About Our Team

T.J. Witherell

Lead Pastor

Pastor T.J. is our main teacher at Fireside during our weekly gatherings. Pastor T.J.’s role is to help Fireside stay focused on the vision that God has laid on his heart for our church. He oversees the day to day operations at Fireside and provides leadership to the staff and other ministry leaders. Pastor T.J. has been married to his lovely wife Krystal since 2009, they have 3 beautiful boys Landyn (7yrs) Gavyn (4yrs) and Ethyn (1yrs).

Brian Long

Restoration Pastor

Brian is our associate pastor at Fireside, focusing on Restoration Ministry. This new ministry is an effort to help those in need of support and suffering from addictions, depression, unemployment, homelessness and any other affliction. Brian also plays piano and sings with the praise team on Sundays, teaches piano and tunes pianos. He resides in Plymouth with his wife Molly and two of his five children, Asher and Caden. He also has a granddaughter Veda.

Helena Witherell

Worship & Connections Pastor

Helena Witherell is our Worship & Connections Pastor and a recent graduate of the National Praise and Worship Institute at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a heart for worship and leading others to do the same. She looks forward to being a part of Fireside’s vision and moving forward in what God has in store.

Brett Farris

Youth Director

Brett Farris is a graduate from Rochester College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with focuses in both Christian Ministry and English. Youth ministry has been his passion since he was twelve years old, inspired by the incredible youth pastors of his past. Interning at Hope House in the summer of 2016 furthered this desire. There, he served the youth of Detroit actively through Hope Community church, their youth team, and direct communication and intermingling with the youth of the community. He also recently returned from a Mission’s trip to Mexico, where he served the youth in a similar capacity. Brett’s goal is to, through God’s inspiration and will, deliver Bible based truths to the youth of Fireside, that they might, in turn, spread the Gospel to others. The youth truly are the future, and deserve our love, focus and devotion.

Gina Schwemle

Adult Day Ministry Director/Custodian

Gina oversees the activities based program we run to help folks that are unable to stay at home by themselves. We provide a daily lunch and activities all through the day.

DeShawn Hogan

Maintenance Technician

Breanne Atkins

Child Care Helper

Audrey Renaud

Child Care Helper

Audrey lives with her family in Redford and attends Divine Child High School as a junior. She is a varsity cross country runner and enjoys working with kids.

Julia Stewart

Child Care Helper

Julia Stewart isĀ 20 years old and currently attends Madonna University pursuing a career path in Pre-Dietetics and minoring in business. Along with school, she plays on the Women’s Soccer and Basketball team. Julia holds certification in babysitting, along with a CPR and AED certification. She’s glad to be a part of the Fireside Child Care, and hopes to make your child’s experience very safe and full of adventure!

Karen Ross

Activity Leader
Helps engage our members with trivia, and other fun ways to challenge the mind.

Derrick Watters

Activity Leader
Derrick helps bring life and energy to our members each and every day.

Address: 11771 Newburgh Rd. Livonia, MI 48150

Phone: 734-464-0990

What, only a few people?

There are many others that have caught the vision here at Fireside to see God do amazing things. If you are interested in getting involved click the link below for more opportunity’s to serve.