Dan DeVries came to Forest Grove in January of 2020 to serve alongside of us as our Lead Pastor. Dan grew up in Byron Center, received his BA in Religion from Hope College in 2012, then attended Western Theological Seminary where he received his Masters in Divinity in 2015. Dan was then ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in October of 2015. Prior to serving at Forest Grove, Dan was the Lead Pastor at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. Dan is married to his wife Brittany and they had their first child, Joanna, on December 5, 2019. Dan and Britt love to spend time in the community getting to know people. In their free time, they love going on hikes with Joanna and their dog Cassy.
As the Lead Pastor of Forest Grove Reformed Church, Dan’s role is to help Forest Grove Reformed Church to discern and live into their vision and mission. Dan is excited to do this through preaching, teaching, discipling, equipping, and prayer.
Pastor of Congregational Care
Doug is a Commissioned Pastor in the Reformed Church of America. He received his education through the Church Leadership Center of the Synod of the Great Lakes with the oversight of Zeeland Classis. As the Pastor of Congregational Care he visits and coordinates the visiting for the for the senior members of the congregation and those in need of pastoral care and visiting. He coordinates the AWFT Group (Adults With Flexible Time) outings and oversees the prayer team and prayer chains. He plans with the Senior Pastor the educational classes of the adults in the congregation and teaches as needed. He also preaches periodically. His goal as the Pastor of Congregational Care is to show the love and compassion of Jesus to all who engage at Forest Grove. Doug is married to Sally and they have 3 grown children.
Director of Music and Worship
Randy plans and leads worship here at Forest Grove Reformed Church.
He graduated from college with a degree in Business Administration and soon thereafter felt the call to ministry. Randy spent 8 years working in youth ministry full-time, first at a church in Montague, and later in a church in Wayland. He has been leading worship in churches for over 20 years. Most recently, He spent 8 years as the music director at a church in Holland, leading the band, directing the choir and assisting in worship.
Regarding music, Randy believes that words are powerful (he believes that in all areas, not just music). Songs with good, solid lyrics are a must in worship. Styles come and go, but if the lyrics are good, the song will last. He also believes that worship is more than music. Romans 12:1-2 encourages us to offer our whole selves to God in worship. Worship extends beyond music and beyond Sunday morning into how we live our lives each and every day.
Randy has a daughter, Leah, that will graduate from high school in 2020. She is active in swimming and track and enjoys singing. In his spare time Randy enjoys creating things. He makes chainmaille jewelry, custom bow ties, and he is a blacksmith.
Director of Youth Ministries
Brooke joined our staff as the Director of Youth Ministries in August 2019. She had previous experience as a part-time Youth Director and graduated from Kuyper College in December 2019 with a double major in Ministry Leadership (Specialization: Youth Ministry) and Bible & Theology. She married Jesse Zandee in May 2020, and they moved into Forest Grove’s Parsonage in July 2020. When Brooke has free time, she enjoys camping, painting, and playing acoustic guitar and singing.
As the Director of Youth Ministries, Brooke’s role is to help accomplish the vision and mission of Forest Grove Reformed Church, focusing primarily on ministry to middle school and high school students both within and outside of the Church. She is to provide a Christ-like example in teaching, discipleship, and fellowship within the Youth Ministries of FGRC, and she is to equip volunteer leadership to do the same.
Amy is the Office Administrator and offers administrative support to all staff and the congregation. She began working for Forest Grove in January of 2017. Amy lives in Zeeland with her husband Todd. They have 3 grown children and 2 grandsons. Camping in their fifth wheel, working around their home, gardening and traveling as a family are some of their favorite things. “Working for this congregation has been a blessing and I look forward to a long relationship with Forest Grove Reformed”.
Forest Grove Christian Learning Center Program Director
Becky has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the early education field for 14 years. She has taught religious education for over 7 years and for the last 3 years has been a youth group leader for middle school young adults. She lives her life by the motto ‘remember what’s important, God the Father and Jesus His only Son.” Her goal is to support families, care for children and use her faith in God to guide her. She loves encouraging children and watching them learn and grow!
She has been married to her husband Adam for over 22 years. They have two children, Andrew and Zachary. They also have a dog, cat, bunny and fish. Her children keep her busy after school with activities like music and karate. Her family enjoys hockey and are season ticket holders to the Grand Rapids Griffins. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and meditating to become closer to God.
FGCLC: (616) 896-8810
Missy is the Custodian at Forest Grove Reformed Church. She started in August of 2018. Missy lives in Dorr with her husband, Bryan and two children, Kensie and Reegan. Missy enjoys the outdoors. Camping, hiking, fishing and hunting are a few of her favorites.
Kids Hope USA Director
As director of Kids Hope USA Shawn recruits, trains and supports church member mentors and prayer partners to form one-to-one relationships with recommended students from Forest Grove Elementary in order for the child to feel valued and loved. Thus, he/she is better able to grow, learn and succeed.
Ruth is the editor of the FGRC newsletter which is published monthly. The Newsletter brings news from our Consistory, Pastor and church members so that we can support and care for one another. Ruth has been the editor since 1998. She and her husband, Bob, have raised three children.