Leadership

  • Rev. Lee Smits

    Rev. Lee Smits

    When scheduling a visit with someone who doesn’t know me, I’ll introduce myself as “Rev. Lee Smits,” but after that, I’m “Lee.” I’m a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary (BD, MDiv) and I’m also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Seeing how God is at work in people’s everyday lives and […]

  • Rev. Michael Hoogeboom

    Rev. Michael Hoogeboom

    I’ve held the position of Minister of Outreach since 2003. In this role as a “missionary pastor,” I seek to make disciples who are formed into the likeness of Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father. I enjoy facilitating small groups that form disciples through word, prayer, […]

  • Rev. Peter Jonker

    Rev. Peter Jonker

    For as long as I can remember my life has been formed by words. Some of my earliest memories involve my parents reading me Bible stories at bedtime. The Holy Spirit used those story times to plant the seed of the Word in me.  The Spirit nourished that seed through my loving family, the time […]

  • Dr. Larry Visser

    Dr. Larry Visser

    Spending much of my time in a beautiful sanctuary playing an equally awe-inspiring pipe organ, I am often reminded that my life, too, is a sanctuary, a vacant space desiring to be filled with the power of the Spirit and overflowing with gratitude for the ways God uses my musical gifts—not for personal gain, but […]

  • Rev. Kristy Manion

    Rev. Kristy Manion

    I serve as LaGrave’s Minister of Discipleship. My job is to help people watch for and participate in the work God is doing as he grows them up in Jesus. I enjoy developing resources for personal or group study, helping people connect with one another, and leading worship. Feel free to stop by and visit […]

  • Rev. Ruth Boven

    Rev. Ruth Boven

    I’m Ruth—to most people. Mom—to a few people. Jenny (a term of endearment)—to one person. Here at LaGrave folks call me Pastor Ruth, Pastor Boven, and Rev. Boven. I’m OK with any of them. I graduated from Calvin Seminary in 2005 with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained at Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church […]

  • Pastor Bob Grussing

    Pastor Bob Grussing

    I have been a Youth Pastor at LaGrave for 32 years. I was born and raised in Minnesota and am a graduate of Dordt College and Calvin Theological Seminary. I have the best job in the world because I get the opportunity to work with and shape the spiritual lives of children and youth. My goal is […]