Derek Zeyl (M.Div) - Lead Pastor
Derek serves as the Lead Pastor and contributes to our formation through preaching, worship, and strategic leadership. He mentors our ministry staff and leadership teams and loves to encourage people in all stages of their spiritual journey to passionately live out God’s Story. A student of missions and the church, Derek is a doctoral candidate in missional leadership at Missio Seminary in Philadelphia. In his free time, he enjoys home improvement projects, reading historical biography, cooking new recipes, playing his guitar, and following the Michigan Wolverines.
Kent Sanders Summer Intern Pastor, Master of Divinity Student of Calvin Seminary
Kent was born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Besides participating in sports and activities that the California lifestyle has to offer, Kent felt called to ministry. As our summer intern pastor, Kent will assist in worship planning, faith formation, and community life events. Kent stated, "I'm really excited for the summer and meeting all the folks at Third CRC. I know God is doing great things here and I'm privileged to be a part of it." To read a short bio on Kent, please click here.
Bryan Keeley, Youth Pastor
Bryan Keeley began his ministry among us in the fall of 2009, after completing his B.A. in Recreation, Youth Leadership and Youth Ministry from Calvin College. Previously, Bryan was the program director at Camp Greenwood and worked with the youth program at Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Bryan pastors college, high school and middle school students at Third Church and leads the high school and middle school youth groups. Bryan is excited to see how God will work with our young people!
Laura Osborne (M. Div.), Children and Family Ministries
Laura serves as our Minister to Children and Families. She started her ministry career at Mattawan Community Church in youth ministry and transitioned into an associate pastor role. After seven years she transitioned into the American Red Cross, where after five years there new opportunities opened in town.She also serves part time with Bronco Campus Ministries International Student Ministry at WMU.
Laura was ordained in 2009 in the Reformed Church and holds her Masters in Divinity from Western Seminary and her Bachelors in Education from WMU. She also teaches a commissioned pastor course through the Church Leadership Center. Laura and her husband Kevin have three amazing daughters and have a heart for relationships, people, connecting, and Kalamzoo!
Joy Koning, Worship Coordinator
Joy Koning has served as our Worship Coordinator since July 2007. Joy has been a church organist and pianist for nearly forty years, and is a published composer. She has a passion for worship planning and is intentional about involving young children, youth, and adults in worship leadership and participation.
Joy's goal is to assist the pastors in crafting a morning worship experience that is thematically unified, and flows naturally from one element to the next. Joy draws from the best congregationally friendly music from many genres - from psalmody and classic hymnody to global songs to gospel, to liturgical folk, to contemporary songs. Heartfelt and God-glorifying singing by the assembled congregation is a priority at Third Church, whether accompanied by the organ or other instruments.
Marcia Taylor, Administrative Assistant
Marcia Taylor joined our staff in the spring of 2005. A member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, she came to us with a wealth of experience in office administration in a variety of marketplace and church settings. As our ministries continue to expand, we value her skills in managing the growing administrative challenges we face. We also value the broader ecumenical perspective that she brings to our staff deliberations and planning. Marcia received her B.S. degree from Michigan State University in Urban Planning and her M.A. in Anthropology from Western Michigan University. Go Broncos!
Jane Lockwood, Facilities Manager
Jane grew up in Williamston, and is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. After moving to Kalamazoo in 1990, Jane worked for Catholic Diocese before coming to 3rd CRC. Jane oversees facility cleaning, maintenance, and scheduling, as well as lending her musical talents to Sunday services. Jane loves spending time at the lake and driving her convertible with two poodles in the backseat.
Cyndee Viel, Kids Hope USA Director
Cyndee Viel is another of our "home grown" staff members. After working eighteen years as a director of volunteers and activities at senior housing-facilities, Cyndee joined our staff in 2003 as our Kids Hope USA Director. An encourager and leader, she has built our Kids Hope USA ministry into one that now involves nearly forty mentors and an additional forty prayer partners - all dedicated to reaching out to at-risk children at our neighborhood school, Winchell Elementary.