Rev. Dan Gritter, Senior Pastor
Pastor Dan was born in Grand Rapids, MI and raised in Holland, MI. He graduated from Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, and has been a pastor for 38 years. He has served as pastor in 4 churches and as a trained interim pastor in 3 churches. PDan has served as the pastor of Jamestown CRC since July 1, 2015. He and his wife, Jane, have 3 married sons and 10 grandchildren. Pastor Dan enjoys leading a church, his family, sports, reading, the beach, seeing new places, mentoring ex-offenders, and having conversations with people about their journey in life and spiritual questions about God.
P: +1 (616) 896 8461 x. 2
Kevin Anderson, Youth Director
Kevin leads middle school and high school youth meetings and activities. He also leads some of our Sunday evening worship service study times. When asked what he likes best about his position, he answers, “Are you kidding? I get paid to have fun and talk theology! What isn’t to love?”When he’s not doing youth-y stuff, he enjoys time with his wife & 3 daughters, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, wood-working, and doing historical restoration of their 1884 brick Italianate home.
P: +1 (616) 896 8461 x. 3
Mary Van Laar, Secretary
Mary has been our Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper since 2001. She keeps track of all the church details, and answers lots of questions! When she’s not busy at church, she enjoys working in the yard, walking, and most summer weekends will find her and her husband boating. She and Mike have a daughter, two sons, and two daughters-in-love.
P: +1 (616) 896 8461 x. 1
Jill Ferner, Worship Coordinator
Jill is married to Kevin, and is a busy mom of three. She wishes there were more hours in a day! Job-sharing this position with Mark since 2009, Jill takes care of the administrative and planning side of things. She enjoys working with Pastor Dan and the worship team to plan our services. When she does have an extra hour (!!), Jill enjoys taking walks, reading, playing the piano, and baking sweet treats for her family.
Mark Staal, Worship Coordinator
Mark has been part-time Worship Coordinator since 2006. He accompanies worship services, leads Praise Teams, and oversees the Sound/Video operations. With a great sense of humor and ability to play piano with no music, there’s never a dull moment when Mark’s around! Mark and his wife, Karen, have 2 sons.
Jim & Marie Miedema, Custodians
Jim has been the janitor since 2005. Marie started helping him when she retired from her career in nursing a couple years ago. They enjoy working together & this gives them the opportunity to do just that! They both have favorite things they like to clean, and fortunately they're different things so that works out well. They get a satisfied feeling when everything is nice & neat & clean on Sunday morning! Jim & Marie enjoy bike-riding in the warmer weather & are loyal fans of any sports team one of their grand-kids is on. They feel blessed to have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have three married sons & five grand-children who keep them plenty busy!