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 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.
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.
Nicholas (Nick) Havens
Nick has been doing sound and lights for 20 plus years. He has been married to his wife, Annette for 12 years. Aside from that, he has a full time job. Nick currently works at Martin Transportation and has been a truck driver with a class A CDL for 15 years. He enjoys spending time with his family and getting to know the exchange students they host. They have 2 pets; 1 cat and 1 dog. In his spare time, Nick likes to go camping in their travel trailer, water skiing, ride his motorcycle and traveling. As a hobby, he collects shot glasses of places he and Annette have traveled to.
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.