ERIC COOK
LEAD PASTOR

Eric came on staff at Remembrance in September of  2009 serving in the area of discipleship and small groups. His passion is to encourage men and their families  to live out their faith in a healthy vibrant way. He is married to Jayanne and they have four teenage boys: Jordan, Caleb, Seth and Ethan. He graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1991 and served churches in the Chicago area starting in 1993. Eric also served as a prison chaplain in Mississippi and Pennsylvania, and was the Executive Director of Crossfire Ministries, which reaches at-risk teenagers.

Betcha' Didn't Know: Eric enjoys playing basketball and other sports like paintball with his boys; but ask him who wins. He has also driven a race car; but don't ask him what place he finished. Eric has also gone skeet shooting; but don't ask him what his score was!

 

TODD SCHMIDT
PASTOR OF COMMUNITY LIFE

Todd joined the Remembrance staff in December, 2009, as the Community Life Pastor (Pastoral Care and Assimilation). He loves watching people discover their God-given gifts and putting them into action, as well as walking with those who are experiencing illness and loss. Todd is married to Annalisa (or "Annie"), and they have three young children (Luke, Cole and Faith).  Todd graduated from Denver Seminary and is presently doing some work at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Most recently, Todd served at a church in Denver, Colorado for nine years in Pastoral Care and Congregational Life. Before that, he enjoyed seasons in youth and camp ministry.

Betcha' Didn't Know: Todd loves the outdoors, especially backpacking, hunting and fly-fishing. In addition he loves woodworking and carpentry. Although he has always spent tiime in the mountains of Colorado, the lakes and rivers of Michigan are opening up new opportunities for outdoor hobbies. Perhaps there will be some new outdoor passions in the future! 

 

LARRY KIRK
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

Larry recently joined the Remembrance Staff in January 2016, as the Executive Administrator. He is passionate about his relationship with Jesus Christ and also about men’s ministry. He believes that if a man can be encouraged to lead their families by serving them and be Godly Men and allow Christ to be the love of their lives, that it can tremendously impact their families, their church and their sphere of influence. Larry has been married for 37+ years to his wife Joan and they have 3 adult children and their spouses (Travis and Becky, Tracy and Kevin and Trisha and Collin), they also have 5 grandchildren (Sydney, Leighton, Dawson, Logan and Hudson) and one more on the way! They are all living in the Grand Rapids area and the reason Joan and Larry have relocated in this area. Larry was born and raised in Cadillac, MI and comes to us from Resurrection Life Church in Cadillac where he was the Business Administrator and a Pastor.

Betcha’ Didn’t Know:  Larry loves to hunt and fish which is where he connects to God’s creation and enjoys time with friends, although his fishing buddy Buzz always out fishes him!

 

MICAH MANORE
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES

Micah joined the Remembrance Staff in January 2016. His desire for youth ministry is pretty simple; that students have a deep, life-changing relationship with Christ. Micah and Shelby have been married for about 6 years and relocated from the Chicago area where Micah served in student ministry for the last ten years. Micah likes working on their house, watching Michigan football, Shelby and cooking.

Betcha’ Didn’t Know: Micah has a deep appreciation for authentic Mexican food.



LORI ARMSTRONG
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY COORDINATOR

Lori officially joined the staff of Remembrance church in July of 2013, but had been a children’s ministry volunteer since 2000.  She has a passion for walking alongside staff, encouraging parents, and empowering volunteers to be leaders who will teach children about Jesus’ love for them.  Through these seeds of knowledge planted within the children’s lives, Lori loves to see the children’s faith blossom and grow as they experience children’s ministry here at RC.  Lori is married to  Stephen and they have twin sons, Logan and Sam.  They enjoy spending time together, especially on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in their jeep and up north camping with family and friends.

Betcha’ didn’t know:  Lori is an avid outdoor adventurer.  She loves to mountain bike, kayak, fish, hike, camp, and play disc golf in the summer, and enjoys skiing both downhill and cross country in the winter.  

 

DAVE VANDER WOUDE
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP 

Over the course of six years and many conversations, God constructed a bridge uniting Dave and his family to Remembrance. In May of 2015 Dave officially joined the staff. He has a passion for Jesus and loves to share in the journey by leading others into the presence of Jesus and walking with others through life, helping them discover who they are uniquely created to be.  Much of this has happened through his time interacting within the community. He has had various pastoral leadership experiences, including ministry redevelopment, worship arts and church planting. Dave is in the last half of his continuing education at Western Theological Seminary, where he is part of the Newbigin M.Div graduate program. He comes to us from Valparaiso, Indiana with his ministry partner and wife, Julianne, their son Jaeden, and daughter Emily.

 Betcha Didn’t Know: Dave loves camping, hiking and annual fishing competitions within his family. 

 

JULIE WILSON
OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Julie has been the Outreach Coordinator since the spring of 2008. She is married to Clay and has three adult children, two of whom are married, and four busy grandchildren. Julie and her family have attended Remembrance for seventeen years. Julie has also done several mission trips to Central America over the past fifteen+ years. Julie has also been a school bus driver for Kenowa Hills schools for 21 years.

Betcha' Didn't Know: Julie's favorite pastime is riding her quarter horse; she also enjoys spending time with her family at their place in Irons, MI.

