Committees at Westminster

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." (Matthew 8:20)

Committees

Camp Henry Board

Executive Director: Jake Jacobs, jake@wpcgr.org, (616)717-5565 Elder: Judy Larson, judy@4larsons.com or (616) 791-9961

Responsible for vision, strategic planning, fund raising, and policies of Camp Henry. Meets once a month on the third Tuesday of the month.

Children's Ministries & Family Ministries

Elder for Children’s Ministries: Kathy Smith, kmvhsmith@comcast.net, (616) 957-4394
Elder for Family Ministries: Jen Kotchenruther, jnash24@aol.com, (616)-974-9018

This group envisions, plans, and oversees the educational themes and programming for children. They also coordinate family events both for learning and fellowship. They collaborate with other standing committees so that our vision of “family” is inclusive of our entire faith community.

Communications

Contact: Rev. David Baak, davidb@wpcgr.org, (616) 717-5544

The Communications Committee develops strategy and goals for communicating the vision and ministry of Westminster through the various media of the congregation and it provides guidance to the Communications team in that effort.

Community Ministries

Elder: Peter Boumgarden, peter.boumgarden@gmail.com, (616) 697-5510

Westminster considers Community Ministries to be any mission work within Kent County. The Community Ministries Committee works to deepen Westminster’s relationships with local organizations and increase our participation by connecting service opportunities with our members and their unique God-given talents. Seeking new committee members!

Deacons' Financial Ministry Team

Contact: Rev. David Baak, davidb@wpcgr.org, (616) 717-5544

The mission of the Deacons’ Financial Ministry Team is to serve members who seek assistance with their own financial challenges by accessing the Deacon’s Fund and community and congregational resources. This Spirit-filled and supportive ministry empowers life change. Volunteers for this ministry must possess high degree of discretion, as all requests are held in the strictest of confidences.

Emerging Westminster Committee

Contact: Kyle Kooyers, kylek@wpcgr.org

Serve as a member of the steering committee for young adults (age 18-40) as they assess the program year and special events.

Facilities Committee

Contact: Chris Bronson, chrisb@wpcgr.org, or (616) 717-5535 Meets the second Monday of every month

The Facilities Committee monitors all maintenance items related to the buildings and the grounds. The group makes formal recommendations to the Trustees as needed. 

Food Pantry Board

Meets every other month on a Wednesday at noon. Director: Angie Kelley, angiek@wpcgr.org, (616) 717-5581

In conjunction with the elder, Food Pantry Director, and Executive Minister, you will oversee the financial, administrative, and programmatic aspects of this critical ministry.

Health & Wholeness

Contact: Rev. Jen Porter, (616) 717-5545, jenp@wpcgr.org

We explore the mental and physical health needs within our church and community to understand where Westminster might respond to the needs.

Justice & Peace

Contact: Heather Colletto, Minister for Mission, heatherc@wpcgr.org, (616) 717-5536

Our mission is to educate ourselves on peace, justice, and poverty, and to then call people to act. The only qualification is your belief that we, as Christians, are responsible for bringing about justice and peace on Earth.

Membership

Meets periodically on Sundays after the 11:00a worship service Elder: Kathy Speeter, kspeeter@gmail.com or (616) 540-3017

This is a new committee that has recently been formed as a way to follow up with our inactive members. It falls under the umbrella of the Membership Growth & Development committee and its focus is to determine how to best reach out to our members that have not attended worship for an extended period of time.

Membership Growth & Development

Elder: Kathy Speeter, kspeeter@gmail.com or (616) 540-3017

Helps develop and implement programming that assists in the welcoming & education of WPC visitors. Maintains and further develops the connectedness of our members through fellowship, small groups, education classes, etc. Coordinates the Sunday morning greeter ministry.

Music

Elder: Frank Van Haven, fvhaven@gmail.com or (616) 644-1604

The Music Committee meets monthly to help envision and implement our Music Ministry, and assist the music staff and various choirs and ensembles which participate regularly in Westminster worship. The Minister of Music provides important artistic and organizational leadership to the Committee.

Nominating

Meets monthly.

Elder: Daryl Fischer, darylkfischer@gmail.com, (616) 502-3554

New members of the Nominating Committee are selected by the Elder for Nominations and the staff liaison. If you are interested in serving, please contact Daryl Fischer or Susan Jennings. 

Spiritual Life & Learning

Meets once or twice monthly Elder: Larry Slager, slagerlarry@gmail.com or (616) 949-9493

Works with the elder and Minister for Christian Education to plan and implement themes, classes, and other learning opportunities for adults. This committee collaborates with many others as we work to help our members find practices that will nurture faith.

Stewardship

Elder: Roger Nelson, rogerdnelson@me.com

Volunteer leaders serve with the Elder for Stewardship and are joined by staff to plan and coordinate the annual fall stewardship campaign, encouraging our members to share time, talent, and treasure as we all serve as stewards of God’s resources.

WCDC Board

Contact: Amber Marz-Momany, WCDC Executive Director, amberm@wpcgr.org, (616) 717-5549

Working with Executive Director and the professional childcare center staff, this body sets policies and assists with fundraising, budgeting, and oversight.

Worldwide Ministries

Meets monthly.

Elder: Pete Land, (616) 897-6970

Worship

Elder: Ruth Stubbs, restubbs@sbcglobal.net, (616) 949-1453

Worship Committee meets monthly on Tuesday evenings with the Elder for Worship and the Senior Pastor. The group reflects on what happens in worship at WPC and assists in oversight, planning, and execution of worship services with attention to the liturgical calendar.

Westminster Presbyterian Adults

Elder: Jeanne Marshall, jmars13@comcast.net or (616) 453-4738

The purpose of the Older Adults Ministry is to provide spiritual, educational, and social opportunities for members 55 years and older. Luncheons are held at church five times a years and a Christmas luncheon at Porter Hills (all at no charge), with a variety of enlightening speakers or entertainment. A spring and fall bus trip to locations in MI, i.e., museums, historic establishments, churches, etc, and once a year pay homage to those who have been members at least 50 years.

Youth Ministries

Typically meets the 1st Wednesday of the month. Elder: Francisco Calderon, franciscocalderon@comcast.net or (616) 717-5530

Responsible for vision, setting policy, and budget oversight of the ministry. Assist with implementation of programs and volunteer recruitment for 6th-12th grades.