News And Updates

Welcome Pastor Jeffrey

April 11, 2022

Dear Kirk Family,

On November 16, 2021, Session appointed an Interim Senior Pastor Nominating Committee consisting of Randy Pappal, Bob Heuer, Kay Maxwell, Heather Lorincz, Julia Libcke, Linda Juracek-Lipa, and Chip Tallinger. Since they were appointed, the committee has met over 25 times and reviewed over 22 candidates. The assignment was not taken lightly. They followed up on every comment or suggestion made by the congregation and those from outside the Kirk family. On March 31, Session unanimously approved the recommendation of the Interim Senior Pastor Nominating Committee for Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink to be the Interim Senior Pastor and Head of the Staff for Kirk in the Hills beginning June 1, 2022. Below, you will find materials to help introduce you to Pastor Jeffrey.

The Interim Senior Pastor Nominating Committee decided to recommend Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink to Session and the IPNC feels strongly that he is the right transitional/interim pastor for the Kirk.

  • Pastor Jeffrey has deep Michigan roots – having lived here a significant portion of his life including serving congregations in Holt, Bay City, and Grand Rapids.
  • Pastor Jeffrey has led congregations both as an installed Senior Pastor and as an interim. He has come to love transitional/interim ministry and the special challenges this type of position presents.
  • When the IPNC checked with Jeffrey’s references, they were consistently positive about his ministerial as well as administrative skills. They noted also his special aplomb in connecting with all demographics of the congregations that he serves.
  • In his previous interim appointments, he has prepared the Pastor Nominating Committees and the congregation for the search for the permanent installed senior pastor who would follow him.
  • He has special skills in bridge-building between staff and clergy. He has committed to go on a listening campaign to hear from all constituencies of the Kirk to help guide us forward. Pastor Jeffrey will be setting up these listening events and trying to attend as many Kirk meetings, small groups, and events as possible.
  • He comes from a minister’s family – his faith has been developed from his early years and continues to evolve today.
  • His preaching style will resonate with the congregation and continue to grow our worship experience at the Kirk.

So please join in welcoming Pastor Jeffrey to the Kirk.  He will be in contact with all of us upon his arrival about the opportunities you will have to connect and interact with him. 

In Christ,

Randy Pappal, Elder, Chair

Bob Heuer, Ruling Elder

Kay Maxwell, Ruling Elder

Heather Lorincz, Ruling Elder

Julia Libcke Ruling Elder

Linda Juracek-Lipa Elder

Chip Tallinger Elder


Welcome Brochure


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