Core Team

JOHN HOVING – Youth Minister/Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Thursday

jhoving@ctkcc.net

John has been the Youth Minister here at Christ the King since 2016.
John was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI by his amazing parents (a couple of Atheist hippies). He had a dramatic conversion to Catholicism in 1998. He graduated from high school in 1997, from NMU in 2002, got his Masters in Education in 2006, and just got his Masters in Sacred Scripture.
John loves roller coasters, building stuff with wood (including, and maybe most of all, fires), worshiping God, and meeting new people. He believes everyone is capable of living an extraordinary life!

FRANCISCO ABOLIO – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Wednesday

abolio.francisco@outlook.com

I graduated from the WTMC program in 2015 with two associates, one for writing and another for liberal arts, and a certificate for a CNA. Now I work full time at Thomson Reuters as a Product Support Agent.
Outside of work, I plan and join in various things from major hiking trips to movie\board game\video game nights with friends and family. Just a fair warning, puns are my favorite jokes and I enjoy sharing them when the moment comes. I like wearing hats and have one for every occasion and more. I can neither confirm nor deny accepting bribes for brownies. My favorite fall event is bonfires.
This is my 3rd year with the Core Team and started after helping on an A1:8 retreat. I enjoy being on the Core Team because it’s an opportunity to give back and help the teens who’s shoes I’ve been in before.

MICHAEL BOGAN – Tech Help

Praying for the Teens on Sunday

michae1993ogan@hotmail.com

I went to a public school, was homeschooled, and then went WTMC. I then was at Franciscan University of Steubenville for two years and graduated in 2014 with my Bachelor’s in Communications.
A couple of my favorite things (Singing to the tune of a famous song):
Tacos and pizza and music with dancing.
Movies and Moose Tracks and ripstiking a large hill.
Comics and games and a fall breeze through my hair, these are a few of my favorite things!
This is my 6th year on Core Team. Plus, I was on Fuel Team for three years. I like hanging out with teens because I enjoy making an impact on their lives. Also, helping them grow closer to God helps brings me closer to God!

TESSIE FLORCZAK – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Wednesday

tessie.florczak@gmail.com

Hi friends! I am currently a student studying Accounting at EMU. Being an extrovert, I love to spend time with friends. Plus, I enjoy time in nature, especially rosary walks. In my free time, I love to play sports, particularly volleyball, which I played through high school. Then I coached students the first two years of college.
Coming from a big family, I love to be with children and teaching them about our wonderful Catholic Faith. This past summer, I was a camp counselor at Damascus Campus and had the amazing opportunity to walk with middle and high schoolers in their journey of seeking the Lord. One of the things that I am most passionate about is showing the youth how fun God and our faith can be! Jesus is exciting and walking with Him is an adventure!
I praise the One who is good! God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good!

LIZ GAVRILIDES – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Tuesday

lizgav99@gmail.com

Hello! I am excited to officially be on the Core Team this year! I am currently studying Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit (despite what you may think I do not live in Detroit, haha).
I love working with kids and young people and I hope to possibly do something in the ministry field someday, but I’m just taking each year as it comes.
Some things that I enjoy outside of school and ministry are music, being outside, and having deep conversations with friends!
I am looking forward to seeing how the Lord is going to work this year at A:18!

TÉRÈSA GJERNES – Intern/Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Thursday

teresafaustinajoan@gmail.com

Hi my name is Teresa Gjernes, I’ve been in ministry since High School starting with the Fuel Team and then went on to more things as God opened the doors. I was blessed to be able to serve in the diocese of Marquette as a Totus Tuus missionary 3 summers in a row, at Christ the King as a teacher for children coming into the church (RCIC) and this is my second year as an A1:8 intern. I have a lot of passions outside of ministry for things like art, theatre, nature, and sign language. Right now, I am in my second year of Encounter School of Ministry and dreaming with God about what’s next. Some fun facts about me are that I like to hammock, don’t mind bees, definitely am a cat person and I eat spinach like potato chips.

PAUL GODFREY – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Friday

paulggodfrey@gmail.com

I work at Detroit Catholic Central as a Theology Teacher. I love to work with wood and be outside with my family and my dogs. We just got a new puppy during quarantine and she keeps us on our toes! I’ve been a member of Christ the King since my wife, Aimee, and I got married 10 years ago, and we have two children. I’ve done missionary work in several different countries, which has given me great perspective on different cultures. I look forward to serving the youth of CTK this year!

