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Our Leadership

ELDERS

God has blessed his church with the offices of elder and deacon. Through their ministry and leadership, Jesus Christ shepherds and cares for his people. Christ has blessed Redeemer Church by raising up men to serve in these leadership roles. Below are the men currently serving as elders at Redeemer Church.

Rev. Jeff De Boer

Lead Pastor

Jeff became Redeemer’s lead pastor in August, 2019. Before coming to Redeemer he served as a pastor at Peace Reformed Church, Garner Iowa (RCUS), and Hope Presbyterian Church in North Liberty, Iowa (PCA). He attended Dordt University in Sioux Center, IA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. After graduation he worked for Feucht and De Boer Construction. In 2000 he received his Master of Divinity degree from Mid America Reformed Seminary. Jeff also studied at the University of Iowa College of Law and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is married to Karen and has five children. In addition to pastoral ministry, Jeff enjoys baseball, metal working, and reading historical biographies.

Rev. Dan Adams

Associate Pastor to Youth and Young Adults

Dan came to Redeemer in February of 2018 from Pennsylvania. He previously served in several internships and youth ministries, including 5 ½ years as a youth ministry coordinator for Calvary OPC in Glenside, PA. He received a Bachelor of General Studies from West Texas A&M University (2010), and a MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary (2015). Dan met his wife Nora while they were in seminary, and they were married in June of 2016. Dan enjoys movies, board games, Doctor Strange comics, and BBQ.

Rev Jonathan Loerop

Associate Pastor

Jonathan came to Redeemer in May 2017 from Naples, Florida where he served Cypress Wood Presbyterian Church for almost 8 years and prior to that at Marco Presbyterian Church for 5 1/2 years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and his M.Div. from Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale. He is also trained as a biblical counselor and is pursuing his certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

Randy Baker

Elder | Class of 2022

Randy was ordained in 2011. He and his wife Dawn have nine children and live in Ada. Randy graduated from Calvin College and Albany Medical College and works as a surgeon. He enjoys playing the piano and singing gospel music with his family.

Jonathon Beeke

Elder | Class of 2021

Jonathon was ordained as a ruling elder in 2013. He and his wife Allyson are blessed with four children, Kezia, Owen, Isla, and Kiri. Jonathon works as Registrar and Admission Director at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and completed a PhD in Historical Theology from Groningen University. Besides reading dead theologians, he enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Duane Bras

Elder | Class of 2022

Duane was ordained as an OPC Elder in 2012. He is happily married to Beth and they live in the Lowell area. They have five children (two by marriage) and ten grandchildren (as of May 2019). Duane attended Hope College and W.M.U. and works as the Controller for a local IT company. He enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren, gardening, fishing and spending time outdoors.

Jim Clayton

Elder | Class of 2022

Jim has been married to his wife Debby for almost 49 years.  They have two grown children, Amy and Seth, and 6 grandchildren.  They moved to Belmont 2 years ago from Raleigh, NC, to be closer to their son Seth, daughter-in-law Emillie, and four of their grandchildren, who live in Rockford.  Jim served 4 years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was saved in 1975, at age 28, when he heard the gospel for the first time while attending a weekend training session sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ in Southern California.

Kirk Harmon

Elder | Class of 2022

Growing up in a Catholic family and attending Sunday School, I was blessed to learn the Word of God; however, it wasn’t until after college that God called me into a personal relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ. Since then, through bible studies and fellowship with other believers, I have grown in my walk with Christ and he has given me a particular love for the Word.

Bryan Roodvoets

Elder | Class of 2022

Brian was ordained as an elder in 2016. He is happily married to Cindy and has three children. Bryan is a business owner.

Howard Tefft

Elder | Class of 2022

Howard was ordained as an elder in 2007. He and his wife Audra live in Grand Rapids and are blessed with three daughters, Kayla (25), Rebecca (21), and Sarah (14); the older two currently live in California.  Howard works at Amway where he leads a regional team that focuses on applications and systems for the fulfillment operations throughout the Americas.  Howard enjoys family activities of camping, hiking, sitting around a bon fire, or exploring new places while doing those things.  Loves events around grilling food and low-n-slow bbq-ing.

Scottie Tiemersma

Elder | Class of 2020

Scottie was ordained as an elder at Redeemer OPC in 2014. He has been married to Karol  since 2000. I grew up in a christian home but wasn’t fully given unto the Lord until my late 20’s. God has been merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness toward me my whole life. Jesus is my rock and my salvation. The Holy Spirit is my testifier and sanctifier. My desire is to serve the Lord in truth and gladness.

Tom Verhage

Elder | Class of 2022

I was born and raised n a Christian home by wonderful Godly parents.  I went to a Christian school, went to church regularly and we had daily devotions at home.  I went through all the motions of  religion and everything looked good.  After I was marries we did all those same things and raised four children. I came to a time in my life, because of my wife, that I saw I was a proud, stubborn person.  I had no relationship with Christ, only religion.  I then was shown my sin and it’s depth.  I confessed and cried out to the Lord to save me and He did and gave me a tender heart for a heart of stone.


