MORGAN & ALEX MITCHELL (DIRECTOR)
Morgan’s life looks much like that of the prodigal son. After spending years struggling with drugs, alcohol and the ways of the world, he entered his new life in Christ through baptism in 2003. He has since served the Lord and continues to make him his life passion.
At the age of 10, Alex gave her life to the Lord and received two life visions: missions and intercession. Over the next 10 years of her life she got involved in as many mission opportunities as possible, serving with YWAM and also local churches. 2004 began the next ten year season of learning the art of intercession, applying it to everyday life.
Morgan & Alex have a passion to run after Jesus with their life, to get to know Him, to hear His voice, and to serve Him. They have four beautiful children, Miah (7), Joseph (5), Tessa (2), and Haven, who was born November, 2015.
NIGEL & SANDY LIDIARD (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR)
Together, Nigel and Sandy have ministered as worship leaders and teachers in several European countries and more recently in South Africa. They lived for over seven years in Jerusalem, Israel, helping to establish a house of prayer, Succat Hallel, with their friends, Rick and Patti ridings. In 2009, Nigel and Sandy partnered with Morgan and Alex Mitchell to establish the Grand Traverse House Of Prayer and continue to serve in this ministry.
Nigel has become known for his passion for the presence of God, and his in-depth Biblical teaching on a variety of topics including prayer and intercession, and God’s heart and purpose for Israel. Nigel and Sandy continue to minister within the United States and internationally, yearning to see God’s kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
DAVE & JULIE EICKENROTH (WORSHIP COORDINATOR)
David Eickenroth was born into the Kingdom of God in 1972. He was a professional musician for many years, playing in rock bands around the Midwest and living the life of a rock musician. David graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelors degree in English literature and history. When David became a Christian, the Lord called him to be a psalmist and worship leader, which he has done faithfully some 40+ years. He has written many worship songs that have been used in some of the local fellowships and churches. David was also involved in the music business, starting and maintaining local guitar shops for forty years.
David is now a staff member at GTHOP and spends many hours worshiping and interceding for the city, America, and Israel. His one desire is to dwell in the house of the Lord and gaze upon his beauty. David is married to his beautiful wife Julie who is a very talented and gifted teacher and has a dynamic ministry called HEARTSKILLS! They live in a ministry house in Kingsley, Michigan.
JOHN & JESSICA LEMYRE (RTF MINISTERS AND OVERSIGHT TEAM)
John and Jessica have been worship leaders with many different ministries over the years and have been on staff with the Grand Traverse House Of Prayer since January, 2014. It is John and Jessica's desire to see day and night worship of Jesus established in the earth through 24/7 prayer and adoration. After receiving a life changing week of ministry through Restoring The Foundations (RTF), John and Jessica trained to become RTF ministers. They are now qualified ministers of both RTF Thorough Format and Issue Focused ministry. Their desire is to be able to take RTF and the healing and freedom that Jesus brings to the nations.
MARY MITCHELL (STAFF)
Mary has been involved in the Grand Traverse House Of Prayer since 2010 and officially became a member of our staff early in 2015. She currently serves in several areas including being a prayer watchman, singing, and helping to maintain the cleanliness of our facility. She is honored to serve god here at GTHOP.
RITA RATHBURN (HEALING ROOM COORDINATOR)
Rita has been serving the traverse city church for over 25 years. Currently in the marketplace, Rita has worked with Teen Challenge, helped in founding Transformation Traverse City, has been a large supporter of Transformation Michigan, and is also connected to the Oak Initiative. As an ordained minister, it is Rita’s heart to bring God’s word, His restoration, and His physical healing to His people. By the Lord’s leading, and with confirmation of signs and wonders, she founded the women’s ministry, WOIFC, in 2009. Her passion is to see worship and prayer move the church into restoration.
Rita is director of the healing rooms ministry at GTHOP. The healing rooms are regularly seeing physical healing, inner healing, and hearts being changed by the love of the Father. Activating and helping others become strong believers is also an important part of Rita’s heart and ministry. While her home base will always be Traverse City, Rita has begun to travel internationally, ministering and releasing the lord’s word, his plans, and his healing to the nations.
PAT & MARY PRIOR
Pat and Mary Prior have been married and in ministry for 33 years. They have six children and three grandchildren. Over these 33 years they have led worship, pastored in various churches, traveled in music ministry with their children, and lived on the mission field. These past 7 years they have been apart of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, serving in several different capacities. They have recently joined the staff at GTHOP, desiring to see Jesus glorified here in Traverse City.
STEPHANIE (REDMAN) WELSH
In her own words: “I felt the Lord was leading me to the house of prayer for training up in the giftings He gave me, and also to help in anyway I could to build up His work in the ministry. In the months I have been at GTHOP I have had the privilege to be part of the prophesy rooms with an amazing team, helped lead the Art Watch on Wednesday nights, help being up a prayer strike for Youth and Young Adults, as well as other little things here and there. The things the Lord has laid on my heart is to minister to them through the Lord's heart, blessing the Lord through artwork, building up the young generation, and seeing up the gender and generational gap so that we are one, just as the Godhead is one.”