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Nominees

Each spring, church members are asked to affirm new and renewing board nominees and the annual budget. Due to Covid-19, we encourage members to respond online using the link below. Please phone the church office (616-868-7005) if you’d like us to mail you a paper ballot (to be returned by mail).

All ballots are DUE BY 12:30 PM May 24. Please email Barb Bestrom at bbestrom@adabible.org with any questions.

Proposed Budget     2020 Ballot


ELDER NOMINEES

Dave Blackmore
Renewing Nominee

Nominee Bios

David and his wife, Barbara, have three married children and four grandchildren. They have been attending Ada Bible for 15 years. Dave has served as an Elder for eight years, and currently serves as Chaplain.

David is a Financial Advisor with Connect Financial and Barbara is the Executive Assistant for the Connect Financial branch in Grand Rapids. Dave and Barb served in vocational church ministry for 30 years prior to returning to their home state of Michigan in 2005.

Todd Headen
Renewing Nominee

Nominee Bios

Todd and his wife, Ruth, have lived in Grand Rapids for 21 years and attended Ada Bible for the past 11. Over the years, both have been involved in Hospitality, Women’s and Men’s Ministry, Small Groups, and helped to start the Purity Mentoring and Restore Groups. Todd has been an Elder for the last three years, and Ruth has served as the Women’s Ministry Director for the East Paris Campus for the last two years.

Todd is a Chain Inventory Specialist for the Canadian division of Gordon Food Services.  Raised as a pastor’s kid and having served as a full-time pastor along with years of volunteer service, Todd has a strong desire to see the church flourish and be all that God has gifted and called it to be.

Brent Lanser
Renewing Nominee

Nominee Bios
Brent and his wife, Dianna, have five children. The two oldest children are each married, two in college and the youngest is a junior in High School. They also have one granddaughter. Brent’s family has called Ada Bible their church home for 15 years. He enjoys greeting, encouraging, the prayer ministry, and leading a Men’s Small Group.

Brent is a Landscape Designer for Harder and Warner Landscaping and Boutique Gardens and Dianna is an Executive Administrative Assistant for Ada Bible.

Brent was raised in an urban Grand Rapids church in the Reformed tradition. He was raised by wonderful Godly parents. He made the decision to follow Jesus in High School, and Jesus made Himself very real to him when 21.


DEACON NOMINEES

Marvin Schierbeek
New Nominee

Nominee Bios

Marvin Schierbeek and his wife, Carole, have three married children. Two children also attend Ada Bible. They have been blessed with nine grandchildren, ranging in ages from two months to thirteen years. They have been attending Ada Bible since 2003, and have served in Discovery Village, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and now Hospitality.

Marvin and Carole are retired from Caledonia schools. Marvin was a Counselor and Teacher and his wife was a Special Education Teacher.

Marvin shares that their family has been challenged and encouraged to examine themselves, and to commit to Christ. He credits his spiritual growth to the  teaching ministry, small groups, serving, and fellowship enjoyed with this body of believers. Marvin was recently baptized by Pastor Kyle, and he states, “The act of humbling myself before the Lord, and my family, was one of my most powerful experiences in a life of sixty-six years.”

Shaun Biel
Renewing Nominee

Nominee Bios
Shaun and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 30 years and have five children. One daughter is married, and a son and daughter are engaged to be married later this year. They have been attending Ada Bible for eight years and serve as Small Group Leaders. Jennifer is on staff at Ada Bible as the Director of Events Services.  Shaun serves on the Security Team.

Shaun is a Contracts Specialist at Spectrum Health in the Real Estate Services Department, where he supports the systems facilities requirements.

 

Bill Savickas
Renewing Nominee
Nominee Bios

Bill and his wife, Mary, have two married children and five grandchildren. They have been attending Ada Bible for 12 years. They currently serve as Auditorium Hosts, and were helping with the launch of the Knapp Street Campus Chandler Woods Satellite.

Bill is a Director of Operations with McDonald’s Lakeshore Partnership.


Mark Schaible
Renewing Nominee
Nominee Bios

Mark and his wife, Lara, have three teenagers. Two will be in college in the fall and one in high school. They have been attending Ada Bible for 20 years and served in Discovery Village, Lifeline Student Ministry, and Small Groups. Mark currently is a Small Group Leader in Lifeline and a Deacon in the Care Ministry.

