|Meet Our Staff|
Rev. Matt Waterstone - Senior Pastor
Grace & Peace. I'm Matt Waterstone and I have the humbling privilege of being the Senior Pastor here at First Church. I grew up on the sunny shores of the south side in Holland, MI. I graduated from Hope College in 2005 with a major in Religion and minor in English. After Hope, I turned my tassel to Western Theological Seminary, graduating in 2008 with a Master's of Divinity degree and I'm currently working on my Doctorate of Ministry at WTS. My beautiful bride Sarah and I have a two year old son named Willem, and a mutt dog named Chunky. I have a deep passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ across ages, skin colors, church backgrounds and last names. As for hobbies - I enjoy running, swimming, biking, and golfing. More than anything, I love the Lord Jesus and I am continually refreshed and renewed by His amazing grace. I'd love to grab a cup of conversation, go for a run, lift a few weights, play some golf and share life together with you.
My name is Anthony Bolkema and I have had the privilege of serving as the worship leader and youth director here since July 2010. I lived in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin before moving south to Illinois to attend Trinity Christian College where I majored in English and Theology. Between my junior and senior year at Trinity I was blessed to marry my high school sweetheart (and now wife of six and a half years), Kim, who teaches PE at Calvary Academy. This past April our family grew as Kim and I, together with our 20 month old son, Lucas, welcomed home our second child, Nolan. We moved to South Holland in early 2009 and we are continuing to root ourselves in this wonderful community and in our new church family. We enjoy spending our free time playing with Lucas & Nolan, running, and working on our house.
Corey Buchanan - Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries
My name is Corey Buchanan. I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. I received the call to ministry in 2002 under the leadership of Pastor Carl Bogus where I served as an Associate Minister and Youth leader at Greater St. Titus M.B. Church. In 2005 I joined Fellowship M.B. Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles Jenkins where I served as Associate Minister, a Mission Ministry Director, and Church Leadership Team member. I have served as a fulltime Chaplain with Chicagoland Prison Outreach since 2004 ministering to inmates and their families at Cook County Boot Camp. I joined the ministry team of First Reformed Church in August of 2010 and I serve part time as the Director of Mercy and Justice Ministries. I am currently completing a B.A. in Pastoral Studies and Biblical Exposition at Moody Bible Institute. My lovely wife Sharon and I enjoy movies, plays, laughing and traveling.
Rev. Rich Grevengoed - Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling
Greetings... I'm Rich Grevengoed and I was raised right here in South Holland. I was ordained as a minister in 1967 after graduating from Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. I pastored churches in Michigan and Chicago for 15 years. In 1985 I earned a Doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. For 23 years I was the Executive Director and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at New Leaf Resources in Lansing. I live in South Holland with my wife, Barbara, where we enjoy time with 5 of our grandkids who also live here. I am excited to be a part of this ministry at First Reformed Church. I have experienced so much of Christ's love and care in my own life and I want to share that love with others in our Carinng Minstry at First Church.
Nyla De Graff - Church Administrator
Hi! My name is Nyla De Graff and I have had the honor of working in the office of First Reformed Church for nearly twenty-five years. It continues to be my privilege and joy to serve the members of First Church and its pastors. I was born and raised along with five other siblings in Redlands, California. In 1971, while attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I met my husband, Don De Graff, a native of South Holland. We have resided in South Holland for over 35 years and have four children and twelve grandchildren. I enjoy spending my free time with my grandchildren and on the golf course.
Gerri VanBaren - Church Office
My name is Gerri VanBaren and I have been working in the church office since January 2009. I previously worked at South Holland Bank and later at MB Financial Bank beginning as a teller and later moving to the Retail Loan Department. I "retired" four years ago and have spent the years enjoying my three granddaughters and my hobbies which include painting and writing stories. I was excited to have my first children's book published and, if possible, would like to continue writing. My husband, Don and I have lived in South Holland for over thirty-five years and have been members of First Reformed Church for many years.