Church Leadership

See our Leaders and Staff

Meet our leadership

Say hello to the leadership team at Allendale Baptist Church.


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Staff

Mark Green - Lead Pastor

Mark has been pastoring for over nineteen years, beginning as a youth pastor, moving into an associate pastor role, and then became the executive director at Love, INC Tri-Cities for two years. He has been the senior pastor here at Allendale Baptist Church for five years. He met his wife Angie in 1987 when they both worked at New York Carpet World. They have three children, two granddaughters, and two grandsons. Mark enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and running (not at the same time). He also has a strange affinity for Barney Fife.


You can listen to Mark's sermons on our sermon page and hear his testimony. (See below)

Tim Arndt - Administrative Assistant

Tim runs the church office managing events, the church website and social media. He also leads a small group and teaches in the equipping classes. Tim met Alexandra in middle school and now they are happily married. Their kids MaryKate, Oliver, and Sunny keep their little home full of joy and laughter (and of course some crying). Tim serves as the chapter director for Ratio Christi at GVSU and is the director for the Michigan Apologetics Network. At 6’6", Tim is the probably largest Filipino you will ever meet.

Elders

Jesse Carrell

Jesse leads our youth group ministry and also leads one of our worship teams. He teaches for Zeeland Public Schools, and counts it an honor to teach minds and impact hearts of fifth graders. He and his wife Lori have four children, Aubri, AJ, Alex, and Andrew.

Ron Sias

Ron and his wife Jennifer met at a Christian bookstore. They adopted their two children, Alex and Diana, from Kazakhstan. Ron works as a Realtor in the Allendale area, and he and his family have lived here for over sixteen years.

Bob Searles

Bob helped to restart Allendale Baptist Church more than 15 years ago. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed living near so many of his children and is often seen visiting his grandchildren at their jobs. Bob is always ready to share a funny story, a good joke, and most importantly, good Biblical wisdom.

Dave Van Enk

Dave served as Allendale Baptist Church's first deacon, and looked after our building and grounds. He is now an Elder and still helps guide the deacon team. He has lived in the area for over forty years and after many years of owning his own woodworking company, he is finally easing into retirement. He and his wife Corna have five children.

Jim Clay

Jim has been happily married to his wife Rosalyn for over 45 years, and is blessed with a son, a daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. He has a Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also an Associate Chaplain at the Ottawa County Jail for Forgotten Man Ministries.

Jim Gerakinis

Jim and his wife Heather have lived in Allendale for over 18 years with their three children Micah, Jessie and Jenna. Jim and Heather are both educators and Jim is interested in mental health issues and does counseling a few nights a week with Centennial Park Counseling. They both enjoy traveling and Jim and his son are more than half way through their goal of visiting all Major League Baseball parks. 

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Deacons

Mike Christy

It is hard to think of a ministry that Mike is not a part of. Beyond serving as a deacon, Mike helps with setup/teardown, and is involved in jail ministry. Mike lives with his wife Conni, his daughter Abby, and their dogs. 

Steve Berghorst

Steve helps with the setup/teardown, usher, and safety teams. He has lived in the Allendale area all his life and met his wife Vickie on a blind date. They have a son and daughter and one granddaughter. He works at a tool and die shop building metal stamping dies. He enjoys hunting for deer and riding his mountain bike on the trails.

Fred Van Wort

Fred is always around to help with miscellaneous projects such as setting up tables and chairs and fixing just about anything! He and his wife Sue moved to West Michigan a few years ago, and are enjoying getting to know the area. Fred is a veteran and a retired design engineer. He enjoys old cars, working outside, and spending time with his grandkids.

Ron Potgeter

Ron is retired and teaches in our equipping classes. He and his wife Lynne have three children and several grandchildren. Ron has lived in the Allendale area for over 65 years and has been following Jesus since 1965.



Jim Grifhorst

Jim has been married to his wife Mandie since 2002. They have been blessed with 4 wonderful children, Brooklynn, Gavin, Paige and Parker. Jim enjoys serving with the Setup/Teardown crew and also helping with the Safety Team. He owns and operates an excavating company; he has been operating heavy equipment and playing in the dirt since he was a boy and feels privileged that he gets to do this everyday as an adult! When not busy working or attending sporting events for his children, Jim enjoys hunting, traveling, and all things U of M!