Mark grew up west of Lansing, near the small town of Eagle, and committed his life to Christ in middle school. He attended Calvin College and is a Manager at Infor, a software company where he works on a team developing warehouse management software.

Ken VanDerWende
Renewing Nominee

Nominee Bios

Ken and his wife of 45+ years, Marijane, have two children and four grandchildren. Ken and Marijane have had 15+ young people live with them over the years (who they count as their “adopted” kids) that in turn have many kids (and grandkids too). Their family has been and is one of their richest blessings in life.

Ken has been an Auditorium Host for many years, and is a Small Group Leader with Marijane. Ken has been active in church leadership as an Elder or Deacon for “many” decades wherever God planted them.

He is the co-founder and leader of a health information technology company. Together, he and his wife enjoy sharing their gifts of hospitality in GR and at their Lake Charlevoix home. Ken grew up in Northern NJ where his family was very active in a local church.

Kevin Vreugdenhil
Renewing Nominee

Nominee Bios

Kevin and his wife, Becky, have three children. They have been attending Ada Bible for 17 years and began by serving together in the LifeLine Student Ministry.

Kevin is a Senior Project Manager with First Companies Inc., working on various construction projects in West Michigan. He has been serving as the Lead Benevolence Deacon for the past eight years. He is continually humbled by the generosity of the people of Ada Bible, and the care opportunities the church is invited in to help with.


STAFF ELDER NOMINEES

Drew DeVries
New Non-Voting

Nominee Bios
Drew De Vries and his wife, Evie, have three children of ages 7, 5 and a 2-month old. They have been attending Ada Bible for six years, four at the Cascade Campus and the last two at the East Paris Campus. Drew is the East Paris Campus Director for Men’s Ministry. Evie works in health care with Spectrum Health.

Drew was raised in Jenison Michigan and attended Unity Christian High School and Calvin College. After graduating, he declares he wore himself out by churning through jobs, chasing after something he truly believed he needed—an illustrious title and wealth.

God began taking hold of his heart in 2014 and re-directed his path in many ways. Drew joined an Ada Bible Men’s Group and was baptized two years later. Evie and Drew led a Couples’ Small Group from 2016–2018 at Cascade until transitioning their family to East Paris. Drew states, “I’m so incredibly grateful for God’s providence and His plan through the Church. What a blessing it is to be involved in this ministry!”

Dave Geroux
New Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Dave and his wife, Jaclyn have one child with another on the way. They have been attending Ada Bible for three years and been involved with Group Life.

Dave is a Small Groups Pastor at the Cascade Campus. Before coming on staff, he was employed as a truck driver with FedEx Express.

Dave grew up in Metro Detroit. At age thirteen, he embraced Jesus as his Lord and Savior, moved to west Michigan a few years later and found a home at Ada Bible. Dave says his deepest calling is to shepherd God’s people.

Samuel Jones
New Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Samuel and his wife, Tova, have been married for six years and have one child. They have been attending Ada Bible just under a year. Samuel is involved in the Men’s Ministry and Care Ministry. Together, he and his wife love leading Small Groups for premarital couples (Marriage Start).

Samuel is the Kentwood Campus Men’s Ministry Director. He is also a therapist in his private practice, The Wisdom Center Counseling Services.

Samuel was raised and educated in West Michigan, and as a 3rd generation pastor raised in the pews—he has decided to follow after God in the footsteps of those before him.

Luke Koskinen
New Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Luke and his wife, Andrea, have a son. They have been attending Ada Bible for seven years and been involved with Small Groups, Discovery Village, and Lifeline Student Ministry. Luke is the Director of Lifeline Student Ministry at Ada Bible.

Luke was raised in a home where both of his parents deeply desired for him to know the love of Jesus and the wisdom of God’s Word. Being homeschooled, the Bible was read before beginning schoolwork every morning.

Over the years, Luke says he has seen the life-changing hope and joy that comes from knowing Christ. He feels blessed with an abundance of friends and mentors who have walked through different seasons of growing in his faith. He is grateful for Ada Bible and the community that has helped deepen his relationship with Christ and His church.

