Kenneth A. Baker (M. Div., D. Min.), Minister of Worship and Discipleship
Ken Baker has served as our Minister of Worship and Discipleship since coming to us from British Columbia, Canada, in August 1992. In May of 2004 Ken received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in the area of "Christianity in the Workplace." Ken serves as our primary preacher and worship designer, gives direction to our ministry of discipleship, and provides leadership and support to our staff. Among the ministry developments for which he is most grateful are our transition to a blended worship style, our adoption of a new statement of core values, mission, and vision, and our commitment to a new comprehensive discipleship strategy.
AJ Gretz (M. Div.), Minister of Witness and Community Life
AJ is the Pastor of Witness and Community Life at Third CRC in Kalamazoo, MI. After spending two summers working at a Christian summer camp, he was ruined for anything other than a “Jesus job,” which led to a stint in campus ministry before getting an M.Div at Calvin Seminary. Hailing from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he is fiercely passionate about all things Midwestern, especially brats, Green Bay Packers football, and the Great Lakes. He is married with two children.
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.
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.
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 is currently continuing her graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology at Western Michigan University.