Our staff

Kevin Heeres, Pastor
Rev Kev is the newest member of our staff and is excited to get to know the church and the community. He hopes to help people be astonished by the good news of Christ, and marvel at what God does for and with us. He is passionate about becoming the community the Church was always meant to be. When not doing “pastory” things he enjoys spending time with his wife, two boys, and their dogs. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, cooking, gardening, as well as kayaking and water skiing. Rev Kev loves a good cup of coffee and hearing other’s stories and sharing his own. If you can’t find him in the office, your best bet is to look for him at Third Wave Coffee in Belding or try to spot his bright yellow kayak on one of the local waterways.
carrie Carrie Roer, Communications Coordinator
Carrie has been a member of Oakwood since 2005, when she married into the family. She has been on staff since 2013, after leaving her job as a youth librarian in order to be home more often with her three children. She is proud to be a bookworm, an introvert, and a graduate of Michigan State University. She is also involved with Oakwood’s music team and GEMS Girls’ Clubs.
jan Jan Gebben, Financial Coordinator
Jan has been living in Michigan since 2012. Prior to that, thanks to her husband and the US Air Force, she lived in a few other states and countries. As the financial coordinator for Oakwood CRC, Jan pays the bills and prepares the monthly financial statements. Jan says this is a great job for any female who likes to spend money.
Joni VandenBosch, Custodian

(bio coming soon!)

wendy Wendy VanTassel, Preschool Co-Director
Wendy VanTassell is a Co-Director and Young-Fives Teacher at Oakwood Preschool. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and hails from the small town of Paw Paw. She now lives in Greenville with her husband and 3 children. Wendy enjoys kayaking, walking, biking, and most of all cheering from the sidelines of tennis, cross-country, track, volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse. Her children keep her hopping, but when she has a chance to relax, she likes to cross-stitch, garden, and sing a joyful noise!
barb Barb DeKraker, Preschool Co-Director
Barb really enjoys kids, especially preschoolers! She is a long time member of Oakwood church and is Co-Director of Oakwood’s preschool. She also teaches the three year olds. She finds playing, talking, interacting, and teaching a real opportunity to share God’s love with little ones and to watch them grow. She is married to Brian and enjoys planning a “Grandpa and Grandma Camp” every summer for their grandchildren. She also likes to bike, workout, read and bake chocolate chip cookies!

We also employ about 10 other people as teachers and staff of our preschool!