Interim Lead Pastor: Sid Sybenga
Born in the Netherlands, Sid immigrated to Canada at age 7 and moved to Los Angeles in 1997. He is married to Adriana, who is also a pastor, and they have three married sons and seven grandchildren. Sid graduated from Calvin and Fuller Seminaries, then served as a pastor in a Christian Reformed Church in Chatham Ontario for 6 years and a multicultural church in Arcadia California for 19 years. Although he retired in 2015 and lives in Grand Rapids, he looks forward to his role helping Bethany transition into a new season of ministry with a new lead pastor.
Director of Youth, Education, and Worship: Randy Vander Weit
Randy began his ministry as Bethany's first Director of Youth and Education in September of 2007. This is Randy's second time ministering at a church in Muskegon; from May 2000 until August of 2001, he was Director of Youth and Community Development at Applewood Community Ministries, a joint church start of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America.
Prior to his time at Applewood, Randy ministered as the Youth Director of "The Other Way" Minstries in Grand Rapids for 7 years. He also completed a YWAM Discipleship Training School in the Netherlands, the Seychelles Islands and Madagascar. After leaving Applewood (Angel Community Church), Randy completed a Masters of Divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI; he is an ordained minister of the Reformed Church in America. Following seminary, he ministered for two years in Tanzania, Africa through World Renew (CRWRC), where he volunteered and lived at an orphanage and taught Bible Knowledge at the local church-run secondary school.
Randy is married to Lisa, a speech pathologist with the Muskegon Public Schools; they are the proud parents of Olivia and Annalise. Randy enjoys time with family and friends, playing soccer, attending cultural events, and ethnic diversity. Randy seeks to live out Titus 2:6-8 which reads, "Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us."
Director of Community Outreach: Carlinda Peoples
Carlinda is a life-long resident of Muskegon, having attended Muskegon Public Schools and then Muskegon Community College. After majoring in theology at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Carlinda graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree. At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, she studied ministry leadership and received her Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. In addition, as an in-residence student at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, Carlinda then earned her Master of Divinity degree, graduating in May 2012. After briefly serving on Bethany's Preaching Team, Carlinda accepted the call in June of 2014 from Bethany Church to her current role. She was ordained by the Reformed Church of America and in the very same service, installed as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Christian Reformed Church--a first for both denominations.
Her interest lies in urban ministry, particularly in the contexts revolving around the issues and the lives of women, with a passion for jail and prison ministry. In her role at Bethany, Carlinda seeks to carry out the missional work of the church by ministering the Gospel to those who are in jail and prison, to those who are lost and forgotten, and with all those who Christ has instructed us not to forget. This currently involves work at the Muskegon County Jail, the Muskegon County Rescue Mission (Men's /Women’s Shelter), the Michigan Department of Corrections, the Muskegon Correctional Facility, the Muskegon County Juvenile Transition Center, and Bethany Church's Twice Fed Community Bible Study and Fellowship.
Director of Pastoral Care and Worship Coordinator: Tara Foreman
Tara began attending Bethany after moving to Muskegon in 2011. Soon after joining, she became a part of the preaching team and officially joined the ministry staff in 2014. She is married to Mark, a physician at the local Mercy Health Hospitals, and they have three boys with unique and energetic personalities: Myles, Ezra and Emerson.
Tara is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and is seeking ordination in the Christian Reformed Church. During seminary in Pasadena she interned at a primarily African American church and subsequently served at a university church plant in Cincinnati as the Pastor of Small Groups. She and her family are proud core city neighbors and feel God’s call to live out a ministry of reconciliation, justice and most of all, love. One of her favorite chapters of the Bible is Isaiah 62, particularly verse 6: “I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.”
In her free time Tara enjoys yoga, photography, reading, good conversation (preferably paired with good food and drink!), dinner dates with Mark, playing board games with her boys or cheering for them at chess club and soccer games. After eight years away from Michigan, she is also grateful for any time she can spend at the Big Lake!
Administrative Assistant: Kristen Pollock
Kristen has lived in 4 states and 3 countries and arrived in Muskegon with her husband, their youngest child and all of their earthly possessions in 2013. Born to West African medical missionaries in Sierra Leone and raised in a diverse Big Ten town, she loves to be surrounded by--and worship with--people of all tribes and nations. Kristen received a BA in French and Social Sciences from Houghton College (NY), and thrives on using her administrative and organizational skills to facilitate meaningful goals...especially Kingdom work. Kristen is passionate about her family, beauty, immigrants and refugees, books of all kinds and music that doesn't let her sit still. Most of all, she wants to be a disciple that one day hears, "Well done, good and faithful servant."