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).

steve anderson, deacon

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.

dale barker, Deacon

I was born in Zanesville, Ohio and was raised in the Episcopal Church where I was Baptized.  After receiving my Engineering degree, I moved to Southern Indiana where I accepted the Lord as my Savior.  After several years in Indiana, I then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where I became very active in scuba diving.  With this hobby, God arranged for me to meet a wonderful Christian woman, Starr, whom later would become my wife.  While in Grand Rapids, I received my Captain License which I used to conduct scuba diving charters and boat tours. After a number of years in Grand Rapids, I moved to a small town just outside Cleveland, Ohio as my career changed from manufacturing to retail management.  From Ohio, I moved to Traverse City in 2003.  Starr and I were married in 2005 when she returned to Traverse City.  I have just gone into semi-retirement at the end of 2014. 

In 2010 I became a member of Faith Reformed Church.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve on the F.R.C. Media Team.  I am grateful for growing in faith in our Lord through the fellowship and teachings in the body of Christ here at Faith Reformed Church. 

My husband, Ron, and I are originally from McBain, MI.  We moved to Traverse City in 1966 when Ron began his teaching career.  We have worshiped at Faith for over 35 years, and have been married for 50.  After raising our children, I was employed as an activity director for West Senior High School.  After 10 years, I left West High to more fully engage in discipleship.  We have been blessed with a family of believers, five married children, and 13 grandchildren.   My love language is cooking for anyone who eats so I have a huge collection of recipes and dishpan hands.

Now the Lord has decided to make me an elder.   I feel inadequate, but will rely on His provision to carry out the duties.  And as always, God will be faithful to provide.  From a young age, I attended church, but not until my 30's did I begin to sit alone with God, pray, and read His Word.  It was then that I learned what is meant by, "...a relationship with God."  It is my passion that everyone would come to know what I did not know for far too many years.  True reality is living life with God through God for God.

In 1987, after sitting alone with God for seven years, He called me to discipleship ministry - encouraging believers to grow in faithfulness.  Since that time I have been active in one-on-one and group discipleship, small group ministry, an intercessory prayer ministry, and writing for the purpose of Christian encouragement.  I welcome every opportunity to instruct believers on how to have an effective quiet time with God.  If I might be of help to you please contact me.

I will serve to the best of my ability, not because of who I am, but because of whose I am. May God, through the Family of Faith, be glorified.

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 teacher 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. 

I grew up in a bible believing, non-denominational church in West Michigan, and come from a family of very faithful Christ followers. I was saved at an early age, and have always felt very strong in my faith and my personal relationship with our Savior. My favorite verse, and one that I have leaned on often, is Philippians 4:13; I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. This life is full of challenges, and we are sometimes called to do things that seem difficult, or faced with situations in life that seem impossible, and knowing that we have an all-loving, ever-powerful God that "has our back" is a source of strength and peace that I can't imagine living without.

My husband, Randy, and I have been married for almost 25 years. He was my high school sweetheart. We married young, had an early family, and have both worked really hard for our home to be a fun, loving, nurturing, and stable setting where both we and our kids have grown up. Randy and I were both born and raised in Michigan, and feel that it is one of the best places to raise a family.

We moved to Traverse City in 1997 and love calling TC home. After searching for a church home for a few years, we were introduced to FRC and started attending in 2001. Randy has played guitar in the Worship team here at FRC for the past several years and works locally in Truss sales. I have worked in the medical field for over 25 years, and have been the Office Manager at Bayside Allergy for the past seven years. We love being active outside, and all that Traverse City has to offer for outdoor activities. In the summer you will usually find us on the water somewhere nearby!

We have three great kids who have now grown up here at Faith Reformed Church. Abby, is currently a sophomore at TC Central High School and active in dance, choir, and the FRC youth group. Brayden, is active in the United States Navy and serving as a Petty Officer on the USS Carl Vinson, stationed out of San Diego, California. Courtney, is married to Andy and lives in Traverse City. They have given us two beautiful granddaughters, Olivia and Eloise. We truly love being parents, and now grandparents, and feel that there is no greater gift here on earth than our time spent having fun and making memories with them.

      First, I am humbled to have been chosen for this position of Elder. I am also apprehensive to be in a position of responsibility of leadership within our church. I hope to listen and pray before making decisions. I also ask the congregation to pray for us all as we serve you.

