Board of elders and deacons

The Consistory is our governing board here at Faith Reformed Church.

  • Our Consistory consists of six Elders, six Deacons and two of our Pastors. 
  • Elders are responsible for the spiritual life of the congregation. They receive individuals into membership of the church, and plan and participate in the observance of sacraments. 
  • Deacons lead in ministries of mercy, justice, service, and outreach. They care for the needs of people within the congregation and in the surrounding community

A list of our Elders and Deacons, along with some personal biographical information is listed below. If you would like to contact one of our Elders or Deacons, click on their name to open an email window.

For the convenience of our congregation, copies of Consistory meeting minutes may be obtained through the Church Office (231.947.7082).

     My wife Sue and I moved to Traverse City in 1980. We have been married 40 years and have 2 children, Kate and Steve and 7 grandchildren, all of whom live in Traverse City. We have been at Faith Reformed Church since 1996.

My career path includes public accounting and teaching at Ferris State University. In 2000 I retired from teaching to enter seminary to become a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the RCA. I served as a hospice chaplain before serving in full-time ministry at Faith Reformed Church, where I held the positions of Director of Caring Ministries and Associate Pastor. Currently I am a member of the worship team and serve as a teacher in the Sunday morning learning hour. In my spare time I volunteer for Freedom Builder Missions and enjoy life with my family.

Contact Dave Anderson

I have been a part of Faith Reformed Church for nearly 20 years. I attended youth group at Faith Reformed Church and went to college at Indiana Wesleyan University. I am currently a middle school teacher and educational counselor at Traverse City Christian School, working there for almost 11 years. Elizabeth and I have been married for 8 years and have 3 beautiful children (Zoey-6, Gideon-3, and Jonathan-1.) Interests and passions include adoption, helping kids from hard places, coaching baseball, and history. I love sports and spending time at home with my family.

Contact Steve Anderson

My family and I are fairly new members of Faith. We became members in 2017. My wife, Alison, and I have three sons, Nolan, Louie, and Arlo who keep us busy with different sporting events. My interests include playing basketball and various sports with my sons. I work as a project manager for a LED lighting company here in town. I look forward to serving to the best of my ability as a Deacon here at Faith.

Contact Eric Briethaupt

My husband, Dennis, and I have been going to Faith for about 21 years. Our daughter Cassidy is 18 and going to NMC, and our son Sam is 17 and a senior at Traverse City West High School. Things I love are watching my daughter and son play sports and Christmas!

Contact Brenda DeKuiper

Kortney Hawkins, Deacon

     I was born in Big Rapids, Michigan but moved to Traverse City at a year old.  Northern Michigan has been my home for my whole life.  My parents settled here and found a church home at Faith Reformed Church.  I feel very blessed to come from a loving Christian home and enjoy worshiping with my parents on Sundays. 

     I met my best friend and husband in middle school, and after high school, we attended college at NMC for 2 years before transferring to Northern Michigan University in Marquette.  We both received our undergrad degrees in Education and moved back to the Traverse City area to receive our Master's degree.  I have been a Special Education teach for Kingsley Area schools for 16 years.  My husband and I love the small town environment that Kingsley offers our family.  

     My husband, Jamie, and I were married at Faith Reformed in May, 1998.  We have 2 daughters, Avery and Allie.  As a family we enjoy many outdoor activities such as hunting, gardening, hiking, softball and snowboarding.  We have a beautiful little homestead that is one of my favorite places in the world. 

     I am humbled to be called to be on Consistory in a church that has been home to me for the last 40 years.  I am excited to participate with the good things God has planned for our church in the future.

Contact Kortney Hawkins

I was born in Grand Rapids, MI, into a wonderful Christ-centered family, and raised in the Christian faith. As an adult, I realized I had to decide whether “the faith of our fathers” was indeed my faith, and after some soul-searching, my decision was “yes.” I saw that, if indeed, “in the beginning God created” and if indeed, 2000 years ago Jesus really walked out of His grave three days after He really died...then that changes

EVERYTHING. If that is true, there is simply nothing more important than that fact and to follow Someone who did that - for me and for you!

