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 was married to his wife Brittany in 2016. They have two children, Joanna (2019) and Jay (2021). Dan, Britt, and the kids love to spend time in the community getting to know people. In their free time, they like going on hikes with their dog Cassy and working on home improvement projects.
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 Student Ministries
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 4 grandchildren. 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.
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.