River of God Church, Byron Center, Michigan

River of God Leadership & Staff

We are an evangelical Christian congregation. Our government is based on the New Testament model. We are affiliated with Alliance International Ministries (AIM), a family of ministers and congregations, who are served by the gift ministries of Ephesians 4:11. For more information about AIM, visit their website,  AIMTeam.org

Randy Vruggink

Senior Pastor
Phone: (616) 450-8797
Randy and Sheri were married in 1977. They have four married daughters, six grandsons, and three granddaughters. Sheri works one day a week as a dental hygienist. She is an ordained pastor credentialed with AIM. She leads Wednesday nights Kid's Club for K - 4th grade and the Wednesday morning Bible study for ladies.

Randy is the founding pastor of River of God Church, which started in 1999. He has had a passion for the local church since 1972, when he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He has served the church in many capacities, including nursery director, deacon, elder, and home group leader.

Randy worked for twenty years selling office supplies before taking on the role of senior pastor. Randy did not pursue higher education until after his daughters completed their schooling at which time he enrolled at Cornerstone University. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Science in 2010 and a Master's Degree in Ministry Leadership in 2016.

Pastoring the local church is Randy's true passion and delight. He is also thankful for the opportunities he has had to minister in several countries including France, Bulgaria, Germany, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Ecuador. Since 2010, Randy and Sheri have traveled together multiple times to Ecuador teaching, "The Blessed Family Semimar" reaching thousands of people throughout the country. 

Randy has also served since 2008 as president of BAMA (Byron Area Ministers Association). This gathering of pastors meets together weekly for prayer, and monthly for fellowship, testimonies and prayer.

Randy serves on the board of directors for Vital Connections, a ministry serving church leaders, orphans and practical needs of the people in Zimbabwe, Africa.

Randy serves as part of the  North America coordinating team of Alliance International Ministires along with John Dean, Terry King and John Guido. Randy and Sheri have ministered at several AIM events across the USA.

Jeff and Becky Davis

Becky Davis

Sunday School Coordinator
Jeff and Becky Davis were both raised in loving Christian homes and met while both serving at church. They have been happily married since 1997 and have 5 wonderful kids, ages 24 down to 17 years old: Joelle, Grant, Hannah, Charlotte, and Marshall. 14 years ago, God called them to homeschool their children with Marshall now being the last one in high school. For the past 12 years, the Davis’s have attended River of God. With a love for music, they have all been involved in singing and playing instruments on the worship team for many years.

Becky is also a gifted teacher and has been teaching Sunday School for the past 10 years. She recently took on the role of Sunday school coordinator. Jeff serves as an elder and the Davis’s all love being part of what God is doing at River of God.

Dorie and Adam Barron

Dorie Barron

Youth Pastor
Phone: (616) 302-3192
Adam and Dorie were childhood sweethearts and married in 1996. They have 3 sons, Joseph, Benjamin and Samuel and thanks to Benjamin will be adding a daughter-in-love, Mindy Markus to the family in 2023. Adam is a Michigan native and works as an RN at Corewell Health (formerly Spectrum Health) Butterworth Hospital on the ortho/trauma/burn floor. He occasionally sings on the worship team and helps Dorie with other church duties when he is not working or camping (de-stressing).

Dorie is originally from North Carolina, a 3rd generation ordained minister, and values her Pentecostal heritage. She has served in many areas of church life from a young age, minus a 2-year pause when she and Adam had Joseph and relocated to Michigan. Her primary focus for the past 24 years has been raising the boys and homeschooling them from kindergarten through high school graduation.

The Barrons visited River of God on the first Sunday of 2011 after deciding that their 12 years at the local mega-church was enough. It was time for a change - they longed for a smaller, family feel. Fast forward a few years, Dorie starts typing the bulletin, helping youth, singing on the worship team, leading worship, and taking every AIM course offered. Next thing you know, in 2022, River of God Church and Alliance International Ministries ordained and credentialed her as a minister.

Dorie’s favorite thing is to have deep conversations over coffee. She values connection, unity, and over-communication, and has a secret goal to see each of her friends “ugly cry” at least once, if not once a year. Adam and Dorie are more homebody-ish these days. Still, they remember when they enjoyed camping, biking, going to the beach, and walking behind waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula of MI.

Elders

Deacons

Jeff Davis Adam Barron
Josh Nelson Marty Braun
James Ruark Jeff Beyer
Randy Vruggink (lead elder) Rick Navis
Joel Walma Carl Norg
Jim Schutte
Mark Tanis

 

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