Staff

Mike Koetje / Senior Pastor

Pastor Mike has the privilege of serving as Westwood’s pastor.  Before coming to Westwood in November 2014, he served congregations in Grand Haven, MI and Hull, IA.  He grew up in Hudsonville, MI.  While in middle school, he experienced the Holy Spirit nudging him to pursue a career in full-time ministry.  He graduated from Calvin College and Calvin Seminary.

Pastor Mike and his wife Mindy have three children: Alyssa, Nathan, and Mattias.  Pastor Mike enjoy a cup of good hot chocolate and hot fudge shakes, vacations to national parks with his family, gardening, and hiking the many trails throughout West Michigan.  

 

pastor@westwoodcrc.org

Cheri Dykstra / Family Life Coordinator

Cheri takes great joy in building a church community where people of all ages grow closer to Jesus and to each other. She's passionate about serving in areas of children's ministries, intergenerational learning and serving, and neighborhood relationships. Cheri's other loves...New Mexico, the Detroit Tigers, Book Club, her black lab Lily, and every minute spent with her adult kids.


cheri@westwoodcrc.org

Kristina Jipping / Worship Coordinator

Spending most of her life in the Chicago suburbs, Kristina moved across the lake to pursue Choral Conducting at Western Michigan University.  With a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Music from WMU, Kristina enjoys making Kalamazoo/Portage her new home while serving as the Worship Coordinator and Choir Director at Westwood!  In addition to music, she has a passion for small groups and discipleship, loves to learn, and spends plenty of time listening to and reading Tim Keller! 

 

office@westwoodcrc.org


April Sparks/Director of Youth Ministry

April pursued a Youth Ministry major at Kuyper College with a deep desire and call to share the grace and truth of God with her students. She is passionate about being a life-long learner as well as learning to take steps towards healthy risks. April enjoys being outside, reading, breakfast foods, laughing with others, and playing silly games.

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april@westwoodcrc.org


Ginny Hoekstra / Administrative Assistant

Ginny has served Westwood since 1988. Ginny enjoys spending time with her six children and eight grandchildren. She and her husband Dave, enjoy camping in Northern Michigan. 

 

ginny@westwoodcrc.org

Karen Kros / Custodian

Karen works with Genese Kros and Mindy Koetje in keeping the inside of our building clean and welcoming.  She also works full-time at Mulder's Landscape Supplies.  Karen is a master gardener, enjoys baking and being outdoors, and loves spending time with her three adult children.


office@westwoodcrc.org