Dan Sarkipato
Dan SarkipatoPastor
Born in Minnesota, he spent time in the Navy before committing his life to Christ. Shortly after that, he felt called to be a pastor and trained at Calvin College Seminary. He has previously been a pastor in Iowa before coming to Southern Heights as an associate pastor in 1997. He became the Senior Pastor in 2000. He is currently active in the Kalamazoo area in many discipleship and service areas, and also trying to bring churches of different denominations to work together.
Jeff Baas
Jeff BaasDirector of Worship, Administration, Treasurer
Jeff began leading worship in 1992. He is married and has three daughters who are 17, 14 and 9. In addition to music, he leads the administrative team at Southern Heights which also includes being the church treasurer.
Chet Carlson
Chet CarlsonDirector of Evangelism and Young Adult Ministries
We welcome Chet Carlson to our church family. Chet will be serving God at Southern Heights by firing up our ability to reach out effectively to our community. He will also be working to activate our Young Adults aged 18-30(ish). It is great to have Chet on board and we look forward to seeing what God will do through him and his team.
Deb Bos
Deb BosDirector of Caring
Deb joined the staff of Southern Heights church in 1995. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, she attended Central Michigan University and KVCC. She is married to Tom and they have 3 married children, 4 grandchildren and a much loved Labrador Retriever named Jade.
“It is a privilege for me to lead a team of very caring individuals. Together, with God’s help and the resources available to us, we assist the members of our church in a variety of ways. Family helps family- that’s what we are and what we do!
Ken VanderLugt
Ken VanderLugtDirector of Student Ministries
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Ken has been married to his wonderful wife, Karen (Lovie) for over 35 years. They have two sons, Scott, who will be married to Erin in November, and Alex, who is still trying to keep his dad in line!
By listening to God’s leading during a casual conversation, Ken and Karen started the middle school youth ministry at Southern Heights over 25 years ago. Since then, Ken has continued working with middle school and eventually both middle and high school. Ken joined the SH staff in 2008.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Judy Jones
Judy JonesAdministrative Assistant
Judy grew up in South Haven and moved to Kalamazoo, where she met and married her husband, Gregg. Jesus has been Judy’s rock through both times of blessing and times of struggle. If you want to hear more about that, just ask her. Spending time with family is important to both Gregg & Judy, and it brings joy and richness to their lives. Working at Southern Heights has allowed Judy to use the gifts God has given her in gratitude to Him and to minister to others.
Sarah Garcez
Sarah GarcezDirector of Children and Family Ministries
Sarah was born and raised in Kalamazoo and enjoyed much of her church upbringing in Freeport, MI with her extended family. She is married to Mike and together they own “Signature Wiring”. They have 2 kids, John Michael & Clara. She has been blessed to get to know the families of Southern Heights over the past year. Two of her favorite verses are Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives be strength” & Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven”.
Tom Bos
Tom BosBuilding and Grounds Team Leader
“Team Leader” is a great job title for me as I have wonderful teams of people who help keep Southern Heights clean, safe and beautiful. From Custodial, Building & Grounds, and the Green and Security teams they all do a great job in their respective areas keeping this place in great shape. I enjoy making a team fit together and organizing work schedules plus keeping on top of the various aspects of maintaining our building and grounds. Married for 40 years, with 3 kids, 4 grand kids and 4 grand-dogs, I keep busy both at church and at home. If you see something that needs attention by my teams, please feel free to communicate with me.