Church Staff

 
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Rev. Dr. Jack Doorlag, Minster Under Contract

Jack and his wife Mary have been married since 1973 and raised two daughters. Mary and the girls all have teaching degrees. Jack is a proud grandpa to four beautiful granddaughters.

Jack is well educated with degrees from: Hope College in 1971 with BA, Western Seminary graduate in 1975 with MDiv. and Doctorate of Ministry degree in 1983 from Fuller Theological Seminary. 

 

Paul Kerkstra

Paul Kerkstra, Minister of Music

Paul has held the position of Minister of Music and Choir Director at Grace since 1995. Through the years, beginning in 1954, he has been the church’s organist serving under eight Music Directors and nine Pastors. Paul Kerkstra, Graduate of Calvin College, with a minor in music and organ has recorded two albums “Happiness” and “Jesus and Me”. Paul has also served as a Music Therapist at the Veterans Facility in Grand Rapids for many years. One of his favorite Bible verses is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. -Philippians 4:13

 
Heather Dood

Heather Dood, Commissioned Pastor

Heather and her husband Jayme have been married since 1999. They have three beautiful daughters. Heather has been loving and discipling children and youth at Grace since August of 2009. In July of 2018 she became a Commissioned Pastor. Heather has demonstrated spiritual giftedness and church leadership at Grace Reformed Church. Her calling and competencies have been confirmed. One of Heather's favorite Bible verses is " And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus" Hebrews 12:1-2


Paul Kerkstra

Fred Mc Gary, Director of Custodial Ministries

I started working at Grace in October 2015, after spending years in many capacities working in ministry. I’ve come to find working at a church to be part of my calling and service to the kingdom. I am a licensed and ordained minister. I count it a blessing and honor to serve as caretaker in the house of the Lord. One of my favorite Bible verses is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

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Lorinda VanderWerp, Pastoral Intern and music assistant

Currently I serve at Grace Reformed Church as Pastoral Intern (September 2017) and music assistant (December 2015). My husband attended Grace Reformed Church as a child and we started attending Grace together when we started dating in 1996. I am passionate about planning faithful worship of our Lord and Savior and feel it is an honor and privilege to be serving Him in this capacity at Grace. One of my favorite scripture passages can be found in Isaiah 40:29-31“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Sue Stuk

Sue Stuk, Secretary

I began working at Grace in May of 1996. I grew up in this neighborhood and have attended Grace since I was a child. In addition to my secretarial duties, I love working with the children and the children’s programs. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren. My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”. I consider it a privilege to work and worship here at Grace.