 

DJ OLSON
OFFICE & FACILITIES MANAGER

DJ has been the Office and Facilities Manager for Remembrance Church since August, 2009. Prior to moving to Grand Rapids in 2007, DJ spent twenty years in ministry serving as the camp director for a year-round children's camp in Niles, MI. He married his wife, Evelyn, on October 19, 1974. They have 2 adult married children (Matt and Stacy), and 3 grandchildren (Larrs, Zac and Mackenzie).

Betcha' Didn't Know: DJ's favorite sports teams are the MSU Spartans and Detroit Tigers. DJ has over 25 years of basketball coaching experience from junior high to college level teams.

 

MARIE ISENGA
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Marie has been an Administrative Assistant at Remembrance since January of 2008.  Prior to that, she was on the custodial staff and still helps out in that capacity on occasion.  Marie grew up in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills.  She attended Michigan State University for two years and Western Michigan University for two years, and graduated from Western with a degree in Communication Arts & Sciences. Marie worked in benefit administration before leaving the workforce to start a family. She met her husband, Jeff, at Western, and they enjoyed 27 wonderful years of marriage before Jeff went home to be with the Lord in May 2012. Marie is a proud mom to two sons, Lukas and Jacob, and enjoys traveling, beading, knitting, and time with family and friends.

Betcha’ Didn’t Know: Marie is a huge fan of the rock band U2 and has seen them in concert over 30 times. She has met members of the band on several occasions and has collected autographs, guitar picks and - her prized possession – a pair of the drummer’s stage-used drum sticks.

 

PAUL VERBURG
AUDIO/VISUAL TEAM LEADER

Paul has been attending Remembrance since 2006 and joined the AV team in 2007. He is married to Theresa and has 2 adult children and 3 grandsons. Paul has lived in Grand Rapids all his life. He has participated in numerous short term missionary trips to Honduras and the Dominican Republic, and for hurricane relief efforts in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. He enjoys skiing, traveling and the great outdoors.

Betcha' Didn’t Know: Paul has been canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. 

 

DAWN FERINGA
LEAD CUSTODIAN

Dawn has been a custodian here at Remembrance Church since June, 2005.  Dawn and her husband Scott, met while they both worked at GR Spring and Stamping, and have been married since 1977.  They have a grandson Elijah, with a granddaughter on the way.  They also have a cottage in Evart, MI, where they both enjoy boating and fishing, and just getting away from the city life.

 

KIM KAUFFMAN
CUSTODIAN

Kim has been a custodian here at Remembrance Church since March, 2008.  She has 3 adult children (Jessica, Emily and April) and 3 grandchildren (Kaiden, Levi and Addison) who all live in the Grand Rapids area.  Kim also serves as our Wedding Coordinator, and is our resident cook.

Betcha didn’t know: Rose Wiersma (our Care Assistant) was Kim’s and her daughters Band Director at Coopersville High School. Two of her favorite activities are bunji jumping and paragliding.

 

MOSES KRUGER
MAINTENANCE ASISSTANT

Moses Kruger joined our Remembrance team in June of 2016. He is our Maintenance Assistant taking care of our grounds and our facility.  He is a member of the Squaxin Island tribe out of the state of Washington.  Moses is married and has 4 wonderful children. He enjoys being outdoors and taking advantage of all the seasons here in Michigan.

 

 

MERIDETH VANDERHYDE
NURSERY COORDINATOR

Meredith joined the staff as the Nursery Coordinator in October 2015. She has a love for babies and toddlers and keeping them safe and happy in the nursery. She also is the Venture Coordinator for 2016-2017. She has enjoyed working with the youth girls of the church and seeing them grow in their Christianity. Meredith has been attending the church since she was born, and was even baptized at Remembrance.  She graduated from Hope College with a Communication degree. She married Craig in 2007 and they have three girls, Hadley, Ellery, and Delaney.

Betcha Didn't Know:  Meredith loves to cook and bake. She loves spending time with her three little girls! She loves Michigan summers and spending time on the water and vacationing in Traverse City.



JILL EMERY
GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR

Jill joined the staff of Remembrance Church in October of 2016.  Prior to joining the staff, Jill volunteered at Remembrance in the areas of children’s ministry (GEMS) and guest services.  Jill has a passion for hospitality and enjoys meeting and assisting visitors and members.  Jill believes that serving at the church has allowed her to form incredible relationships with her church family – something she is deeply grateful for.  Jill is married to Michael and together they have four daughters – Macy, Chloe, Brooke and Natalie.  Their family enjoys spending time together in Pentwater and game nights at home (although with four daughters they sure are not home much!)

Betcha’ didn’t know:  Jill’s love for hospitality has brought her to work at some amazing places including the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Michigan’s Adventure and Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villa’s at Walt Disney World.

BETSY MIEDEMA
DISCIPLESHIP COORDINATOR

Betsy joined the Remembrance staff in September 2015, although she has been a member of the church for over 13 years. Betsy loves interacting with people and getting to know them, and has a passion to see them grow in their faith in Jesus Christ. She has served in both youth and women’s ministry here as a volunteer prior to joining the staff. Betsy is married to Eric and they have two children, Evan and Alaina.

Betcha didn’t know: Betsy is a CPA, she enjoys gluten-free baking and spending time at the lake in the summer with family.