DEACONS

God has blessed his church with the offices of elder and deacon. Through their ministry and leadership, Jesus Christ shepherds and cares for his people. Christ has blessed Redeemer Church by raising up men to serve in these leadership roles. Below are the men currently serving as elders at Redeemer Church.

ANDY BAKER

Deacon | Class of 2022

I was born into a Christian home and am the youngest of 4 boys.  My grandfather and father were both Presbyterian pastors.  While God had an influence on my life at a young age, I wasn’t serious about church until I started dating Sue and was thinking about marriage and the rest of my life.  We were both converted after we were married, and have raised our children, to the best of our ability and by God’s grace, to love and fear the Lord.  Our 3 wonderful children are, Tom and his wife Cassie, Rebekah, and Tori.

Tom Bont

Deacon | Class of 2022

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home with wonderful Christian parents and grandparents.  With thanks to God, I have known the love of our Heavenly Father and faith in our Savior from my earliest memories.  I made Profession of Faith when I was 16.  My parents encouraged service in the church and were great examples of this for me as both served in many capacities in the church.  Like many who have had the privilege of growing up going to church, I was blessed with a wonderful pastor who preached the Word of God and many Sunday school/catechism teachers who taught me God’s Word and the work of Jesus and what they mean for me.

Jonathan Bras

Deacon | Class of 2020

Jonathan was ordained as a Deacon in 2008. He and his wife Joni have six children. Jonathan works for a manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders. Jonathan has enjoyed playing on the church softball team and also enjoys reading.

Steve Byker

Deacon | Class of 2021

By the grace of God I was born into a Christian home, the youngest of three children. I had the honor to have served my country in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years, where the Lord instilled in me a desire to live a life of service to others. I graduated for Ferris State University and now work in the construction industry as a project manager. By God’s grace he has continued to make himself known to me, and by the same grace has helped me to come to a fuller and deeper understanding of how great the salvation is mine through my Lord Jesus Christ and how I can serve him.

Alex DeLange

Deacon | Class of 2022

I was born and raised in Grant, MI and am the 5th of 8 children in my family. I was very blessed to be born into a Christian household, and my parents worked very hard to put all of us through Christian education. I met my wife, Laurel, at Calvin College where I majored in business. Laurel and I married shortly after graduation in 2008 and settled in for our life together in West Michigan. We quickly discovered that God had other plans for us. A week after returning from our honeymoon, I was offered a position with my company that relocated us to Milwaukee.

Adam Gorlewski

Deacon | Class of 2020

Adam was ordained as a Deacon in 2017. He and his wife Kristen have two children and recently adopted a dog. They enjoy being a family of 5! In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing sports with his kids, building, and  spending time with his family.

Mark Jurries

Deacon | Class of 2020

Mark was ordained as a deacon in 2017. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Information Systems and works as a data analyst. In his spare time, Mark enjoys reading, running, baseball, kayaking, taking in the many establishments in Grand Rapids, and traveling throughout the region.

Dean Koopman

Deacon | Class of 2020

Dean is the husband of Janice and the father of three. He is an accountant and small business owner. Dean enjoys watching sports and attempting to play some of them. He also enjoys going to the movies with h is children especially Marvel comic movies, but really any quality film.

Jeff Rosendall

Deacon | Class of 2020

Jeff was ordained as a deacon in 2014. He is married to Pamela Rosendall and together they have four daughters and two sons-in- law. Jeff works for Rosendall Well Drilling, servicing and installing water wells. His hobbies include biking, swimming and flying.

Ryan Roth

Deacon | Class of 2022

My name is Ryan Roth. My family and I started attending Redeemer in 2013.        I enjoy fishing, shooting, and spending time with my family.

I was raised by God fearing parents, so I have always known the Lord. Yet, I didn’t feel him work in my heart until I was about 30 years old. I then made profession of my faith.

Dave Schaafsma

Deacon | Class of 2021

Dave was raised in a Christian home in Grand Rapids. After his formal education and marriage to Evie they moved to Denver where they raised their four children. Dave worked there in his engineering and management career for the next 42 years. During this period, they also lived on two project sites which involved moves to Beersheba, Israel and Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2017 Dave and Evie returned to Grand Rapids to join their two daughters and nine or their seventeen grandchildren. Dave’s spiritual journey has been a constant period of growth from childhood with an increased dependence on his Lord as he experiences God’s acceptance, love and mercy in many ways.

Andy Thornton

Deacon | Class of 2021

I had the rich blessing of growing up in a Christian home, where my parents taught me the importance of having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. I attended a Christian school and went to church every Sunday growing up. My parents taught me the importance of personal devotions and the fact that just because we go to church every Sunday doesn’t mean you automatically go to heaven. Even with this upbringing, I was just going through the motions. The Lord, through His mercy and grace, began to work in my heart in my early 20’s, showing me my need to repent from my sins and put Him first in my life.

 

Duane Torrence

Deacon | Class of 2021

To have the opportunity to serve as a Deacon is an honor to our Lord and Redeemer Church. This is a commitment to Christ to be one of his servants, at Redeemer Church. Since being at Redeemer my faith has grown through the ministry and Gods people. To be united in and through Christ, we are able to be one of his servants by reading His word and time in prayer. My prayer and desire would be that our God can use me to bring honor and glory to His name