I also oversee The Upper Room, which is a music venue that we run through our church. I am also responsible for coordinating Take Hold Fest

I have been married to my beautiful wife Sarah since 2014 and we are expecting our first child in February 2018. I love scary movies, good music, and reading a good book. I am always up to get together to chat about anything! 



Heather Cox - 

Children's Pastor

My name is Heather and I oversee the children's ministry at Take Hold Church. I have been working with children for over twenty years as a Kindergarten teacher, Preschool teacher, and now I am a self employed, licensed in home daycare. I love to not only oversee the kids ministry, but I also love to teach the children about the love of Jesus and His Word. 

I graduated from Rochester Community College with an Associate degree in Child Development and then graduated from Hope International University with a B.S. in Human Development and education. I'm currently looking to purse a M.A. in teaching with an Early Childhood emphasis. 

I've been married to the wild and wacky Shane since 1998. Together, we have two beautiful children Elijah and Abby. Shane started Take Hold as a Bible study in our apartment and here we are many years later. It's been an amazing journey and God has always been faithful. 

Sarah Hill - 

Community Pastor

Hi! I'm Sarah and I coordinate outreach and partnerships for our congregation, I cover some administrative duties, and co-lead Women's Ministry. I stumbled across Take Hold Church in June 2011 and have been at home ever since. 

It has taken me quite a while, but I am about to be a graduate of GVSU with BA in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis in Community Development. I met Micah here at Take Hold, we have been married since August 2014, and now we are expecting our first son this February! (Also, ask me about my dog, Rosie. She's the best.) 

I am passionate about justice issues, being informed, and taking about what it means to love our neighbor. I love chatting over coffee, hanging out our amazing porch, and just getting to know new people! So let's hang out! 


Ministry Residencies:  We do not have a traditional "residency program" within our community of faith, but we understand the importance of growing in avenues that we (as believers) have been called into.  We facilitate residencies for students or people desiring ministry experience in the areas of pastoring, worship arts, children's, and community outreach.  If you are interested furthering your understanding of or exploring ministry possibilities please email    Pastor Shane