About Us


Mike was born in sin, lived in sin, and destroyed much of his life through sin including his first marriage, and he would have died in sin had it not been for the grace of God. The gospel of Jesus Christ rescued and freed him from the burden and bondage of sin, gave him a wonderful marriage and a fruitful ministry. Mike lives to give out the gospel to others now.
Mike has been married to Jody Cleveland for 24+ years, is the father of six children and grandfather of two. He has served as a pastor and is the founder and president of Setting Captives Free Ministries.
Mike has his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies from Bethany Bible College and Seminary.

Erick and Sylvia Hurt pastorerick@thegospelchurchlb.com

The gospel of Jesus Christ saved our marriage from many sins, impurity, disrespect, adultery, bankruptcy, anger, rage and so much more. When God revealed the gospel’s love and power to us by faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection our sins were forgiven, and our old lives were put to death on the cross with Jesus. And when we rose from the tomb with Christ, we were given power through the Holy Spirit to live and love again. “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10 NLT).

Gospel Counselors

Joce hid in sin and quiet despair for decades as she tried to find worldly-wise solutions for herself, and others’ struggles in a career as a secular counseling psychologist.
Her life was completely turned around from ‘striving and fear’ into ‘joy and rest’ through dwelling on the wonder of Jesus’ sacrifice and rescue at the cross.
Joce is widowed and joins us, with much thankfulness, at The Gospel Church from Melbourne, Australia. She has been a mentor with Setting Captives Free over several years and is passionate about others finding this same freedom and hope through the gospel cure.

Kelly was sold out to a world of idols, lust, impurity, and debauchery. A slave to sin and held captive in a prison of lies, she lost her identity, her way and nearly her life.
But instead of the death her guilt and shame demanded she met the MAN who came and gave up His life in her place. The Lord Jesus Christ, her Kinsmen redeemer who became her Sin, died on the Cross, was buried in the grave and rose from the dead so she can become His bride. Washed, set free, forgiven, and redeemed.
Kelly is single (though married to Christ) and has mentored several years with Setting Captives Free. She joins us at The Gospel Church from Nashville Tennessee. She has a zeal for the Gospel and it's her desire for others to experience its power to restore lives, mend shattered hearts, open prison doors and set the captive free just as she’s experiencing its power in her own life.


The Gospel Church is an independent local church and is overseen by an elder board, which includes Mike Cleveland and Erick Hurt.


The Gospel Church is a 501(C)(3) organization led by elders and supervised by an accountability board of directors. The accountability board oversees moral, financial, and ethical issues within the church leadership, and provides counsel to the pastors/elders.

Accountability Board of Directors

Bill Miller, Author and Sunday School Teacher Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Bartlesville, OK
Rob Robertson, Elder Epsom Community Church 269 Midland Hwy Epsom, Vic. Australia.
Petrus Zijlstra, Elder Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk / Jeruzalemkerk W.A. Scholtenstraat 27 9711 XB  GRONINGEN THE NETHERLANDS

Church History

In 2021, God gave Mike and Jody Cleveland the desire to proclaim the good news to Long Beach, Washington, and the surrounding communities. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is precious and powerful to them because it has transformed their lives, and they were eager to share it. The call to proclaim this message of love, hope, and life and shepherd the church into its enjoyment of it was powerful, so they moved forward with another couple meeting in their home. A couple of months later, God led them to step out in faith and rent space on Sunday mornings at the Neptune Movie Theater.

November 1, 2021

The Gospel Church was born.

January 9, 2022

Our first church service was held at Neptune Movie House in Long Beach.