STAFF LEADERSHIP TEAM

REv. Timothy Breen

Lead Pastor

Tim Breen is FRC’s Lead Pastor. He serves as the primary teacher, vision-caster, and runs point on most staff and board decisions. In addition to maintaining a 360-degree overview of the ministry operations at FRC, Pastor Tim speaks frequently in schools and at conferences. He also posts regularly on his blog, Telos.

Pastor Tim and his wife Tamara live in Orange City with their three school-aged children.

In his free time, Pastor Tim enjoys running, biking, and playing retro Nintendo games. He is an avid reader of history, philosophy, and science and spends many nights behind the eyepiece of his Celestron telescope. As a family, the Breens appreciate watching good movies, exploring national parks, grilling on the back patio, and taking Sunday afternoon naps. They are fully devoted fans of University of Michigan sports and somewhat devoted fans of the Detroit Tigers.

One Big Question for Pastor Tim: If you could pick three famous people to be a part of your entourage, who would you pick?

Pastor Tim Says: I would choose philosopher John Lennox, comedian Michael Jr., and sports commentator Dan Rubenstein from my favorite podcast, the Solid Verbal.

Pastor Tim’s LifeVerse is 2 Timothy 4:1-8: In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

You can connect with Pastor Tim and watch more of his messages by clicking on the social media buttons below.

ReV. MARK HAVERDINK

Pastor of Congregational Life

Pastor Mark was born and raised on a farm near Orange City.  He was baptized at FRC and made Profession of Faith as a Junior in high school.  Who knew the covenant taken by his parents, along with the Holy Spirit’s leading and shaping, would lead Mark back to his home church to accept the Call to be the Pastor of Congregational Life in May of 2011?

Pastor Mark and Suzanne, along with their children Allie and Eli come to FRC following a 12 year ministry stint at Maurice (IA) Reformed Church, where he served as the Belonging Pastor.

During Mark and Suzanne’s seminary years at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, God impressed on their hearts the value of authentic Christian community and the mission potential of the local Church. While at seminary Mark was an intern at the Beechwood Reformed Church from 1996-1999.

Mark and Suzanne met at Northwestern College and were married on May 18, 1996.  Suzanne is employed by Sioux County and works in the zoning office.  As a family they enjoy outdoor activities, grilling, gardening, and following the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings.

Mark, Suzanne, Allie, and Eli enjoy people and getting to know individuals and families on a personal level.  They look forward to meeting  and caring for the people who call First Church home.
 
One big question for Pastor Mark: What show did you binge-watch embarrassingly fast?

Pastor Mark Says: Phineas and Ferb, our whole family loves it!
 
Pastor Mark’s Life Verse is Exodus 4:10: Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” – Moses is wrestling with God’s call for him to be the one to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and lists off to God why he shouldn’t be the one due to some personal struggles. I too, wrestled with God about answering a call to vocational ministry and like Moses, I eventually responded when God told Moses and me, “now go and I will help you.”

ROSS ENGER

Director of Youth Ministries

Ross has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry and has been doing full time youth ministry since 2009. His goal is to provide a place where any teenager can belong, raise the banner of Jesus, and have as much fun as humanly possible. His passion is to administrate church ministries and to hear students discover and share their relationship with Jesus.
 
One big question for Ross: If you had the ability to compete in any Olympic event, which one would you choose to enter?

Ross says: “Men’s 50m Rifle 3 positions”
 
Ross’s Life Verse is 1 John 1:9, ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Sarah Kuiper

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES

Sarah (Known around here as "Mrs. K") grew up in Orange City, and is the oldest of three. She attended Orange City Christian, Unity Christian High School, and Dordt University, where she graduated in 2001 with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology.  After graduation, she moved to the south suburbs of Chicago where she first worked for a church as a Children’s Ministries intern, and then worked at a school for students with special needs. She married Dave in 2002, and they continued to live in the Chicagoland area until 2005.  They moved back to Orange City and she worked for Hope Haven for 3 years.  In 2008, she started an in home daycare so she could be at home with her kids, and did that until she started working here in June of 2018. Dave and Sarah have 4 children.  Aubrey, Livie, Caleb, and Josie.  As a family they love to travel, do outdoor activities like walking, running and riding bike or shooting hoops in their driveway, have family night every weekend, and cheer on the Green Bay Packers.
 
One big question for Sarah: What show did you binge-watch embarrassingly fast?

Sarah says: Gilmore Girls
 
Sarah’s Life Verse is Isaiah 30:21: Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  –  I love this verse because it is a consistent reminder that no matter what your circumstances may be, God will always be with you.

