Rev. Gary L. Burdick

I grew up in Pasadena, California.  I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, and Princeton Theological Seminary.  I was ordained in 1977 at the Church of the Lighted Window in La Canada, California, and held pastoral positions at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, Wilson Memorial...

Rick Dykema

I’m doing my best to follow Jesus’ call to “Love God and Love Others.”  I love my wife Lindsey and young kids Grace and Lucas.  I’ve spent a significant part of my life hanging out with teens and have enjoyed being the youth minister.  I coach several sports, worked with...

Sherry VanOveren

I received my Master of Music degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Michigan State University.  I have been soloist with the University Orchestra and received scholarships to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Interlochen National Music Camp.  I currently teach classes to parents and...

Ed VanOveren

I did Bachelors and Masters work in choral conducting and vocal performance at Michigan State University and also have a Masters degree from Aquinas College in education.  I work at Spectrum Health as a Customer Support Technician, teach music to young children in the VanOveren Music Garten Studio, and am the...

Sue Warriner

I am transplanted from Ohio.  I played hand bells for 12 years at Plymouth (MI) Presbyterian Church, sang with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus for 9 years, performed in two operas (Aida and Turandot) with Opera of Grand Rapids, and currently sing and tour Europe with the Grand Rapids Touring...

Britt Holwerda

I recently joined the church staff in 2017.  I graduated from Aquinas College with a business degree.  I’ve been married for 6 years and have two cats and a golden retriever. I enjoy reading, music, and spending time with family.

Erin Childers

I joined Ada Congregational Church in February 2013 after being a stay-at-home mom for 7 years.  Prior to that time, I worked for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee for 10 years.  I’ve been married for 13 years, and we have 3 children, which keeps us very busy.  I spend a lot...

Dawn Fischer

I was privileged to join the Ada Congregational staff in October 2010. Prior to coming here, I worked as executive assistant at a food service company for 36 years before being laid off due to the economy. Everyone has been so welcoming here, and it has been very healing to...

Ruth Wawee

I have lived in the Ada area and been a member of Ada Congregational Church for over 40 years.  My degree is in education, and I taught in the public schools for many years.  In my spare time I enjoy walking, working in my yard, and spending time with family....