Immanuel’s Staff

Senior Pastor

Rev. Jake Porter  email

I love to get God’s people excited to participate in God’s mission through a deeper and a continually maturing understanding of God’s Word by the power of the Spirit. I love to hear stories from octogenarians and preschoolers, young adults and young at heart. I love to gather around the table and hear stories from friends and those who are about to become one. I am married to Kris, and we have two boys, a dog (Orion), a cat (Loki), and a place in our hearts for you.
 
 

Children & Youth Education Director

Lisa VanderVeen  email

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I love kids! I am an elementary teacher, so spending times with kids is where I like to be. I also like to be outdoors doing many things with my family. We like to be at the beach, on the water, boating, playing sports, camping, in the woods, etc. We enjoy being in God’s creation.
 
 
 

Youth Director (Middle & High School)

Gibby Nieuwenhuis  email

Gibby Nieuwenhuis spent his first 5 years of ministry as a key player at SON-Life Camp and retreat center. His passion and heart is for discipling youth and growing them into fully fledged believers ready to go out into the world. He is a big sports fan supporting mostly watching soccer and football but he enjoys all sports. He also loves to be outdoors, read, play video games and enjoys a wide array of movies! 

 

 

Worship Planner

Kris Porter  email

 

Communications Director

Eric Miedema  email

My wife and I have three kids, so there’s never a dull moment! With all of the band concerts, choir concerts, volleyball games, baseball games, swim meets, etc., it’s such a joy for us to watch our children grow up and see that God has become intertwined in their lives. We are blessed!
 

Kid’s Hope Director

Evamarie Eggebeen email

I was a teacher in Hudsonville Public Schools for seven years, until our daughter was born. Being a part of the Kids Hope ministry at Park Elementary is like “coming home” for me, and I love that I get to blend my passion for teaching with my desire for kids to know how much Jesus loves them. My husband and I have three children and some furry friends. As a family we enjoy all things related to water and sunshine, so Michigan winters can feel really long.
 

Custodians

Jeff and Judi Van Dyke email

Jeff and Judi are long-time Immanuel members. Jeff has worked in Grand Rapids Public Schools since 1992 in the areas of special education and technology. Judi worked for 24 years as a medical assistant, and enjoys her role as custodian because it lets her spend time at church. Judi also likes to relax with a good book and travel. Together, they have raised their three children in Hudsonville, as well as provided foster care for numerous children throughout the years.
 

Business Manager

Judy Schmitt  email

 

Administrative Assistant

Lynnea VanWylen  email

I have had the privilege of working at Immanuel the past 22 years.  I very much enjoy working in the church office and the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful people.  Before becoming a mom, I worked in the Purchasing Dept. at Keeler Brass Co.
My husband, Norm, & I have 2 married children & 3 little granddaughters who are so much fun!  They are such a blessing in our lives!
I love reading, classic car shows, camping and Lake MI beaches.
 

Minister of Visitation

Rachael Taylor  email

I enjoy hiking, camping and relaxing at the beach with family and friends. I’m proud to call myself a Michigan native, but more importantly I’m honored to be called a daughter of the most High King!  In 2016, I stepped away from a traditional nursing position to pursue parish nursing and a visiting ministry at Immanuel. It has been a beautiful journey of faith and it’s a privilege to be part of Immanuel’s ministry team.
 

Director of Technology

Jeff VanDyke  email

Jeff has been a member at Immanuel since 1998, and has worked in Grand Rapids Public schools since 1992 in the areas of special education and technology. Jeff and his wife, Judi, have three children and have provided foster care for several additional children. Jeff also enjoys classic cars and motorcycles in his spare time.