Grand Rapids, Michigan

Staff

Pastor Bob Boersma - Pastor of Worship and Leadership

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Rachel Katje - Church Administrator

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Kris Timmer - Director of Worship

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Jennifer Sterk - Director of Children's Ministries & Director of Middle School Youth (YBCs)

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Jennifer Timmer - Director of Women's Ministries 

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Amber Vander Vennen - Director of High School Youth

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Megan VanGoor - Kid's Hope Director & Inclusion Ministry Coordinator

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Keri Penning - Administrative Assistant (Tuesday and Thursday)

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Pam DeWitt - Administrative Assistant (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

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Pastor Bob Boersma

I was born in the Chicago area to parents who raised their 8 children to value hard work, laughter, relationships and most of all a strong abiding faith in Christ.  My wife and I married young and quickly had three children--Brent, Jason and Meghan.  Today our family includes 7 grandchildren and they are the joy of our hearts.  As someone has said, “Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your teenagers.”  So true, what a joy and blessing they are.

Some of my best education happened as I drove a truck in Chicago for 9 years but at age 28 we felt called to pursue ministry of some kind.  We began our eight year journey through Trinity Christian College (BA in psychology) in 1983 and finished it at Calvin Seminary (Master’s of Divinity) in 1992.  We spent our first 14 years of ministry serving a small CRC church in Parchment, Michigan where the pastor gets to wear all the ministry “hats.”  God taught me many important lessons about ministry there, the most important being my “strength is in my weakness”--my complete dependence on God’s grace and help (2 Cor. 12). I continue to learn that lesson.  Ten years ago God called me to serve Him at Providence CRC which has been a joyful journey of using and developing past skills and developing more dependence.

By nature I am easy going and extroverted. I love to work hard, to hang out with people, to tease and to have fun.  I sometimes am accused of being a big kid—guilty as accused. As for fun, I have always loved sports and still indulge in golf, racquetball and recently pickelball.  I also enjoy reading, learning and working on cars and around our house.

I have greatly enjoyed my ministry at Providence and we are blessed to have become a healthy church in many ways and we are enjoying the fruit of growth.  Ministry is demanding work but I truly enjoy my job description of leading our staff, preaching the word, prayer, walking beside and caring for people, and developing mission and ministry.  I especially enjoy seeing people come to discover God’s love and to grow and heal.  We are blessed with a gifted and passionate staff that works very well together and is committed to our vision and strategies.  I love the Providence family and hope the Lord allows me to serve here for many more years.

If God calls you here, we would love for you to become a part of Providence and enjoy the love of our church family.

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Rachel Katje

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Greetings!  My name is Rachel Katje. I am married to Kyle and we have been blessed with 3 amazing miracles: Kenyon, Kaylee, and Kolton. I love spending time with my family and friends.  I feel so privileged to be able to work with the body of believers here at Providence Church. Although our family has a different home church, I have quickly grown to love the Providence Church family and staff. My passion is to see people encouraged, supported, and flourishing in their work and lives.  I love organization, detail work, and people.  It’s a unique combination to be sure, but my hope is that God uses these loves to help staff members thrive and experience joy in their work.

 

Kris Timmer

I have been married to Ed for 46 years and we have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and a daughter and son-in-law.  We also have twelve grandchildren.  As a family, we enjoy playing games together and being entertained by the grandchildren.  I love to read, work in the yard and watch Michigan football.  I was raised in a family that was always involved in church music and that led to my interest in making worship more than just a ritual that we do every week.   It is humbling to me how God always uses our planning and choosing of songs and other elements in the services to make each one fit together to enable His people to praise Him and be encouraged in their Christian lives.  I also enjoy working with the many people who regularly use their gifts in the different areas that are needed to make our Sunday worship experiences meaningful.

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Jennifer Sterk

I am married to Dan Sterk. We have been married since 1994 and met in high school. We have twins who keep our lives busy and fun!  I like people and being involved in most areas of kids’ ministry. I enjoy camping, scrapbooking, reading and music of all kinds.  I love being involved in the ministries here at Providence CRC. My favorite thing about my job is the interaction with others. I love to work on new ideas and see the excitement involved in planning something. I enjoy seeing people working together to use their talents. It is really awesome to see God's family come together to accomplish the same goal.

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Jennifer Timmer

Hello! My name is Jenni Timmer and I'm married to Eric who has been a life long member of Providence. We have three kids, two girls and a boy that I am blessed to be able to stay home with. I grew up in Muskegon and attended a Christian school my whole life but it wasn't until attending the IF:Gathering in Austin of 2014 that I felt I truly grasped God's love for me in a way I had not felt before. I had always been a Christian but did not feel there was anything special about me or my story. I learned that year how very special God sees me and that we all have amazing gifts given to us that we should be using to spread God's word. My passion is for the women in our church and community to feel God's love and figure out their gifts and passions so that they can run the race that God set out specifically for them!

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Amber Vander Vennen

I have been blessed to have been a part of Providence my entire life. My husband, Bruce has also, and we are grateful for this community to partner with us in raising our six children in the Lord. Life is busy with school-aged children, but we wouldn't trade the bounty of them for anything. As a family we enjoy card games, bike rides to ice cream, travel, and family movie nights. I enjoy fashion as well as all things Marth Stewart- decorating, cooking, entertaining. I love coffee with friends and discussing God's Word. My deep hope for the high schoolers this year is that they will be able to internalize God's love for them/their identity and purpose in Christ, grow in the gifts He gives us to draw us to Himself, and be blessed by community, for which God created us. 

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Megan VanGoor

I am a "lifer" here at Providence and have been married to my husband, Jim (also a "lifer") since 2010. We have been blessed with two busy boys to raise. I have worked in Children's Ministries in different capacities here at Providence since 2003 and am currently on the Children's Discipleship team, AM Ministries team, Backyard Bible Clubs, and am our Inclusion Ministry Coordinator. I  have a passion for helping kids know Jesus personally, not just facts about Him, especially kids who might normally get overlooked. Outside of church, I enjoy cooking and homeschooling my kiddos.

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Keri Penning 

I was born and raised in the Caledonia (MI) area. I am married and have a son who definitely keeps us laughing! I enjoy many things, but one thing of the biggest is spending time with the people I love. Another thing I have fun doing is office work and almost everything it entails. Working here at Providence combines those two things in a great way: working on many things related to an office environment, and doing so alongside people I’ve come to care for deeply. I am far beyond blessed and grateful to be a part of this family in a handful of capacities – as one of the secretaries, co-coordinating the ins and outs of our nursery for our smallest church members, and accompanying on the piano every now and then. When I’ve got down time, you will more than likely find me spending time with my little family at home or catching up on overdue visits with friends.

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Pam DeWitt

I have been happily married for over 30 years.  We have been blessed with children and grandchildren who are the light of my life. I enjoy camping with family, reading and playing with my grandchildren.  Although I worship elsewhere, I feel privileged to be part of the staff at Providence.  The staff and church family are very friendly and easy to work with.  I have seen the way God is working in the years I’ve been here.  I am thankful to be able to support the staff and the church family here at Providence Church.

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