Georgetown Pastors and Staff

Pastor

Dale Slings

Specialized Transitional Minister
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Pastor Dale Slings began working at Georgetown CRC in September of 2021 as a Specialized Transitional Minister. He sometimes says he “accidentally” began his career as an English teacher and then was “mistakenly” drafted into the Army during the Vietnam conflict which providentially led to pastoral ministry. Of course, glancing back in the rear-view mirror proves the roads that led him to this point in life were neither mistakes or accidents. God was always directing the journey. The past nearly 39 years of ministry have led him and his wife Gloria to stops in Dallas, Texas, Byron Center and Kalamazoo, Michigan. He and Gloria have been blessed with three now grown-up daughters who are well-married and are raising three children each. After retiring from the pastorate in 2014, the Slings’ were led to re-enter ministerial work and have served as interim and Specialized Transitional Minister in churches  in Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee and Michigan. Dale enjoys woodworking and landscaping. He and Gloria enjoy gardening and traveling  in their fifth wheel camper.

 

Ministry Directors

Katie Yankee

Director of Music and Worship
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If you wake up in the morning and Sunday’s worship songs are playing in your head, it is probably because of Katie Yankee. Katie coordinates all kinds of music and volunteers at Georgetown and then blends them. As our worship director, she does not speak softly and carry a big stick, but she holds a small baton and speaks very fast. When she is not working at church, Katie spends all her time chasing her twins or crafting.

Amy Koetsier

Director of Community Relationships
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Amy Koetsier is all about connections. In the past, her work as a handywoman was about repair, renovation, and restoring things when they were broken. Now, she brings that skillset to people and relationships and helps Georgetown deepen and expand our connections with the wider community and world. Get to know Amy and you will find someone with a soft heart for the hurting and ready hands to help.

Assistants

Sherri Kleyn

Financial Assistant
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Sherri Kleyn is our “keeper” – not quite our zookeeper – but our bookkeeper, numbers keeper, and the one who maintains a lot of important things that are unseen. When things go in her vault, they stay there - that fits her giftset well. She is a solid, trustworthy, confidant that is remarkably warm for someone who works with so many numbers. Sherri is the glad mother of two daughters and the wife of one man who is very Rich (that’s his name). In her regular life, Sherri is a good neighbor and friend, a lover of football, dogs, and selected home improvement projects. She keeps improving us too – and we’re grateful.

Sara Duggins

Administrative Assistant
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Sara Duggins is our staff member who is the first friendly face you will see – or hear – when you engage our church office. Sara possesses an uncommon warmth and sensitivity and a can-do attitude. Undoubtedly, this comes from growing up in the fertile muck of Georgetown and continuing that growth in the fertile soil of Calvin University! Sara loves the arts: graphic arts, music, and literature – her favorite being the Harry Potter novels. In her spare time, she enjoys hand-sewing a quilt that is years in the making.

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