Leadership Flights

Flights make an arrow fly straight and hit the bullseye.


The feathers on the back of an arrow are called the fletching, or flights. There are usually three feathers, evenly spaced, fastened to the arrow between the notch and the cresting that keep the point heading straight forward. The flights keep an arrow from fishtailing and wobbling through the air. When it does that, it will miss the target, and possibly even break. Without flights, even the best marksman with the best bow won’t get a bullseye.


Alive has a very clear target - there are almost 32,000 (yup, thousand) people in the township that don’t have a church home. They may be disconnected from a faith family, and maybe not have a relationship with Jesus. It is Alive’s primary, and almost singular goal to bring LIFE to community, so that when God draws people to himself, they will already be connected to someone who knows Jesus. The Leadership Flights for Alive help keep us flying straight toward that target.


Alive has three flightsthe Council (Elders and Deacons), the Board (administrators for finance, facility, and human resources), and the Staff (the implementers of ministries), to help keep Alive flying straight and true. There are thousands of good things we could do, and hundreds of styles we could become, but of all those good things, there are only some we will do. Those things we do together.


That’s the heart of Alive, the bullseye for Alive— bringing LIFE to community, together. Keep reading for details and descriptions about each flight.

Staff

  • Terry Scholten

    lead pastor

    I get the joy of being Alive’s lead pastor and teacher. Before coming to Alive, I helped lead congregations in Jenison, Hudsonville, Illinois and Indiana in the areas of Students, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care and Leadership. I graduated from Calvin Seminary, Western Seminary, and Dordt College.


    My wife Sheryl and I have two children who are both married and live in Michigan, with two wonderful grandsons. I love dark coffee, reading fiction, all kinds of music, garden and remodel projects, long walks and spending time with my family. I have wild dreams of either being a writer some day, or owning a car wash. My claim to fame: In 1970’s I won a live dance contest doing the “robot” to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony before a live audience.


    terry@aliveinjenison.org

  • SUSAN LACLEAR

    DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR

    I am the new Discipleship Pastor, which means that I have the wonderful responsibility of working with the other discipleship staff to care for and encourage you in your walk with God. On Sunday mornings, you might likely find me engaged in some focused one-on-one conversation with someone, and you will probably never find me multi-tasking! (I’m the worst at it…ask my family!)


    My husband’s name is Michael and we have two children—Alexis and Caleb. I received my MDiv from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, which is also the town where I grew up. After recently spending the last 10 years in Farmington NM, pastoring a Navajo church there, my family and I feel very blessed to be back home in western Michigan!


    I believe that people only really come “alive” as they learn to cooperate with the Spirit of God more closely, trust in Jesus more deeply, and love God more fully. (John 15:5 Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me, you will bear much fruit. Without me you can do nothing.”) So my mission at Alive is to pray, to listen, to counsel, and to encourage you towards these ends.


    susan@aliveinjenison.org

  • Kerri Clark

    Worship Director

    I have the privilege to plan our worship services and help lead the congrgation into worship. My husband, Aaron, and I have 2 young children, Chase and Chelsea. Our family enjoys spending our summers camping.


    kerri@aliveinjenison.org

  • Doug Gelder

    Worship & Event Productions Director

    I get to do what I really love, lead our production teams on Sunday morning.  My wife, Rachelle, and I have 3 daughters, Jessica, Kelsey and Morgan.  Our family enjoys  spending time together.


    doug@aliveinjenison.org

  • Carrie Rodgers

    College & Young Adult Discipleship Director

    I have the best job in the world! I get to combine my love for Jesus, discipleship and coffee along with college and young adults. I joined the Alive team in July of 2012 and would worship here even if I didn't work here. You will often see me on a Sunday morning with my nephew Aiden and a cup of coffee. I love this journey and it is important to me to make sure everyone feels welcome and connected...even if you're not a college student or young adult. When I am not here I like to spend time with my friends or binge watching netflix. 


    carrie@aliveinjenison.org

  • Evan Bronkema

    Student summer Interim Director

    My name is Evan Bronkema! I started attending Alive the summer of 2014 and I've loved it ever since! I now have the privilege of directing the Student Ministries. My biggest passion is seeing teenagers open their hearts to Christ! Feel free to ask me about anything! I’m a huge music and theatre nerd and can talk about it for hours. And I’m always down to play a round of Mario Kart for whoever wants to challenge me.


    evan@aliveinjenison.org

  • Khristy Hansen

    Office & facilities Manager

    I joined the staff as office manager in August of 2015. I'm enjoying the time spent helping the Board of Directors with the day to day work in the office and the time getting to fellowship with the people that make Alive Ministries come alive. My family and I have been attending regularly since Alive moved into the old Georgetown Library building. We have enjoyed the journey that Alive has taken our family on. I am married to Bob and we have three girls and one son-in-law. When we are not at church you will probably find our family on a sports field someplace or working a concession stand at Jenison High School.


    Contact Khristy with facility reservation requests. Please include date, time starting and ending, and number of people expected.


    khristy@aliveinjenison.org

  • Jill Scholma

    Building Custodian

    I have to privilege to clean up after everybody, from services to kids having fun at 263. I enjoy being on the Journey with Alive! I love the people and I love the coffee! 


