Our Team
Meet the Shalom Lutheran Leadership Team
Pastor Kurt Hutchens
Senior Pastor
Pastor Kurt is a Dearborn, Michigan, native. He played baseball at Hillsdale College and earned a degree from Concordia University. He began his career as an owner of a health club but decided to listen to the Lord and start his seminary education. He received a Masters of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in New York. After receiving his Masters Kurt accepted a call to serve the people of St. Luke in Time Square area. In 1999 PK was called to Shalom Lutheran Church. Since his arrival, Shalom has grown from a small country church to one of the largest churches in the area. Under Pastor Kurt’s guidance, Light of the World Academy, a christian Montessori School, was birthed and has educated hundreds of children over the past 10 years. Pastor Kurt’s enthusiasm is contagious. He has a passion for missions and seeing people experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ. His visionary leadership style motivates others to think outside the box and see the church in a whole new light. Pastor Kurt is a passionate, devoted follower of Jesus Christ and values fun in all areas of life. He is a major Tigers fan, loves boating, skiing, hunting and play in the outdoors, and is a lover of life. Kurt and his beautiful family reside in Pinckney, Michigan.
Amy Cooley Higgs
Director of Family Life
Amy grew up in Vermontville, Michigan. She earned a degree in Elementary Education at Michigan State University and worked many years as an early childhood teacher and administrator. Amy felt called to serve in ministry and was certified in Youth and Family Ministry through Wartburg Theological Seminary in 2009. For the past four years, she has served full-time in Children, Youth & Family Ministry in Brighton.
Amy loves art (both viewing and creating it), to travel, and to cook. After traveling to Palestine with youth in 2013, Amy has become an advocate for justice and peace in the Holy Land. She also serves as a leader at Bridge Builders each summer, teaching leadership skills and anti-racism awareness.
Amy lives nearby in Brighton with her daughter Katie, and their pets, Maizey and Pumpkin.
Laura Shehan
Laura Shehan
Facilities Manager

Laura is an Ypsilanti native. She began attending Shalom in 2012 and was called to join the Shalom team in 2014. Laura manages all of the office details, the church calendar, and everything else that comes her way with a smile on her face.

God has blessed Laura with an unbelievable talent for writing. Each week she writes a favorite column, “Musings From the Mind of a Mother of Many” for the @Shalom_Life church newsletter and blog. She is a talented speaker and is very resourceful. Laura, her husband, five sons, and gaggle of animals reside in Pinckney.