Meet the Staff
Dirk and his wife, Kristin, are excited about being part of what God is doing Kentwood, MI. It was while studying in seminary that Dirk discovered his passion for church planting and new Christians. He looks forward to meeting new people over a slice of pie, throwing parties, and preaching on Sunday mornings. Kristin is a high school English teacher in Grand Rapids. Dirk and Kristin live in Kentwood where they enjoy mountain biking, running, and drinking coffee. Dirk and Kristin have a 4-year-old daugther and a 2-year-old son. Email: Dirk@EncounterChurch.org
Megan grew up in West Michigan, attended Calvin College and met her husband, Brian, 2 weeks after his return from a tour in Iraq with the Marine Corps in 2003. She opened a licensed home child care in Kentwood in 2011, where she is able to work part time from home with her two children, Grant and Paige. Her passion is working with kids and she is honored to partner with the church in providing a safe and fun environment where families will encounter God’s love. In her spare time, Megan loves a good play date, amateur photography, fishing, beginner’s level knitting and 5k’s.
Director of Worship and Youth
Mike was born and raised in West Michigan and is a graduate from Kuyper College. He has a passion for worship and wants to help lead and teach others to worship God. Mike also has a desire to teach the next generation, disciple teens, and help them develop deep and loving relationship with Christ.
Mike loves to spend most of his time with his wife Melissa and their newborn son Matthew. He enjoys watching and playing sports and is a big time fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Racine loves staying busy keeping the day to day operations running at Encounter. She and her husband Dan have been together since high school and have two sons, Aiden and Gavin.
She enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, learning about fitness and nutrition, traveling whenever possible and will never turn down a cup of herbal tea.
Erin joined the team in early 2015. She enjoys reading and watching movies. Loves any kind of pasta and dreams of visiting Africa and working in an orphanage.
College Outreach Team (COT) Director
Mark is a native of Ohio but cheers avidly against OSU. He is passionate about connecting college students with each other at church and with God. He also loves helping with the youth group. You'll often find him in the racquetball court (he's amazing) or playing hockey. Mark indeed has 'sick flow' and can 'sauce' you just about anything.
Daniel was born in sunny California and lived there for 15 years before his parents were called to become missionaries in Guatemala. Currently pursuing a degree in Philosophy and Religion, Daniel has the dream of becoming a pastor. He is passionate about God and His creation, rock climbing, exploring Grand Rapids with Bella (his road bike), and having a good conversation over a steaming cup of coffee. If you ever want to grab coffee with him, stop by the Calvin Climbing Center where you'll find him covered in chalk, rocking a big smile on his face.