Doxa Staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Doxa is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Denny johnson

    INTERIM PASTOR

    Denny and his wife Laurie have been married for more than 45 years. They started attending Doxa in the fall of 2017. Prior to that he had served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. Denny is ordained in the EFCA, has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University and an M.A. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys bicycling, shooting sports and grilling. His passion for ministry is discipling and equipping adults of all ages for spiritual growth and effective ministry.

  • Steve Benninger

    Elder

    Steve and Jen, who have been married for 28 years, started attending Doxa in November 2017. They were involved in Bible Study Fellowship for over 20 years, many of them in various leadership roles, and attended with their three sons. Steve met Jen at the University of Michigan where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a Sales Engineer in the automotive industry since 1993. He enjoys life to the fullest, taking advantage of the opportunities and gifts that God graciously bestows on him--teaching Sunday School, coaching wrestling and discipling young men at Oakdale Academy, playing ice hockey, and hiking with his family.

  • Dave Dewar

    ELDER

    Dave became a Christian in February of 1992. His wife Julie trusted Christ a few months earlier. Dave and Julie were married in 1984. God has blessed them with 5 children and 7 grandchildren. They began attending Doxa Church in October of 2017. Dave is thankful for the faithful care and attention given to the teaching of God’s Word. He enjoys the opportunity to serve on the worship team and the elder board. 

  • William Hefenieder
    Elder

    Bill and Judi, his wife of 31 years, are founding members of Doxa church. They have two children and one grandchild. They have enjoyed serving the Lord for many years with Doxa. Bill is active in many aspects of the church leadership and leads a Bible study and enjoys serving with his wife in children’s ministry and outreach to seniors. 

  • larry Zink

    elder

    Larry and his wife Gloria were married in 1957; they have three married daughters, six grandchildren, five of whom are married and seven great grandchildren. They have lived in Shelby Twp since 1974. Larry graduated from GMI with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked his entire career with GM/EDS retiring in 1995.  Larry and Gloria attended Christ Community Church in Rochester for 33 years where he served as a elder/pastor for 22 of those years until the church was closed in 2017. They came to Doxa in November of 2017. Larry's personal interests include: scriptural study, golf, gardening and pastel painting.

  • Jon Blosser

    Director of Worship

    Jon and his wife Courtney were married in 2013 and have been blessed with three amazing children. Jon graduated from Grace Bible University in 2016 with a bachelors degree in music and biblical studies. He enjoys long conversations over many cups of coffee, wood working and music. Feel free to contact him at jblosser@doxadetroit.org

  • christine Gibson

    BUSINESS MANAGER

    Christine and husband Kevin began worshiping at Doxa in 2016. Married in 1988, they enjoy keeping up with their five adult children. A CCS and WMU alumnus, Chris spent six years as an Illustrator and exhibit designer for the US Army before starting a family. While their family was young, she freelanced as a children's illustrator for Highlights and Scholastic publishers. Before coming on staff at Doxa, she taught illustration courses for middle and high school students, and designed and managed a two story community mural project, installed at Rochester University. 

  • Julie Dewar

    DEACON

    Julie, along with her husband Dave, have been attending Doxa since the fall of 2017. Julie and Dave were married in 1984 They have 5 children, and seven grandchildren. Julie is thankful for the growth in many areas of her faith since partnering with Doxa. She is looking forward to helping encourage women of all ages to get to know, love, trust, and serve God through this special ministry of Doxa Church. 

  • Nora Hoglund

    DEACON

    Nora and her husband Rob began attending Doxa in December 2016 after relocating to the Detroit area from Texas. Nora and Rob have been married since 2014. They now have two sons. She completed her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Oakland University in 2020. She is passionate about teaching children the Gospel and has loved serving in children’s ministry since she was a teen. What she loves about Doxa children’s ministry is the focus on teaching the children the story arch of the Bible and always pointing them to Christ. She is looking forward to how family ministries at Doxa will grow in the future.

  • Jon Zoschnick

    deacon