“John was accommodating and attentive, tailoring the workshop to my individual situation but gently insisting that I trust the process. His expertise taught me the discipline of restructuring my life (personal, relational, and vocational) and then reassembling the pieces into a purpose, mission, and plan.” Pastor David Bucholtz (May 2018)

“This is a great retreat. I was able to meet intimately with God and experience deep refreshment.  The Coaching with Dr. Studebaker is life-changing. Take advantage of this resource!” Charles Goggans (March 2018)

“By unplugging, praying, and walking with John though the process I was able to see how the eternal truths of Scripture could help guide me. As we talked and prayed, God helped apply these truths I had buried in busyness to come to the surface and provide direction.” Pastor Casey Arnouts (August 2017).

On his time at the Oasis: “BMI Oasis lives up to its name … ministry can sometime feel dry and parched, and a time of ‘Oasis’ can be so refreshing and life-giving. The combination of tranquility and ‘structured spiritual foundation focus time’ truly brought a renewed zeal for God’s kingdom.” On LifeBridge Coaching: “I really enjoyed time with John as he artfully facilitated and guided my wife and I through our Life Mission statements. He is gifted at getting right to the heart of each topic by asking great questions.”  Pastor Ben Crouse (July 2017)

On her time at the Oasis: “Time with the Spirit of God to refocus, process struggles and gain vision are vital for anyone in any ministry capacity. The Oasis provided a relaxing setting and an incredibly helpful structure this week for God to do His work in my heart.” On LifeBridge Coaching: “I really appreciated John’s life-coaching, structural approach combined with encouragement to be guided by God’s Spirit in our decisions and boundaries.”  Jess Crouse (July 2017)

“My time at BMI Oasis was both restful and challenging.  My surroundings were beautiful and very comfortable, but the Lifebridge process facilitated by John was like giving birth. . . hard work but with a joyous outcome!  I would recommend it highly to anyone wrestling with God and with themselves!” Rev. Jerry Kissling (August 2016)

“In October 2013 I spent time with life coach Dr. John Studebaker at the BMI Oasis. The truths I discovered about myself have become essential for my life and ministry. Dr. Studebaker understands the enormous significance of holy calling as well as the importance of practical, Spirit-led, step-by-step processes for truly living out that calling in one’s personal life, relationships, and ministry. He will enable you to identify core truths about yourself that should guide your critical vocational and personal decisions.” Rev. Bill Johnson (October 2013)

“We had plenty of time to ourselves, but also enjoyed interacting with John and Julie. They were very helpful with getting the most out of our get-a-way. They even let us make a campfire on their private island.” Pastor Phil Carter (June 2013)

“John and Julie are outstanding and accommodating hosts. Their home is inviting and spacious. The food was fantastic and timely. Very reasonable pricing. Our morning walk through the woods behind the house was just what we needed. Grace and peace, Rev Lon Bouma” (December 2012)

“What a wonderful blessing you were for our family! We had four generations together, and it was so precious to be in such a serene place of healing and peace. We felt welcomed and loved from the moment we drove up. And the bonfire on the island was a special treat! We were all able to relax, read, pray, play, and re-cooperate from a very difficult time in our family history. Each of us was able to ‘unwind’ and settle in our hearts new direction, resolve, and healing.” Pastor Phil and Anna Drebyshire

“I encountered Bridge Ministries at a time in my life and career when I felt as though I was simply drifting. My sense of call and all my personal ambitions and heart desires did not seem to be fitting together in a way that made sense to me. I felt confused about the present and very unsure about the future. John Studebaker gave me personal attention and coaching through the LifeBridge process. He helped clear away all the clutter and begin to see more clearly. As we worked carefully through the details of my history and the contents of my heart, we were able to identify my sense of purpose, calling, and mission in ways I had never been able to articulate before. I wholeheartedly recommend Bridge Ministries to you and your congregation. John has the expertise, experience, and passion to help you and your church become what God has called you to be.” Kevin Clouse (Sr. Pastor, Christ Community Church, Battle Creek Michigan)



Dear Pastor,

It is my privilege to pass on to you the joy it has been to work with John Studebaker and Bridge Ministries. I have personally participated in the LifeBridge Video Workshop and our consistory (board) has been going through the Bridge Ministries “ChurchBridge” church assessment process.

The LifeBridge Video Workshop has allowed some of our leaders, within a small group, to assess their past and present life and come up with a personal plan for living out their unique calling. The Workshop is clearly presented and easy to follow. I see the Workshop as a great tool for helping transform small groups into “mission groups.”

In addition, John has been walking us through the “ChurchBridge” process to help us assess our church’s most critical needs for growth and develop a great plan for the future. I’ve read many books and have gone to many seminars on leading congregations, but John is actually helping us through the process. I’m excited about where God is leading us and know that this process is leading us to God preferred future.

I appreciated John’s friendship and leadership. He has remained flexible and willing to step in where I know I am weak while letting me lead where I have strengths. We trust that God will continue to work mightily to fulfill our call as a church to make disciples and bring Jesus to a lost and broken world.


Mike Drew, Senior Pastor
First Reformed Church
Portage Michigan

Dear Pastor,

I would like to recommend to you the ministry of John Studebaker and Bridge Ministries, Michigan.  John has ministered as a special guest in our church and has conducted the LifeBridge Seminar for our leaders and members.

John’s approach is Biblically based and is very practical in its application. I like the subtitle to Bridge Ministries – “Preparing Christians for Real World Impact!”

Through the Life Bridge Seminar, your people will learn that each of us is a bridge builder.  And each of us build bridges according to our own unique style.  John’s workshop guides each participant through an assessment of their personal purpose and calling in life.  He then helps each participant plan how they will fulfill their mission and vision.   John concludes the seminar with practical advice on how each participant can use these methods to regularly re-access their personal strategy.

John’s published articles, “Developing Mission Communities,” and “The Authority of the Holy Spirit,” further defines his passion for the church to be a Spirit-led organism through which God reveals himself to the world.

You will find John to be a pastor’s friend and comrade.  He will help you equip your people “for the work of the ministry.”


Rev. Dale Boyer

CityLinC Ministries, Battle Creek, Michigan

Dear Church or Christian Organization:

Our church staff of 18 people . . . found the process of writing our personal and corporate purpose and mission statements very helpful in focusing on specific goals and actions steps for this year. The Seminar was biblically-based and professionally executed.

I would recommend the Lifebridge Seminar to any church or organization desiring to serve God more faithfully and efficiently by seeking His purpose and mission, forming a plan and, with God’s empowerment, carrying out that plan.

Please fee free to contact me if you have any questions.

In Him,

Bill Goodrich
Pastor, Horizon Christian Fellowship, Indianapolis

The Seminar enabled me to distill a fresh articulation of both my purpose and my mission statement. It was very effective. As a Pastor it helped me clarify my gifting and purpose to my congregation.

Kevin McCarthy
Pastor, Christ’s Covenant Church, Utica Michigan

(The Seminar) used a combination of computer technology, video, lecture, and small group discussion to help our students explore their “calling” in life. (John) was able to integrate theology with reasons for developing a purpose and mission statement, and practially guide our students through a process of self-discovery.

James W. Mohler, Ph.D.
Chair, Christian Ministries Dept.; Director, School of Biblical & Religious Studies
Trinity College, Deerfield Illinois