southnaz staff

  • south church of the nazarene staff

    Welcome to South Church of the Nazarene!
    We are committed to helping every person get connected with God, each other and the world.  Our hope and desire is that you will encounter Jesus and begin to follow Him in your own personal journey and calling.

  • travis myers, LEAD pastor

    Travis Myers grew up in a Nazarene evangelist’s home and came to know Jesus at a young age. His passion to follow Christ and serve the church has been his heart’s desire for as long as he can remember. After graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in 2000, together with his wife, Jesi, Travis served in the church as lay leaders.  During their volunteer service, they received a call to full-time ministry. The Lord prompted Travis to resign from his job as a full-time police officer and trust God’s plan for his family.  It was at this time that the Lord led him to SouthNaz where he served as the Youth Pastor for eight years and became an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  As the Lead Pastor of SouthNaz, Travis’ heart’s desire is to see people love the Lord with all they’ve got, serve and love others, and reach the lost in their community.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Pastoral Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.  In his free time, he enjoys camping, boating, riding his dirt bike, being outdoors, and most of all, spending time with his family.


    Jesi’s love for Jesus and seeing others grow in their relationship with Him and knowledge of His Word is what drives her in her role as associate pastor.  She has ministered to youth for over 20 years and continues to do that alongside her other roles at the church.  Jesi is an ordained elder in the church of the Nazarene and a graduate from Grand Valley State University where she got a degree in Secondary Education. Jesi’s primary job has been raising and homeschooling her and Travis’ children.  Other than spending time with her family, Jesi enjoys playing her guitar, traveling, boating, and being outdoors. 

  • aaron roehm, pastor of worship arts

    Aaron Roehm is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.  He served as Worship Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in San Antonio, Texas as well as Sparks Nazarene Church in Sparks, NV before moving to Lansing.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin and their three children.  Aaron loves Jesus and sharing that love with people through art including music, building things, use of technology, or film making.  A few of Aaron’s hobbies include playing board games, riding bicycles, enjoying books and movies, and learning how to do new things on YouTube.

  • HANNAH JONES-NELSON, pastor to families with youth

    Hannah is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.S. in Youth Ministry) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div). She is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Hannah’s favorite part of youth ministry is going on different trips with students. She is married to her high school sweetheart, David. They both love all things Kansas City, board games, and playing with their puppy, Bear.

  • MADDIE VALENTINE, pastor to families with children

    Welcome to our New Children's Pastor! Pastor Maddie grew up in Jackson, Michigan and attended Spring Arbor University. She felt the call of ministry when she was in high school and fully accepted the call during college. Pastor Maddie’s favorite part about working with kids is listening to the stories they tell. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with family.

  • BOBBY GARZA, outreach pastor

    Bobby grew up attending SouthNaz and felt a call to ministry at a young age. Throughout his childhood and youth he had a passion to engage with his community. He recently has fully accepted a call to full-time ministry and is in the process of completely pursuing his education at Nazarene Bible College. Bobby enjoys quality time with his wife and children and spending time on the lake when he can.

  • marilyn hamlin, director of communications

    Marilyn Hamlin joined the SouthNaz Staff in April of 2013 as Director of Communications.  She has been a member of SouthNaz for several years.  She is a graduate of Ferris State University.  She thanks Jesus every day for the wonderful opportunity of being a part of SouthNaz Staff.  She also loves being a part of the worship team.  She enjoys power walking, zumba, reading, and traveling.  Spending time with her family is always her number one fun activity!  She is married to Matt. Marilyn and Matt have three adult daughters, Alaina, Kaylee, and Lindsey, three son-in-laws, Joey, Alex, and Ben and four grandchildren.

  • carolyn cochrane, spiritual care team

    Carolyn serves on staff as Lay Minister of Spiritual Care at SouthNaz and leads the Spiritual Care Ministry and team members.  She has been a member of this church since 1983 serving the church by working in the children's Caravan program, Women's Ministry, and Evangelism/Outreach programs.  Carolyn is retired and is a volunteer Chaplain's Assistant at Ingham Regional Medical Center.  Carolyn and her husband Dave are the parents of two married sons, Michael and daughter-in-law Jill, Eric and daughter-in-law Valerie. They are also blessed with five grandchildren.

  • BRENT RALSTON, director of facilities

    Brent joined the SouthNaz team in November of 2021.  He has been attending SouthNaz for over 35 years.  He is married to Dawn (Kring).  They have 3 daughters Hannah Johnson (married to Justin), Faith (who is engaged to Andrew Jerrell) and Jenna who will be graduating from ONU in May 2022.  Brent and Dawn also have 1 granddaughter, Sahara Johnson.  He enjoys spending  time  with  family and he is thankful that God gave him that dream!  He enjoys just about anything mechanical, so he works on cars, motorcycles and home repairs.  He enjoys the satisfaction of working with his hands, then seeing a job well done once it’s finished.  One of his favorite things to do is watching video’s of car restorations where they show the beginning, the process, and the finished car.  He enjoys seeing the craftsmanship and talent involved.