Each spring, members participate in a vote to affirm new and renewing board nominees and the annual budget. Paper ballots will be mailed out to all members, or you can vote online using the link below. If you have any questions, stop by the Information Center after one of our weekend services and we would be happy to help.
Bob Buick – Renewing Nominee
Bob is married to his wife Becky. They are very grateful for our 2 adult children and spouses, a daughter in college, and 5 grandchildren. Bob works at GE Aviation as a financial analyst in the Engineering Finance area. They have lived in Ada for over 24 years and have attended ABC for 6 years. Becky and Bob have been small group leaders and Bob leads a men’s small group Bible study.
Kurt Koster – Renewing Nominee
Kurt is married to Linda and has four grown children who are married and out of the House. Ashley 31- Zachary 30- Trisha 27- Heather 24. They have three beautiful grandchildren: Brinley 5- Reid 3- and Isla who is 18 months. Kurt and his two brothers own a trucking company here in town called NTB Trucking Inc. They mainly haul in the midwest for Meijer stores and have been there for 34 years. In his free time, he loves to hunt, fish and especially bow hunting. Kurt has been at Ada Bible for 26 years he said: “I pray that the Lord will allow me to be here for many more.
Kirk Kuiper – New Nominee
Kirk and wife Lori have one child, Kendra who is 14 and attends Crosscreek Charter Academy. Kendra is excited to have been accepted to the Aviation Academy for her freshmen year this coming fall. Lori is a devoted mom to Kendra and works part-time as orthodontics assistant.
They have attended Ada Bible Church for five plus years and served as small group leaders. Kirk has found much enjoyment from this and always looks for new areas that he can volunteer and serve at Ada Bible. Kirk is employed by the Kent Precision Foods Group as the North American Manager of Business Development.
Tim Sweemer – New Nominee
Tim and his wife Deb have two adult sons. They have been attending Ada Bible for 11 years. Tim has previously served in Men’s Ministry and currently leads a men’s small group. Tim also has been helping the Stewardship Team at Ada Bible for the past year. Tim and Deb currently lead a couples small group. Tim is employed as Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Administration for Corium International.
Gary Wicker – Renewing Nominee
Gary and his wife, Trish, have been married for 31 years and have two adult children, Michael (who is recently engaged!) and Sarah who graduates in May from Liberty University! The Wickers have been attending Ada Bible Church since moving to Grand Rapids 10 years ago. They have enjoyed serving at Ada Bible Church as a host home for Lifeline student ministries (7 years) and they each lead small groups. Gary has served on the board in capacities including the Stewardship Team Chairman and as the Governing Elder Board Chairman.
Trish serves part-time on staff as the Women’s Events Coordinator for the Knapp Street campus. Gary is the SVP of Global Finance and CFO at Our Daily Bread Ministries
Robert Evenhouse – New Nominee
Bob and his wife, Cindy, have 5 children. They have attended Ada Bible Church for nearly 16 years and been involved with Lifeline Student Ministries and are currently serving in Hospitality, Discovery Village, and ABCMom’s. Bob is currently employed as an Associate Product Manager with Greatland Corporation.
Andy Evans – Renewing Nominee
Andy is married to his wife Beth for 17 years and have three young children: Ella 12, Lily 10, and Jack 8 and have attended Ada Bible Church for over 17 years as well. I am a math teacher at Forest Hills Eastern Middle/High School where I teach 8th to 11th Grade math and coach es baseball at the high school. I am currently serving in my 4th year as a Benevolent Deacon for the Care team. I am also the Head Counter at the Knapp Street Campus. Our family is devoted to our community and are die-hard MSU fans!
Steve Hooper – Renewing Nominee
Steve and his wife Susan are longtime attendees of Ada Bible Church. Steve has served as a deacon and also serves on our Hospitality team at the Cascade Campus.
Jason Jenison – New Nominee
Jason and his wife, Tamani, have been married for 12 years, have 2 children and attend Saturday night service at Knapp Street Campus.
They have attended Ada Bible Church for almost 15 years and are currently serving in our Hospitality, Discovery Village, and Prayer Ministry. Jason is currently employed in Sales with Greatland Corporation.
Ryan Kyes – New Nominee
Ryan has been married to his High school sweetheart Amara Kyes for 17 years. They have seven beautiful daughters (Shelley 28, Phalesha 26, Noelle 25, Vonda 23, Makayla 13, Aliya 10, Rylee7 )and 3 grand children (Cecilya 6, Hunter 2 and Noah 6 months).
Ryan and Amara call Lowell home, after graduating High school together they decided to put our roots firmly in the community that did so much for them. They have been attending Ada Bible Church for almost 10 years and Ryan has the privilege of leading a small group of guys at Lifeline, Ada Bible’s student ministry.
Ryan said: “With a family of all girls, I love spending some guy time with the group.” Ryan has been in insurance for 16 years and currently President at Alliance Financial & Insurance. He enjoys watching and playing sports as well as getting outside with his kids as much as possible.
Ken Popkin – New Nominee
Ken and his wife, Shannon, have been attending Ada Bible for over 6 years with their three children, Lindsay, Cole, & Cade. Lindsay is a sophomore at Liberty University, Cole is finishing high school this year, and Cade starts ninth grade this fall. Together they have been involved in a number of Discovery Village and Small Group ministry roles at Ada Bible’s Kentwood campus.
The kids keep our family very busy, so to ensure Ken get enough “rest & relaxation”, he spends most of his weekdays at Gordon Food Service (GFS), where he’s currently employed as a program manager.
Craig Shepherd – New Nominee
Craig and wife, Janet, have two children and five grandchildren. They have attended Ada Bible Church for 12 years and have been involved with hospitality and Discovery Village ministries.
