Rev. Jonathan Landry Cruse, pastor
Pastor Cruse is a native of Central Pennsylvania, where he grew up in home that loved sports, movies, and Reformed theology. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied film for a time before graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and English. Shortly after graduation, he married his lovely wife, Kerri Ann, and the two immediately headed for San Diego for Jonathan to earn his Masters of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California. They are enjoying life in Michigan thus far, and have their hands full with Obadiah, their Australian Shepherd puppy. Jonathan has been pastor of Community since June of 2017.
Beyond his greatest passion, which is preaching Christ from all of Scripture, Pastor Cruse is also interested in all things related to worship. He is a published hymn author and his works can be viewed at www.HymnsOfDevotion.com.
Bob Jackson, clerk of session
Bob Jackson is married, father to four children, and a new grandfather. He has worked for more than 30 years as a chemical engineer and these days enjoys watching sports as much as actually playing them, studying Scripture, traveling near and far, hiking, fishing, and the occasional nap. Bob grew up in the Reformed tradition, becoming a member of the Christian Reformed Church as a young adult and serving in various capacities, with teaching Sunday School being a particular joy. He began attending Community Presbyterian in 2015, becoming a member in 2016 and a ruling elder in 2017.
"In the beginning, God ..." are some of his favorite words in the Bible, and "Not What My Hands Have Done" is his most beloved hymn.
Perry Westerman made profession of faith in 1989. He believes that a reformed perspective helps him to focus his worship toward God and away from his own pride and works. It is only by God’s grace and the blood of Jesus that he is saved and this free gift was predestined by God, for which he is eternally grateful. Perry and his wife Jennifer have been members of Community Presbyterian Church since 2011, and he has served as an elder since 2017.
Philippians 4:4-7 is his favorite portion of Scripture.
Charles Ybema was born into the Christian Reformed Church of North America and catechized with the Heidelberg Catechism, joined the Presbyterian Church of America in 2000, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 2004, and has been a ruling elder since 2010. He is married, has three children, and enjoys coaching youth sports, reading economics, and singing tenor parts during congregational singing.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of Charles' favorite passages.
Derek McElvain, chairman
Derek McElvain is a Nebraska native and faithful Cornhuskers fan, but has called Kalamazoo home since 2004. He enjoys barbecuing, alpine skiing, and spending time with his family. Derek and his wife Michal have two children. In 2017 he was ordained as a deacon at Community, where he had been attending since 2008.
A favorite hymn of Derek's is "Holy, Holy, Holy."
David Post was baptized as an infant and later professed his faith at Second CRC in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At the Community OPC's building dedication on May 15, 1988, David greeted the incoming congregation as a deacon from Heritage CRC. Little did he know then that he would go on to join Community, serve as a trustee for nearly 30 years, and be ordained as a deacon in 2017. Being the husband of one wife, father of four adult children, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren, he counts himself rich.
One of David's favorite hymns is "God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory."
Seth Verschoof is married with three children. His hobbies include music, sports, and helping people. He is thankful for the Father's love, Jesus' sacrifice, and the Spirit's guidance. He attended Independent Reformed churches for most of his life, but joined Community Presbyterian in 2014 and became a deacon in 2017.
One of Seth's favorite verses is Galatians 5:1, "Stand firm therefore in the freedom by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again by the yoke of slavery."