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Our Staff

Rev. Derek M. Zeyl, MDiv, DMin candidate + 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.

Caleb Vanderhill, BA + Director of Youth & Children's Formation

Caleb helps equip, encourage, develop, and grow a culture of ongoing faith formation for our children and youth at Third Church through providing strategic oversight for the children (birth through 6th grade) and youth (7th through 12th grade) faith formation ministries.


Ben Hoekman, BS, MDiv candidate + Director of Worship Arts & Adult Ministries

Ben wears a couple of hats at Third. He serves to help promote, cultivate, plan, and lead Third's worship arts ministries. He also serves as our adult ministries champion and leader--helping to equip, encourage, and foster a culture or ongoing faith formation for adults at our church.


Rev. Agshin Jafarov, MDiv, ThM + Director of Outreach & Diaconal Ministries

Agshin helps Third to live out the Gospel in both Word and Deed expressions in Kalamazoo, the surrounding communities, and beyond He does this by providing leadership to our local and global missional ministries as well as provide support to Third's Deacons in their work of compassion, justice, and mercy.

Marcia Taylor, BS, MA + Office Administrator

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.

Jane Lockwood, BA + 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 a poodle in the backseat.