Pastor’s Heart

To reach people with the life-giving message of Christ, that they might grow in the knowledge of Him, living out their God-given Destiny!

Pastors Jody & Tonya Carsten

Jody Carsten is the founder and lead pastor of City Church in Northern Michigan. Jody and Tonya both grew up as pastors kids in Michigan and continued to serve God by following His call on their lives. After graduating from Bible College in 1996 (Rhema Bible Training Center, Tulsa OK), Tonya and Jody served on staff at Cleft Of The Rock Family Church of Sanford Mi in various capacities, ranging from Administration, Worship Department, Children’s ministry, Youth Ministry to Associate Pastors. From 2010 to fall of 2011 Jody also served as National Director for club1040.com, a mission organization establishing Rhema Bible Training Centers in North Africa, Egypt, Ireland and the UK. It was during this time that God began to speak to Jody and Tonya about moving to Traverse City to start City Church. In the fall of 2011 they officially moved to Traverse City and have begun building a team for a launch in spring of 2013. On May 17, 2013, City Church officially launched and has been working to bring the love of Jesus to the city.

Jody is married to his wife Tonya and they enjoy golfing, riding bikes, riding motorcycles, going for walks and most of all, hanging out together. They have two adult kids Zachary who is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center, currently the worship director/creative director for City Church, and Mackenzie who is a graduate of Victory Bible Institute and is currently the outreach director for City Church.