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 Waupun, 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 Waupun Christian Schools from first through eighth grade and went on to graduate from Waupun 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 Straks in 1972 as she (also from Waupun... 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

 

 
Heather Collins, Director of Music Ministries
hcollins@ottawareformed.org (616) 875-8125 ext. 103
 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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.

 

 

 

 

Michelle Bekius, Children's Education Director
mbekius@ottawareformed.org(616) 875-8125 ext. 104

Michelle Bekius is our Youth Education Director.  Michelle has been a member of Ottawa Reformed Church for 27 years, where she met her husband, Craig, a lifelong member of Ottawa.  They married in 1997 and have four children:  Daniel, Isaiah, Rebekah, and Joshua.  Michelle has enjoyed working part-time in the church office administratively, co-coordinating our GEMS program, coordinating our Wednesday Night Children's ministry, and teaching in various ministries over the years.  She currently co-leads our Young Adult ministry, volunteers as a Kids Hope USA mentor, and sings on the praise team.  Michelle is excited to be a part of the Education Team and continue to assist in the church office because she is passionate about telling others about Jesus and sharing His love with everyone she meets.

 

 

 

 

 
 
Kristi Geertman, Lead Administrative Assistant
office@ottawareformed.org (616) 875-8125 ext. 100

Kristi serves as our Lead Administrative Assistant at Ottawa Reformed Church.  She loves her job as she gets to use her gifts and abilities to serve the Lord on a daily basis.  As a lifelong member and second-generation Administrative Assistant of Ottawa Reformed Church, Kristi has a great love for the church members and surrounding community.   She has been married to her husband, Terry, (also a lifelong member of Ottawa Reformed Church) for over 27 years.  They have two sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law.  In addition to her staff position, Kristi serves voluntarily as a Wednesday Night Kids teacher, Ladies Event Coordinator, Kids Hope USA Meal Coordinator and actively participates  in Outreach and Congregational Care Events.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Mary Faber, Administrative Assistant
office@ottawareformed.org (616) 875-8125 ext. 100

Mary is an Administrative Assistant and is in the office on Tuesdays and is excited to use her gifts to serve the Lord and the church as part of Ottawa's staff.  Mary and Jeff were married in 1986 and have been members of Ottawa since 1991.  They have two children - Justin & Chelsea Faber in Seattle, Washington; and Mark & Shaina Strikwerda in Zeeland.  Mary worked as a Program Manager at Herman Miller, Inc. before resigning in 2005.  She and Jeff have served at Ottawa and the community in many capacities including, youth group leaders, Kids Hope mentors, and youth mentors for various organizations.  The family has a love for outdoor adventure; skiing, kayaking, running, hiking, gardening, horseback riding, biking, and motorcycle riding.  Mary has been a Master Gardener since 2010 and has designed landscaping for several locations within Ottawa county.