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Reverend Jacoba Koppert, Pastor

As I think about what it is important that you know about me, I want you to know faith in God is an essential part of my life. I grew up on a dairy farm to immigrants from the Netherlands. As many families we had good times and hard times. Faith in God strengthened our family; the churches to which we belonged offered us support. We moved a number of times, but always we found a church home. I hope you too will find a church that meets your deepest needs and where you can serve God according to your gifts and interests.

For many years I have said and believed worshipping God in Jesus Christ is central to the life of the church. Today I would add that worshipping God leads the congregation to mission in the world. The verse given to me when I confirmed my faith in the seventh grade was “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at the harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have the opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith” (Galatians 6:9,10). My ministry is centered on helping my congregation know the love and grace of God as we worship together and through that love be motivated to serve Christ in world.

I grew up in Indiana, moved to Michigan as a teen and studied to become a special education teacher. After teaching for a short time, I felt called into the ministry. My Masters of Divinity degree is through Eden Theological Seminary and included a year internship as a hospital chaplain. I have served congregations in Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. I also served a second internship in a facility for older adults. Ministering with people of all ages brings me great joy.

I am owned by two cats and enjoy gardening, baking, walking, speaking Dutch, and being with my family in Michigan and the Netherlands.