Interim Rector: The Rev. Valerie Ambrose The Rev. Valerie Ambrose will be serving as our short term interim while the Vestry undertakes a national search for a longer tenured interim rector. Val+ is familiar to many in our parish from her having served as our Associate Rector from 2007-2010. She has been a priest for 20 years and has specialized in serving parishes in transition; she has been interim rector with 5 congregations in our diocese and 2 parishes in Portland, Oregon. She is currently concluding her tenure as Priest-in-Charge of St. Philip’s here in Grand Rapids, but will continue to serve on a part time basis with Grace, Holland. Her lay professional background includes serving as executive director of two regional non-profit agencies and she was also a vice president of Holland Hospital. Val+ is married to Cathy Searls and has three grown children and two grandchildren, all of whom live out of state. Given her familiarity with St. Andrew’s as well as her interim ministry leadership with several other Episcopal parishes, she is eager to return to our congregation as we prepare for the next chapter of our programs and ministries. She will be serving approximately 25 hours per week to ensure our parish maintains its worship, outreach, education and pastoral care programs. Val feels very blessed to again be called to serve among our congregation. She looks forward to resuming relationships with the many of us she already knows and becoming acquainted with those of us who have joined our parish community in recent years. Email Rev. Ambrose
Parish Nurse – Marsha Harrison, R.N. Marsha Harrison, MSN, RN, has been an active member at St. Andrew’s since 1982 and has served as their part time Parish Nurse since 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University Schools of Nursing, and has a certificate in basic preparation as a Parish Nurse (Faith Community Nurse) from the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Marsha’s passion for learning and personal growth and her love of older adults have been her calling throughout her long career in community health nursing (public health, home health, mental health and assisted living) in both direct care and administrative positions. Marsha and her husband Walter are long distance parents and grandparents 3 amazing adult children, one son-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 beautiful grandchildren; and love visiting them as often as possible. Email Marsha Harrison.
Director of Children’s Ministries – Abby VanderBrug Abby graduated from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2017 with a Masters of Divinity and a certificate in Episcopal Studies. While in seminary, she worked for three years at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA. She has served in various roles here, but is most recently the Director of Children’s Ministries. Abby is passionate about cultivating imagination, teaching love and kindness, and creating a thriving and inclusive community for families and young children. Abby is currently seeking ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church and hopes to work with youth. She is married to Michael VanderBrug, who also attends St. Andrew’s. Email Abby VanderBrug
Director of Youth Ministries – Jeff Brown Jeff Brown is our Director of Youth Ministries and lives with his wife, Angie, and two sons in Grand Rapids. They are active members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Jeff works as Visual Display Coordinator for Gazelle Sports, is a certified yoga instructor, and loves trail running and Cedar Point. Email Jeff Brown.
Organist and Choir Director – Dennis L. Buteyn Dennis Buteyn came to St. Andrew’s in 1986 following fourteen years as organist and choir director at a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. He grew up in Wisconsin and attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Dennis has been in the retail piano business for many years and can be found at West Michigan Piano. In addition to organ and choir duties, Dennis maintains St. Andrew’s website. Email Dennis Buteyn.
Parish Administrator – Kathy Griffes Kathy Griffes came to St. Andrew’s in September 1998 on a temporary basis until a permanent Parish Secretary could be hired. Nineteen years later she remains employed as St. Andrew’s Administrative Assistant. Kathy enjoys working for the church and most of all serving God’s people. Kathy is also a member of St. Andrew’s and is involved in Daughters of the King, Knitting Ministry and the Healing Prayer Team. Kathy is very proud of her adult daughter Kate, son-in-law Matt and son Kirk. Enjoyment in the out of doors, sitting around campfires with family & friends, music, movies and crocheting are just a few of her interests. Email Kathy Griffes.
Business Administrator – Margaret Stretton
Nursery Caregiver – Jill Brown
Sexton – Bonnie Dame
Sexton – Dominic Maurice
Facilities Manager – David Hawley-Lowry I grew up in northern New Jersey as a cradle Episcopalian. I attended Bergen County Technical Schools studying Stationary Engineering. The early part of my working career was in the transportation industry, I ran a parts department for a local line/charter bus company, Then I had seven years with a construction company servicing “the new electronic” gasoline dispensers. While in West Michigan I have worked for a number of churches, Hope Church Holland, St. Mark’s, Tabernacle Community, and Westminster in Grand Rapids, as well as running a small home repair firm. In 1992 I met my wife Ruth, a minister ordained in the RCA. We were married in August 1993 and Ruth took a call to a church in Chicago, and then Wyoming Michigan; this is how I landed in the Midwest. We have two children Daniel born in 1996 and Margaret born in 1998. Both children are musically inclined: Daniel with piano, and clarinet, and Margaret with piano, violin, hand bells. Daniel is a student at Hope College and Margaret at GVSU Allendale. Email David Hawley-Lowry