Jake Oswald
New Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Jake has been married to Kristyn for two years. He graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and started at Ada Bible shortly after. Kristyn is a Resident Physician.

Jake serves as the Small Group Pastor at the Kentwood Campus. He also serves on the Beyond the Weekend team.

They have been attending Ada Bible for two years and love serving the church community in various ways. They are both from the West Michigan area and enjoy watching sports and doing just about anything that gets them outside.


Ben Puckett
New Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Ben Puckett and his wife Lauren have one child, one-and-a-half years old. They have been attending Ada Bible for around three years and been involved with Lifeline Student Ministry and leading an Adult Small Group.

Ben was a Pastoral Intern and Facilities Support at Ada Bible during his time in seminary, and is now employed as the Small Groups Pastor for the East Paris Campus. Lauren is a Counselor working at a practice in the Jenison/Grandville area.

Ben was raised in Midland, MI. He attended college in Michigan and seminary in Grand Rapids.

Mike Wilkerson
New Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Mike and his wife, Christy, have been married for 26 years and have three children, ages 23, 20 and 15 year old.

Mike joined the Ada Bible staff in January 2019 and serves as a Small Groups Pastor at the Cascade Campus. Christy is employed at NorthPointe Christian Elementary School as a Teaching Assistant in the Spanish Immersion program.

Mike was raised by believing parents and came to faith in Jesus in childhood. While in college he sensed God leading him toward pastoral ministry and has been serving him in a full-time pastoral capacity since graduation.

Kelly Bonewell
Renewing Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Kelly and his wife, Julie, have been married for 26 years and have two adult sons. Kelly and his wife have been attending Ada Bible for eleven years. Kelly serves as a Care Elder at the church and is on staff in the Care Ministry. Julie is currently employed as the Senior Director of Quality at Spectrum Health.

Kelly gave his life to the Lord while in college through the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in 1987. During that time, a good friend shared with him the gospel. After spending lots of time in the Bible and reading C.S. Lewis, he made the decision to be a follower of Jesus.

Stephen Lewis
Renewing Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Stephen and his wife, Jaclyn, will have been married for 15 years in July and have two children. They have been attending Ada Bible for 6 years.

Stephen has been on staff for four years and Jaclyn is a Para-Professional. He has led various Small Groups (including Five Dates with his wife), works with Group Life and helps create curriculum and resources for Ada Bible ministries, including the Sermon Discussion Guide and Beyond the Weekend.

Stephen is an Ada Bible Small Groups Pastor. His family has been a part of launching the Knapp Street Campus Chandler Woods Satellite.

Stephen was raised in Greenville and attended church at Calvary Baptist in Greenville.

Doug Redford
Renewing Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Doug and his wife, Beth, have two children and two grandchildren. They have been attending Ada Bible for 34 years, serving as volunteers in Discovery Village (Beth), Small Group Leaders, Greeters and at many events.

Beth is currently employed as a Para-Professional at NorthPointe Christian. Doug serves on staff as a Small Groups Pastor and in Men’s Ministry at Cascade Campus. He is also a member of the Beyond the Weekend team.

Doug became a believer as a young person at Ross Bible Church in Port Huron, MI.

Tom Skilling
Renewing Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Tom and his wife, Jessalyn, have been married for 12 years and have two children, ages 6 and 3 years old.

They have been attending Ada Bible for six years where Tom first served as a Lifeline Student Ministry Pastor (two years) and now serves as a Small Groups Pastor.

Although Tom grew up attending church regularly, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior on a Youth for Christ spring break trip to Florida his junior year of high school.

Dan Wright
Renewing Non-Voting

Nominee Bios

Dan and his wife, Sarah, have been married 20 years and have four children ages 20, 18, 16 and 15 years old.

They started attending Ada Bible in 1998 and Dan was hired on staff in 2008. Dan serves as the Kentwood Campus Pastor. His wife has served in Discovery Village. She currently serves in Women’s Ministry as a Small Group Leader and as a Marriage Mentor with Dan. Sarah is employed as the Housekeeping Director at Cornerstone University.

Dan grew up in a pastor’s home with parents deeply devoted to Jesus. He asked Jesus to be Lord of his life at the age of five, and baptized five years later on Mother’s Day in 1987.