MISSY DOKTER

DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S MINISTRIES

Missy has been the Administrative Assistant since October 2007 and Women’s Ministries Leader since November 2011.

Missy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (double-majoring in History and Psychology) from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2004. She married Junior-High sweetheart, Ryan, in 2001. The couple was blessed with identical twin daughters, Aryana and Biyanca, in 2005, and a son, Crystian, in 2009.

Missy enjoys working with the staff and using her spiritual gifts to serve God’s people in both support and ministry-related areas of church life.
 
One big question for Missy: What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?

Missy says: Considering our recent move to town allowed for fast enough internet to make a Netflix subscription worth it, and the fact that I had to wait 2+ years after its release date, I watched all 3 seasons of Fuller House in about 1 ½ weeks this summer.  What can I say?- I grew up as a TGIF kid.
 
Missy’s Life Verse is Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.”  This is my Life Verse because it is something that I have to fight my natural tendencies to strive for every. single. day.

AMANDA HAVERDINK

Worship coordinator

An accomplished actress and musician, Amanda serves as FRC’s Worship Coordinator. Passionate about leading people to Jesus through music, her primary responsibilities are planning and leading the Sunday morning worship service. Amanda is happily married to the most handsome man around, Aaron, and is mom to little people Bethany, Sam, and Josiah.  When she is not at FRC, she keeps busy with her alterations business, having coffee with friends, gardening/landscaping, or dabbling in a variety of art mediums.
 
One big question for Amanda: If you could add one month to the calendar year, where would you put an extra 30 days?

Amanda says: If I could add an extra month, it would go between May and June – perfection! It’s not too hot, or cold, but instead beautiful weather to be outside, and there’s lots of daylight so you can stay up to enjoy it!
 
Amanda’s Life Verse is Luke 12:11-12: Whenever they bring you before synagogues and rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how you should defend yourselves or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what must be said.   – I like these verses because they remind me that the Holy Spirit is going to use my voice to proclaim His glory. I don’t need to be anxious about defending myself, or worried beforehand about what is going to be said; God is on my side, so I don’t need to fear!

TERRI JOHNSON

ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY

Terri has been the Administrative Secretary since March 2019.

She grew up in Sturgis, SD and the Black Hills will always be her happy place. She graduated from Black Hills State University with an Art and Commercial Art degree. Terri and Bruce, who works for Pella in Sioux Center, made Orange City their home in 1982. They have 2 grown daughters and 4 granddaughters. Terri has worked in various sales and administrative positions and had her own decorating and painting business. She also does Pencil Portraits and her drawings grace the walls of many area residents.
 
Terri loves working with all the staff and enjoys meeting and interacting with other church members.
 
Terri’s Life Verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. 
 

BARRY BRANDT

Executive DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Barry joined the FRC staff as the Executive Administrator in July of 2018. He has been married to his wife, Lora, for 51 years. They have three children and 9 grandchildren. He taught Biology and coached in High schools for 15 years, then he taught and coached at Northwestern College for 15 years, followed by becoming Director of Athletics at Northwestern for 15 years. He enjoys time with his kids and grandkids, lay speaking, golf, reading, and road trips with Lora.
 
One big question for Barry: What was your favorite thing to pretend as a child?

Barry says: That I was a really good athlete in whatever sport was in season at that time!
 
Barry’s Life Verse is I Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  – This is a verse that speaks to the everyday mental struggles that I have dealt with and continue to struggle with. The realization that I have the help of God to make good decisions is a wonderful thing!

MERILEE PENNINGS

BOOKKEEPER

Merilee joined the staff in May of 2010, as a part-time bookkeeper. Currently, she handles all accounting duties as well as many administrative tasks.

After growing up on a farm near Sioux Center and graduating from Sioux Center High School, Merilee attended Iowa State University, graduating with degrees in Business Management and Education. She has worked in various sales and marketing positions and had a home-base business for bridal and formal-wear alterations.

Merilee and Clark, a V.P. at Iowa State Bank, have two children, Meredith (married to Tim), and Tyler (married to Alexandra). Meredith and Tim's daughter Thea puts many smiles on Grandma Merilee's face!
 
One big question for Merilee: If you could add one month to the calendar year, where would you put an extra 30 days?

Merilee says: I would add an extra 30 days of spring between April and May. I love springtime with the green grass, beautiful flowers, and mild weather. and with the busyness of the month of May around here, an additional 30 days to enjoy the spring weather would be awesome.
 