Forty years ago I came to TC for some electronics education under the GI Bill. I worked with computer hardware and software, including the Lear building on S. Airport Rd. Since retiring in 2004, I increasingly realize that every day is God’s good gift, and I hope to serve Him each day as best I can.

Contact Fred Hofstra

Jan Kelly, Deacon

My husband Dan and I have been members of Faith Reformed Church for 25 years. We have 3 married children, Joshua (Marcy), Samuel (Paige), Alexi (Kevin).

We have 2 grandchildren, Tori and Jackson, born to Alexi and Kevin.

I work with Dan in our catering business in the accounting area. I am also involved in Community Bible Study, our Faith Reformed Church small group, and Pilates.

I enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren which involves traveling to the Chicago area, Asheville, NC and hopefully in near future Okinawa, Japan, where our son Samuel is serving in the USMC.

I also enjoy outdoor activities such as downhill and cross-country sking, biking, snorkeling and walking our 2 dogs, Maya and River.

Contact Jan Kelly

Chuck Lamper, Elder

     Born and raised in the Grand Rapids area, I was baptized at age 8 and joined my parent's church at age 17, having been told that was the thing to do.  However, during the following years my life didn't reflect the stand that I had taken for Christ.  One Sunday God used the pastor's sermon to help me understand the way I was living was not what I had promised the Lord several years before.  At 22 I recommitted to the Lord and asked Him to help me live for Him. 

     The pastor's wife invited their son's school teacher, Ruth Gerritsen, to church.  She attended our adult class and later became the Junior Choir director.  I asked her for a date, which she accepted and I took her to the stock car races at Marne... not knowing she hated auto racing.  Thankfully that didn't end our relationship and we married in 1966.  We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in 2016. 

     I have previously served as a deacon and an elder.  We moved to Traverse City after retiring from Consumers Energy in 1998, and chose Faith Reformed as our place of worship.   

     We have enjoyed attending many classes and ministries over the years, both at FRC and beyond.  Because the Lord has chosen me to serve as elder once again, I will strive to do my best and to honor Him in doing so.

Contact Chuck Lamper

Brothers and sisters in Christ. I have been a member of FRC since 1995. I have volunteered several years in the FRC nursery and as a member on the mission committee, as well as other volunteer positions. I have been blessed to take part in several mission trips nationally and internationally. 

I continue to experience the love and joy that our Savior freely provides to his children and pray that you do as well.

My wife Sara and I have been married for forty two years. We have been blessed with three children and seven grandchildren.

I am now partially retired as I continue to work part time at the Elk Rapids Harbor. My professional career has been in local government. In my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing and wood working.

Contact Bob Peterson

Dan Reynolds, Deacon

I was raised in Orland Park, IL as a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church. I attended North Park University, where I met my wife, Becky. I am a self-employed independent insurance agent in Traverse city. I enjoy running, cycling, and playing all sports imaginable. I am an avid and steadfast Chicago sports fan.

Becky and I moved to Traverse City 4 years ago and have been regularly attending Faith Reformed Church with our three daughters (Rielyn 6, Kirsten 4, and Annalise 1) for the past 3 1/2 years. We became members last February. Faith Reformed Church has embraced our family and we’ve been blessed by its community in our transition to life up north. We feel at home at Faith Reformed Church.

Contact Dan Reynolds

I am married to Judith and have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a granddog. I retired from Shell Oil Co. as an Environmental Engineer after 30 years, mostly based in Michigan. We first came to Faith Reformed Church in 1992. I was transferred to New Orleans for the final 5 years of my working career and returned to Traverse City and FRC in 2012. I enjoy family (a lot), hiking, construction, and talking theology.

Contact Steve Rouse

I have attended FRC since 1977, when I moved from McBain to Traverse City and began my career as a CPA. My wife Cathy and I have been blessed with two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. I very much enjoy spending time with my family and my hobbies include gardening, woodworking and following the Detroit Tigers. I am trusting in God’s strength, wisdom and guidance as I begin serving as an elder for FRC.

Contact Dale Vanderwal