MZBC Staff


Senior Pastor

Pastor Chris Starr grew up in Northwest Ohio and graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College Dunbar, WI with a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies in 1998. He has served at Mt. Zion Baptist Church since June, 1999. He accepted the senior pastorate in September of 2013 after serving as his father’s assistant pastor for 14 years.

Jenny Starr grew up in Southwest Michigan and graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College with a degree in Elementary Education in 1998. She serves alongside her husband, sings and plays her viola in the music ministry, is the assistant nursery director, aids as a part-time secretary in the office along with raising their 3 children.


Assistant Pastor

Todd Henricks grew up in Scottsdale Arizona. After graduating from Arizona State University, he joined the U.S Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps officer. While on a deployment to Spain with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE, he was saved under the preaching of a Navy Chaplain. While stationed in Guam he met his wife Tammy. Together they spent the next eighteen years being stationed in various U.S. duty stations, and overseas in Iceland and Korea. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a civilian for both the Navy and the Army for the next six years. Todd and Tammy have both served as faithful lay persons in the churches in which they were members. Throughout the years, Todd has served as Sunday School teacher, Youth Group Leader, Usher, Treasurer, and Deacon.

Tammy Henricks grew up in Brogue, Pennsylvania. After getting saved in 1987, she attended Pensacola Christian College earning her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She then went to Guam to teach first grade at Harvest Christian Academy. Tammy has served as Sunday School and Children’s Church teacher, AWANA teacher, Nursery helper, and many other ministry helps positions. She serves along side her husband in assisting the ministries of the church, while raising their two boys for the Lord.


Ministry Assistant

Jared Dircks grew up at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was saved at the age of 13. After being called to preach, Jared decided to attend Fairhaven Baptist College where he graduated with a degree in Pastoral Theology/Music in the Spring of 2017. In May of 2017, Jared joined the team at Mt. Zion Baptist Church as a staff intern where he serves in the music, youth, and bus ministries. Jared and his wife Bethlie were married in August of 2017.

Bethlie Dircks grew up in a strong Christian home in northwest Indiana. After graduating High School, she attended Fairhaven Baptist College where she met her husband. She serves alongside her husband in the youth, bus, and music ministries at Mt. Zion.