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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. Dr. John Currie

Lead Pastor

In December 2017, Pastor John received a call to Chair the Practical Theology department at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. His last day at Redeemer was May 20, 2018. Pastor John and Rhonda invested five pivotal years at Redeemer and we will be forever grateful for their ministry among us and their eternal friendship in the Lord.

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

During the time of our Senior Pastor transition, Pastor Jonathan is functioning as our Interim Senior 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). Jonathan married his best friend, Jessica, and they have three wonderful boys: Nathan, Andrew, and Timothy. Jonathan enjoys surfing, snowboarding, shooting, and sushi, but not because they all begin with “s,” though he also likes (home) schooling, skydiving, swimming, studying, sleeping, scavenger hunts, and, of course, spending time with his family.

Randy Baker

Elder | Class of 2019

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 is close to completing a PhD in Historical Theology. Besides reading dead theologians, he enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Steve Entingh

Elder | Class of 2019

Steve was ordained as an Elder in 2003. He is married and has three sons and two daughters. Steve works in the construction industry and likes to hike, paddle, bike, and camp.

Bryan Roodvoets

Elder | Class of 2019

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

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. Scottie is a delivery driver for a Michigan beverage company. He likes doing yard work, especially raking leaves in the Fall.

Jerry Timmis

Elder | Class of 2019

Jerry was ordained as an elder in 2016. He is married to his wife of 27 years and together have six children and four grandchildren. Jerry is a leader in the High Technology field in sales and business development. He is an avid outdoorsman, loves time with this family and building Christ-centered community.

Kent VanTimmeren

Elder | Class of 2019

Kent was ordained as an elder in 2016. He is married to Cheri and they have four grown daughters, Melissa, Rachel, Abigail, and Lydia.  Kent received a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Michigan University and is employed by Lacks Enterprises where he works as a cost estimator. Kent and Cheri also operate a small hop farm near Belding. Kent enjoys hunting, home brewing, and visiting his children and grandchildren.

Elbert Yeh

Elder | Class of 2019

Elbert was ordained as an elder in 2016.  He and his wife, Kristen, have four wonderful boys – Nathan, Andrew, Evan, and Kyle. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a high school physics teacher. Elbert enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, all things related to ice hockey, and “fixing” things around the house.


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.

Tom Bont

Deacon | Class of 2019

Tom was ordained as a deacon in 2011.  He is married to Mary.  They have two children, Charlies Grace and Micah.  Tom works at Michigan Envelope, Inc and enjoys most sports and spending time outdoors.

Jonathan Bras

Deacon | Class of 2020

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

Shane Hansen

Deacon | Class of 2019

Shane was ordained as a deacon in 2011. He and his wife Ann are blessed with four children, Jeff, Bryant, Kristi, and Elizabeth. Born in Greenville, Shane has practiced law with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP for 30 years, specializing in federal and state regulation of securities broker-dealers, investment advisers, and banks. His hobbies include home landscaping and photography.

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.

Jeff Rosendall

Deacon | Class of 2017

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 2019

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.

Tyler VanRee

Deacon | Class of 2019

Tyler was ordained as a deacon in 2012.  He is married to Katie and has three children, Hailey, Mason, and Cayden.  Tyler is the Vice President at Legacy Precision Molds, Inc.  He enjoys hanging out with family and friends, bow-hunting, watersports and competing in triathlons.

Lance Zaagman

Deacon | Class of 2019

Lance was ordained as a deacon in 2016. He is married to Julie and has two children; Brenna and Noah. Lance is a funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel and enjoys playing sports and camping with his family in the summer.

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.

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. God has blessed me with a godly wife and 6, soon to be 7, wonderful children. In my spare time, which isn’t much, I enjoy hunting, fishing, coaching basketball, and playing pretty much any sports with my kids.

Kirk Harmon

Deacon | Class of 2021

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.

One of my favorite verses is taken from Deuteronomy 32:46-47 when Moses is nearing the end of his life and is passing along his wisdom and eventual leadership to Joshua.

“Take to heart all of the words that I have solemnly declared to you this day so that you may command your children to obey carefully all of the commands of this law. They are not just idle words for you-they are your life.”

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. That growth in faith has come from regular times in prayer, Bible reading and study, and fellowship and encouragement from the church. This has included participation in mission trips to Japan and Mexico. During his years in retirement he enjoys travel (four children in four different parts of the world), reading, serving on Redeemer’s Mission Committee, and helping others with his handyman skills.

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. Through various trials and life circumstances, the Holy Spirit continued to change my heart. In God’s mercy, I continue to grow and am thankful to be a part of a church that faithfully preaches His Word.

 

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