We Lead

We Lead


God supernaturally plants gifts in the souls of men and women he is saving. Those who lead and serve through The Exchange desire to come along side God’s work by watering the gifts he has given and seeing them flourish. We want The Exchange to be a place where those who have believed the gospel word are free to bring glory to God through their gifts by encouraging one another in holiness and taking the gospel word to the Clio area and the world. Maybe you’ve never gathered regularly with a church. Or maybe you’ve been hurt by by one. Perhaps you have simply been disappointed with promises that Jesus will make all your problems go away, or even frustrated with a gospel that is all about rules. Whatever the case, we will strive to help you know and feel the refreshing gospel word that brings water to the soul through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our prayer is that through The Exchange you will be led to encounter the living God that refreshes your soul with a living water that causes you to never thirst again.

The basic structure of leadership and service at The Exchange is made up of elders, deacons, and members. The Exchange believes that a local church should be led by a plurality of male elders. We also believe that the church should be served by and serve through both male and female deacons. Both the elders and deacons are accountable to the members. The elders are to give their attention to the spiritual health of all the members, carrying out their ministry through preaching, counseling, vision casing, and decision making. The deacons are to serve the physical needs of the church and the community, with special attention given to the elderly, widows, and orphans. Members disciple, counsel, and care for one another on a daily and weekly basis. The elders, deacons, and members all seek to use their gifts to to encourage each other and spread the gospel word throughout the Clio area and the world.

If you have questions or would like more information about leadership at The Exchange, please visit our contact us page.

Our Local Elders

Joe Swords

Joe is the founding planter and one of the elders who helps oversee the ministry of The Exchange Church. His goals as an elder are to help people see and experience the transforming grace of Jesus in all of life until we see him face-to-face. Joe’s primary roles within the church include preaching, discipling Christians for the work of the ministry, and church planting. He has also enjoyed assessing, coaching, and supporting church planters and pastors throughout the Midwest. 

Joe is happily married to Ashley, and they have four sons. His current hobbies include coffee roasting, cycling, and studying ancient languages. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint with a BA in English Literature and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry.

You can reach Joe at: joe@theexchangemi.com.

Joel Montague

Joel serves as a local elder at The Exchange Church. He grew up in Clio, and now works there as the owner of a manufacturing business. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Shaunda, and they have four kids and a daughter in law. Joel loves the color orange, and competing in mountain bike races.

Our Transitional Elders

Matt Noble

Matt helped to plant The Exchange church in Clio, and now serves as a transitional elder. He lives in California with his wife and two children.

Tony Pyle

Tony is a Pastor at Riverview Church, West Venue. He learned about Jesus his freshman year of high school through a ministry called Young Life. He lives in Lansing, MI with his wife and two children.

Ben Luethy

Ben serves as the Pastor of Anchor Church in Howell, MI. Ben and his wife Amanda live in Howell with their four children. They met as undergraduates at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. 

Our Local Team Leads

Matt is both our AV Team lead, and Set Up & Tear Down Team lead. He is also serving as our Facilities director. He lives in Clio with his wife Britni, and enjoys serving the church with his many gifts. He enjoys playing music, perfecting sound quality, spending time with family, and farming his field.

Lisa is our Kids Team lead. She loves her husband, all things creative, coffee, studying the Bible and biblical counseling, caring for children and singing.

Bri is our Music Team Lead. She is a photographer, an administrator, and most importantly loves being a wife and stay at home mom of four little ones. When she’s not chasing the kids, she enjoys getting outside for daily walks, kayaking, or traveling to new places.

Mark serves as the Treasurer team lead. He loves spending time with his wife and three kids. He enjoys hiking with his family, backpacking, camping, kayaking, and hunting.