Staff

 

Rev. Michael Van Buren, Executive Pastor

mvanburen@ottawareformed.org  (616) 875-8125 ext. 102

Mike Van Buren was born August 31, 1952 in the small town of Wapun, WI.  Mike is a third-generation citizen as his grandparents were all born in the Netherlands.  He is also a third-generation RCA member as all his family became RCA members upon their arrival.  Mike attended Wapun Christian Schools from first through eighth grade and went on to graduate from Wapun Public High School in 1970.  From there he attended and graduated from Hope College in 1974 and Western Theological Seminary in 1977.  Mike was married to Noreen Stracks in 1972 as she (also from Wapun... yes, high school sweethearts) joined him in Holland, Michigan and worked full time while Mike went through college and seminary.  Mike and Noreen were called out of seminary to Glen Lake Community Reformed Church in 1977 and served the church until September of 1982.  On October 2, 1982 he became the Pastor of Ottawa Reformed Church where he served until December 31, 1997.  On January 1, 1998 he took the call to Fellowship Reformed Church of Hudsonville, MI and served there until June 3, 2018.  On September 1, 2018 Mike became the Executive Pastor of Ottawa Reformed Church under contract.  Mike and Noreen were blessed with two children, Carlia (Van Buren) Schippers and Brad Van Buren.  They are also blessed with four grandchildren, Jack Schippers, Breslin Schippers, Brayden Van Buren, and Haley Van Buren and in-laws Jamison Schippers and Karla (Kooiker) Van Buren.  The children live locally, and Mike and Noreen stay intimately involved in all of their lives.  Yes, I am back after 20 years and I pray God blesses our path as we walk it with each other and with our Lord.   Mike

 

Abbie Matthews, Director of Worship & Music

amatthews@ottawareformed.org  (616) 875-8125 ext. 103

Abbie Matthews has been our Director of Worship & Music since 2015, and is a graduate of Hope College.  Along with a Vocal Performance degree and English minor, she has a background in musical theater, opera, dance, piano, violin and guitar.  A voice over artist and private voice coach, Abbie has won and judged numerous vocal competitions throughout her career, and she has served on the Music and Worship Advisory Board for Kuyper College.  Prior to working with ORC, Abbie was the Director of Music & Dance Ministries for Immanuel Community Reformed Church in Lansing, MI for nearly a decade.  She has used her songwriting gifts as both a worship leader and recording artist, and she has taught lectures on songwriting.  She released a CD of original music, Asking for Answers, in 2005.  Abbie feels immensely honored to use her musical gifts to help bring her ORC family closer to Jesus Christ.

 

Lori Geerts, Kids Hope USA Director

kidshope@ottawareformed.org  (616) 875-8125 ext. 105

Lori was born in Western Michigan and has made that her home.  She is a single mom of 4 adult children and has one granddaughter.   She has been the Kids Hope USA director at Ottawa Reformed Church and Roosevelt Elementary School in Zeeland for the past 15 years.  Her life experiences have shaped her heart for people, and God is using this thru KHU.  Her primary responsibilities are to share the passion and vision of Kids Hope USA with Ottawa's members, recruiting, training and encouraging them as they meet and mentor with at-risk children at Roosevelt School and connecting with the KHU children and their families, reaching out to them thru the love of Christ and His church.  She enjoys her family, reading, traveling and meeting new people.

 

 

Facilities Administrator

(616) 875-8125 ext. 100

 

Michelle Bekius, Administrative Assistant

Kristi Geertman, Administrative Assistant

office@ottawareformed.org  (616) 875-8125 ext. 100