Rev. Paul Burmeister
Paul is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, who joined our staff as Lead Pastor in March of 2017. A graduate of Reformed Bible College and Western Theological Seminary, he has served as the Pastor of 5 RCA congregations, and also served as a military chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 27 years. His responsibilities here are to provide preaching and teaching that is faithful to the Word of God, give leadership to the congregation that will guide and inspire their ministry, and help the church’s leaders explore and clarify their mission and vision for the future…and do all of this with a heart of Christ-like love and service. Paul has been married to his wife Nancy for 35 years, and they have two unmarried adult daughters. Paul’s hobbies include golf, music, and RV camping.
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 Ministries to Youth & Young Adults
Todd joined the staff of FGRC in August 2015. As our Director of Ministries to Youth and Young Adults, he helps middle and high school students and young adults take ownership of their faith, and strives to help them integrate with the whole body of believers at Forest Grove Reformed Church and throughout the world. He has a B.A. in Youth Ministry from Geneva College, and is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary in their Distance Learning program. He comes to us with several years of experience in all levels of camp ministry, and feels most at home in a smoky-smelling hoodie. Todd is a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a lover of all kinds of music, and a proud husband and father of 4.
Director of Worship and Music
Dave is excited to serve at Forest Grove Reformed Church as Director of Worship and Music. His deepest passion is to glorify God by shepherding His people to be followers and witnesses of Jesus Christ who supremely love God and sacrificially love people. Dave is instinctively relational, a lover of old school funk music, an avid bow hunter, and a desperately hopeful fan of U of M football and the Detroit Lions. He graduated from Cornerstone University in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Bible and a Greek Minor…And yes! He still nerds out in his Greek New Testament to this day! He is 1/3 of the way through his studies toward a Master of Divinity at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is considering ordination through the Reformed Church in America. He has been married to his wife, Jaclyn, for over two years. They have a one year old son, Luke, and a two year old boxer, Selah. His hope is that the worship and music ministry of Forest Grove would be a community of people who share life, pursue God, and invest in others.
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”.
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.