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
Leslie is a former teacher, a mother of 3 terrific kids, and a wife of 18 years. She has a heart for teaching children about the abundant love of the Lord, so coordinating the kids' ministries is right up her alley. Leslie's aim each week is to create an unforgettable Sunday morning experience so that your kids can't wait to return to learn more about Jesus! Email: Leslie@EncounterChurch.org
Leslie's experience in childcare helped form our Personal Protection Policy.
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.
Derek was born and raised on the east side of the state but has called West Michigan home for a good portion of his life. He and his wife Keri spend most of their time reading to, dancing with, and chasing around their two little girls Alida and Cassidy. A graduate of Kalamazoo College and Calvin Theological Seminary, Derek works with the staff to help keep things running behind the scenes at Encounter Church. Email: Derek@EncounterChurch.org
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.