ConnectionaL Team

Connectional Chairman

Rev. Blake Jones

Rev. Blake Jones is the General Connectional Chairman of the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches. He graduated from Jordan College with a BA and has pastored 47 years for churches in Michigan and Canada. He served as Vice President for 13 years, and as Great Lakes Conference President for 23 of those years. Rev. Jones is married to Saundy for 47 years, and they have five married children and 16 Grandchildren. He is presently pastoring at the Rock Lake Bible Methodist Church.

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Vice chairman

Rev. Jack Hooker

Rev. Jack Hooker is the General Connectional Vice-Chairman of the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches. He is a graduate of God’s Bible School and College and was ordained in 1977. He has served as pastor for 36 years in Indiana, Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. For seven years he served as Vice-President for Advancement at God’s Bible School and College. He presently serves GBSC as a member of the Board of Trustees and has held that office for 13 years. He has served the Alabama and Heartland Conferences in various capacities. Presently, he is the Conference Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the Heartland Conference. He and his wife Jane have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

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Rev. Duane Quesenberry

Rev. Duane Quesenberry  graduated with a Bachelor’s in Religious Education from God’s Bible School and College (Cincinnati) and has served as a pastor for 25 years, holding credentials with the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches since beginning his ministry. He has served in various conference roles and enjoys the administrative and creative facets of Church ministry. He is passionate about teaching the Bible and is often engaging one-on-one discipling with others in his community. In the past, Duane was a Hospice Chaplain in both Alabama and more recently, Ohio. He has been married to Valorie for 28 years and they are the parents of four children – Ashley, Autumn, Stewart and Kaley. 

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Mrs Chelle Durr

Mrs  Chelle Durr has been employed for the past 22 years as a bookkeeper for Advantage Solutions and is currently working for CBH in their accounting department.

She is a member at Bristolwood Bible Methodist Church in Walker, Michigan, where her husband, James, has pastored for 20+ years. She has served as a pastor’s wife alongside James for 30 years in various churches in South Dakota and Michigan. They have 3 married children, Brittany and Jeffrey McDowell( from PA), Christianna and Mike Kelly( from AK), and Chip and Joy Durr( from MI) and four grandchildren. She currently serves as Mission’s Treasurer for the Great Lakes Conference and on the Connectional Mission Committee representing the Great Lakes Conference.

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Missions Director

Dr. R.G. Hutchison

R. G. Hutchison has entered the role of Director for Bible Methodist Missions having served as a missionary and field director in the Philippines from 2010-2022. During that time, he was involved in training Filipino pastors and leaders as a professor and academic dean at the Philippine Bible Methodist Shepherds College. Previous to that, he served as a pastor for more than twelve years, ministering to congregations in Ohio (1 year) and Tennessee (11 years). He is married to Sarah, his life partner of almost 25 years. An alumnus of God’s Bible School and College (1998), R.G. also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary (2018), as well as graduate degrees from Temple Baptist Seminary (M.Div., 2009) and Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.S.T. Intercultural Studies, 2015). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in intercultural studies with Biola University. He has authored a book, Union with Christ. R.G.’s passion is to help people live in the full confidence that it is “no longer I, but Christ living in me” (Gal. 2:20).  

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Discipleship Coordinator

Mr. Nathan Brown

Mr. Nathan Brown is the Discipleship Director of the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches.  He has served as Adult Sunday School teacher in various churches for over 15 years. Presently, he is the Executive Director of comeafterme.com, an internet-based ministry devoted to providing guidance and materials for those involved in discipleship. The mission of comeafterme.com is to assist the church in carrying out Christ’s command to go and make disciples. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama. He is a co-author of the book for youth, The Journey. He and his wife Charity have a daughter, Kathryn, and a son, Alex.

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Director of Media

Dr. Michael Avery 

Dr. Michael R. Avery is the Director of Media for the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches. Ordained in 1981, He has served the church as a Pastor (10 years), Alabama Conference Vice-President (5 years) and General Missions Secretary (5 years). He was President of God’s Bible School and College for 22 years and now serves as Chancellor. He is President of Deeper Life Ministries, a non-profit religious organization committed to growing believers in Christlikeness through directed spiritual formation. He holds degrees from God’s Bible School and College, Cincinnati Christian University and Wesley Biblical Seminary (honoris causa). He maintains an active schedule of speaking in camp meetings, revivals, conventions, and conferences. He is the co-author of the books for youth, The Journey, and The Call – Essays for the Conservative Holiness Movement. He and his wife Ruth have two married sons and six grandchildren.


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Connectional Committee

Front Row, Left-to-Right: Chelle Durr, Dr. R.G. Hutchison, Dr. Michael Avery, Blake Jones, Bob Blankenship, Jack Hooker
Middle Row, Left-to-Right: Richard Miles, James Shiery, Chris Hilling, Dr. David Boardman, John Parker, Bob Picket, Michael Covington, Clair Sams
Back Row, Left-to-Right: Deron Fourman, David Ward, Chris Cravens, Wayne Fleming, Dewey Murra, David Armstrong


Regional Conference Presidents


Left to Right: Southern – John Parker, Southwest – G. Clair Sams, Heartland – Chris Cravens, Great Lakes – David Ward