John Lowder came to Frontline in 1996 as an assistant to the former Senior Pastor, and currently serves as Pastor of Preaching and Worship. John grew up as the son of a pastor, and even though he had many great experiences as a “PK” never felt God’s call on his life to become a pastor himself. After starting a degree in business management, God changed his heart toward vocational ministry, which led him to change majors during his junior year. He graduated from Grace Bible College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Theology degree in Pastoral Ministry, and can’t imagine NOT being a pastor now. Even though pastoral ministry can be stressful and exhausting at times, being used by God to bring the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to someone is all the motivation he needs to keep serving. John married Melinda in 1998, and has seen their marriage just keep getting better every year. They are blessed to have two children – Jared and Mallory – and have been so blessed to live and serve in the Byron Center community.
A man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”Proverbs 16:9
Ben Lorenz joins Frontline Bible Church April 2022 as a Pastoral Resident, an eighteen month residential program. He will graduate from Grace Christian University (Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, concentration in pastoral ministry) in May and has a heart to serve in ministry. He is engaged to be married to Regan Befus in September 2022.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.Mark 10:45
Leo Caldas graduated from Grace Christian University with his bachelors in Music with emphasis in Worship Arts, and with his Master’s in Organizational Leadership. He has a passion for God, music and leadership. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he did not plan to be around Grand Rapids for so long, but God had different plans for him. He loves challenges and to see the potential in people and things. Leo and his wife have known each other since they were 12 & 13 years old. They married in 2015.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:8–9
Dave Grube has been a part of Frontline Bible Church in a variety of roles throughout many years. He shares his musical talents and administrative talents and passion for encouraging others to help build the community. His favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all yourProverbs 3:5–6
heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to Him and He will make
your paths straight.”
Bev Blando began serving as office administrator in 1996, in the days of Pastor Jack Dean, when current Pastor John Lowder was just an intern. Her goal then was simply to take some of the mundane tasks off their plates. Bev still enjoys using her organizing skills and the “interaction with our unique family” for the betterment of the church.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.philippians 4:8
Lynn Thomas has attended Frontline Bible Church since 1998, serving as custodian since 2006, and then Building Manager since 2017. He has also served on the church board, the men’s leadership team, and as the coordinator for Coached by Christ (CBC). Being “retired” and having four children and eight grandchildren, in addition to being on staff and volunteering in several leadership positions here at Frontline Bible Church, more than keeps him busy. Lynn served in the military and worked in municipal government, providing him with a unique experience that helps him to better know and understand people. He believes relationships are the key factor in life providing the opportunity to influence and impact people for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that being a follower of Christ means being a servant leader as He was.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. For this sums up the Law and the Prophets.matthew 7:12
Tina Post serves as the youth director at Frontline. She graduated from Grace Christian University and Cornerstone University with her bachelor’s in elementary education. She married in 2019 and lives in Grandville with her husband Dan and their pitbull, Ganon. She enjoys reading, singing, playing board games, and drinking coffee on her porch with friends. She also spent three months in Bolivia for a mission trip after she graduated from college, working with orphanages, young adult groups, camps, and a missionary choir. Tina and her husband Dan welcomed their daughter Lily into their lives in October 2021..
Sheryl Idema has attended Frontline Bible Church since 1986. She has a passion for teaching and an administrative gift and is humbled to be able to share these gifts at FBC. She enjoys welcoming people to FBC and helping them find a place to connect and serve.
Sheryl is also a certified Discipler with Life Center Counseling Center, and offers Biblical counseling. Her FBC office is a satellite office for Life Center.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.galatians 2:20
Vicki Dolsen began attending Frontline Bible Church with her family by watching the service on Facebook Live in 2017. In June 2019, she joined as interim marketing director, along with her husband Bob. They both have a passion for communicating strategically and effectively. When she graduated from college with a degree in Graphic Design and Marketing, her heart’s desire was to work with churches helping with marketing communications. She has a passion for God’s people and communicating His message. She and Bob have had the joy of homeschooling and graduating their two sons, James and Ethan.
Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust in Him and He will do this.psalm 37:4–5