The Pastor Search Team

The Search Team was chosen by the Governing Elders and represent a cross-section of individuals who: 

  • are involved in one or more ministries of Covenant Life Church
  • represent a cross-section of age and gender
  • demonstrate a faith walk here at CLC.

Through prayer and discernment, we chose twelve names out of our list and ten accepted the opportunity to become a critical part of the pastoral search process. We are excited about the team and ask our church family to continue to pray for them as they complete the work God has placed on their hearts.

  • Jerry Betten

    Jerry and his wife Elizabeth have called Covenant Life home for 24 years.  Together, they have two children: Carli 21 and Jake 21.

  • Lindsey DeJonge

    Lindsey and her husband, Mitchell have been members of CLC for 14 years as a couple, and Lindsey has been part of the church family since she was in elementary school. Together, they have three children: Lauren (9), Sydney (7), and Taylor (4). Lindsey is currently a stay-at-home mom and also a nanny for her two nieces. Lindsey is a faithful volunteer in UpStreet on Sunday mornings with the infants through 3 year-olds. Lindsey and her family often can be found by the lake, on the soccer field, or in the woods.

  • Matt DeYoung

    Matt DeYoung and his wife, Michele, have attended Covenant Life for the past 5 years. They have 4 children: Miriam (20), Owen (19), Harrison (16) and Lucy (13). Matt is the managing editor at the Grand Haven Tribune. He enjoys fishing, sports and visiting national parks.

  • Drew Edwards

    Drew and his wife Ronda have three beautiful children. They are members of Covenant Life Church and have attended over 14 years. Ronda is currently serving as an elder and they both greet and welcome everyone who enters God's house. Drew also assists teaching in Upstreet and they are very active in many small groups. He is very blessed to be retired to help others in need and share his light.

  • Taylor Endenburg

    Taylor Endenburg is 30 years old and has attended CLC her entire life.  Taylor volunteers in the youth group as a small group leader. She has a wonderful fiancé named Michael. They have been together for 2.5 yrs and will be getting married this September. Taylor has worked at Walgreens for almost 9 years as a pharmacy technician, and absolutely loves her job. She is so excited and honored to be a part of this team, and cannot wait to see what God has in store for us at Covenant Life Church.

  • Marshall Holtvluwer

    Marshall and his wife have attended Covenant Life Church for the last 5 years. They have three children: Emma (23), Sydney (21) and Joseph (8). Marshall is thankful to be one of the Co-Pastors at CLC and has enjoyed the great staff at CLC who works together as a team.  Marshall is a non-voting member of the Pastor Search Team Committee.

  • David Knibbe

    David Knibbe and his wife, Sharon, were one of the “founding families” of Covenant Life Church in 1987. They are blessed with 4 adult children, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. David has served in various executive leadership positions in the social-sector with organizations such as World Vision, Opportunity International, and Evergreen Commons. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President of Herman Miller. He also serves as a Board of Directors officer on a number of Boards, including Arise Rwanda Ministries.

  • Laurie Larsen

    Laurie is a proud native of Grand Haven, living here most of her life. In 1979, she married Chuck, and began a married life of 40 years. They both engaged in and enjoyed so many of God’s gifts in those years: hiking, camping, RVing, flying, and successful management careers at Consumers Energy. Upon retirement, God provided both of them the time and opportunities to Him as they became family members of Covenant Life Church 11 years ago. Chuck joined men’s groups, men’s activities and having had the privilege of becoming an Elder. Laurie engaged with women’s groups and bible study. God called Chuck home in 2019. Laurie continues to serve the Church with God providing openings in helping structure and leading short bible studies, the Grief Share Ministry, the Care Ministry and now the privilege of being a member of the Pastor’s search committee.

  • Laura Scholma

    Laura and her husband, Josh, have attended CLC for the past 16 years. She has been involved in Children's Ministry at CLC, either as a volunteer or on staff, for nearly the entire time . They have 4 children: Josiah (14), Micah (12), Ezra (10) and Chloe (4). Laura is a part-time Administrative Assistant at Muskegon Christian School and also teaches swim lessons at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center. She enjoys running, volunteering in UpStreet, coaching cross country and being active in nature year round.

  • Marcia VandeVusse

    Marcia moved to Grand Haven 10 years ago and she and her husband, Paul have been members at CLC ever since. Together they have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. They are both retired after working many years at Steelcase. She has been active at CLC as a leader in Divorce Care, a leader in Grief Share and as a Shepherding Elder.

  • Valerie Williams

    Valerie Williams and her family have been members of Covenant Life for about 3 years. She and her husband, Mike have four sons who you may see running around Upstreet and M2. Valerie serves on the Praise and Worship team, sharing one of the gifts God has given her in singing. Mike and Valerie have led parenting small groups and are members of a small group at CLC. Valerie has been nominated for Governing Elders twice now, and is humbled with this honor, although not chosen by lot thus far. Outside of church, Valerie works as a Global HR Director at a locally-owned automotive manufacturing company. She is looking forward to serving as the Chairperson of the Search Committee where her love of the Lord, love of CLC and experience in Human Resources can blend with God at the center.