John Ross ThompsonPastor

John Ross Thompson is a retired United Methodist pastor who has served churches in New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan.  He is currently serving Genesis United Methodist Church half-time.  He has also directed the program staff in Western Pennsylvania and West Michigan Conferences.  A native of Erie County, Pennsylvania, he is a graduate of Penn State, Drew University Theological School and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He has been the pastor of rural, suburban, city and campus churches.  He enjoys family gatherings, travel, books and theatre.  He and the Rev. Ellen Brubaker have a blended family of seven children with spouses and partners, 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

You can reach John Ross by calling 517.812.9679.




 Joan VanDessel, Director of Music

I’m passionate about worship that connects people to God, builds community, encourages participation, and transforms hearts and minds.  Mixing styles, traditions, and materials gives me energy–I love to be part of designing worship experiences at Genesis that are both organic and transcendent, blending together ancient and modern traditions to create something new.

Favorite worship experience:

  • Exhale (Taizé) Service
  • Stomp Service (percussion-led worship with lots of congregational participation)
  • Communion

Recent reads:

  • “Pastrix” by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • “The Dangerous Act of Worship” by Mark Labberton
  • “Quiet” by Susan Cain

Current playlist:

  • Sigur Ros
  • All Sons and Daughters
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Shostakovich’s piano works



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Jonathan Farman, Worship Assistant

Jonathan joined the staff in 2017 and helps lead worship during our 11:00am service.


Georgia Hale

Georgia Hale, Serve Director

Georgia began her ministry in 1999 with serving, leading and translating for Volunteer in Mission teams (VIM).  She returned home to Michigan and was ordained as a deacon in June 2017.  As a deacon her desire is to build a bridge from the church to the world, and the world to the church.  She is here at Genesis to focus on helping us serve.
In addition Georgia focus is on the ‘least of these’ or those in our communities that get ignored, thought of last, or not fully engaged in the church.  She especially enjoys hanging around those who the world calls ‘disabled’, but you will often hear her use the term ‘differently-abled’; prefering to focus on what we are able to do not on how the world chooses to label us.


Georgia loves to:

Eat homemade bread, fruit and chocolate, which in turn engages her to exercise by walking, hiking, and an ocassional dance (when no one is looking).
Read – most everything from newspapers to fiction
Laugh – remarkably at almost anything
Pray – with a cup of coffee in my hands


Sue Capps

 Sue Capps, Treasurer / Administrative Assistant

I am so happy God led me to Genesis.  It is such a blessing to work and worship here.

Things I love:

  • Worship at Genesis
  • Spending time with family
  • Sewing
  • Spring and Fall
  • Dark chocolate




Lynn Weaver, Office Assistant

Lynn joined the staff in 2017.  She handles most of our communication, including the e-blast and bulletin, along with many other tasks.  She also coordinates use of the building.


Lynn was born and raised in Wisconsin.  She is a graduate of Calvin College with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and holds a MBA in International Business from Cornerstone University.  She was a senior territory manager for Farmers Insurance for 15 years.  Lynn and her wife, Tami, were married in 2009, and in 2015 they adopted their four children.


Bryan Doornbos-Ross, Facilities Management

Bryan grew up in Jenison. He is one of 10 kids. His Dad worked at the Post Office and was the janitor at First Jenison CRC for 40 years. Bryan graduated from Unity High School quite a few years ago. He attended CMU, but did not finish his degree. He was on an NPR radio station and a laugh track for another show.

Bryan has 3 Children, Ashleigh age 28, Caitlyn age 26 and Patrick age 23. He has been married to Greg since October 2015. They will be together 17 years in December. Both Bryan and Greg love children and have several that they call pseudo godchildren. They love to babysit and get great joy spending time with kids. They truly are one of God’s miracles.

Bryan enjoys camping, playing games with family & friends, designing furniture, and leading the sound team at Genesis. He is an all around handy man.


Nursery Coordinators

Susan Worsley and Kim Lang serve as our Nursery Coordinators.  They work with a wonderful group of volunteers to provide childcare during worship services and special events.


Susan Worsley

Susan Worsley



Kim Lang