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Apr122012

CBC Grads Launch New Church in Michigan

CBC-Colorado graduates and pastors of House On The Rock Church in Michigan, Mike and Rose Gonyer. (Click to enlarge)Mike Gonyer remembers a time in the late nineties, when he made the decision to press into God’s Word to find the answers he was seeking regarding healing. For years, he had struggled with multiple health issues and doctors were unable to provide him with lasting relief. Mike’s wife, Rose, just a friend at the time, had been listening to Andrew for years and introduced Mike to Andrew's teaching. Andrew’s materials made it possible for the couple to dig into the Word and learn as much as their hungry hearts desired.

Mike listened to Andrew’s teachings, The Believer’s Authority and You've Already got It, and as a result began receiving the healing he so desperately sought. At the time, Mike and Rose both led Bible Rose, Mike and Bob Wood. Bob and his wife, Carol, are friends of the Gonyers and the owners of Alpha Metal Finishing. Bob offered the Gonyers the use of his facility's lunchroom as a place to start House On The Rock. (Click to enlarge)study groups, and as they continued to see the Word produce fruit in their lives, they began to share what they were learning with their study groups as well. “We were seeing miracles and healings regularly,” Mike said.

It wasn’t long before the Gonyers started thinking about attending Charis Bible College. At the time, Mike worked for a large pharmaceutical manufacturer in his home state of Michigan, and Rose was on staff at the church the two attended. Initially, as the couple considered attending Bible college, they planned to make their move following retirement. Soon, however, their desire to attend CBC intensified. Mike attended CBC's Men’s Advance in February 2005 and recalls Andrew ministering a series on A Place Called There. His excitement to enroll at CBC began to get the best of him, but when he brought it before the Lord in prayer, he heard, “Not yet.” Disappointed, but obedient, Mike returned to work in Michigan.

Two months later, Mike was informed that his employer was closing his facility, and he was given the option to apply for another position within the company and relocate or take a severance package. Once again, Mike and Rose prayed about their next move; they heard God Humble beginnings...Mike's first lectern, from behind which he ministered while teaching at the metal factory. (Click to enlarge)tell them to take the severance and go to school. The compensation Mike received was enough to pay for the couple’s schooling and living expenses for their three years at CBC.

Following graduation, Mike accepted a position at CBC as the director of the third year program, a program specifically for students planning to go into full-time ministry. Rose was also hired by CBC as an adjunct faculty member. The Gonyers spent the next two years teaching, pastoring and encouraging the students—positions they both very much enjoyed.

Mike and Rose now know that the time they spent on staff at CBC was excellent preparation for where the Lord was bringing them. In February, 2010, the Gonyers were on a CBC mission trip in Ireland when the Lord woke Mike in the middle of the night and said, “Get ready, you’re moving to Michigan.” Mike shared the word with Rose, and the two began to pray for God’s plan and timing.

The Gonyers started with twelve people the first night at the metal factory. The group grew and moved to a local church building where they held mid-week healing school services with 40-50 people. (Click to enlarge)In April, Mike and Rose felt led to put their Colorado home up for sale, and despite the terrible housing market, the Gonyer’s home sold in two weeks time. Still unsure where they were to go or what they were to do, the two stayed in Colorado and moved into temporary housing. “We didn’t know where the Lord wanted us to move in Michigan and we continued to seek Him until we heard, 'the Ann Arbor area,'” Rose said.

Although the Gonyers knew they were called to pastoral ministry, and they knew where they were headed, they were still not clear whether they would be assisting with an existing church or planting a new church. The two moved into an apartment in the Ann Arbor area and Mike took on a temporary job while they waited to hear from the Lord. As they waited, God faithfully and vividly presented His plan to them, and Mike and Rose understood that they were to plant a church. “We were to establish the church, build the foundation of grace After six months of meetings, the Gonyers heard the Lord tell them to start regular Sunday services. On January 15, 2012 they held their first official service at the Marriot Hotel. (Click to enlarge)within the body and reach out to a very lost and struggling world here in this area,” Mike said.

“It was during our first year at CBC that I knew we would be pastoring someday, so when Mike told me we were going to Michigan, I knew what it was to do. I never told Mike all that I knew in my heart because he needed to hear it from the Lord first. It would be the word from the Lord that would sustain him in the hard times,” said Rose.

