Pastor Joel Brooks is a nationally known speaker, author, and the Senior Pastor of Stones Church, a dynamic, 2,100 member, multi-cultural church located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with an additional location in the Grand Rapids/Kentwood, Michigan area. He is also the founder of Romantic Warrior Ministries.

Pastor Brooks places an emphasis on men taking the leadership role for which God created them, takes a strong stand for racial reconciliation and unity, and targets young adults, challenging them to mature and to accept responsibility.

Pastor Brooks is a featured author of a chapter in Dr. Edwin Louis Cole’s book entitled, Man Power. He has also co-authored a book entitled What Women Don’t Know (And Men Don’t Tell You) which speaks to the heart of women and brings value and fatherhood to women in a world where self-dignity and respect is often lost. Most recently, Pastor Brooks was a featured writer with the Kalamazoo Gazette, a local newspaper, for a bi-weekly column titled “Practical Answers to Today’s Questions.” His television broadcast Transformed is viewed nationally and internationally and has had a dramatic impact in West Michigan and beyond for over 20 years.

Pastor Yvonne is a native New Yorker with over 20 years experience in education, school administration, and leadership. She is the Performing Arts Pastor at Stones Church , with a unique ability to bring talent and anointing together for transforming worship experiences. She oversees all aspects of the Performing Arts Ministry and is a dynamic worship leader as well. Pastor Yvonne is also a gifted leader and presenter on spiritual things; women, marriage, singles, blended families, children and the arts. She is married to the man of her dreams, Pastor Joel A. Brooks, Jr. and assists him in leading Stones Church. Pastor Joel  and his lovely wife, Pastor Yvonne, are the proud parents of eight beautiful children and three grandchildren. They are an awesome ministry team and together they are transforming lives through the power of God’s Word.

The Pastoral Team

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Ervin & Joyce Armstrong

Family Care Pastors and Outreach Executive Director
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Kalamazoo Campus

John & Julie Knowlton

Family Care Pastors
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Kalamazoo Campus

Stephen & Evangela Hicks

Family Care Pastors
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Stones Church Outreach - Celebrate Recovery Pastors
Family Care Pastors-Kalamazoo Campus

Patrick & Pamela Coffey

Family Care and Outreach Pastors
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Kalamazoo Campus

Michael & Rosemary Brown

Family Care Pastors
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Prayer Ministry, Home & Hospital Visitation

Paralee Harris

Adult Ministries Pastor
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Stan Ellis-Teaching Pastor

Stan & Evelyn Ellis

Stan Ellis - Teaching Pastor
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Tony & Shelly Block

Evangelism Pastors
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Mykel & Melissa Barnes

Associate Pastors-GR/Kentwood Area Campus
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Skot & Barbara Welch

Lead Pastors-GR/Kentwood Area Campus


Care. Connect. Communicate.

Our purpose is to provide a personal point of contact for every member as they move through various stages of life; whether it is marriage, the birth of a child, death in the family, or an unexpected life challenge.  It is our desire to be servants to God’s people by celebrating their successes, offering the Word of God and providing hope and encouragement.  Our heart‘s desire is to help each family, reach its full potential in every area of life.  

The Stone Church Family Care Pastors provide care to every member of Stones Church.  Each member is assigned a pastor based on their postal zip code. For information regarding your Family Care Pastor please email

We provide:

Personal and Spiritual Guidance

Hospital and Home Visitations

Christian Counseling and Coaching

Connection to Stone Church Members and Friends

Funeral Support for your Immediate Family Members

Financial Coaching

Pre-Marital and Marital Coaching