MATTHEW GUZA – Tech Help

Praying for the Teens on Tuesday

guzaglassworks@yahoo.com

I am working full-time as an electrician, and just graduated electrical school. I enjoy helping out on Core Team and also enjoy working with art glass and spending time with my family.
I’ve been on Core Team 3 years now, prior to that I did 3 months of mission work with young adults through St John the Baptist Church in Ypsi.
The reasons I love being on Core is it gives me the opportunity to help teens with things that I struggled with in high school and it helps strengthen my own faith.

ROSALIA GUZA – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Saturday

rosaliaguza@gmail.com

Hello friends! This is my first year on Core Team after a long time working behind the scenes for two years in the CTK office. Currently, I also work with my dad doing carpentry and as a caregiver. I also am in Encounter School’s 2nd year program and love hanging out with friends there.
Some things about me are I love to be out on the river, I’m a very sporadic artist, and tea with prayer in the morning is my favorite time of the day. Besides time with friends, I love soccer, volleyball, reading, and my kitty.
I’m so excited for what God has planned for this year of ministry and love working alongside the program to grow it! I’m so blessed to get to be a small group leader this year and be able to show God’s individual, pursuing love to those around me. God is in love with you!

TYLER HOCHREIN – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Monday

thoch46@gmail.com

My name is Tyler and I am from Dexter Michigan. I have volunteered in religious education with Preschool through 1st grade for 6 years and just this past summer I was a camp missionary at Damascus Catholic Youth Summer Camp as a counselor! Currently, I am on a gap year with the amazing opportunity to assist with online learning for two local families.
In my free time, I like to play drums, piano, and hang out with friends. Some fun facts about me are I like to beatbox, analyze the rhythms of music, and go on walks outside.

NINA HUFFORD – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Wednesday

ninateresa22@gmail.com

Bio Coming Soon

THOMAS HOLOWICKI – Music Leader

twicki35@gmail.com

Bio Coming Soon

BILL KANGAS – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Monday

Bill.kangas@thomasreuters.com

I grew up in Detroit and Farmington Hills and attended EMU for a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Accounting. I graduated at the tail end of the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. I currently sell software to accounting firms for Thomson Reuters.
Over the years I’ve done a lot of worship ministry, Bible studies, home groups and prayer ministry. I’ve been a Catholic for 5 years and love it. I’ve been on Core Team since August 2018. I love being on Core Team because the teens are inspiring to me and I want to help raise up an army of teens who know and love Jesus and proclaim the gospel with signs and wonders following.

PAUL KEENAN – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Tuesday

paulkeenan2@gmail.com

Bio Coming Soon

FRANK KOPINSKI – Small Group Leader Sub

Praying for the Teens on Sunday

fmkopins@mtu.edu

I went to FGR High School and then went to Michigan Technological University, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering. I currently work for DTE Energy as a Chemical Engineer.
Some of my favorite things include Michigan Football, Detroit Red Wings, and playing hockey with my friends and family.
I’ve been helping out at A1:8 since 2013, with a brief year and a half hiatus after getting married. I love being on Core Team as the teen ministry here has had a huge impact in my life and it gives me a chance to give back and share from of the Love and Joy that God has for each one of us.

MARGARET MUISE – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Friday

muisedancers3@gmail.com

My name is Margaret Muise and I am currently studying Dental Assisting while completing my clinical rotation at a Pediatric dental office. In addition, I have been involved in youth ministry at CTK for over a year, I am currently attending Encounter School of Ministry, and I am about to begin helping with Be Love Revolution. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my many siblings, playing with my nieces and nephews, going for bike rides during sunset, reading about the lives of the saints, journaling in adoration, and having thought-provoking conversations with friends. I am extremely excited to be on the Core Team this year and to help support young disciples on their journey to Heaven!

NANETTE O’BRIEN – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Friday

obrienn001@gmail.com

I worked at General Motors for 14 years as a Mechanical engineer after going to Lawrence Institute of Technology. Then I retired when my daughter was born.
I have been involved in Upper Room ministry, attended Encounter School of Ministry and have led small groups at A1:8 before joining Core two years ago. I enjoy playing tennis and love to spend time with family and friends. I am on Core Team to empower young people for mission to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.

GRACE RANEY – Small Group Leader

Praying for the Teens on Saturday

gracevraney01@gmail.com

I am Grace Raney! I am 19 years old and have been Catholic for 8 years. I love doing youth ministry and have been involved in it since 10th grade. I also love playing music, illustrating, reading, and most of all learning! I study graphic design at Washtenaw Community College. My favorite physical feature anyone can have is freckles! I also love bird watching, and my favorite bird is the King Fisher.

Let the Joy and Peace of Jesus Christ which surpasses all understanding be with you!