Meet Us

What We Are

Café Rhema is the perfect spot for studying, relaxing, or even a small business meeting. The café serves a variety of delicious coffee drinks, bubble tea, freshly baked goods, smoothies, and flavorful sandwiches. We’re open 7 days a week and offer daily specials which you can find on our Facebook page.

Cafe Rhema is part of the third wave movement of coffee. It’s an experience. It’s about increasing coffee quality, using more direct trade, greater emphasis on sustainability, lighter roast profiles and more innovative brewing methods. Coffee education also takes a significant role in our business model. We want to share the story behind the cup.

Originally established in 2005, Café Rhema was born Brown Sugar Café by a laid off auto worker with a dream of owning her own business. The former Economy Shoes building was the first building in the downtown area to be renovated, which kicked off the downtown Flint revitalization. Brown Sugar Café was taken over by local business owner and entrepreneur, Joshua Spencer, director of the non-profit organization Ichthus Flint and owner of the downtown Flint advertising agency, The Spencer Agency, in July 2013. With the name change came a dramatic transformation of the interior space which features a roaring 20’s Great Gatsby theme.

Rhema (ῥῆμα in Greek) literally means an “utterance” or “thing said” in Greek.[1] It is a word that signifies the action of conversation. In philosophy it was used by both Plato and Aristotle to refer to propositions or sentences. In this case, the name Café Rhema means a place where conversations start.

Who We Are

Get to Know Our Stories

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Josh's Story

Tiff's Story

G's Story

Josh "Peepaw"

Owner (World's Okayest Barista)

Josh has dabbled in many industries over the years, perhaps most recognized locally for his advertising career at The Spencer Agency. Josh spends his days away from Rhema as an advertising consultant, serving as director of Ichthus Ministries, and at The Freedom Center, in Fenton, with their ministry academy, coffee shop, and creative arts teams.

Tiff "Momma Tiff"


Tiff absolutely loves horror movies and video games. Her free time is always filled with friends and at least one of those two.

Tiff has a passion for those less fortunate and helps run the Flint Community Cookouts to give back. She also serves both in deed and coffee at The Freedom Center in Fenton.

Gaetano "G"

Assistant Manager

G recently started a new company, Ménō Coffee Co., with our good friend Brandon. He also serves as the worship leader for Outpour Worship and is a singer/songwriter under the name Pinewinds.

In his free-time, G loves to read and spend time with his son Emerson. He also has another baby boy on the way!

Michael "Mike"

Catering Manager

Mike has his own personal roasting company Seven Embers Coffee. He also serves on the worship team, under the direction of his wife Jessica, at Gateway House of Prayer in Flint.

In his free-time, Mike spends his time with his wife and 5 children... you read that correctly, five coffee loving little ones!



Alyssa recently graduated with an Associates degree in Culinary Arts from Bob Jones University. She has plans to someday open up her own bakery with a focus on cupcakes and, of course, coffee!

Alyssa also recently got engaged and is planning a wedding for June of this year and will be moving to New York state.



Ashlynn has a great love for young children. When she's not working in the cafe, she teaches dance at the Young People's Ballet Theatre and also dresses up and works parties as a Disney Princess!

Ashlynn also has a passion for singing, especially when it comes to Disney songs.

Catherine "Cat"


Cat is full of spunk and brains! She is currently pursuing both a Mechanical Engineering BSE and a Computer Science BS at the University of Michigan Flint.

Cat also has a love for music/songwriting and you can find her out and about at local open Mic nights!