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.

Tom Verhage

Elder | Class of 2022

Tom Verhage met his heavenly Father on January 3, 2021. Tom was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and sought to live his life according to his calling here on earth. Tom was a faithful servant and member of Redeemer for many, many years. Throughout his time at Redeemer, he served as an elder throughout three different terms totaling over 10 years, led numerous Bible Studies, and was a devoted member of the congregation serving in numerous other ways. We are saddened with his passing, but we rejoice knowing he is in now in his eternal home.


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.

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.

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

 

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 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.

Alec DeLange

Deacon | Class of 2022

Alec DeLange was ordained as a deacon in 2019. He and his wife Laurel have 4 children and have attended Redeemer since 2015. Alec works as a regional manager for a commercial laundry company, and in his spare time enjoys gardening and aviation

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.

Steve Hill

Deacon | Class of 2023

My wife Carrie, Joshua and I have been blessed to attend Redeemer for the past 5 years.

In 2018 and 2019 our family had the unique privilege of serving as missionaries on behalf of Redeemer Church and OPC Foreign Mission in Montevideo, Uruguay with Salvos Por Gracia OP Church. We were so blessed to be part of the work God is doing in Uruguay.  Previously we had served for many years in Uganda, Africa as well as other foreign and domestic fields for the last 20 years.

God has graciously enabled me to serve and be trained in both foreign as well as state side mission fields and churches. I believe that my life calling from Him is in the area of ‘Service to the Saints’. The service has been as complex as engineering and building roof systems over existing homes to as simple as handing out gospel flyers to people on the street. With this extensive background and training in Missions, both local and overseas, I believe God has been training me in these areas of service for this one goal-to serve His body, the Church.

Jared Bredeweg

Deacon | Class of 2023

I have been a member of Redeemer Church since 2015, and my wife Kayli and I have been attending Redeemer for over ten years together.  My family and I love attending Redeemer Church, and we have made many friends here over the years.  We enjoy the faithful proclamation of God’s Word, the singing together of God’s praise, the fellowship of the saints, and the care and oversight that the elders and pastors provide.

Kayli and I got married in 2015 and have one son, Alistair and another son on the way.   I have worked for Crowe LLP since 2014, where I am a CPA and tax manager in Crowe’s National Tax Office.   When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, boating, water skiing, traveling, working around the house, and playing with my son.

I had the privilege to grow up in a Christian home and was taught about my sin, my need for a Savior, about the wonderful redeeming love of Jesus Christ, and the salvation that is promised for those who put their faith in Him.  For as long as I can remember I have believed in Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation, and held to the beliefs of the Christian faith.  I thank God for the amazing gift of salvation through Jesus and for Christian parents who taught me the truths of God’s Word.  While we still sin and have struggles in this life, I personally take courage in knowing that Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost, and that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us – what an amazing God we serve!

In Christ,

Jared Bredeweg

Mark Jurries

Deacon | Class of 2023

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.

Brian Bangma

Deacon | Class of 2023

 

Jonathan Bras

Deacon | Class of 2023

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.

Matt Sterk

Deacon | Class of 2023

By the grace of God, I grew up in a Christian home with parents who taught me about the gospel and the freedom from sin that Christ brings. I was also blessed to attend a gospel believing church for as long as I can remember, as well as Christian school where every subject was taught from a biblical perspective. There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord used all these areas, by the work of His Holy Spirit, to guide and shape my heart, show me my sin and shortcomings and then show me my desperate need for a Savior. This brought me to confess my faith in my final years of high school. 

I started attending Redeemer when my wife and i started dating and then joined the church shortly after we were married. It has been a blessing to join this body of believers where the gospel is preached each Sunday and the love of Christ is shown. 

 

Tyler Vanree

Deacon | Class of 2023

I have been married to my wife Kate for 14 years and we have 3 children, Hailey (11), Mason (10) and Cayden (7).  We have been members at Redeemer church since 2011.  I spend my days working in the manufacturing industry and on evenings and weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoying all sorts of outdoor recreation.    

My walk with the Lord started when I was 17 years old.  I attended a summer youth retreat and for the first time I saw who I really was as a sinner and who Jesus really was as a savior.  One bible verse the Lord laid on my heart early on was Hebrews 4:16.  This verse has always had great meaning to me and continues to be a reminder to me of my need daily for God’s help and sanctification in my life.  Serving others brings me great joy and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve both Redeemer and God through the office of deacon.