Get to know our staff (we think they are wonderful!).

i-QgHr8dHD.J. Reed

Senior Pastor

DJ came to Chilson Hills in November of 2010 after completing a pastoral resident program at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, part of a Lily Foundation program. A former Minister to Single Adults and Director of Communications at Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell, Texas, D.J. earned a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Messiah University in Pennsylvania. He has also served as a team leader for Docent Research Group and has been pursuing a Master in Counseling degree from Messiah University. He has served as a youth pastor in California and Illinois and has served as a camp counselor and director of programs at Camp Swatara in Pennsylvania. DJ is married to Heather, who is a teacher’s aid, a sewing instructor and a seamstress. They have two sons, Danny and Lincoln.  You can reach DJ at

Amber Wist

Director of Music

Amber grew up here at Chilson and loves leading music here at Chilson!  She leads the adult, children and bell choirs, and she also helps coordinate our Sunday Morning worship services.  Amber is married to Craig and has two daughters, Rebecca and Anabelle.


Greg Kidd

Director of Operations

Greg has done just about everything at Chilson Hills Church. He has served on the Executive Ministry Team, the Property Management Team, and as our Youth Ministry leader.  He was a faithful member of our choir and he has even completed his training as a deacon!  As the Director of Operations, Greg manages the facilities and finances.  He came to Chilson in 1995 with his wife Kristi. Greg and Kristi live in Pinckney and they are very proud of their two sons, Nathaniel and Kenneth. To reach Greg you can contact him at


Melissa Scherdt

Children’s Ministry Team Leader

Melissa and her husband, Brian, have three sons who also happened to be triplets! Melissa also is a Special Education teacher in the Brighton School District. Melissa coordinates all of our Sunday morning children’s programming as well as our special events for kids throughout the year.


ruth-1Ruth McCormack

Church Administrator

Ruth joined our staff at the beginning of 2017.  Ruth is Pastor D.J’s primary administrative support and also coordinates the church calendar, publishes our weekly Sunday publication, and manages the church facilities.  Ruth is a mother of 4, and a grandmother of 5. She enjoys is an ardent supporter of Michigan State (Go Sparty!), she loves to cook, bake, hang out around her coi pond, and spend time with her husband, Dave.


Elena Menshchikova


Elena is an accomplished piano teacher and instructor who dazzles the congregation each morning!  We are glad to have her!


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