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First Reformed Church Leadership

First Reformed Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.

Cheryl VanBeek

Youth & Family Life Director

Cheryl was appointed to serve at First Reformed Church in the Fall of 1992. Over the past 28 years this staff position has evolved with the changing needs of our congregation. As a staff member, Cheryl has served as Youth Director, Youth and Education Director and now as full-time Youth and Family Life Director.

The attributes that best describe Cheryl and her ministry here at First Reformed Church are strong people skills, leadership development and relational ministry. Cheryl shares Jesus and His love by pouring into people. She meets them where they are and walks with them on their faith journey. Cheryl is an encourager and motivator. She loves to see people get involved in their gifted areas of ministry and supports them in a variety of ways.

Cheryl graduated from South Dakota State University in 1991 with a degree in Human Development/Child and Family Studies.

Cheryl has been happily married to Keith Van Beek for 26 years. They have two children, Coryn and Mitchell.

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Cheryl was appointed to serve at First Reformed Church in the Fall of 1992. Over the past 28 years this staff position has evolved with the changing needs of our congregation. As a staff member, Cheryl has served as Youth Director, Youth and Education Director and now as full-time Youth and Family Life Director.

The attributes that best describe Cheryl and her ministry here at First Reformed Church are strong people skills, leadership development and relational ministry. Cheryl shares Jesus and His love by pouring into people. She meets them where they are and walks with them on their faith journey. Cheryl is an encourager and motivator. She loves to see people get involved in their gifted areas of ministry and supports them in a variety of ways.

Cheryl graduated from South Dakota State University in 1991 with a degree in Human Development/Child and Family Studies.

Cheryl has been happily married to Keith Van Beek for 26 years. They have two children, Coryn and Mitchell.

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Amy Ryals

Pastoral Care Director

Amy Ryals became a part of the First Reformed Team on March 1, 2021. Previously she served as Mentor Coordinator at Atlas.  Amy is an ordained minister and her role here centers on leading, equipping and supporting the Care Elders, as well as attending to other pastoral care needs.

She grew up in North Carolina then joined the U.S. Coast Guard, serving 4 years. Amy and her husband, Tim have been married for 25 years and have 2 sons together: Skylar and Justis, who both are currently serving in the military.”

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Amy Ryals became a part of the First Reformed Team on March 1, 2021. Previously she served as Mentor Coordinator at Atlas.  Amy is an ordained minister and her role here centers on leading, equipping and supporting the Care Elders, as well as attending to other pastoral care needs.

She grew up in North Carolina then joined the U.S. Coast Guard, serving 4 years. Amy and her husband, Tim have been married for 25 years and have 2 sons together: Skylar and Justis, who both are currently serving in the military.”

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Amy Schulte

Children's Ministry Director

Amy joined the staff at First Reformed Church in September, 2016. Prior to that, she worked for a local direct sales company, Simply Said, where she was the Events Coordinator and Project Manager.

Amy’s role at First Reformed Church focuses on the younger children, ages 5th grade and below. She believes that instilling a strong faith in children when they are young is crucial to their faith as adults and is passionate about making connections and growing relationships among the congregation. Amy’s desire and goal is to make every child feel like they belong to a bigger community – a community of love and trust – and to teach them how to share their faith with others.

Amy is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a degree in Business Administration.

Amy grew up in Rock Rapids, attending and graduating from Central Lyon. She and her husband, Nate, have four children, Koriene, Braeden, Cael and Gabe.

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Amy joined the staff at First Reformed Church in September, 2016. Prior to that, she worked for a local direct sales company, Simply Said, where she was the Events Coordinator and Project Manager.

Amy’s role at First Reformed Church focuses on the younger children, ages 5th grade and below. She believes that instilling a strong faith in children when they are young is crucial to their faith as adults and is passionate about making connections and growing relationships among the congregation. Amy’s desire and goal is to make every child feel like they belong to a bigger community – a community of love and trust – and to teach them how to share their faith with others.

Amy is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a degree in Business Administration.

Amy grew up in Rock Rapids, attending and graduating from Central Lyon. She and her husband, Nate, have four children, Koriene, Braeden, Cael and Gabe.

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Valerie Lenderink

Director of Music and Worship

Valerie is the newest member of staff at First Reformed Church. Her position is the Director of Music and Worship. In this role, she will choose the music for Sunday worship, coordinate praise team rehearsals, and schedule special music. 

She is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a degree in music and a graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in music therapy.

Valerie grew up in Corning, IA. Now she lives in Rock Rapids with her husband Brandon, and two children, Jayden (3) and Raylee (4 months).

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Valerie is the newest member of staff at First Reformed Church. Her position is the Director of Music and Worship. In this role, she will choose the music for Sunday worship, coordinate praise team rehearsals, and schedule special music. 

She is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a degree in music and a graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in music therapy.

Valerie grew up in Corning, IA. Now she lives in Rock Rapids with her husband Brandon, and two children, Jayden (3) and Raylee (4 months).

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Jammie Kellenberger

Secretary/Bookkeeper

Jammie Kellenberger began working for First Reformed Church in December 2020 as our Secretary/Bookkeeper. Jammie is married to Lon and together they have 4 children (Michael, Macy, Maden & Mali) and reside on the east side of Rock Rapids, IA. Jammie also works as a surgical technician with Avera in Rock Rapids. She enjoys gardening, cooking traveling and spending time with her family. 

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Jammie Kellenberger began working for First Reformed Church in December 2020 as our Secretary/Bookkeeper. Jammie is married to Lon and together they have 4 children (Michael, Macy, Maden & Mali) and reside on the east side of Rock Rapids, IA. Jammie also works as a surgical technician with Avera in Rock Rapids. She enjoys gardening, cooking traveling and spending time with her family. 

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Dave Markus

Custodian

Dave is our head custodian, maintaining the church building and overseeing the day-to-day cleaning of the church. He has been a member of First Reformed Church since 2007 and took the position of custodian in 2009.

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Dave is our head custodian, maintaining the church building and overseeing the day-to-day cleaning of the church. He has been a member of First Reformed Church since 2007 and took the position of custodian in 2009.

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Ashley Pena

Communications Coordinator

Ashley joined the staff at First Reformed Church in June, 2018.

Her role at First Reformed Church focuses on internal and external church communication including work on the webpage, social media, and design work.

She is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a degree in Public Relations & Music Ministry.

Ashley grew up in Rock Rapids, attending and graduating from Central Lyon. She and her husband Ben and daughter live in Califonia!

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Ashley joined the staff at First Reformed Church in June, 2018.

Her role at First Reformed Church focuses on internal and external church communication including work on the webpage, social media, and design work.

She is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a degree in Public Relations & Music Ministry.

Ashley grew up in Rock Rapids, attending and graduating from Central Lyon. She and her husband Ben and daughter live in Califonia!

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