Who We Are

Staff & Elders

Meet the staff

Andrew Vanover

Lead Pastor
Andrew is responsible for stewarding and shepherding the church, mobilizing them to serve and lead in the church and community, leading the staff, working with the elders and assisting the other pastors. 

Julia Sandstrom

Teaching Pastor
On Aug. 21, the congregation called Julia to be our Teaching Pastor. Julia and her family are in the process of making the move from Canada to Michigan and we anticipate her joining the staff sometime in October.

Lynne McLaughlin

Minister of Community Life
and NextGen Ministries
Lynne attends to the care needs of the congregation and community.  She also oversees children’s and student ministries to develop a cohesive plan of spiritual formation. 

Ben Luker

Worship Director
Ben works with the pastoral staff to plan musical elements of our Sunday gatherings and leads worship during weekly Sunday services.

Peter Ek

Minister to Students
Peter oversees ministry to high school students, helping them develop their leadership skills and setting the foundation for Christian faith that will carry them into adulthood. 

Linda Winer

Director of Middle School Ministry
Linda oversees our Middle School Student Ministry, including Sunday morning classes and Wednesday evening gatherings.

Lisa Udell

Minister to Children
Lisa plans and implements all aspects of our ministry to children, from newborn through 5th grade.

Michelle Bennett

Communications Coordinator
Michelle oversees creation and strategy for all digital and print communications.  

Kimberly Korpak

Pastoral Assistant
Kimberly assists the pastoral staff, helps with coordinating facility operations and performs a variety of administrative and clerical tasks.  

Angel Baum 

Community & NextGen Assistant
Angel supports Lynne and the children's and student ministries with the details of their weekly gatherings and special events. 

Ian Gilbert

Tech Director
Ian is responsible for things
in the sound booth
(audio/visual, livestream,
volunteer scheduling, etc.).

Holly Smith

Receptionist
Holly manages our front desk, schedules groups for facility use and performs a variety of administrative and clerical tasks.  

Ron Pleune

Facility Coordinator
Ron takes care of the many details that are involved with the daily care and maintenance of our facilities and grounds.

Meet the Elders

Thornapple’s Council of Elders are elected to three-year terms from our membership and are joined by the Senior Pastor and Treasurer. They serve as the board of directors and legal trustees of Thornapple and its property; this groups of tireless individuals typically meets the third Thursday of every month (a summary of their most recent meeting can be found below).

Our Elders are here to serve. Contact them at any time if you have concerns you would like them to be aware of or ideas you would like to share. Please refer to their contact information in the church directory (available by contacting Michelle Bennett) OR leave a note for them in the mailbox in the Copy Room at church.

financial updates | Articles of Incorporation | Bylaws (Part A and Part B)
 READ A SUMMARY of the most recent Council of Elders meeting

Sarah DeBaets

Patty Dekker

Chair

Susan Eastburg

Doug Josephson

Brian LeCleir

Gail Mortenson

Secretary

Brian Rudy

Erin Russell

Jim Smith

Josh Traughber

Vice Chair

Mickey Tresh

Treasurer

Rick Kamminga

Financial Secretary