LifeChurch Auburn Hills

Our Staff

Donearl Johnson

Donearl Johnson

LEAD PASTOR

Donearl is a Navy veteran, child welfare advocate, and the lead pastor of LifeChurch Auburn Hills. He is currently a member of the Avondale School Board, and has been married to his wife Jenetta for 22 years. They have four children.

Donearl grew up in a Christ-centered family and has had a desire to start a church for most of his adult life. After a long career in the Navy and working with an adoption and foster care agency, Donearl and his wife Jenetta decided to take the steps to launch LifeChurch Auburn Hills in fall of 2017. After a one year residency with LifeChurch Southfield in 2018, Donearl became the full time pastor of LifeChurch Auburn Hills in January 2019.

One of Donearl’s favorite bible verses is Revelation 7:9-10, which holds special meaning for LifeChurch Auburn Hills: After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:  “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Donearl longs to see this same unity described in Revelation here on earth, with people from all backgrounds following Jesus in unity.

Brendan Dry

Brendan Dry

ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Brendan desires to make people feel welcome and use the gifts God has given them to make an impact on others. Prior to coming to LCAH, Brendan helped start a bi-lingual church in California. He loves exploring the outdoors on foot or on two wheels with his wife Kimberly and son Isaac.
Yang Chen

Yang Chen

EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Yang seeks to help people embrace their unique identities while being unified in our common calling as followers of Jesus. Prior to coming to LCAH, Yang was a youth minister at a local Chinese church. He lives in Auburn Hills with his wife Jean and son Zavier.

Marcia Partin

Marcia Partin

MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Marcia is the Ministry Director and LifeStudents coordinator.  Since graduating from seminary she has worked with adults in corrections and youth outreach in Kansas City and Detroit when she wasn’t a full time mom.  Marcia and her husband Andrew have lived in Auburn Hills for 8 years with their 2 daughters.

Makesha Jones

Makesha Jones

NEXTGEN DIRECTOR

Makesha is passionate about seeing children and young adults experience the power that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus. After helping establish the LifeKids ministry at LifeChurch Southfield, Makesha felt called help launch both LifeKids and LifeStudents at LifeChurch Auburn Hills. Gifted in organizational and personal skills, Makesha ensures a safe, loving environment at all times.

Cameron Underdown

Cam Underdown

CO-PLANTER

A former web developer and marketing professional, Cameron has been in full time ministry since 2008, working primarily with high school, college, and international students. His thrives in start-up environments, guiding several components LifeChurch Auburn Hills during the launch phase. He lives in Pontiac with his wife Lyndee and two children, Marguerite and CK. 

Eric Gonzales

Eric Gonzales

WORSHIP LEADER

Eric has been leading worship for over 5 years in a variety of environments, including churches, Celebrate Recovery, retreats, and wherever else he can offer praise to God. He loves to play and sing at local open mic events, building relationships with those who feel uncomfortable in churches, and spend time with his wife Catherine, who he married in May 2019.