The Bellevue Church of Christ is currently led by a “Leadership committee”. We do not have a single minister or preacher. Each of these men has volunteered to serve in this capacity and all have been approved by the assembly to serve as Ministers of the Gospel. Once qualified Elders can be appointed (in accordance with Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Tim 3:1-7) then this form of leadership will be dissolved. We strongly believe in the biblical principle of “faithful men teaching faithful men” (2Tim 2:2).
Steve Doty has overcome many hardships in his life, which gave him a deep compassion and strengthened his resolve to help others wherever possible. He was born into a home life of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. His mother committed suicide when he was a young boy, and he was placed in a training school for boys. Adopted by a deputy sheriff at 15, Steve’s life took a turn for the better.
However, his troubles were not yet over. After a three year tour in the military, Steve struggled for many years with alcohol abuse. Determined not to subject himself and his family to this destructive lifestyle, he overcame it and became involved with Christian ministry. He has continued in this ministry for the past 25 years and has expanded outreach into other parts of the world.
Steve has been very active in the local community and gave 17 years of service as a volunteer fireman and spent 10 years working as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Bellevue Rescue Squad. Steve has also recently retired after 35 years of Government service. He is now working full-time on expanding the non-profit organization DirectConnect Humanitarian Aid. For more information on this Christian based ministry, click this LINK http://www.directconnectaid.org
Steve was one of the original founders of assembly when it began in Olivet and later moved to the Bellevue Community. His focus is teaching, counseling, and the school ministry.
Jon Doty shared in his brother Steve’s youthful experiences and followed him into the Marine Corps. Jon stayed in the Marine Corps for 23 years and then returned to Michigan. He attended a local community college, acquired an Associates degree in computer information services and has been working in that field since then. Jon’s focus in the church is teaching and helping coordinate the teaching schedules. He also is very involved in the Community Outreach Ministry.