Staff & Leadership

Pastoral Team

Michael Befus

Michael Befus

  • Senior Pastor

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    Michael has been part of the Vineyard staff since 2001. As Lead Pastors, Michael and Lauren are responsible for steering the Vineyard Church into the future God has called us to. In addition to his responsibilities as Lead Pastor, Michael also serves as overseer to our worship, compassion ministries and our missions efforts. Both Michael and Lauren graduated from Calvin College and Vineyard Leadership Institute. Lauren works part-time as a personal historian. They have been married for 10 years and are enjoying being parents to Jackson, Evelyn and Eleanor & Henry.

Lauren Befus

Lauren Befus

  • Pastor of Connect & Care

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    Lauren came to the Vineyard as an outsider – an outsider to church and faith. After moving to the area in 1997 she was invited to Vineyard, her first church experience. As she began the Christian journey,God immediately began to transform her life and set her course toward ministry. A graduate of Calvin College, Lauren worked for several years as a writer for local newspapers and magazines. As Pastor of Connect Ministry for new guests and members, Lauren loves to help people find their place in the Vineyard community. But the majority of the time she is loving and raising four kids, and figuring out how to be Jesus’ presence in her neighborhood.

Ray Befus

Ray Befus

  • Discipleship Pastor

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    Ray and Carol married young and prepared together for a lifetime of pastoral ministry. From Calvin College ( BA, 1977) to Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM, 1982), from mission endeavors in southern Ireland to sub-Sahara Africa, they have invested thirty years in the adventure of church planting and pastoral ministry. Today Ray guides Vineyard North’s staff and leadership development; he oversees the Sunday preaching ministry; and he is developing new ministries to married couples and couples anticipating marriage. Carol serves within the church part-time as a pastor to women. Ray and Carol also serve the larger Vineyard movement as Area Pastoral Care Leaders, providing support and oversight for the Vineyard pastors and churches in West Michigan. This additional sphere of ministry provides Vineyard North staff and ministry leaders the opportunity to travel with Ray and Carol, blessing and equipping ministry leaders and teams in other Vineyard Churches. When Ray and Carol aren’t busy with pastoral ministry, they enjoy opening their home in personal hospitality, gardening, home handyman projects, motorcycling, hanging out with their four adult children, and babysitting their grandkids.

Jonathan & Stacy Holmes

Jonathan & Stacy Holmes

  • Pastoral Team Members

Steve & Lisa Bergman

Steve & Lisa Bergman

  • Pastoral Team Members

Deb Bergren

Deb Bergren

  • Pastoral Team Members

Ministry Leaders

Nick & Amber Edwards

Nick & Amber Edwards

  • College Ministry

Edwin Kpodzro

Edwin Kpodzro

  • High School Youth

Chris & Kasey Vandertol

Chris & Kasey Vandertol

  • Middle School Youth

John & Linda Ritz

John & Linda Ritz

  • Food Pantry Directors

Michael & Susan Pohlad

Michael & Susan Pohlad

  • Prayer Ministry

Dave Bergren

Dave Bergren

  • Audio/Video Team

Matt & Sarah Bramstedt

Matt & Sarah Bramstedt

  • Worship Leaders

David & Heather Bright

David & Heather Bright

  • Worship Leaders

Erik Huisman

Erik Huisman

  • Worship Leader

Natasha Sandoval

Natasha Sandoval

  • Kids Ministry Admin

Marie Behnke

Marie Behnke

  • Early Ed Ministry

Cathy Nichols

Cathy Nichols

  • 3rd-5th grade

Terri Sageman

Terri Sageman

  • Babies & Toddlers

Administrative Staff Contacts

General Office Inquiries: Deb Cook

Bookeeping: Deb Bergren

Building & Grounds: John Ritz

Event Hospitality & Weddings: Robyn Bradford