Craig is currently serving as an usher and is employed with Ada Bible on the facility team at the Cascade Campus.
Bob Storrer – New Nominee
Bob and his wife Amy, have been married for 28 years and have two adult daughters, Katie (25) and Natalie (23). They have attended Ada Bible for over 10 years and Bob is currently serving as an usher along with being on the security team at the Cascade Campus. Amy serves on the hospitality team at the NEXT STEPS area and at the Welcome Center. Bob works for Independent Bank as a mortgage originator at the Cascade office.
Mike Struyk – New Nominee
Michael and his wife Jill, are parents to three daughters (ages 14, 12 and 9) and have been married sixteen years and are graduates of Grand Rapids Christian High School. Their family has attended ABC at the Cascade campus since September 2003. They served ICCF’s Family Haven from 2010 to 2016, currently lead a family small group and Mike leads a men’s small group. Jill helps serve ABC staff lunches on a monthly basis and previously led the ABC MOM’s ministry as director from 2010 to 2012. Mike is responsible for leading digital operations and strategy for Adtegrity, a local advertising agency, since January 2004.
Kevin VanDyke – New Nominee
Kevin and Laurel Van Dyke have two children, Harrison (4) and Anna (2). They have attended Ada Bible Church for 8 years and have been involved with/are currently serving in Budget Counseling, Meals Ministry, Discovery Village, Medical Team, and Security Team. Kevin is currently employed as the Electrical Engineering Manager at Feyen Zylstra.
Joe Vloedman – New Nominee
Joe and his wife Sarah have attended Ada Bible for over ten years. First at the Cascade campus, then Kentwood when it was launched, and now they are excited to be part of the East Paris campus along with their four kids – ages 1, 3, 5, and 7. They have loved their time serving the church everywhere from greeting, serving coffee, leading small groups, and even tearing down wallpaper during the Kentwood renovation! Currently, Joe serves as an usher and Sarah serves in Discovery Village, Ada Bible’s ministry for children. Ada Bible is a special place to Joe – it’s where he made faith his own, was baptized, and found his identity as a Jesus follower. Joe’s career is in public accounting at Plante Moran where he is able to put his God-given gifts and passions in client service and finance to work. Joe: “I look forward to also putting those gifts to work as a deacon in service of Ada Bible Church and its community. Thanks for your prayerful consideration of allowing me to serve in this capacity.”
David Wozniak – Renewing Nominee
David and Amy are residents of Alto are parents to 3 Adult Children, 3 grandchildren and have been married for 37 years. We have been attending Ada Bible since 1991 and have served in many areas of the church. Currently, we are involved in small groups. Dave is Vice President of M.C. Vankampen Trucking Inc.. A local long-haul carrier servicing the Office Furniture and Food Service industry.
STAFF ELDER NOMINEES
Kevin Baker – Renewing Non-Voting
Kevin is the Campus Pastor at the Knapp Street Campus of Ada Bible. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kari, who, thankfully, still enjoys spending time with him.
Trent Heaton – New Non-Voting
Trent has been joyfully married to his bride Brittany for 10 years. Together they have three awesome kids: Jackson who just turned 8, Ellsie Grace who is 4, and Tyson (who they call ‘Bear’) who is 2.
Trent is the Men’s Ministry/Small Groups Pastor at the Knapp Street Campus since December 2017. In his free time, he enjoys CrossFit, working on their “Fixer Upper” house, and spending time making every day an adventure with his wife and kids.
Bob King – Renewing Non-Voting
Bob is the campus pastor of the East Paris Campus and has been on staff at Ada Bible since 2001. He and his wife Krissy have two sons and a daughter. In addition to serving as the campus pastor, he also serves as the director of campuses and venues.
Jeff Manion – Renewing Non-Voting
Jeff is the Senior Pastor of Ada Bible where he has served for over thirty years.
His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way. Jeff enjoys running, cycling, and hiking. He and his wife, Chris, have three adult children and are proud grandparents.
Jim McFarland – Renewing Non-Voting
Jim serves as one of the small group pastors at the Cascade Campus. After the loss of his wife Karen to cancer, God provided another wonderful lady in Sharon. He has been married to her for 2 years. They have 4 wonderful kids & 7 amazing grandkids. He has been a small groups pastor at Ada Bible for nearly 14 years. In his free time, he likes to travel and enjoy the beauty of God’s handiwork.
Phil Niekerk – Renewing Non-Voting
Phil has been married to Janice for over 30 years. They have three grown kids. Kari is their oldest who is married and lives in Marquette with her husband Grant and their two kids, Gracelyn and Quincy. Kati lives in Madison, Wisconsin and has just finished her Masters in social work. Trent, their youngest, is making a life in Marquette as well. Phil serves as the Director of Group Life and has been on staff since 2000. Phil and Janice have been attending and serving at ABC since 1986. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching high school baseball and mountain biking.
Edward Shepard – Renewing Non-Voting
Edward and his wife, Christie, have been married for 32 years and both work for Ada Bible Church. Edward has been in Operations since 2001 and Christie works in the administrative department at the East Paris Campus. They have two grandkids from their oldest son (Alan & Abby) and their youngest son (David & Tiia) are expecting a child in August. They love being grandparents!
Brian VanderArk – Renewing Non-Voting
Brian has been married to his wife, Ruby, for 25 years. They have a son named Will who is in college. Will loves rugby. His mom and dad only “like” rugby (it’s a rough sport). Brian serves as the pastor for marriage and mentoring at Ada Bible, and has been on staff for 17 years. In his spare time, Brian likes to read and play golf badly.