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Director of Children's Ministry

Email Phone 616.942.2751 Ext. 103

Ashley has been enjoying serving as the Director of Children's Ministries at FHPC since 2010. Prior to God calling her to ministry. She completed her Bachelor's degree at GVSU in English and Elementary Education. Ashley loves serving the youngest of our church and is thankful for the incredible team of volunteers who join her in sharing God's love with them! She adores living in downtown Grand Rapids with her 17 pound lover-not-a-fighter cat, Charlie, but most of her human family resides in her hometown of Novi, Michigan. In her spare time, you can find Ashley volunteering with ArtPrize, crafting, playing a rousing game of "where are my keys?" or wandering barefoot (just like her co-worker, Cory).


Director of Youth Ministry

Email Phone 616.942.2751 Ext. 104

Cory is the Director of Student Ministries for FHPC. His role is to coordinate the churches weekly programming, and plan special events and actives for our students, grades 5 through 12. Cory is a graduate from Kuyper College, with bachelors degrees in Youth Ministry, and Biblical Studies & Theology. He has been working with students of all ages for the past six years in both camping and student ministry, and loves sharing the gospel with High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers. Cory lives with his wife Sarah, and their golden retriever Sydney. When he's not working with students, Cory can be found walking around barefoot, eating ice cream, and trying to think up the worst super powers imaginable.


Director of Music and Worship Arts

Email Phone 616.942.2751 Ext. 102

Megan is the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. She spends her time directing the Sanctuary Choir and Jubilation Bell Choir, leading the worshipBand, working on worship arts with the kids and managing the technical aspects of our Celebration Worship service. She has a degree in Voice Performance from Michigan State University and spent many years singing and teaching voice lessons in West Michigan. Megan is married to Matt and has three children, Noah, Cole and Paige.


Kids Hope Director

Email Phone 616.942.2751 Ext. 106

Sheli Langejans is our Kids Hope USA Mentoring Director. She is responsible for

selecting and training members of FHPC to mentor students referred to the program by teachers at Kettle Lake Elementary. Sheli seeks to connect loving mentors with at-risk students offering them support and a confidence boost. It is wonderful to see the difference our mentors make in the lives of these students! Sheli is married to Scott and they have three children: Katie, Brian, and Tommy. She enjoys family trips, movies, popcorn and almond M&Ms.


Administrative Coordinator

Email Phone 616.942.2751

Patty is responsible for the day to day receptionist & office administration duties. Patty brings to the office over 15+ years of administrative experience. Patty is married to Kerr and they have two grown children: Justin & Lindsay.


Senior Pastor

Email Phone 616.942.2751 Ext. 101

Jim is the lead pastor at Forest Hills and does most of the preaching, and leads a great staff. After graduating from Western Theological Seminary, Jim served churches in Lake Geneva, Wi., Harbor Springs, MI. and now serves Forest Hills. Jim’s life verse is Philippians 4:13 which states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, and is passionate that we as a church should be Christ-centered; People-focused and Mission- driven in all we do. Jim has three children, Lauren and Jon who are married and live out of town, and youngest Jeremy is attending Grand Valley for his Masters. Jim, on his days off can be found on the river kayaking, and some of those days, the kayak is even upright!



Email Phone 616.942.2751

Nancy serves as the FHPC organist, pianist, and choir accompanist. Previous to this, she was Director of Music at an area church. As a registered nurse, she does home care part-time. She has been married to Dave for over years - together raising 2 sons and now also enjoy 2 grandsons. In nice weather, you will find them on their tandem bike...having ridden 59,000 miles so far together.


Financial Secretary

Email Phone 616.942.2751 Ext. 105

Jana is the Financial Secretary at FHPC, where she is the point person for all things financial: giving records/deposits, payroll, accounts payable, monthly reporting, budgeting, yearend, and most recently setting up a new church financial system. Jana comes to FHPC with a B.S. in Management Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan, 8 years at Haworth serving mostly as a Logistics Plant Controller, and several years in a similar financial role at the now-closed Cherry Valley Presbyterian out of Caledonia. Jana hopes to continue this year's achievement of a balanced budget every year; the important work of the church is much easier to concentrate on if finances are not a pressing issue! Jana is married to Matt and has two boys - Nate and Justin. Jana also enjoys golfing, her claim to fame was playing on an otherwise all-boy golf team in high school. She is already looking forward to next summer's FHPC golf outings!


Preschool Co-Director

Email Phone 616.942.2751 Ext. 107

Sue Clay is the Director of the Preschool. She taught in the 3’s program and has been directing for 15+ years. Her hope for the preschool ministry is to be able to open the hearts of young children to God’s love while infusing in them a passion for learning. Sue graduated from Hope College and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Aquinas College. Sue has three children; Nick, Mitchell, and Bridgett. Sue enjoys horses, diving and she LOVES the beach.

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