be a blessing

There are many serving opportunities at Thornapple – both inside and outside of the church. God has equipped us all to serve in some way – big or small – we are all part of the body of Christ with unique ways we can give of ourselves to help our church, its community and the world.

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Discover how God has equipped you to serve.

opportunities to serve

There are many ways you can serve at Thornapple and the community beyond.
Explore some options below and get started today in being a BLESSing!

Children's Ministry

Contact Lisa Udell
  • Nursery worker, students and teens
  • Sunday mornings | Small group leaders, large group teachers
  • Special Needs | Adult helpers on Sunday mornings
  • Trailblazers | Adult leaders 

Student Ministry

Contact Peter Ek (High School)
or Linda Winer (Middle School)
  • Middle school and high school group volunteers needed for a variety of opportunities, from one-time events, retreats to weekly relational connections

Young Adult Ministry

Contact Lynne McLaughlin
  • Serve with a leadership team focused on young adults seeking to build community, worship, grow in faith and serve together

International Missions

Contact Dave Lieuwen
  • Serve on team to fulfill its purposes of educating the Thornapple community about God’s work around the world, care for and communicate with missionaries supported by our church and develop collaborative relationships with international partners
Learn more about this ministry.

Love Mercy Do Justice

Contact Chuck Hahn
  • Participate with this ministry team to encourage the Thornapple community to develop a heart for justice issues and offer ways to respond; help connect the Thornapple community with service opportunities in local urban ministries.
Learn more about this ministry.


Contact Kimberly Korpak
  • Greeters for Sunday morning
  • Welcome Center greeters on Sunday morning
  • Ushers for Sunday morning: greet, seat, count worshippers
  • Kitchen and set-up help for events
  • Meals for people in recovery, grief support, new babies

Men's Ministry

Contact Julia Sandstrom
  • Project work teams | Construction/repair for Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise or people connected to our congregation who have a need
  • Join the ministry team to plan opportunities for men to connect, learn, serve and grow
Learn more about this ministry.

Women's Ministry

Contact Julia Sandstrom
  • MOPS | Provide childcare 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month
  • Join the ministry team to plan opportunities for women to connect, learn, serve and grow
Learn more about this ministry.

Worship Arts

Contact Kimberly Korpak
  • Worship teams 
  • Scripture readers
  • Visual arts
  • Media and sound
  • Video production/editing

BLESS in all Caps?

BLESS is the Evangelical Covenant Church’s approach to prayer and evangelism. It’s less about downloading information or memorizing scripts, and more about loving our neighbors well. It helps us get “unstuck” and practice evangelism more effortlessly. BLESS is an intentional pathway for persons of all ages who follow Jesus to become like Jesus and join the mission of Jesus.