Our Staff

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Our Staff 2017-11-27T18:16:55+00:00
Dan Sarkipato
Dan SarkipatoSenior Pastor
Born in Minnesota, Dan 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 was a pastor in Iowa before coming to Southern Heights as our associate pastor in 1997. In 2000 Dan became the Senior Pastor and is currently active in the Kalamazoo area in many discipleship and service areas.
Jeff Baas
Jeff BaasExecutive Pastor
Jeff began by leading in worship in 1992. Now, in addition to music, he leads the staff at Southern Heights which also includes being the church treasurer. He is married and has three daughters who are 18, 16 and 11.
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 and Alex. 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
Melissa Baas
Melissa BaasDirector of Children and Family Ministries
Melissa Baas loves to teach children. She leads our Children and Family Ministries for children from birth through 5th grade. Melissa has a degree in Education specializing in Early Childhood Development and also teaches 1st grade at Kalamazoo Christian Elementary School. Her experience and passion for children will help them to know Jesus and grow in their knowledge and love for Him.
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.
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, Green/Weed and Security teams they all do a wonderful 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 42 years, with 3 kids, 4 grand kids and 5 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.
Justin (Krum) Kromminga
Justin (Krum) KrommingaOutreach Team Leader
Justin “Krum” Kromminga has served as the Outreach Team leader for decades. He faithfully oversees a team of dedicated people who care for missionaries that we support around the world.
Karen (Lovie) VanderLugt
Karen (Lovie) VanderLugtSHenanigans Team Leader
“Lovie” lives her nickname – she loves people. She leads our SHenanigans team. This is the team that puts on our large “all-church” fun events. Just like the name implies, it is a fun time for people to get to know each other and laugh and spend a good time together. We love “Lovie”.
Al Olson
Al OlsonAdult Education Team Leader
Al Olson is in charge of our Adult Education Ministries. He leads a team that makes sure there are plenty of Bible study opportunities for those who want to really “dig-in” to the Bible. He finds many engaging topics to study and equally engaging presenters and moderators to lead us through those studies. His love for Jesus shows in everything he does.
Jen Aschenbrenner
Jen AschenbrennerWelcome Team Leader
Jen is a “people person”. She is such an engaging and wonderful friend to so many. Jen and her Welcome Team meet the new people who come to Southern Heights and make sure that they find ways to get connected. It can be hard in a new place. Jen makes it easy.