Kent and Betsy Frens have two daughters - Madelyn and Josie. Kent was installed at Thornapple Community Church last September, and enjoys outdoors endurance activities like trail running and backpacking,as well as coaching his daughters in softball and basketball. "Sitting around a campfire is sheer delight to my soul."
Minister of Congregational Life
Pastor Tim Dieffenbach has served TCC for 10+ years. He’s married to Brenda and has 4 children. His hobbies include: fishing, house projects, and travel with family. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs!
Kim is in charge of the office and maintaining certain aspects of the church. She is married and has three daughters.
Director of Music
Michelle is the pianist and organist currently at TCC. Aside from that, she selects all aspects of music along with accompanying the choir. She has the most seniority over other staff members as she has been here for 27+ years! She enjoys fostering dogs and spending time with her family. She is married and has four children.
Catharina finds it a privilege to work with the choir as they prepare for sharing in worship. She is a private voice and piano instructor with her own studio. She and husband Dale have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. Catharina enjoys working on creative projects, is an avid knitter, and loves to read.
High School Youth Director
Jesse Zandee is the new High School Youth Director. He grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 2016. Now at Kuyper College, he is going for a double-major in Youth Ministry and Bible and Theology.
Middle School Youth Director
Rachel VanGeest is a life-long member of TCC and now the Middle School Youth Director. She loves working with Middle School youth. A graduate from Forest Hills Northern in 2015, Rachel is now attending Calvin University majoring in strategic communications and minoring in ministry leadership with an emphasis in youth ministry.
Nancy is the part-time financial secretary for TCC. She enjoys traveling and time with her children and grandchildren.
Merle Elliott & Marilyn Thompson
Merle is a part-time custodian and really enjoys cleaning the church. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring Model A cars and collecting antique Farmall tractors. Marilyn is the custodian's helper. She enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren, singing, baking, gardening, reading, taking piano & organ lessons, and is a docent at the Ada Museum.