Christ Community Church Staff

Reverend Michael Dunkelberger, Senior Pastor

Pastor Mike is responsible for working with the elders, team and ministry leadership and making sure all the parts of the church are coordinated, running smoothly and moving in a positive direction.  He is responsible for casting the vision and keeping the vision of the “Bridge church” alive and well.

Pastor Mike has served churches as both an installed and an interim pastor in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida and Indiana.  He and his wife Susan have four children and three grandsons.  Pastor Mike loves music of all kinds, learning more about the computer, riding his motorcycle, playing with his grandchildren, and spending quality time with his wife.





  • Alma College:  B.A., Sociology
  • Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary: Master of Divinity
  • Specialist Degree in Gerontology from University of Michigan
  • Police Chaplaincy training at Criminal Justice Institute, Detroit, Michigan
  • Prepare/Enrich Counselor
  • Stephen Minister
  • Healthy Church Facilitator
  • Other educational events focusing on Church Growth and Systems Theory

Michael James, Organist / Accompanist

Mike was born in Lansing and grew up in nearby Sunfield. He has been interested in music for his entire life with piano lessons beginning at about the third grade and private study in organ during high school and college. He has also sung in various choirs and ensembles in the area. Mike came to Christ Community Church in1986 and joined the Chancel Choir at that time. He has also served as a substitute organist / accompanist at Christ Community and other area churches over the years and is active in the local chapter of American Guild of Organists. Mike currently resides in Lansing and works at Schroeder Homes of Okemos. His education is in the field of Architecture, having attended both Lansing Community College and Lawrence Institute of Technology.


  • Lansing Community College
  • Lawrence Institute of Technology, B.S.E.