Meet our Staff

First Church has a passionate, enthusiastic staff that seeks to build God's kingdom.

  • Randy Buursma

    senior pastor

    Before beginning his pastorate at First in 2011, Randy was a teacher at both the elementary and collegiate level. He enjoys spending time with family, especially his grandchildren! And rumor has it he brews a mean IPA. 

  • aDAM rODEHeAVER-VAN gELDER

    PASTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LIFE AND YOUTH MINISTRIES

    Adam joined our staff recently, and we are excited about his gifts in youth ministry, discipleship, and vision. Adam and his wife, Laura, served as chaplains at the LCC International University in Lithuania for the past four years. They have two young daughters.

  • Rachel Witte

    Bookkeeper

    Rachel serves by keeping track of the church's financial bookkeeping details. She does her job with a warm smile and contagious laughter. 

  • Becky Boehm

    Interim AdminIstratOR

    Becky is stepping up as the interim Administrator. She holds the many details that need attending in order for ministry to happen. Becky and her husband Erik, along with their 3 children, are members at First Church. 

  • Angie Leedy

    Kids Hope USA Director

    Kids Hope USA matches one church with one school, one student with one adult, for one hour each week. Angie coordinates Kids Hope volunteers for our church.

  • DAVE lEIBSON


    pROPERTY MANAGER

    Dave began serving in the role of Property Manager in December 2019. He oversees the maintenance and care of First Church, Harambee House, and the Bates Place Neighbors building.  When Dave is not at church, you might find him taking a run or spending time with one of his four grandchildren.