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The Mars Hill Team

Put a name to a face and meet the people behind the scenes.

Mars Hill Staff

Meet the friendly faces committed to serving the Mars Hill community.

Josh Beal

Assistant Technical Director

Michelle Brummel - executive assistant

Michelle Brummel

Executive Assistant

Brian Catlett - congregational care pastor

Brian Catlett

Care + Connection Pastor

Kristi Chapin - students ministry assistant

Kristi Chapin

Students Ministry Assistant

Stacy Dejonge - kids ministry assistant

Stacy DeJonge

Database Manager

Tracy Dicocco - special needs coordinator

Trace DiCocco

Embrace Director

Angela Douglas - babies weekend coordinator

Angela Douglass

Kids Pastor

Ashlee Eiland - formation and preaching pastor

Ashlee Eiland

Co-Lead Pastor

Delwin Eiland - worship pastor

Delwin Eiland

Worship Pastor

Laurie Gordon - office manager

Laurie Gordon

Office Manager

Nicole Grasmeyer - echo pastor

Nicole Grasmeyer

Echo Pastor [6th-8th Grade]

Terry Grooters Jr - facilities support

Terry Grooters, Jr

Facilities Support

Troy Hatfield - associate pastor

Troy Hatfield

Co-Lead Pastor

Dan Johnson - production technology director and facilities director

Dan Johnson

Production Technology + Facilities Director

Denise Kingdom Grier

Mobilization + Renewal Pastor

Holly Kroeze - communications director

Holly Kroeze

Creative Director

Kyle Lake - anthem and family life pastor

Kyle Lake

Anthem [9th-12th grade] Pastor + Family Life Director

Tim Nelson - formation pastor

Tim Nelson

Associate Pastor

Jan Polinskey - facilities support

Jan Polinskey

Facilities Support

Kenton Sanders - director of operations

Kenton Sanders

Director of Operations

Chad Thoreson

Kids Coordinator

Beth Van Dyke

Finance Manager

Holly Vanderyacht - community life and congregational care assistant

Holly VanderYacht

Community + Care Ministry Assistant

The Board of Elders

Meet the spiritual leaders who keep Mars Hill on track.

John Booy

Elder [ Vice Chair ]

John has attended Mars Hill since 2004. He is the co-founder, and superintendent of The Potter’s House School, as well as a devoted father to his sons, Josh and Seth, daughter-in-law Kafui, and grandson, Dinesh. He taught at GRPS for 27 years. John has...

Jon Hess


Jon is a recently retired Law Enforcement Administrator and Executive serving West Michigan for 40 years. The bulk of his career [35 years] was spent with the Kent County Sheriff Department. Jon and his wife Susan live in Grandville and have attended Mars...

Deb Hoover


Deb and her husband John have been attending Mars Hill Bible Church since 2002 and are inspired by the vision of Mars Hill as a diverse people uniting to be a Jesus people for the sake of the world. Deb has been deeply blessed by being a Torah Club member...

Susan Lukaart

Elder [ Chair ]

A member of Mars Hill since the very beginning, Susan strives to use her gifts and resources to join in God’s work, and centers her life around the mission of loving God and others. She is a "redirected" public school teacher and administrator with a...

Kate Neckers


Kate has attended Mars Hill for many years. For her, it’s been a place that is constantly surprising her with invitations to seek deeper communion with God. 

She’s been involved with various ministries over the years, and was part of the...

Chris Palmer

Elder [ Treasurer ]

Chris, his wife, Sarah, and their three young children, Olivia, Graham, and Eden have been part of Mars Hill since moving from Colorado. Chris is a social entrepreneur with a professional background in impact-focused startups. He currently works in...

Paul Pearson


Paul and his wife, Emily, with their three children have been a part of Mars Hill since 2010. Paul has served in various ministry roles at Mars Hill and loves to see the body of Christ follow the leading of the Spirit. Paul works for SpringGR, a business...

Ryan Roff


Ryan Roff is a social entrepreneur with a passion for using business to create measurable change and social justice. He is the CEO and an owner of boldSOCKS in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also the co-founder of Statement Sockwear, an ethically manufactured...

Bennett Samuel


Bennett is a Senior Clinical Research Specialist at Medtronic working on post approval clinical surveillance of neurovascular medical devices.

Born and raised in India, Bennett grew up in a region where only 2% of the population is Christian. His...

Jerry VanderLugt


Jerry and his wife, Diane, have attended Mars Hill for over 20 years. Jerry is the founder of JVL Wealth Strategies, a financial advisory firm. Jerry currently serves on the Finance Committee and Operations Sub Team. Jerry and Diane have six adult...

John Zacharias


John and Susie have been at Mars Hill for about eight years now. He has two grown children, Spencer [+ Danielle] and Kate. He has spent his career in the industrial automation field, graduating as an engineer from Michigan Tech and working at Rockwell...

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