Director of Music & Organist – Jean Schuitman

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Jean Schuitman Music Director

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 and serving as substitute organist. As a teen, Jean took her first church position as organist and choir accompanist. After her older children were in school full time, she returned to Grand Valley State University to finish college and pursue a degree in music. Her studies were in organ and choral conducting.

Here at the Dunes, a few of her tasks include directing five choirs, playing the organ for services, worship planning, planning the music schedule, and coordinating the five other music staff members. Her greatest joy in this position is helping members of all ages and talents lead others in our worship services. Privately, she also enjoys the time spent teaching others to play the piano and organ. Her students range in age from 7 to 80.

Jean is married to Jim and they are parents of three daughters and grandparents of five. Jim has been employed in the banking industry during most of their marriage. Together they enjoy family, travel and boating.  Also, their youngest daughter has led them to be involved in horses over the past years and now they especially enjoy watching her compete and show in the dressage discipline with her horse.

“Serving God through music and the ability to share it with others has been an unexpected blessing and career path. You see, I surely was not going to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a church musician. God definitely had other plans.”  Contact Jean via e-mail: or direct phone 616-842-7980 x27