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
Tony has made Ivanrest Church his church home since 2001, which makes him the longest tenured person on staff. Over those years he and his wife Stacey have experienced the joy of their two children growing up and then moving on to college (and beyond) leaving their nest empty. They also added a new son-in-law from the Ivanrest staff (see: Andy Sherwood)! Tony relaxes by listening to the Detroit Tigers on the radio (even now that they are bad), doing yard work, walking in the evening, and reading a wide variety of books as part of a monthly pastors’ book club.
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!
Director of Community Connections & Outreach
Andy is our Director of Community Connections and Outreach at Ivanrest. Andy is passionate about community and loves to see people come together to serve and worship God. When he is not working he loves to play board games with his wife, play the piano and sing, and spend time with his two dogs. Andrew hopes to see everyone who comes to Ivanrest to be engaged in the community and ministries of Ivanrest Church. On Sunday mornings at Ivanrest you can usually find him at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. So stop by and tell him hello, he loves to meet new people and get to know them better!
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 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!