Mike and Rose officially launched House On The Rock Church in January, and call it a privilege to pastor and care for His people. The couple loves to see the proverbial, "lights come on" when the people they minister to begin to understand God's grace, love and faithfulness. They are thrilled when they hear of the lives being changed as people are set free from religion. “The grace of God and His A full House On The Rock continues to grow and share Jesus in Michigan. (Click to enlarge)love are like a breath of fresh air in a place that religion has been dominant for so long. We are seeing such closeness in the body of believers in our church,” Rose said.

With patience and trust, Mike and Rose have been faithful to listen and obey, and as a result they are now living their destiny and changing lives. “So here we are, going step by step. We are here for the long haul and have no plan B. And, we are expecting great things because we work for the Chief Shepherd who will not fail or forsake His people,” said Mike.

House On The Rock Church meets at the Marriott of Ann Arbor, 1275 South Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Healing School meets Sundays from 9:30–10:15 and regular Sunday services begin at 10:45 a.m. For more information about the church or the Gonyer's ministry call or email 734-562-9053 or hotrockchurch@yahoo.com.

Reader Comments (22)

Hi AWM

I am sooo happy to read this testimony! Praise the Lord! In the darkest places JESUS shines so the more brightly! Continue in your AMAZING journey of LIFE! Halleluiah!

I met and had an AWESOME conversation with Rose when they visited CBC Walsall, UK. She made a wonderful impression in my journey of LIFE.

much love to you all and big hugs toooooo!
grace

I'm happy to learn there is a CBC church near me! I'm about an hour away, but would love to visit! Grace and Peace multiplied to you and to Michigan!

Robin Blitchok
Fenton/Linden area

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Blitchok

This is such a blessing!! As a former student of CBC Colorado, I KNOW Mike and Rose. They are an awesome couple, totally commited to our Lord, and the people of that town in Michigan are in for some wonderful messages. Lets say, that town will never be the same, as Mike and Rose are the "real deal". To sit under their teaching, is a blessing they will never forget. A real life changer through the Word of God truthfully taught!!!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene Heatley

Enjoyed reading Gonyer's testimony and it was a very timely one for me, personally.

I pray and expect things to move along quickly, and have had to learn the Lord's leading and timing, so this helps me to understand that timing is so important in His plan for our lives!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful testimonies on the website. I know of no other Christian website that shares so freely, inspires so regularly and is so easy to navigate. What a treasure trove of inspiration and helps!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor Lock

That is awesome! I live in Detroit am wondering when and where their services are since Ann Arbor is only 45 minutes away. I would love to attend one (or more) of their services.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori

@Lori - House on the Rock church meets at the Marriott of Ann Arbor, 1275 South Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI. Healing School is from 9:30am-10:15am and the service is from 10:45am-12:15pm. Hope you can make it!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Where in Michigan are you located?

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJIm Maziarz

For more information, call 734-562-9053 or email hotrockchurch@yahoo.com :)

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Wow! God is so good. I have been waiting for a few years to have the Truth come to Michigan where I can get to it on a regular basis. I have been spoiled listening to the Word from Andrew, comparing what I hear from my current church to what he has taught me these last 8 years. Don't get me wrong though, I love my church and my Pastor preaches the Word but some things do not exactly mesh with what Andrew teaches (i.e His soverignity and healing for example). I was just asking the Lord was it time to move on--and now his diciples are here! Is this his answer? I don't know yet but I aim to find out. ( I was going to ask exactly where the church was, but a few folk have beat me to it).

I will be there soon. I live in Troy so its a bit of a haul (considering I have to drive to Fenton every weekend to bring my Autistic, 21 year old son home), but I'm sure it will be well worth the visit and prayerfully a new church home. Maybe this means that Andrew will visit Michigan from time to time now too! Awesome! I'm exicited.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDevvon Smith

@Sarah Thanks so much for the info. I will definitely make it a point to attend a service in the next month.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori

What really impresses me is the obedience and patience to hear from God that this couple had. How the woman knew what God was going to do but waited for her husband to hear it directly from God, so his faith would be strong during stormy times. This is a great example of how God can lead us in today's world if we really trust Him. I know that this is only the beginning for the Gonyers for Jesus will increase them. Thank you for helping me build my faith with this great story.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrancisco Moros

How wonderful for those who live near this church! I am hopeful that some 3rd year graduate in pastoral studies will come to our area in northwest Arkansas to start a work! Northwest Arkansas is the best kept secret in the U. S. We have nice four season weather, it is very cosmopolitan and not what you expect in Arkansas. And there is a large group of unchurched Christians who are so wanting a good
faith and grace church! (including us!) Employment is better than the national average, we have Walmart's home office nearby, reasonable house prices, low taxes, but especially there is a hunger and thirst for the things of God that is not being met!

