Our Leadership and Staff

Meet Our Team

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Ben Salmi


Ben and his family moved to Grand Rapids from Cloquet MN in the autumn of 2018.   He has been in vocational ministry since 2014.   Prior to his call into ministry, Pastor Ben worked as residential remodeling contractor.   
He has been married for 16 years to his wife Crystal.  Together, they have two daughters, Bella and Emmalyn, who are 11 and 7.  He and his family enjoy camping, going to state parks and traveling.  When not spending time with family or preparing sermons, Ben enjoys building things, using his electric meat smoker and a good Netflix binge. 
Ben’s heart is to see people come to know and experience Jesus in a real way.  In a life changing way!

Crystal Salmi

Director of Children and Youth Ministries (Volunteer)

Apart from being married to Pastor Ben for almost 17 years, and raising her daughters, Crystal is a career woman and has worked for Maurices corporate office in Duluth for 16 years.  When she is not commuting from Rapids to Duluth, she has her hands in anything to do with Kid's Ministry!  She also enjoys leading worship, being crafty, organizing events, and wearing Toms shoes.

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Gloria Hughes

Church Secretary

Gloria has been faithfully serving as Church Secretary for over 26 years!  She is the glue that holds it all together.     

Gloria, along with her husband, Tim are active members of Full Gospel.  She has been very involved with children's ministries at Full Gospel over the years and still participates in caring for our nursery goers and helping lead the Full Gospel hospitality team. Tim does many of the maintenance projects around the church as well as leading worship, leading men's prayer on Saturday mornings and is currently serving on the trustee board.   They have three married children and seven grandchildren.   

Gloria enjoys crocheting baby hats for the local birth center, fishing during summer and winter, making maple syrup, picking wild berries, preserving home grown produce and trying out new recipes.  Gloria, during the Covid-19 pandemic, is making masks for her family and the local school children. 

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