Georgetown Pastors and Staff
Rev. Marc Nelesen, PhD
Pastor of Congregational Life
Marc wears multiple hats at church and in life. He’s a glad father of three, a husband, a teacher, a writer, lifelong learner, and a pastor to pastors. For us, he’s a listening ear, compassionate presence, occasional comic, and as he calls it, “a midwife of the soul.” If you get to know him, you’ll get it. He’s one of those kinds that likes to playfully hang out with words, texts, metaphors, and stories. If you want to find him, look near the intersections and the edges. He will tell you a story if you ask for one. More importantly, he’ll listen to yours and hold it gently in his heart. A simple phone call will be the beginning of a coffee or lunch conversation. If you want to find him at play, he will likely have a Frisbee in his hand. Marc is a professional disc golfer – or as he says, a committed frisbeetarian – and enjoys playing recreationally, collaboratively, and competitively.
Director of Music and Worship
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.
Director of Faith Formation
If Mr. Rogers was right that “we are all the ages we’ve ever been”, Eric is somewhere between the ages of 12-50. He’s young at heart and has a keen mind. As our most versatile staff member, Eric is well-read in psychology, church history, Facebook, and pop-culture at the same time. As a student ministries director, he plans playful activities, annually takes all generations to Guatemala, and even teaches catechism. When he is not tending or teaching youth, you will find him enjoying time with his family, at a Tigers game, or playing disc golf.
Director of Children's Ministries
Cindy is living proof that home is the place from which you start, but it is not necessarily where your feet land. Cindy’s story began on a dairy farm – though she admits that she was better at driving a tractor than milking cows. Cindy spent the bulk of her life planting other kinds of seeds and doing other kinds of nurturing. Prior to becoming a staff member, Cindy spent 42 years teaching second grade and elementary music. As our Children’s Ministry Director, Cindy continues to plant seeds and harvest good fruits. Cindy is the glad grandmother of six; they not only keep her running but bring a smile to her face.
Director of Community Relationships
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.
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 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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