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Jason Holdridge

Lead Pastor

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Our body is infused with love and life by the presence and passion of our Lead Pastor! The critical mass to everything that Jason pursues is the person and personality of Jesus, and his leadership exudes the centrality of Christ to all that our mission and vision encompasses. As our main speaking pastor, his ability to tell the epic story of God fluently, transparently, dynamically, and practically continues to be an incredible tool that God wields for the growth and health of our church. He has been shaped by nearly twenty years of ministry culminating in a wisdom and leadership instinct that lets him feel the pulse and health of ministry and proactively set its tone and temperature. Believing what Jesus said, that He came to seek and save the lost, Jason leads toward and through the redemptive story of God’s Word, vigilantly pursuing ministry ideas and people who restore, renew, and reproduce life! He is committed to this body, its leaders and its followers, but even more, he is committed to leading this church to reach the people in the surrounding communities with a fresh message of grace and truth – the hope of the Gospel!


Ryan Kresge

Executive Pastor

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Our church body is held together by skeletal structure that holds each vital organ and each critical ligament in its rightful place. That’s what Ryan does as our Executive Pastor. He meets with our Lead Pastor, Jason, often and gives much needed support and strength to him assisting him in various responsibilities that need attention. He focuses a good portion of his attention on the strength of our Life Groups as an engine of care and connectivity, but his scope of influence is felt in every ministry and the accountability of their network of leaders. He is awesome at managing projects, solving problems, and mediating inevitable tensions in the growing pains of being a part of a movement. He is a stabilizing force bringing clearer communication and more fluid community between ministries and ministers in our beautiful body. What rebar is to concrete, Ryan is to Impact!


Chas Szymanski

Executive Administrator

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Our Ministry couldn’t hold together without the core strength of Chas’s attention to detail and her unique ability to administrate those details and duties with grace and guts. Since she has come on as our church’s Executive Administrator, we’ve seen a marked difference in the alignment of our systems and the congruency and synchronicity of all of our ministries. She deeply cares about everyone else’s success and works hard to ensure that each leader has what they need to be effective and efficient in their ministry area. She works closely with our Lead pastor and Executive Pastor listening to their hearts and handling the all-important details of what it takes to have a strong infrastructure to uphold the ever-growing superstructure of our body. What a Godsend she has been to our church!


Jon Bell

Student Ministries Pastor

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Our Student Ministry is led by Jon Bell. The student ministry has exploded with growth going from a little over 40 to almost 100 the first month of his leadership! Wednesday nights are filled with a live student band rockin' out worship tunes, funny YouTube clips, dancing, crazy games, small group breakouts, food, octoball, video games, and energetic teaching. What a great job he's doing and what a genuine heart he possesses! It's great to have his family in our humble little town.


Tony Schering

KidZone Pastor in Residence

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Our KidZone Ministry is blessed to have a very tall, slender, and loving shepherd of kids! He and his wife Hannah have poured into our children’s ministry for the past 3 years on the volunteer level with faithfulness and passion while attending Kuyper college. In the Fall of 2012, we asked Tony to be the KidZone Pastor in Residence as he finished his senior year of college. He has a deep passion to bring God’s word to life and to get down on a level with the kids that makes them feel special, relaxed and invited into the life of God in a way they understand. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard parents say, “My kids love Tall Tony!” It’s this endearing heart that makes him a great role model and minister to our cherished children!


Cody Knott

Technical Director

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Jennifer Johnson

KidZone and ISM Executive Coordinator

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Our KidZone and Impact Student Ministries is administered by a seasoned veteran of Impact. She has served in every capacity at every level of youth leadership over the years and has been instrumental in forming the DNA of the contagious culture we enjoy in KidZone and ISM. She has an uncanny ability to remember names and stories, connecting the dots of what’s happening in our families’ homes, our local schools and our kid’s hearts bringing a holistic ministry to our children that is essential having an immersive impact on our students as well as their parents. She takes care of details like no other and handles the communication and coordination of both the student and children’s ministries. We are fortunate to have her Ad“ministry”, as we like to call it!


Ryder Jones

Worship and Arts Director

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Our Worship Arts Ministry is led by Ryder Jones, who plays the electric guitar like he's taking a walk in the park. He composes music, writes songs, plays with a variety of bands at local venues and clubs, was the lead guitarist on Shawn McDonald's last album, leads worship with a rabid and raw heart that ushers people into God's presence, and leads our artists with a personal and professional care that is respectable and noble. His humility is extraordinary and his musical giftedness is renowned in the Grand Rapids area. What a great heart and what a generous gift of God!


Gene Beerens

Reach Director

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Our Reach Ministry is led by a retired pastor by the name of Gene Beerens. He came out of retirement to put his neck out there for the Kingdom and for the vision of Impact. He receives no paycheck and yet serves our body each week with passion and purpose making sure broken people are welcomed in and given an opportunity to find healing. He is a sage and a mentor for our staff as well as our body as a whole. What a gifted thinking and activist he is and we are blessed to have his seasoned presence on our team! Fortunate beyond words.


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