ADIRONDACK lt directors

CONTACT THE ADIRONDACK LT DIRECTORS TO:

  • Learn about Christian content and scriptural principles taught during the program (through small group bible studies, large group sermons, hands-on learning and more).
  • Learn how student leadership opportunities are structured in the program.
  • Clarify student employment questions for this location (the local director(s) will know the local employers).
  • Connect with the friendly pastors and staff who guide the students through the summer.
  • Visit this LT program.
  • JOE TESTA

    PASTOR | new hope church

    MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

    CONTACT

    Email: joe.testa@reliant.org

    Phone: 517.488.3224


    LT EXPERIENCE

    2019 will be the 20th LT Joe has been a part of.


    MINISTRY BACKGROUND

    Joe became a Christian his freshmen year in college at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. He went on staff with Reliant in June of 1998. He worked at U of I for 3 years, then moved to Illinois State University to help plant a church there. In 2008, he moved to Michigan State University and has been doing ministry on campus at MSU ever since.


    MINISTRY PASSIONS

    Joe is most excited about helping people know God and helping people grow and heal in their lives.


    A LITTLE MORE ABOUT JOE

    • Married his wife Kelsey in 1996 - between their Sophomore & Junior years in college! 
    • They have five children: Ali, Micah, Anna, Nate, and Alivia. 
    • He drives a truck, listens to country music, and likes to fish. No, he’s not a redneck – he’s Italian! 
    • He enjoys building relationships with people, fishing, water sports and doing all kinds of different activities with his family.
    • They love to vacation together in northern Michigan.
  • Chris gentz

    Pastor | h2o church

    wESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

    CONTACT

    Email: gentz@h2okzoo.com

    Phone: 586.764.3100


    LT EXPERIENCE

    Gentz went to his first LT after his freshman year of college. This will be his 13th LT and his first at ADK LT.


    MINISTRY BACKGROUND

    Gentz attended New Life Church while a student at U of M and there he fell more in love with Jesus and was led into vocational ministry. He went on staff with Reliant in May of 2008. He worked at U of M for 10 years, before moving this past year to lead a church plant to Western Michigan University. 


    MINISTRY PASSIONS

    Gentz comes alive going to new places and meeting new people with the hopes of showing them Jesus. He loves sharing the gospel, building authentic church community, playing IM sports, and digging deep into the Word. 


    A LITTLE MORE ABOUT GENTZ

    • He prefers to go by Gentz, saying the only people that regularly call him Chris are his mom and God.
    • Gentz is an extrovert who likes to stay up late with friends and sleep in when possible.
    • He loves tea, bubble tea, and tea parties with others.
    • He enjoys being active and will play any sport (except swimming...though he can swim). 
    • A big fan of the outdoors, he can be found hiking and camping around the US. His favorite place is Zion National Park.
    • He loves to travel and be on mission around the world. He has been to Nepal, Israel, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and El Salvador.