Merilee’s Life Verse is Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” 

After struggling with infertility for several years, this verse was shared as part of the devotional at the adoption placement of both Meredith and Tyler.

Merilee says: “Throughout the years, we have seen how God has worked His plan through our family and He has reminded us often, through our children, of the deep meaning in the promises of this verse.”

GALEN KLEINWOLTERINK

FACILITIES MANAGER

Galen has been working at First Reformed since January of 1977. His responsibilities include the cleaning and maintenance of both the building and outside grounds. He is also helps with the sound and video and is a part of the Security Team.

Galen and his wife Laurie were married in June of 2016. He has two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Galen loves spending time with them.

One big question for Galen:  
If you could have 50 pounds of anything other than money, what would you want?

Galen says: I would love to have 50 pounds of my excess body weight to be permanently buried in our back yard.

Galen’s Life Verses are Philippians 4-7. I like these verses because they talk so much about our attitude, and the desire not to worry about circumstances, but pray about them. They also remind me that God’s peace is one of the wonderful blessings we can receive.

TOM HYDEEN

MiNISTRY ASSISTANT

Tom earned a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and a Bachelor of Religious Education from Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College), Grand Rapids, MI. He also completed the study for a Master of Arts in Christian Education from North American Baptist Seminary (now Sioux Falls Seminary), in Sioux Falls, SD. Tom has been certified by East Sioux Classis of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) as an Associate in Ministry. Since beginning at FRC in 1982, Tom has filled a number of different staff positions and presently leads our evening services, participates in visitation, guides our prayer ministries, and directs the adult Sanctuary Choir.

Although he is now semi-retired, he considers it a joy and blessing to be a part of FRC staff and her ministry. He is married to Carla and has three adult children and five grandchildren.
 
One big question for Tom:  If you could add one month to the calendar year, inserting it between two existing months, where would you put the extra 30 days?

Tom says: I would like to add Vaarember (pronounce vore-ember) to the calendar in between April and May.  (“Vaar” is the Norwegian word for “spring.”)  Watching the tree leaves bud and the ground flowers blossom from brown, seemingly lifeless, branches and withered clumps of last year’s decay is amazing.  I can never get enough of this miracle of new and fresh life from the old.  Enjoying extra days at this time of year means we would have less time with the little black pirate bugs which sting so fiercely and stink so badly when you slap them.
 
Tom’s Life Verse is 1st John 4:10 – “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  This verse amazes me and melts me because it says that God first came to me before I even had interest in Him.  It says He was at work in my life and heart before I even knew it.  His love for me is based in His own character and faithfulness rather than anything I could offer back to Him.  Indeed, salvation is from the Lord.

KEN OLDENKAMP

CONNECTIONS TEAM LEADER

Ken is FRC’s first-ever “volunteer staff” member. A recently-retired employee of Sioux County, Ken has gone from building bridges of steel and concrete to networking people to and within the congregation. As leader of the church Connections Team, Ken aims to bring new people into the community of faith at FRC and to help veteran members take their participation to new levels. If you are scoping out FRC from a distance, Ken is the perfect person to link you into the ministries and missions of the church. Send him an email!
 
One big question for Ken: If you could have anything delivered to my door every morning, what would it be?

Ken says: It would have to be a caramel mocha latte. I never feel like making one for myself. It would satisfy my sweet tooth and I could use the caffeine to get me going.
 
Ken’s Life Verse is Matthew 22:37-39: Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Kathy Alons

Kids connection assistant

Kathy serves as an assistant in Kids’ Connection.  This gives her opportunity to teach, interact and learn from the children of our church and community.  Kathy and her husband, Doug, have two married, adult children.  As a couple they are loving their new role as grandparents.  In addition to loving on her grandchild, Kathy enjoys bicycling, swimming, reading and spending time with family.

Kathy’s Life Verse is Psalm 37:23-24: The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.  

PAUL BELTMAN

NERD FOR HIRE

Paul provides web, streaming, and local hardware support to the church and its staff.

DEVON ROOK

SEMINARY Intern

Devon is an M.Div candidate in Western Seminary's Distance Learning program. He serves in a number of important ministry roles at our church as he prepares for a ministry career.

ALLISON HAVERDINK

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

Allie is a freshman at Northwestern College. She provides assistance with our church's various social media and communications needs.

COLIN KAEMINGK

COLLEGE INTERN

Colin is a sophomore at Northwestern College. A native of Lynden, WA, he assists in Children's Ministry, College Connections, and other roles.