    In my free time I enjoy working in my frame shopping in the spring I help coach softball at Unity Christian. My husband, Randy, and I have 3 grown children, two of which are married. As a family we enjoy camping, fishing and going to sporting events. 

  • emily garcia

    Creative Communications Coordinator

    I am the Creative Communications Coordinator at Alive. That means that I am in charge of all things visual, whether it's inside the church, outside the church, or online. I have my Bachelor's in Graphic Design from Grand Valley, and have worked with several churches and Christian non-profits. I specialize in consistent branding, and have an obsession with anything type.

    I'm married to my best friend, Michael, and we spend our free time exploring, biking, creating, Netflix/Hulu surfing, and laughing at our cats.


    emily@aliveinjenison.org

  • Juliana Clink

    Children's Ministry Director

    I am thankful for the privilege and delight of sharing the hope I have in Christ as the Children’s Ministry Director here at Alive Ministries. From a young age, I knew that I loved Jesus and am thrilled with the opportunity to share my faith and encourage, equip, and empower others to grow in faith in Jesus, as well. I have been a teacher, Worship Arts Minister, dance teacher, Children’s Ministry Director, speaker, and have served in ministry to women, children, and adults in multiple volunteer capacities. Yet, no matter where I am or what I am doing in life, I have continued to see God’s faithfulness and love- often in surprising ways.


    I grew up in Jenison (my maiden name was Triggs), lived in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Grand Rapids, Emo, Ontario, and am now back in Jenison, with my husband, Troy, of 25 years. We have 4 children—Jonathan, Nathanial, Darnell, and Cheyenne—and a little dog named Ollie. I love to write songs, read, sing, go to movies, watch upbeat Bollywood and Korean Dramas, and hang out with my family whenever I can. I look forward to growing together in Christ with Alive Ministries—not just as a staff member, but as one in the body of Christ.


    juliana@aliveinjenison.org

  • DIAne Konynenbelt

    Adult discipleship director

    I have the privilege of serving as the Adult Discipleship Director, alongside some amazing team members, as we encourage you in your walk with God. I am a graduate of Hope College and Western Seminary. Before coming to Alive, I served congregations in the Holland, Grand Rapids, and Rockford area in Small Group Ministry, Education and Formation, and as lead pastor.


    My husband Harry and I have two children: Chad and Tammi, a great son-in-law Gary, and two beautiful grand daughters Summer and Aubrey. The boss in our home is our 7 lb dog Snickers. I love reading, gardening, quiet moments on the beach with God, sunsets, and spending time with family and friends. My life's passion is to share the hope found only in our Savior Jesus Christ.


    diane@aliveinjenison.org

Council

In partnership with the Board of Directors and Staff, the Council of Elders & Deacons

will ensure missional worship, discipleship and care. 


For all those that are traveling with Alive, 

we have made it easy for you to identify who your elder and deacon are based on last names: 


                                                                  Elders                                     Deacons

                                               A-B  ••  Conrad VanderWerf          //            Teresa Waterloo  ••  A-B

                                               C-G  ••  Rol Scholma                     //               Kim Haverdink  ••  C-G   

                                               H-K  •• Stephanie Elders               //                 Jeff Wierenga  ••  H-K

                                               L-Q  •• Bob Palma                         //         Shelley Vanderwal  ••  L-Q

                                               R-U  ••  Katie Elliott                      //                Brian Karsten  ••  R-U

                                               V-Z  ••  Steve Kloosterhouse        //             Jeff Rylaarsdam  ••  V-Z


We are blessed to come alongside you as you continue to grow as a disciple of Jesus. 

Please let us know if there are connection or care needs that we can help you with on your journey.


Family Life Dinners

The Council is hosting potlucks for families to get to know them and get to know each other better. 

Come with a dish to pass and enjoy a fun, family meal! 

November 13 •• Last names beginning with A-G

January 29 •• Last names beginning with H-Q

March 12 •• Last names beginning with R-Z

  • Con

    VanderWerf

    elder  ••  A-B

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  • Teresa

    Waterloo

    Deacon •• A-B

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  • Rol

    Scholma

    Elder  ••  C-G

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  • Kim

    Haverdink

    Deacon  ••  C-G

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  • Stephanie

    Elders

    Elder  ••  H-K

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  • Jeff

    Wierenga

    Deacon  ••  H-K

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  • Bob

    PALMA

    Elder  ••  L-Q

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  • Shelley

    Vanderwal

    Deacon  ••  L-Q

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  • Katie

    Elliott

    Elder  ••  R-U

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  • Brian

    Karsten

    Deacon  ••  R-U

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  • Steve

    Kloosterhouse

    Elder  ••  V-Z

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  • Dale CAMMENGA

      V-Z

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Board

Alive's Board is tasked with setting the ministry free by directing its finances, facilities, 

human resources and administration. 

These administrative functions, in collaboration with the Council and the Staff, help the Elders and Deacons

focus primarily on missional worship, engaging discipleship, and pastoral care. 

What a great way to live into our spiritual giftedness! 

  • Tom Waterloo

    President

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  • John Carrier

    VICE PRESIDENT

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  • Jamie Prins

    Treasurer

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  • Andy Benes

    Secretary

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  • Terry

    Scholten

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  • Sue

    Helmus

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  • Matt Michmerhuizen

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  • Kristen

    Paul

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  • LON

    Stahlbusch

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