First Reformed Church  • 630 State Street • Holland, Michigan 49423 • 616.392.8085 • WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday: 9:30 AM

© 2014 First Reformed Church of Holland, MI.

Staff

Rev. Dr. Daniel Gillett
Lead Pastor

Pastor Dan is our lead pastor and is charged with responsibilities for worship, preaching, and visionary leadership for our congregation. He has been with First Church since 1992.

 

Dan grew up in the Greenville/Grand Rapids, Michigan area and attended Western Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor of Music and his Masters of Arts in Counseling and Counseling Psychology.  He received his Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan and his Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

 

Pastor Dan enjoys music, water sports, basketball and cheering on his kids. He is married to Sherrie and they have two children, Joshua and Stephanie.

 

Steve Lankheet
Ministry & Business Administrator

Steve is responsible for the oversight of Ministries, staff and the business dealings of the church.

 

Steve grew up in Holland and worked in the Holland / Grand Rapids area.  He retired in 2008 from a successful career in banking.

 

He also brings with him an extensive background in church planting and leadership skills.

 

Married to Laurie in 1979.  They have one daughter who lives in town with her husband and two children.

 

Julia Cosgrove
Care Team Director

As the Director of Care Ministries, Julia Cosgrove is responsible for the oversight of the Intentional Care Ministry at First Reformed Church.  She coordinates and trains lay Care Leaders who pray for and support each member here at First.  She has been a part of the First Church family since 2005.

Julia was born and raised in Michigan and attended Taylor University where she met her wonderful husband, Robert.  She later earned a masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.  Julia is a classical soprano and often sings for churches and concerts in the area.  She is blessed to be mom to two sons and a daughter. 

Rev. Meghan Vanderlee
Pastor of Children's Ministries
Rev. Louis Ford
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Life

Pastor Louis is our Associate Pastor of Spiritual Life. He is responsible for developing and maintaining programs that deepen the spiritual life members. He will also assist in preaching and administrating the sacraments.

Louis grew up in Zeeland, Michigan and is a Hope College graduate. He has a long history of working in the church, working at Camp Geneva, leading the youth, and pastoring as well. He loves to cook and spend time outside. Louis really enjoys walking his beautiful golden retriever, Rev.

Rev. Diane Schrotenboer
Director of Discipleship & Ministry Placement

Diane’s undergraduate studies were in Organizational Leadership and Finance at Calvin College which led her to a career in Securities in the banking industry.  Diane is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary and has a passion for developing ministries in the church to build community and further Christ’s Kingdom.

 

Diane is married and has three children.  In her spare time, she likes to read, travel and spend time with her family.

Richard Van Oss
Organist

Richard Van Oss is the organist at First Reformed Church, a position he has held since the fall of 1985.  He also directs the Junior Choir (grades K-5).

 

Rick is a 1975 graduate of Hope College with a Bachelor of Music degree and received his Master of Education degree from Grand Valley State University in 2002.  He is a charter member of the Holland Area Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Rick has presented organ recitals at various Holland, Michigan churches, as well as at Hope College.  He has presented an Advent Organ Recital at First Reformed Church to appreciative audiences during the Advent season each year beginning in 1985.  He was the accompanist for the Zeeland Youth Chorale when they sang in the Netherlands.   He is also in demand as an organist for weddings, funerals, and other special services.

Rick enjoys composing organ and choral music.  He has hymn tunes published in several hymnbooks, including the newest hymnbook of the Presbyterian Church and the new hymnbook of the Reformed and Christian Reformed Churches. 

Pastor Meghan is our Pastor of Children's Ministries. She is responsible for growing and encouraging the spiritual life of the children at First. She is passionate about seeing children come to know who God is, making faith their own, and growing their gifts as a part of the church body.

Meghan grew up in Northwest Indiana and moved to Holland when she attended Hope College. She then attended Western Theological Seminary and has years of experience in children's and youth ministries. She is passionate about reading, photography, and the Chicago Cubs.

Cheryl Van Oss
Choir Director
Nancy Helder
Kids Hope Director

Nancy is the Kids Hope Director at First Reformed Church.  She recruits, trains, and matches volunteers with elementary-aged students in need of a tutor/mentor.

She is a graduate of MSU and taught in the field of Special Education for over thirty years.  She is now retired and enjoys volunteering in various church and community positions. She is married to Jeff and they have two married children and two grandsons, all living out of state.  In her spare time, Nancy enjoys gardening, reading, boating, and spending time with family.
 

Cheryl Van Oss is the director of the Chancel Choir and the Bell  Choir at First Reformed Church.

 

Cheryl is a 1976 graduate of Hope College with a Bachelor of Music degree.  She holds a Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University (2002).

 

Cheryl has taught elementary music in the Zeeland Public Schools since 1985.  Before that she taught music at Zeeland Christian School. 

 

Cheryl and her husband Rick, live in Zeeland. They are the parents of two adult children.

 

In addition, Cheryl and her husband are members of a recorder quartet, The Reformation Consort.  This group has played in area churches and schools, including Madrigal Dinners at Hope College and Zeeland High School. 

 

In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys traveling, walking, and reading.
 

Taylor Midkiff
Director of Youth Ministry

Taylor is our Director of Youth Ministries. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the spiritual life of both middle school and high school students. Taylor has a deep passion to see students take ownership of their own faith, and to help them grow into passionate, educated leaders.

Taylor grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and is a proud TCU graduate. Taylor received his undergraduate degree in Film, Television, and Digital media. Taylor received his Masters in Youth and Family Ministries from Denver Seminary.

Taylor enjoys reading, playing any sport you can think of, getting outside, playing board games, and most of all, spending time with his wife Steph and their son.

Rev. Sandra Cammenga
Calling Pastor
Thom Samuelson
Lead Custodian

Thom began working for the church in June of 2000.

 

Thom has been married to Linda since 1975.  They have two married children and two grandchildren.

 

He is in charge of cleaning, repairs, maintenance, setups, and Audio/Video.  Thom is blessed to direct a dedicated crew of paid staff and volunteers that bring glory to God.

Libby Riemersma
Office Manager

Libby is our full time office manager. She is the central hub of our communications and data processing. 

Rev. John Zwyghuizen
Calling Pastor
Rev. Darrell Koopmans
Calling Pastor

One of our calling pastors, who visits our homebound members and also helps with hospital calling.

 

John was born in Zeeland, Michigan, graduated from Zeeland High School, Hope College and Western Theological Seminary. He received his Master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.   John and his wife Helene have served as missionaries in Japan, in addition to serving several churches in the states as well.

 

John enjoys gardening and yard work, camping, spending time at the cottage, and spending time with his four children and six grandchildren.

As a calling pastor, I am privileged to meet with church members who find it difficult to attend services or who have gone through a major life change.  Even though one may not be physically present for services, it is important that members know that they are still a part of the church and are valued.

 

I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and came to Holland to go to school. My wife Debbie and I enjoy walking and hiking.   We also enjoy watching Hope college basketball.  We have three married children and one grandson.  I grew up in the Reformed church and served in various roles.  In 2005 I was ordained as a minister by the church and have served as a calling pastor since that time.

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