Meet The Staff

Pastor Louis Grettenberger Sq

Senior Pastor – Rev. Lou Grettenberger

Rev. Louis (Lou) W. Grettenberger began his ministry at the Church of the Dunes 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: Pastor Lou Grettenberger Bio.


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

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

Director of Music – Megan Horist

Megan brings a wealth of experience to Church of the Dunes. She has served as director of music and worship arts at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, and as director of worship arts at Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven. In addition, she has been the director of choral and instrumental music at …read more

Director of Children’s Ministries

Applications are currently being accepted for Director of Children’s Ministries at Church of the Dunes. While the search process is underway, Children’s Ministry programming and activities are being ably coordinated and run by experienced volunteers.

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

Director of Communications – Carla Kocher

Carla has extensive experience working on outreach strategies for faith-based, nonprofit, and government-funded organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Minnesota State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

Organist and Accompanist – Marna Jeffery

Marna Jeffery has been a member of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes since 1967.  Prior to becoming Organist and Accompanist in 2018, she was Choir Accompanist and Assistant Organist for over 40 years.  Marna retired from the Grand Haven Area Public Schools where she was a Choir Accompanist for 17 years.  She has …read more

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

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