District Superintendent



Kevin Hardy became the Michigan District Superintendent in August 2017.  He has been a pastor for over 25 years, pastoring in Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Virginia.  He has a passion for lost people, church planting, preaching and teaching.  Kevin has led churches of all sizes starting with a church of 20 people and growing another church to over 800.  

Kevin is married to Jane (29 years) and they have 3 children, Weston, Patrick and Kristin.  He loves to play golf, watch New England sports, read and spend time with his family.  

Executive assistant



Richelle Martzke has been the Executive Assistant since October 2013.  She grew up in the Grand Ledge area and has worked in various ministries within her church.  She especially loves working with children.


Richelle married Steve in 1989.  They have 4 adult children, Gretchen (Jon), Corinne (Cody), Kara & Reid.  She loves doing crafts and spending time with her family.

Business Manager



Deidre Marks has been the Business Manager since March 2014.  She graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration with a Management concentration from Spring Arbor University in 2003.  She has served in an administrative ministry role in the Church of the Nazarene for 14 years.  She loves to travel with her family and explore new places.  She is passionate about people and their connection with God, each other and the church.  

Sdmi President



Kelly Murphy Downs is from Vicksburg, Michigan where she has served in ministry with her husband, Dave for almost 30 years.  Kelly has her Masters in Family Counseling and possesses a wealth of knowledge in helping and encouraging families through all walks of life.  Kelly and Dave have been married for 34 years and have three adult daughters and three son-in-loves.  Kelly currently serves as the Children’s Ministries Director at her church as well SDMI (Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries) Chairperson for the Michigan District Church of the Nazarene.


In Kelly’s free time she loves to enjoy the beach and spend time with her five grandchildren, Caleb, Grace, Cora, Samuel and Isabella.  Kelly is grateful to the Lord for the experiences and the life He has given to her.  She is always on the lookout for ways in which she can impact the Kingdom!

NYI President



Travis Myers has been the District NYI president since 2010 and currently serves at the Lansing South Church of the Nazarene as Pastor to families with youth.   He has a passion for youth and strives for the youth to grow in their relationship with Christ and in community with each other through summer camps, district lock-ins, celebrate life, quizzing, and district impact team. 


He is married to Jesi and has 3 children Sage, Clayton, and Brooklynn.  He loves to spend time with family whether camping, boating, or playing games.  

NMI President

Karla Hurt


Karla Hurt was elected District NMI president in July 2018.  She lives in Portage Michigan with her husband, Keith, and they are involved in ministry at Cross Community Church, Portage MI.  Karla works in Battle Creek at the Kellogg Company in the Learning and Development Department.  

They have 2 adult children. Their daughter, Katrina, is married to Tyler Hull and is an Oregon high school math teacher.  Tyler is studying electrical engineering in addition to having a business and marketing degree.  Their son, Keegan joined the Air Force and is a Non Destructive Inspector who will be stationed overseas. 

Karla marvels at God’s nature, enjoys reading, creating crafts. She is passionate about missions throughout the world.  She would love to hear what your church is doing to be the “hands and feet of Jesus” in your community and global missions!