     I was raised in a family that was always in full time Christian Ministry. I was raised as a Missionary Kid in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When we moved back to the States we worked at Camp Barakel in Fairview, Michigan. When I graduated from High School I headed off to Moody Bible Institute as a Music Major from there I headed out to Kansas to Hesston College flight school where I learned how to fly. I married Kathy in 1984 and we have three awesome boys Andrew, Matthew and Nathan. In September, 2014, we added a beautiful daughter in law, Amanda, who married Andrew. In August 2015 we added another daughter in law, Kim, who married Matthew. Our boys are all grown so we are now empty nesters. I am currently enrolled back at Moody Bible Institute in a Biblical Studies Program. I would like to someday get a Masters of Divinity. I have also been able to return to the Congo with Samaritan’s Purse over the past few years.

      Faith Reformed Church has played a big role in my personal and family’s relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been here at FRC since December of 1992. We consider FRC family and we enjoy every one that we have worked with over the years. I have a special place in my heart for the Missions Committee and those that serve with me on that comittee. FRC is home to our family and we have been encouraged by the support we have received both in mission trips abroad and our son Matthew’s fulltime education at Western Theological Seminary. FRC has a real outreach to those outside of our doors. We all come to the “Throne of Grace” broken but as Jesus says in John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” We can than stand on what Paul writes in Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” What a hope we have God does not stand in condemnation but rather chose us out of his mercy to provide a way to righteousness.                                                       

                                                    We Serve an Amazing God!!!

chuck lamper, ELDER

Born and raised in the Grand Rapids area, my parents joined Fairview Reformed Church when I was 8 years old and I was baptized at that time.  I joined the church at 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 a wonderful lodge in the Smokey Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN in June 2016 with our son, daughter and our five grandchildren.

I have previously served as deacon and as elder.  Retiring from Consumers Energy in 1998, we moved to Traverse City and chose Faith Reformed as our place of worship.  We attended the “Getting to Know Faith” classes and joined FRC.

After attending the 55+ Bible study for several years, I was asked to lead the weekly study.  We have great discussions and I thank God for each of our participants.

I also served with the Tool Time Ministry here at FRC for 9 years, helping many in this community with things such as moving, painting, building wheelchair ramps, and minor repairs around the homes of those in difficult situations.

Eight or nine years ago in was encouraged to get involved with Crossroad Bible Institute, which ministers to those in our nation’s prison system.  Prisoners join CBI, receive a Bible study lesson and daily Roadmap which helps them study, learn and write down what they have learned.  Each week I receive a packet from a prisoner to correct  and review their Roadmap work, write a letter of encouragement, and mail it back.  I’ve  had lessons from every state except Hawaii. I’m very encouraged by what many of these prisoners write regarding how the Lord is at work in their lives.

The Lord has chosen me to serve as elder once again.  I will strive to do my best and to honor Him in so doing.

My wife, Meg, and I have attended Faith Reformed Church since our arrival in Traverse City in 1990. We attended Community of Joy during its season, where I was honored to serve as an Elder.

Meg and I are physicians and work together at Northern Michigan Medicine and Pediatrics. We have been blessed with 4 children and 2 grandchildren, whom we cherish. I also like to be outdoors doing almost anything.

Faith Reformed Church, my work, and my family have been the three strands of strength and service that bind me to Christ. I am grateful to Him for each of these.

steve rouse, elder

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.

andy terrell, deacon

I have attended Faith Reformed Church for about ten years and have been a member for six years. My wife, Sara, and I have two wonderful boys, Quinten and Silas. We enjoy working around the Terrell homestead in the garden and yard in our free time.

I have enjoyed getting “plugged in” at Faith and currently volunteer on the Media Team, Youth Ministry, and on Consistory as a Deacon. 

I praise the Lord for continually bringing me closer to Him and all the great relationships he has helped me make here at FRC. My goal is to help others get “plugged in” as I have seen what it has done for me spiritually.

I joined Faith Reformed Church shortly after moving to Traverse City from California in 2005. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and seek his guidance every day of my life. I have previously served as a Deacon here during the transition of pastors and various facility modifications.

My wife, Michal (Mike), and I have been married over 51 years and have four grandchildren.