Pastors & Staff


Lead Pastor

John has been the Pastor of First Reformed Church since 2006 and considers this to be the best church anyone could ever serve. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has 3 kids. John's passion for ministry is in the area of church revitalization. He holds degrees from Rutgers University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Grand Haven, John was a Chaplain in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq.


Congregational Care

John has been the Pastor of Congregational Care at First Reformed Church since 2017. Before that he served as a missionary to Japan, as a Senior Pastor, and an Associate Pastor. John enjoys being with people and sharing the good news of God's grace in Christ through pastoral care in all kinds of situations. He and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in Grand Haven for many years after serving Trinity Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Word of Hope Church in Fruitport, and Beechwood Reformed Church in Holland. John has degrees from Trinity Christian College, Western Theological Seminary, and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. The Koedykers have four adult children and seven grandchildren. John also enjoys writing. He has a bi-monthly religion column in the Grand Haven Tribune and is a regular writer for the Words of Hope devotional booklet.

Carolyn Manting

Worship Director & Office Administrator

Carolyn moved to West Michigan when she attended Hope College and studied vocal music education. She taught music for two years at Hamilton Middle/High School before taking the position of Director of Music at First Reformed Church. She developed a handbell choir, a vocal choir, and a worship team. She has also worked with Junior High Youth Group, Stephen Ministry, Awana, and Worship on the Waterfront. After four decades of serving this church she is still involved with music, serving as an elder, being part of the worship planning team, and working as the church secretary. Carolyn also enjoys spending time with her two married children and five grandchildren.

skot lokers

Worship Leader & Media Coordinator

Skot was born and raised in West Michigan. He has been at First Reformed Church since 2018, returning to Grand Haven after 9 years of living and doing ministry in California. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Carie, and they have 3 children, Isaac, Isabelle, and Iliana. Skot attended Kuyper College (Reformed Bible College) and has a degree in Worship Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

ashley vanarkel

Youth Ministry

Ashley has been involved in youth ministry at First Reformed Church since 2009. Having been raised in this church she feels blessed by the opportunity to disciple our youth as they grow in their faith and develop a relationship with Jesus. Ashley is an elementary school teacher and has a degree in Language Arts for Elementary Education from Hope College.

brenda donselar

Financial Secretary

Brenda was born and raised in Grand Haven and still continues to live in the Trinity-Cities area with her husband Steve. She has been the financial secretary at First Reformed Church since 2009. She has three grown children and three grandchildren. In her spare time she loves trying to keep up with the grandkids, both one on one and trying to attend as much as she can of what they are involved in.

bob koning

Building Maintenance

Bob has been a long-time member of First Reformed Church. He and his wife, Julie have four adult daughters. Bob has taught for many years at Grand Haven Christian School and is also a licensed builder. He spent a summer as a commercial carpenter and led the building project for Haven Shores Reformed Church. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Calvin College and a Master's Degree from Grand Valley State University.

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