To invite people to a relationship with Jesus and each other isn't too narrow of a focus for a community church. But just in case there is a questions about what that means here's some explanation.
Relationship is an all encompassing term. It calls us to solid communication, real caring and continuous prayer.
In relationship with Christ we are naturally in conversation with him. We gravitate toward things that reflect him into our community and we take up the work of knowing him more each day.
In relationship with each other we are faithful in caring for and supporting one another in life, faith and health.
Our staff work together to love, care and pray for our church family and friends. If you have any questions or prayer concerns, email a staff member or call our church office.
Born and raised in West Michigan, I'm no stranger to how our culture approaches church and pastors. The goal is to be different than the average pastor while creating deep relationships. Partnering with the awesome folks at Covenant, we hope to inspire a culture outside the norm.
After spending my early career in business, I felt like God wanted more from me and at forty-one I graduated seminary and started this ministry journey. Age and experience inform my perspective as a preacher and counselor and as a person in community with others. Relationships are vital to how we understand faith, life, and what God wants for us.
Music was my first love and I've spent the last fifteen years leading worship and playing in bands. I also love to cook and entertain. If you need someone to talk to, jam with, or eat with, then I'm your guy! Oh yeah, and students, I love hanging out with students. Six years in youth ministry has taught me a lot about teenagers and parents and video games!
When you visit Covenant, come say hi, so we can get to know each other. God has amazing plans for us and I'd love to hear about your experience of that. There's a mission for us and our church, one that God has put in place: to love people! Come join us in that mission!
Western Theological Seminary, Masters of Divinity
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I currently live in Kentwood Michigan. I attended Grace Christian University for Worship Arts where I received my Bachelors in Music and Worship.
I love that I get to use music to bring God glory and draw others closer to him. Pointing people to the heart of Jesus through song is a very powerful and moving thing. It is a huge blessing to be able to do what I do! I think my favorite aspect is planning worship sets. Through planning I see head on that the spirit of the Lord is working through me and will accomplish what He is set out to do for his glory and his people.
Any typical day starts with listening to worship music to get my mind in the right headspace. After my mind is set and ready to go I head off to my first job at Covenant! At Covenant I work on planning worship sets, preparing for Sunday and practicing. At 2pm I go to my other part time job at Bathworks in Jenison and work as a call center representative. Once I am done with my work day I typically spend time reflecting on my day and unwinding. I also love to make time to spend with the important people in my life. I think the biggest thing I have learned is how important it is to make time to reflect on what God has done in your day. Spending one on one time with Jesus is crucial!
What sport would I do in the Olympics? Honestly I am not super athletic but if I could I would love to do Figure Skating. It is something I have wanted to do since I was very small. At one point I even took lessons for it!
"Hi friends! Currently I live in beautiful Holland, about five miles from lake Michigan, with my husband Joe. After living near the lake for most of my life, I am the ultimate water bug. Whether it is a day on the beach, kayaking, taking a raft or boat out, tubing, running in the rain, or swimming in the pool, I love being near the water! I have a sweet lion head bunny named Coco. I would love to hear about your fur babies and enjoy almost every living creature (other than spiders). I am a bookworm(I read 89 books in 2021) and always love recommendations!
“Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” - E.B. White
I am a student at Northpoint bible college Grand Rapids, studying for my BA in Ministry leadership. I have been working and serving in church since 2014. I am blessed to have had opportunities working with all ages, in many different capacities. My passion and calling is in family ministry. I enjoy helping children build the foundations of faith, helping youth with growing their faith, and helping young adults apply their faith to daily life. My ultimate goal is to show love to others and help others realize that we are all made in the image of God.
I enjoy making friends, building relationships, and being in fellowship with others. Please feel free to reach out! I am always ready for a coffee, lunch, or maybe even a chat about a good book!"
One thing Howard enjoys about his job is keeping the building and grounds in the best condition as possible. To make it look inviting and well cared for. So that visitors and our members know we are taking proper care of God's house.
Howard Currently lives in Hudsonville. Just across the road from church.
After high school he attended several classes through Davenport College while working for Spartan Stores Corporate.
There is no typical day on the job for Howard, Everyday is different, which is something he really enjoys. He can do what needs to be done when it works best for his schedule.
Howard is an avid bowhunter. So if he went to the Olympics, archery would probably be his best sport or opportunity.