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Rebekah Kennedy
Director of Serving & First Impressions

How will you invest your time and talents?

God has given each of us spiritual gifts, talents, and areas of passion, and He invites us to steward them well by serving His church and our broken world.

Whether it’s serving the local community through our Care Center; leading a small group for students or adults; greeting guests before a weekend service; or serving behind-the-scenes with our production teams, you can make a difference in the lives of others when you get plugged into a serving role you love. And you’ll make lasting friendships along the way.

Steps to get Started:

  1. From the list below connect with the Coordinator of that area. We will meet with you about our volunteer opportunities & answer any questions you may have.
  2. If you already know where you want to serve, complete a Volunteer Application to apply for a position. We will notify you once it is processed.
  3. Welcome to the Team Email.
  4. Orientation of Role.
  5. Select Serving Assignments/Shifts.
  6. Start Serving!

If you have any questions along the way, contact Rebekah Kennedy.

Needs of the Church

Facilities Maintenance

  • Adopt a Room. Individual or group cleaning in the same area each week. Times and Days are available throughout the week.
  • Office Detail Team. Pray for staff while detail cleaning their offices. Monday – Thursday in the evening.
  • Carpet Spill Removal. Individual to use carpet machine to clean up spills and spots. Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 3:00PM in 2 hour periods.
  • Restroom Detail Team. Two person team to clean restrooms. Monday – Thursday mornings.
  • Snow Removal Team. Assist on sidewalk snow removal choose one or two mornings a week.
  • Grounds Equipment Care. Individual to do preventative care on lawn mowers and other grounds equipment on day a week, Monday – Thursday.
    • Coordinator: Ken Meines

Sunday Morning

  • Serve a group of kids birth – 5 years old.
    • Coordinator: Zach Schmuck

First Impressions Volunteers

  • Greeters
    Warmly welcome & answer questions those that come to worship on Sunday morning.
  • Ushers
    Warmly welcome guests into the sanctuary. Assist guests to their seats.
    • Coordinator: Rebekah Kennedy


Emergency Response Team

  • This team includes security & medical support. A high level of observation is needed in order to maintain a safe worship environment. Additional certification may be required.
    • Coordinator: Don Tuuri


Parking Lot Attendants

  • Help direct traffic flow to provide order and safe entry to worshipers along with welcoming guests and alerting the safety team of any medical or security concerns.
    • Coordinator: Ken Meines

Prison Ministry

  • Serve in either an area prison or Kent County Jail (Ionia, Bellamy Creek, Handlon, Brooks, Muskegon) worship service one Sunday a month. Be part of the worship team, read scripture or pray. Those that serve in this area must provide their own transportation & complete a background check.
  • Coordinator: Ardo Draper

Neighbors International

  • Friendship Family
      • Meeting with students once a month for dinner or activity (game night, shopping, bowling, etc). Pray for them on a regular basis & connect with them once a week. Training is provided.
      • Coordinator: Sonja Yeates
  • Van Driver
      • Drive students from their location to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the Neighbors International Banquet in the fall. Valid driver’s license is needed. Training & support is provided.
      • Coordinator: Sonja Yeates
  • Airport Greeter
      • Serve on Sunday afternoons or evenings to greet international college students as they arrive at the Grand Rapids Airport. Assist students in finding their luggage and to get a taxi. A gift for the student will be provided. Training and support for the volunteer will also be provided.
      • Coordinator: Sonja Yeates

Language Cafe

  • In the Gathering Place every Thursday 6:30-8:00pm, practice English with international individuals from the Grand Rapids area. Games & conversational topics are provided. Social activities are also planned throughout the year.
  • Coordinator: Gary and Linda Rodenburg

Assist those of varied ages and abilities on Sunday Mornings. Additional serving opportunities are Prayer Warrior, Technical Support and Greeters.

  • Coordinator: Judi Warner

Seventh & Eighth

  • There are various needs within the 7th & 8th Ministry: Co-lead a small group, provide tech and sound support, facilitate worship, mentor a student, or host us for an event. 7th & 8th meets regularly on Wednesday evening & Sunday mornings. Events are also scheduled throughout the year.
    • Coordinator: Ann Bagley

High School

  • In the high school ministry, our aim is to create a place for students to encounter Jesus, enjoy meaningful relationships with their peers, receive encouragement from older believers who are passionate about their faith, make memories that become defining moments, and embrace their place in the large church – all while having the most possible fun in community together. Leaders serve in youth group on Sundays 6:00-9:00PM. Volunteers are also encouraged to build relationships with students during events or organize hangout time with their small groups. We look forward to having you serve as a volunteer with the high school ministry or partnering with us in some other way.
    • Coordinator: Josh Karhan

Tech Support

  • Responsible for advancing video wall slides & moderating our online chat for service streamed online. Training & support will be provided. This position is for Sunday mornings.
    • Coordinator: Mark Kotlarczyk

Worship Team

  • Rehearsals for choir and orchestra are Wednesday evenings & Sunday mornings. The praise band rehearses on Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings. The team is asked to participate in both services on Sunday. There is an application, audition & short interview to participate.
    • Coordinator: Christie Thompson