“Growing God’s Kingdom Through Active Discipleship”
If you come and explore the Ivanrest Church community, you will most-likely hear about and hopefully sense two very significant concepts: “God’s Kingdom” and “Active Discipleship.” We spent significant time exploring the Bible discerning what exactly we as the church are supposed to be about and came out with the overarching purpose of “Growing God’s Kingdom through Active Discipleship.”
We are excited to experience and celebrate the transforming Kingdom of God coming more and more in our world, our community and our lives bringing us true joy for today and hope for tomorrow. We are on the lookout for opportunities where God might use us to grow his kingdom wherever he has placed us. In order to be used by God to transform this world, we must first of all be transformed by him. We want to be true disciples of Jesus. We are on the lookout for opportunities where God invites us to grow more and more into his image in very practical, life-transforming ways.
The community and ministries of Ivanrest Church are built on those two profound and yet basic concepts. We admit right up front that this is a lifelong journey for us as a community and as individuals as we grow as disciples and see God’s kingdom growing in us and around us. We certainly haven’t perfected it, but if you are willing to join us in this journey, welcome!
We are blessed with a dynamic and creative staff of ministry professionals at Ivanrest Church!
The staff consists of both part-time and full-time employees. Please feel free to contact any Ivanrest Staff Member with your questions, concerns, feedback, encouragement, and suggestions.
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Part-time Staff Hours
Pastor of Congregational Care
Jay is our Pastor of Congregational Care. He is often the one who calls on our sick, our shut-ins, or those in need. Jay also loves planning events for our retirees at Ivanrest. He loves to plan social outings and have his friends come along. After serving in many different churches before we took him out of retirement, Jay knows many people. Jay enjoys golf and traveling.
Director of Administration
Shari is the Director of Administration at Ivanrest Church. Her organizational skills and attention to detail are put to good use as she helps oversee the business and organizational aspects of ministry. Shari loves a good book, spending time with family and has a flair for event planning so you never know what exciting activity she’ll be involved with next!
Laura Rodeheaver-Van Gelder
Director of Discipleship
Laura is the Director of Discipleship. Laura enjoys creating opportunities for people to connect with God and to each other. Laura can’t get enough of being outdoors and loves traveling or exploring new places with her husband, Adam, and their two daughters, Luella (Lulu) and Juniper.
Director of Worship
Matt is our Director of Worship at Ivanrest. Matt grew up in the west Michigan area and is happy to call this area home. His passion is music but is excited to use whatever gifts God has given his people to worship and glorify Him. Matt learned much from his education at Kuyper College but continues to learn through continued ministry. When not at work Matt tries to find an excuse to get outside. He enjoys running, cycling or going on a nice hike.
Director of Community Connections and Outreach
Steve is the Director of Community Connections and Outreach. He spent 7 adult years in overseas missions and 27 as a teacher-chaplain-coach at South Christian HS, and his ministry experiences near and far have led him to this position. He is the proud father of four teenage daughters (Anna, Abby, Alea, and Audrey), who all love music and sports, and they enjoy doing both together.
Director of Student Ministries
Andrew is the Director of Student Ministries here at Ivanrest Church. He is passionate about walking alongside students in their journey of faith as they encounter the life-changing grace and love of God. He strives to make sure that everyone who enters the building understands they belong and are loved. Andrew is husband to his incredible wife Andrea and dad to Ezra. He is also a lover of coffee, a good book, and could spend hours talking soccer, music, or any number of shows and movies.
Kristin truly loves working with the kids in large group where they have time to sing and move and particiapte in the lesson. She is always working to get kids involved by having them act out the lesson or be part of a demonstration or using props and loves listening to the kids’ view of the lesson. She feels honored and blessed to be part of the Ivanrest Church staff. Kristin is a wife and mom to Joshua and Brianna. Interesting fact: Kristin grew up in New Jersey and came to Michigan when she was 22 years old.
Anna’s motto is, “It takes a church to raise a child.” So, from birth to Kindergarten, she makes sure that we have the safest and most nurturing environment and volunteers for your precious little ones. She gets the privilege of implementing curriculum that teaches children, two years old to Kindergarten, the faith steps of their age group which can be found on the ikids page. Please feel free to email or call if you have questions or to find out what ikids can mean for you and your little ones.
Barb is always ready to encourage everyone she sees with a welcoming smile, an encouraging word or a listening ear! A long time member of Ivanrest Church, Barb joined the staff in 2017 and is often the first person you will see when stopping by the office during the week. She has a servant-heart and is willing to help both staff and volunteers with a variety of tasks. In her free time, Barb enjoys reading, camping and being a hockey mom!
Dave is our custodian. He is also on the facility committee. Dave takes care of the building, grounds and equipment, janitorial work and maintenance of our fleet of church vehicles. His hobbies are hiking, fishing and traveling. He and his family have been members since 2002. Dave feels joy in keeping God’s house clean and in excellent condition. Why does the staff love Dave? Well, have you ever worked with a custodian who enjoys picking up rubber bands all over church after the Cadets make rubber band shooting guns? Dave does!