Deacon Steve Mitchell was ordained for the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) in 2002, with a MA in Pastoral Ministry. Dcn. Steve has been a leader in the men’s movement in the AOD for many years. He has exercised executive leadership in several technical staffing enterprises focused on the automotive industry. Launching New Dimension in 1991 from his kitchen table, he grew the business to over $35 million in revenue. An evangelist by gifting, he became the National Director, Alpha–Catholic for Alpha USA in 2009. Alpha is now reaching over 250,000 people annually in Catholic parishes throughout the US. After retiring from AUSA, Dcn. Steve joined the Pastoral Leadership team at OLGC, serving as a deacon and assisting on the Evangelization and Discipleship Team. He serves the AOD on the Amazing Parish Coaching Team under the leadership of Lory Mcglinnen. He continues to serve as President of the Alpha–Catholic National Board.
Mary Guilfoyle is the former Director of Evangelization and Discipleship at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI. In that capacity, in addition to serving on the parish leadership team, one of her responsibilities was overseeing and growing one of the largest Alpha programs of any Catholic parish in the United States. Mary served as a Hub Church Director for Alpha USA and trained more than 100 parishes on how to integrate Alpha into their pastoral planning so as to become outward-focused missionary parishes. Convicted that programs don’t make disciples but people do, Mary was committed to the development of discipleship strategies that moved away from academic models to lived models of discipleship where the goal was nothing less than the transformation of people, families, workplaces, neighborhoods and culture. Through training, workshops, small group communities and other relationally-based initiatives, Mary and her team equipped and accompanied ministry leaders, volunteers and parishioners to be fruitful disciples and disciple makers so as to live on mission bearing witness to Jesus Christ. Mary has also mentored parish staff leaders across the country as they discerned how to bring about a culture of evangelization and discipleship in their parish.
Mary was a member of Synod 16 on the New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit and witnessed the Holy Spirit moving in a powerful way. She eagerly shares the extraordinary pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel with parishes that are passionate about renewal and culture change.
Mary has her Bachelor’s Degree from Washburn University and has studied at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She and her family are committed to the revitalization of Detroit.
Nick Jorgensen has been involved in evangelization and leadership ministries for over ten years. While completing his undergraduate degree in marketing and management, he worked in youth ministry at the parish level. He then went on to earn his MA in Theology and Christian ministry. While earning this degree, he led men’s ministry as well as a mission trip involving door-to-door, on the street, and inner-city evangelization. He also spent some time working for Lighthouse Catholic Media in order to help develop a door-to-door evangelization program. After completing his MA, he served as the Assistant Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, where he worked to equip parishes in evangelization and leadership. In 2015, Nick and his family moved to the Archdiocese of Detroit where he became the Associate Director of Evangelization. In this role, Nick has developed workshops, training, conferences, and retreats for hospitality, evangelization, formation, and leadership training. Nick has been trained for and successful in coaching leadership teams in organizational health with the goal of building a missionary culture among staff and volunteers throughout all levels of the Church. As part of this coaching effort, Nick trained leaders in the Archdiocese to work with parish leadership teams in their efforts to build a healthy parish culture.
Kris Yankee has worked as an Administrative Assistant at Our Lady of Good Counsel for Associate Pastor Father Prentice Tipton and Mary Guilfoyle, for the past three years. A graduate of the University of Michigan and prior to having children, Kris worked for ten years in the mortgage industry advancing to Assistant Vice President in Risk Management while overseeing three post-closing departments. Prior to working at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Kris worked for eight years as an editor and project manager for a small publishing house in Northville, Michigan. Her non-profit experience includes serving as the Communications Director for Living Stations-Living Faith Apostolate and as a Story Editor/Assistant Director at the 3:15 Project. An encounter with Jesus in 2013 changed Kris profoundly and convinced her that having a relationship with Him should be one’s primary focus in life. Because of this, Kris is very involved with several ministries at OLGC including Alpha and Becoming Catholic. Kris and her husband Eric are proud parents of two fine young men.