Pastors & Staff

Pastor Dawn Damon


Dawn Scott Damon is Lead and co-founding Pastor. Ordained with the Wesleyan Church, she is passionate about seeing people reach their full potential in Christ. As an Author, Speaker, and Freedom Coach, Pastor Dawn’s messages are filled with sound biblical teaching, laugh-out-loud humor, and inspiration to “fully live in your God-given dream.” Dawn is also an award-winning author, of 4 books, including “When the Woman You Love Was Abused, and her most recent, “The Freedom Challenge: 60 Days to Untie the Cords that Bind You.”  

Dawn and her husband Paul Damon, enjoy boating, traveling, and most of all, spending time with their family and 11 grandchildren. For more about Dawn click here. www.dawnscottdamon.com

Nate Tiemeyer


Nate is the Interim Student Ministries Director.  Currently a student at Grace Christian University studying Youth Ministry, Nate is passionate about young people experiencing the presence of God.  He loves teaching and speaking and loves getting students excited about having a relationship with Jesus.  When he’s not leading students or taking classes, you can find Nate watching Detroit Lions football or watching the newest Star Wars movie for the ninth time.  In addition, Nate is a music composer and is passionate about creating orchestral-based music. Nate is excited to follow God’s calling as he leads the students of Tribes Church!

Dwight Hudson


As our Worship Director, Dwight helps lead our efforts to see our community grow in worship through boldly declaring songs of praise, lament, joy and encouragement that extends beyond the Sunday morning experience.  Dwight has been at Tribes Church for a little over 4 years where he writes and sings music each week.  Outside of church Dwight is a Software developer who works on Websites, Desktop Apps, and Mobile Apps.  He is originally from Charleston, SC and moved to Greensboro, NC for college before coming to Michigan in 2012.

Joy Messelink


Joy Messelink is part of the executive team and serves in the role of Office and Project Manager. She and her husband Ron pastored for over 18 years in the Rockford area and she brings tremendous wisdom and expertise to Tribes. Of herself Joy says, “I have a passion to love God well.  That includes letting Him use the gifts He gave me to manage and serve TRIBES church so our leadership can excel in their passion to teach the Word of God.”

Other passions of Joy’s include reading the Word of God with her husband. “I love spending time together with Ron and talking about scripture,” she says.  Joy and Ron have 2 married kids, with the best spouses ever!  Most of all she adores her 7 grandkids, eating out, visiting large cities, and road trips. 

Paul Damon, CFP, ChFC, CAP, CEPA


Paul has a passion to see people find their purpose in Jesus and experience the joy of living generosity.  Paul loves teaching on the principles of stewardship and generosity in the church and in the marketplace.  He is responsible for teaching stewardship and also overseeing the stewardship of all resources at Tribes church.
Paul is President and owner of Family Capital Management and founder of Stewardship Planning Partners.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Pastor Dawn, their 8 children and 11 grandchildren.  They spend free time on the water enjoying skiing and other water related activities.  They love traveling and seeing different parts of the world. 

Robin Batchelor


Robin Batchelor is the facilities director and lead person of our Reach Team. As a Physician Assistant for 37 years and a retired lieutenant colonel from the MIARNG, he understands and really relishes when there is order and harmony working among all the parts in the Body of Christ. He enjoys seeing people employ their skills in keeping our worship facility and grounds attractive and clean for the glory of God and the pleasure of His people.

Also, as a wood worker Robin likes taking raw material and seeing it transformed into beautiful and meaningful works of function.

He graduated with his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska and used his knowledge on mission trips to Guatemala and with deployment to Afghanistan. Even for all of its warts, he is supremely thankful for the blessing of living in the United States.

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