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Ministry Team



Art Van Wolde

Pastor Art leads First Church in faith formation and spreading the gospel. He is committed to motivate and work with our staff, Council, and members to grow in faith, build a sense of family, and reach out to the community.  |  Tel: 616-842-6370


Calling Pastor

Art Tuls

Art provides caregiving to those in need, visits the elderly and sick, and helps the Lead Pastor take care of the needs of the member of First Church. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Art through the church office.  |  Tel: 616-842-6370


Church Secretary

Wendy Lonergan

Wendy is often the first person the public talks to or sees as the initial connection with First Grand Haven. Her administrative tasks support the overall function and activities of our growing congregation.  |  Tel: 616-842-6370


Worship Director

Leah Klemme

 Leah leads God's people to adore, praise, give thanks, and engage in our Sunday morning Worship at First Church. She partners with our Worship Team to plan and coordinate their contribution to our worship.  |  Tel: 616-842-6370


Youth Ministry

Tim Cacciatore

Tim leads our youth ministry with an overall emphasis on the spiritual development of the youth of the congregation.  He also helps oversee the enfolding of new members to the church.  |  Tel: 616-842-6370

Support Staff

Bonnie Schippers , Bookkeeper

Todd Vander Ploeg, Custodian

Lane Smith, Recycle Ministries Coordinator

Church Leadership


  • Jim Jacobs, President

  • Pat Cavanaugh, Clerk

  • Deanne Brink, Chair

  • Todd Hamstra

  • Tom Cavanaugh

  • Mark Feyen

  • Henry Wezeman

  • Shirley Scharphorn

  • Harry Thomasma


  • Jay DeBoer, Vice President

  • Sherri Van Dyke, Treasurer

  • Jane Thomasma, Chair

  • Polly Baker

  • Shelly Brink

  • Mary Hamstra

  • Dylan Hostetler

  • Janice McDermott

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