Georgetown Pastors and Staff
Jack B. Dik
Pastor of Preaching and Discipleship
For Jack, historical context is everything. Jack’s own includes growing up as a missionary kid in Nigeria and then three ministry experiences in Western Michigan before coming to Georgetown. A pastor with a heart for ministry, Jack plays a key role in preaching and worship, discipleship and overall administration. A father of three and grandfather of seven, Jack enjoys a good cup of coffee, good conversation, a good book, and a week at the beach with his wife.
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 coach, a student and lifelong learner, and a writer. For us, he’s a listening ear, compassionate presence, comedian, and as he calls it, “a midwife of the soul.” Yep, he likes to playfully hang out with words, texts, metaphors, and stories. If you want to find him, look for him at the intersections and the edges; those are the places that he finds interesting, life-filled, and ripe for authenticity and transformation. A simple phone call will be the beginning of a coffee or lunch conversation. If you want to find him at play, he will probably have a baseball or frisbee in his hand.
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 her free time renovating the home she shares with her husband Aaron or playing golf with him (and she won’t say if she can beat him).
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
Christa Schout loves kids and being part of the moments in their growing and maturing as disciples. Christa has lived in Hudsonville her whole life, but loves to travel and see how God is working around the world. Christa is a student at Cornerstone University pursuing a Master of Arts degree. She loves playing games with friends, travel, baking, and books; particularly Nancy Drew books.
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 College! Sara loves the arts: graphic arts, music, and literature – her favorite being the Harry Potter novels. In her spare time, she enjoys doing home renovation projects with her new hubby Trey. She also enjoys working on puzzles; this is good as her work in our staff and our church involves connecting many different pieces!
Facilities, Maintenance, and Grounds Coordinator
Amy Koetsier’s middle name is “youbet”. You will never find someone more willing, helpful, honest, and quirky. Amy has a heart of gold; it is soft and priceless. But that is only part of the story. Amy speaks her mind and speaks it with plain, practical sense. Amy is handy too. She’s an electrician, drywaller, plumber, and repair artist. Gemmen’s would go out of business without Amy… At one time, a local college had as its emblem a heart in a human hand and the words, “my heart I give you prompt and sincerely.” When we think of those words, we think of Amy and the gift of her heart and hands at Georgetown.
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