ABOUT US

MISSION
STAFF
VISION
HISTORY
VALUES
WHAT'S NEXT

Our Mission

what drives us
Our purpose is to lead people of all backgrounds into a growing relationship with Jesus

Our Vision

where we’re headed

LOVING AND SERVING OUR NEIGHBOR

REACHING THE NEXT GENERATION

REFLECTING THE DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY

Our Core Values

We love God, love people and grow together in the grace and generosity of Jesus by being UNITED in what’s important to us.

UNCONDITIONAL GRACE

God’s grace is offered to all; come as you are, you are welcome.

NATURALLY MISSIONAL

Engaged in service and outreach, we make a difference in our community and world.

INTENTIONALLY DIVERSE

We strive to be a community of people from all different backgrounds and stages of life.

TRUTH LIVED OUT

Foundationally rooted in the Bible, we apply God’s word to our daily lives.

EVERYONE MATTERS

We are all part of the Church and everyone has a part to play.

DEPENDENT ON THE HOLY SPIRIT

We follow Jesus by daily seeking the Holy Spirit’s leading.

OUR STAFF

Dave Lantz

Dave Lantz

Pastor of Preaching and Leadership

Dave joined the Beechwood team in June 2016 as Pastor of Preaching and Leadership, having previously planted and served a church in San Antonio.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Candace and their four children.

Dawn Vagle

Dawn Vagle

Pastor of Congregational Care

Dawn has a heart for Beechwood, encouraging the body of Christ through caring for one another. Care Friends are volunteers who work with Dawn to visit and care for those who are shut in or need a friendly face & prayer. She facilitates support groups and offers short-term counseling. Dawn is married to Tim, has two sons, Daniel & Michael and enjoys being outside and spending time with her two granddaughters.

Austin Vondracek

Austin Vondracek

Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach

Austin is from the rural town of Swisher, IA, and serves as the Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach. He enjoys running and paddle boarding in the summer, and cups of coffee with friends in the winter. He is happily married to his wife, Leah, and enjoys playing with his two dog-sons, Bandit & Cash. Austin will never shy away from meeting a new person, so send him an email to find a time to get together!

Marcel & Cindy Arocha

Marcel & Cindy Arocha

Worship Directors

Marcel and Cindy joined the Beechwood team in June 2017. Marcel serves as the Music and Technical Director and Cindy is the Worship Creative Director.

Katie & Jesse Luyk

Katie & Jesse Luyk

Directors of Student Ministries

The Luyks oversee the Youth Ministries (grades 6-12).  They have a passion to see young people develop a deep relationship with Jesus and foster a community of faith within the youth & broader church. Jesse & Katie have two daughters, Esther and Eliza, and enjoy spending time with family & exploring neighborhood parks.

Emily Bodkins

Emily Bodkins

Director of Beechwood Kids

Emily serves as the Director of Children’s Ministries. She enjoys working with children and strives to build meaningful relationships with families through love and service. Emily is currently working toward a Masters in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Jeff, recently had a baby, Maxwell. They love spending time together reading, cooking, and playing with their dog, Dunder.

D.J. Van Iwaarden

D.J. Van Iwaarden

Beechwood Kids Assistant & Nursery Coordinator

D.J. assists Emily with all things Beechwood Kids and coordinates volunteers for Beechwood’s nursery. D.J. and her husband Daniel stay busy with their six kids and volunteering at their kids’ schools.

Laura Cramer

Laura Cramer

Treasurer

Laura is the accountant at Beechwood, handling the bookkeeping details for all the money that comes in and flows out. Laura is married to Mike and they have two children – Emily and Dean. Laura has been attending Beechwood since the 1960’s. She enjoys boating (in the summer) and scrapbooking (in the winter), as well as attending her kids activities and volunteering anywhere and everywhere!

Leah Vondracek

Leah Vondracek

Administrative staff

Leah is part of our administrative staff and serves as the director of Beechwood’s Kids Hope USA program. She coordinates graphics and communication for the church, manages the church database and assists the lead pastor with administrative needs. In their spare time, Leah and her husband Austin enjoy working on their fixer-upper and playing with their beloved rescue dog, Bandit, and their puppy, Cash.

Anne Van Heest

Anne Van Heest

Administrative staff

Anne VanHeest is part of our administrative staff and the mission support team.  She and her husband Vic have 3 grown sons.  Anne enjoys traveling, farmer’s markets and conversations around the dinner table.

Barb Griffiths

Barb Griffiths

Administrative staff

Barb is part of the administrative team at Beechwood. She acts as the primary receptionist and helps with the bulletin and other clerical tasks. Barb has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Jim Borgman

Jim Borgman

Buildings and Grounds Director

Jim oversees the maintenance of our property and facilities, keeps them clean and also manages the schedules for outside groups who rent our facilities. Jim is married to Mary and they have three children – Molly, Garrett, and Elly. He enjoys spending time with his family and fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan.

OUR HISTORY

Early Years

In 1942, William Coons, a seminary student, made a survey of the Beechwood area. Results showed there was sufficient interest to start a church. The services, which began in the summer of 1942, were held in the former Beechwood School.

In September 1943, the site at 269 Douglas Avenue on the north side of Holland was purchased for $1,650.00. Following the purchase, a chapel was donated and moved to the church property. Beechwood soon outgrew the modest chapel and built a new church building on the same property in1947.

Today

We’ve been at our current location now for over 25 years.  God has done many unexpected and miraculous things along the way, and we believe he has much more in store for us!  We want to invite you to be part of the future as we grow in Christ together and do all we can to love and serve people in the greater Holland area.