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor Lock

Thanking God for sending Mike and Rosie here; I feel that their decision to come here was a personal favor specifically from The Lord to me! I visited an Andrew Wommack conference in Phoenix Arizona in Jan 2009, hoping to leave my wheelchair there but I needed more than a weekend to help me receive. I've been on a healing journey soon to end and I know that I'm in the right place at the right time. Attending House On The Rock Church is like attending Charis Bible college healing school and an Andrew Wommack Gospel Truth Seminar every weekend! Praise God, it's only 30 minutes from our home and we can attend regularly. It's where we belong!
Also, we have been able to record the meetings for them and upload them to our own website until theirs is up, so please visit www.hisability.com under the HOTRock tab to listen to all the meetings! Come join us! It's very exciting hearing pastor Mike speak with authority about how disease, sickness and injury is no big deal for God and that once the truth hits our heart, the switch is flipped and healing will manifest. Very excited to be here. It's what we've been waiting for!
Lynne Suszek,
Dearborn Heights, MI

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynne Suszek

Thanking God for sending Mike and Rosie here; I feel that their decision to come here was a personal favor specifically from The Lord to me! I visited an Andrew Wommack conference in Phoenix Arizona in Jan 2009, hoping to leave my wheelchair there but I needed more than a weekend to help me receive. I've been on a healing journey soon to end and I know that I'm in the right place at the right time. Attending House On The Rock Church is like attending Charis Bible college healing school and an Andrew Wommack Gospel Truth Seminar every weekend! Praise God, it's only 30 minutes from our home and we can attend regularly. It's where we belong!
Also, we have been able to record the meetings for them and upload them to our own website until theirs is up, so please visit www.hisability.com under the HOTRock tab to listen to all the meetings! Come join us! It's very exciting hearing pastor Mike speak with authority about how disease, sickness and injury is no big deal for God and that once the truth hits our heart, the switch is flipped and healing will manifest. Very excited to be here. It's what we've been waiting for!
Lynne Suszek,
Dearborn Heights, MI

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynne Suszek

Mike and Rose were at CBC Colorado the first yr. I attended and I was so honored to sit under their teaching and know their loving hearts. These two servants are a gift from God and if you are any where near their church you will be blessed just being with them, they are precious people God has anointed to take HIS WORD to the lost and hurting. Mike and Rose I miss you and pray God's best over you!

May 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Herron

I am currently CBC online student, and Rose Gonyer is one of the online course facilitators. I just wanted to say I appreciate your teachings and comments to all the responses, they are encouraging and edifying.
And God using Mike and Rose Gonyer to plant His church where His spirit filled word will go out to enrich and set the lost and the needy free is so timely to this wounded world. God must have seen your submissive, humble and diligent hearts to have entrusted you with this great ministry.
I pray that His presence and blessings shall continue to be with you.

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Gabriels

I was so excited to hear that there is a awmi graduate that had started a Church here in Michigan! I am about an hour or so away from Ann Arbor. Fenton area. Finances do not permit us to drive that far and am praying that God would send someone to start a Church in the Fenton area as well. Would welcome any input you may have on the subject and God Bless you for your obedience!

July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Sefa

Hi Mike and Rose,
You are pictured above with a Bob Wood - is this the same Bob Wood of

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in Illinois?
Every continued blessing in His grace,
Grace xxx

Anybody who lives in Michigan should come to Pastor Mike and Rose's church. I have NEVER felt so loved and accepted in my WHOLE LIFE. The congregation is also so loving. My son has had
special needs and difficulties and the congregation also loves and accepts him. They have ministered to him for complete wholeness, healing, and deliverance. I KNOW God has led me to their church and I KNOW that my son is completely HEALED.
God Bless YOU

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Mikesch

Hi Nancy Mikesh, your post arrived in my e-mail box with perfect timing! Please remember that you're following the lead of the Holy Spirit.
Have a wonderful time at their church.
Rose is an awesome lady! I didn't meet Mike but I hear he's a kool guy too.
Rose made a huge impact in my life (I met her at CBC Walsall, UK beginning of 2010 (my first year at CBC)....... and your post Nancy just brought it all back to me!
Much love to you all and BIG hugs too xxxxxxx
HAVE FUN :)
Grace xxx

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Sewell (nee Sousa)

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