Our Staff

Blaine Newhouse

 

PASTOR OF LEADERSHIP AND PREACHING

Blaine joined staff in April 2016, after 5 years serving the church more broadly as Executive Director of Geneva Camp and Retreat Center and Coordinator for Local Missional Engagement for the Reformed Church in ...

Matt Rose

 

Pastor of Discipleship and Young Families

Matt joined staff as an associate pastor in June 2013, after spending three years eating lobster and cheering on the Boston Red Sox. He graduated from Gordon Conwell Seminary (north of Boston) with an M.Div degree. He is also a graduate of Hope ...

Josh Harrington

 

DIrector of Youth Ministries

Josh began working at Vriesland in 2008 as the Youth Ministry Intern.  As the years have progressed, he has taken on more responsibility and has stepped into the role of Youth Director. He handles the youth programs for 6th-12th grade at Vriesland ...

Gayle DeJong

 

Director of Children's Ministries

Gayle has been working at VRC for 20 years. She’s originally from Cadillac but has spent most of her life here in Holland. She has two adult children, Rob & Shana DeJong adn Mike & Krista VerHage and two granddaughters, Sierra and Camryn that ...

Esther Raterink

 

Business Administrator/Treasurer

Esther began working with the VRC’s finances back in 1991, beginning with the Benevolent and Building Funds. In August of 2010 she began managing most of the church’s finances. In July 2013 she transitioned into her current position, working three ...

Joel Janis

 

Director of Music and Worship Arts

Joel joined the VRC staff full-time in 2015 after a 6-month period as interim worship director. He has served several congregations in music ministry over the past 12 years. Joel has also worked professionally in IT, servicing and fixing computers....

Mary Jacobs

 

Office Administrator

Mary has worked at VRC as a Office Administrator/Secretary for 18 years. While at Vriesland, she has also served as a GEMS Leader, Youth Group Sponsor, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Leader, Kids Hope Mentor, VBS Teacher, Meal Ministry ...

Kristy Isenga

 

Main Building Custodian

Kristy has worked at Vriesland Church for 23 years as a Custodian in the Main Building.

Holly Sneller

 

Youth Building Custodian

Holly has worked at Vriesland Church for 4 years as a Custodian in the Youth Building. She is married to Les and has 5 children, Adam, Noel, Nicole, Brooke, and Brittney and 5 grandchildren, Kayla, Chloe, Emry, Sylvie, and Driztyn. Holly likes to ...