Our Leadership.

Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances in the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.

We are guided by

The Pastoral staff team is led by the Lead Pastor, Jack Sytsema. He sets the vision and oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. Pastor Rebecca Sytsema oversees the worship, prophetic intercession and prayer, and personal ministry of the church.  Together they serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the church.  Pastor Jack has a personal accountability team made up of mature, respected men who are able to speak into his life about any issue.  Pastor Rebecca is involved in women’s groups who serve to keep her accountable in her walk and role. As we grow, we will develop a broader Pastoral Leadership Team whose members will serve as Staff Elders.  

We are protected by

The Trustees are members of the congregation and respected ministers who oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Lead Pastor regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Trustees serve as Non-staff Elders. The Trustees for Lake Effect Church are:

  • Dave Hovingh, Founder/Owner, Hovingh Concrete, Inc.
  • Ron Renzema, MD

We are strengthened by
Apostolic Alignment.

The Apostolic Alignment are five seasoned and well-respected ministers who love Lake Effect Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Lead Pastor if requested by the Pastors or Trustees. They serve as Apostolic Elders:

  • Chuck D. Pierce, President, Global Spheres
  • Doris Wagner, Vice-President, Global Spheres
  • Cindy Jacobs, Co-Founder, Generals International
  • Lin Snider, Minister and Mentor, Grand Rapids, MI