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.  He received his Master of Divinity Degree at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Pastor Lou has been serving United Methodist congregations for over 30 years. He and his wife Karen are the proud parents …read more

Church Secretary – Cathryn Marshall

Finance Manager – Jan Blanchard

Jan Blanchard is the Finance Manager at Church of the Dunes. Prior to that, she had served as Office Administrator at the church since 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 …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 – Daniel Malseed

Daniel has worked in youth and children’s ministry for several years, and also has experience working in family ministry.

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

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

Assistant Office Administrator – Shirley Chappell