Meet The Staff

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Rev. Dr. John E. (Jack) Harnish

Effective January 1, 2017, the Staff Parish Relations Committee announced the addition of Rev. Jack Harnish as interim Senior Pastor. Pastor Harnish can be reached through the church office at 616-842-7980 ext 22 or email to pastor@umcdunes.org About Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. John E. (Jack) Harnish Pastor Harnish is a graduate of Asbury College, Asbury Theological Seminary and …read more

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Assistant Pastor – Rev. Eldon Eldred

Effective April 15, 2016, the Staff Parish Relations Committee announced the addition of Rev. Eldon Eldred as a part-time Assistant Pastor. About Our Assistant Pastor: Rev. Eldon Eldred Rev. Eldred served in the West Michigan Conference at Farwell, Edmore, Sparta, and Fremont United Methodist Churches. He also served as Albion District Superintendent, and was the …read more

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Rev. Louis W. Grettenberger (Begins July 9, 2017)

The Staff Parish Relations Commission is pleased to announce that Rev. Louis (Lou) W. Grettenberger will begin preaching on July 9, 2017. You can read more about Pastor Lou, his ministry, service to the United Methodist Church, recent outside committee service and family in his biography, below. Click this link to open Pastor Lou’s biography: …read more

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Interim Assistant Pastor – Rev. David Selleck

The Staff Parish Relations Committee recently announced the addition of Rev. David Selleck as Interim Assistant Pastor (January – March). Pastor Dave has many friends and family in the area, having served at Lakeside UMC in Muskegon.  After his retirement in 2015, he and his wife Anne moved from Manistee where he served as pastor of Manistee …read more

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Office Administrator – Jan Blanchard

Jan Blanchard has been the Office Administrator at Church of the Dunes since May of 2011.  She grew up in the Lansing area, graduating from Eastern High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University and taught high school level mathematics for six years.  Jan has worked in several churches and …read more

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Director of Children’s Ministries – Laura Burns

Laura Burns joined the United Methodist Church of the Dunes team as Director of Children’s Ministries in 2012.  She is in charge of structuring the children’s ministries:  Children in Worship, Son Club, Vacation Bible School and seasonal events.  She is also responsible for coordinating all of the volunteers for these ministries.  It is her joy to …read more

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Director of Youth Ministries – Ashley Boersma

Ashley Boersma graduated from Mona Shores High School and Baker College in Muskegon, MI.  She has extensive background and experience leading elementary Sunday School classes, plus serving as a junior high youth director with Lake Harbor United Methodist Church.  Ashley has also lived in Ohio and, while there, led both junior and senior high school youth ministries.  Her work as a …read more

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Director of Music & Organist – Jean Schuitman

Jean Schuitman has been part of the staff at the Dunes since 1996. Previous to coming, she has served as organist and choir director at churches in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Lansing. She began her music studies under her father—both at the keyboard and in his choirs. This soon led to accompanying choirs …read more

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Youth Choir Director – Cynthia Hicks

Cynthia Hicks joined the Church of the Dunes staff in August 2016. As the director and accompanist of the Youth Choir, her primary goal is to provide a positive and engaging place where the Youth are comfortable being themselves, growing in faith together with their peers, and feeling the power of music as a way …read more

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Director of Jubilation Choir – Carol Kirchner

Carol Kirchner has served as Director of the church’s Jubilation Choir for 24 years.  Prior to that, she directed the “Fifth Sunday Choir,” which evolved into the present-day Jubilation Choir.  She has been involved in music her entire life and enjoys everything about it – working with the people, the energy that comes with music-filled …read more