Rev. Kevin Sullivan, Pastor
Pastor Kevin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Lake Washington Sr. High in Kirkland, Washington, he attended Western Washington University in Bellingham where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education. He took a job as a teacher in Ketchikan, Alaska, and worked in that school district for nearly 23 years; first as a Special Education teacher, and later as an Art and Drama teacher in the Middle School.
Having been blessed with sincere Christian parents, Pastor Kevin was nurtured at a Presbyterian church, surrounded by numerous loving youth leaders, and given ample opportunities to explore his faith in Christ at church camps, retreats, and various youth gatherings. His passion for sharing God’s love with others stems from those early experiences and has been molded by his work as a staff member at a Buck Creek Presbyterian Camp near Mt. Rainier and years of serving as a volunteer leader with Young Life programs.
In Ketchikan, Alaska, he attended First Lutheran Church for nearly twenty years. It was there that his theology was challenged and subtly transformed as he found himself drawn to the message of God’s amazing and unconditional grace.
Pastor Kevin met his wife, Julie, while teaching in Alaska. In 2006 Kevin and Julie accepted an early retirement incentive and moved to Columbus, Ohio, in order to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary. During his course of study, Pastor Kevin served an internship at Zion Lutheran in Utica, NY. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in the Spring of 2010 and was called to Faith Lutheran in December of that year.
Nikki Phillips, Administrative Assistant & Youth Worker
Nikki began her work at Faith Lutheran in November 2016. Nikki was born and raised in Greenville, Michigan. After graduating from Greenville Sr. High in Greenville, Michigan, she attended Kuyper College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology. She taught preschool for three years both in Greenville and Grand Rapids. Nikki has spent some time overseas both in Guatemala and Haiti.
Gene Gibson, Custodian
Gene began work at Faith in 2010. He retired from Steelcase in 2009 after working there for 24 years. He grew up in Baldwin and now iives in Rockford with his wife, Pam. Gene and Pam have one son who also lives in Rockford. Gene enjoys car shows where he proudly shows off his 1973 Mustang Mach 1.
Matt Paniwozik, Office Assistant
Matt graduated from Kent County CBOT in 2005. He began volunteering at Faith soon after, collating the weekly Casual Service bulletin each Thursday morning. He is a valuable asset to the Faith office staff. He also volunteers at Northfield Lanes on Plainfield on Monday and Friday. Matt was born in Ludington but presently lives in Grand Rapids.
Sharon TerBeek, Music Director
Sharon has been the Director of Music at Faith Lutheran Church since 1999. She is a graduate of GVSU with music and education degrees. She taught music and preschool for several years in the greater Grand Rapids area and has directed children's and adult vocal choirs, handbell choirs, and various instrumental groups.
Ann Marie Kaufman, Organist
Ann Marie has been playing for Faith Lutheran since September 2015. Before that, she was the vocalist during our 8:30 service. She graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in music. She has been involved in music for many, many years, and even played in the handbell choir.
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Marisa Brizzolara, Nursery Attendant
Marisa was born and raised in Grand Rapids, and studied psychology and women’s studies at Aquinas College. She currently lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Kelly, and son Max. She enjoys kayaking, crafting and spending time with family.
Megan Sebastian, Nursery Attendant
Megan has been attending school for Psychology. She is an only child, she loves kids and have been working with them since she was 10! She has also been doing theater for 10 years as well!