District Superintendent

Rev. Brad Dyrness


Rev. Brad Dyrness was appointed as District Superintendent of the Michigan District as of September 28, 2020.  

Pastor Brad and his wife Deb are no strangers to the Michigan District.  They began their ministry in Michigan, served as Youth Pastor and Lead Pastor in Colorado, Kansas, and Nevada before coming back home to Michigan as lead pastor at Lansing South since 2015.   

Pastor Brad and Deb have three adult children and two grandkids.  They enjoy biking, reading and traveling.

Executive assistant

Richelle Martzke


Cell:  517-282-2653

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 (JL) & Reid.  She loves camping, being a grandma and spending time with her family.

Business Manager

Deidre Marks


Cell:  989-413-0812

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 17 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.  

district secretary

Rev. Nick Highland


Cell: 517-626-0371


Nick Highland has been the pastor at Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene since March 2017, and became the District Secretary of the Michigan District in September 2019.  He holds a BA in Theology and Ministry from Southern Nazarene University and a MA in Pastoral Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. 


Nick is married to Carmen, and they have four children, Kade, Raelynn, Thea and Colette.  They enjoy camping, travel and family adventures.  

NYI President

Rev. Travis Myers


Travis Myers has been the District NYI president since 2010 and currently serves at the Lansing South Church of the Nazarene as lead pastor.   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 in Portage, Michigan.  Karla works in Kalamazoo at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.  

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 Senior Airman who is 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!


Rev. Nathan Gray


Pastor Nate Gray, lead pastor at Elmdale Church of the Nazarene, accepted the position of District SDMI Director in February 2021.  Pastor Nate is a passionate and visionary leader whose heart longs for local churches and their people to live transformed Christ-centered lives.  For Pastor Nate, discipleship is more than a program, it is the all-encompassing ministry of shaping and forming our hearts and minds to live as Christ in the world.  As the MINaz SDMI Director, Pastor Nate wants to collaborate with pastors and local lay leaders to develop a District SDMI that resources and supports cultures of transformed Christ-centered living in our congregations across MINaz.

Pastor Nate and his wife Liz have pastored at Elmdale for 11 years.  They have two boys; Ethan and Aiden.