Mark Barger Elliott, Senior Pastor

Since 2005, Mark has served as the 4th Senior Pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church. He is the author of Middle of the Maze: 5 Secrets to Find Your Way and Creative Styles of Preaching, as well as articles and sermons posted on Huffington Post and Mark received a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from San Francisco Theological Seminary, studied strategic planning at the Harvard Business School, and has received a certificate in non-profit management from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University. Mark also loves the visual arts and is a documentary filmmaker. Both of his films, Lost Boy Home, narrated by Sam Waterston, and the Last Songwriter, starring Garth Brooks and Emmylou Harris, won audience awards. He is currently working on two new books, Fat Tires/7Ways Not to Get Thrown and The Sea Hates a Coward/7 Leadership Essentials to Navigate Life’s Storms.

Lynn Barger Elliott, Associate Pastor

Since 2009, Lynn has served on our pastoral staff. She has been responsible for preaching and leading worship, directing the annual Outreach budget of more than $150,000, and coordinating the Midweek program. She also serves as Affiliate Faculty at Calvin College working in the areas of Ministry Leadership and Vocational Formation. Lynn graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in Philosophy and from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. She is the recipient of the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar of the Year Award designated to one seminary graduate within the United States who demonstrates the strongest potential of benefiting the greater church with his/her skills of scholarship and preaching. She has a Certification in Non-Profit Executive Leadership through the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame and is co-founder of Ecclesia Group, a consulting group resourcing churches and non-profits.

Jonathan Tuuk, Director of Music and Organist

Jonathan Tuuk is Director of Music and Organist at Mayflower Church and a tonal finisher for the Lauck Pipe Organ Company of Otsego, MI. Mr. Tuuk graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where his principal teacher was Dr. John E. Hamersma. He also served as an organ instructor at that school. He is a published composer of choral music and has concertized throughout Europe and the United States, including recitals presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a soloist, he has appeared at the University of Michigan Organ Conference and also with the Grand Rapids Symphony, under the direction of Catherine Comet and David Lockington.

Mark Webb, Chancel Choir Director

Mark has his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees (in Music Education and Choral Conducting) from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (in Choral Conducting) from Michigan State University. Mark is an adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Aquinas College, and is the Director of the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids. Mark and his wife, Susan, have two daughters: Natalie (married to Mickey Bullock) and Ashley, and two grandchildren–Jeremiah and Hannah Bullock.

Heidi Hertel, Director of Youth Choirs

Heidi Hertel has been the Director of Youth Choirs at Mayflower Congregational Church since 2002. The Graduated Youth Choral Program at Mayflower, founded by Ruth Christman Nicely in the fall of 1997, started with five dedicated young singers. The program has grown to include 6 choirs for 4 year olds through 12th graders, ministering to over 140 Mayflower youth. Heidi’s undergraduate studies were completed at Westminster Choir College and Western Michigan University. Her graduate degree is from Calvin College.

Rachael Cooley, Director of Nursery Care

Rachael Cooley oversees Sunday morning programming and staffing for nursery through 3 year old children as well as child care staffing for the Wednesday night Midweek program. Rachael co-leads the 3rd-5th grade youth group on Wednesday nights and coordinates the acolytes on Sunday mornings. She has a background in non-profit, having worked with at-risk youth at Boys Town for 10 years and, most recently, was the Executive Director of Youth Unlimited before staying at home with her children. Rachael and her husband Andy have two children, Jackson and Harper.

Andrea Koster, Director of Bible Beginnings

Andrea Koster is the Director of Bible Beginnings, a Sunday morning program which ministers to four and five year old children. Andrea is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in communications and journalism. She has been a member at Mayflower Church since 2001 and has been an active volunteer with children’s ministries. Andrea and her husband, Chad, have three children, Natalie, Lillian and Matthew.

Susan Orban, Director of Bible Alive

Susan Orban is the Director of Bible Alive, working with Mayflower’s youth from 1st-4th grade. Susan grew up in Wilmette, IL and has lived in Grand Rapids for the past 8 years. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Business Arts degree. Her professional career consisted of fifteen years of extensive experience in commercial real estate in downtown Chicago. Prior to her taking the Bible Alive Coordinator position, she has been an active volunteer in all aspects of children’s ministry at Mayflower Church. Susan and her husband, Bart, have three children, Braxton, Eve and Hope.

Ruth Bell Olsson, Interim Outreach Coordinator

Ruth has been involved in local outreach and global activism for twenty years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Ruth and her husband Jeff are longtime residents of East Grand Rapids and have three children, Zinnia, Oskar and Kagiso.

Ben King, Youth Leader

Ben is a junior at Kendall College of Art and Design, studying Interior Design. He grew up at Mayflower and participated in the choirs and youth program. Ben is helping with the SNL! program on Sunday nights.


Grace Yahiro, Youth Leader

Grace is a senior at Calvin College, studying Business and Finance. She is from West Lafayette, Indiana. Grace is helping with the SNL! program on Sunday Nights.



Mike Huff, Youth Leader

Mike is an attorney with Grand Rapids based Mika Meyers. He grew up at Mayflower and volunteers with our IHN program and serves on the Outreach Committee. Mike is helping with the SNL! program on Sunday nights.


Murry Idema, Director of Congregational Care

Murry is a long-standing member of Mayflower who, as Director of Congregational Care, directs the Friendly Visitors Group, plans the Explorers programs, and gives leadership to the Congregational Cares volunteer program.


Carol Boot, Office Administrator

Carol Boot has been on the church office staff since 1990. Some of her responsibilities include the production of the weekly News & Events and other Mayflower publications, updating the church website and maintaining the church database. In her free time she enjoys reading, walking, bicycling and kayaking.

Beth Shimko, Administrative Assistant

A native of East Grand Rapids, Beth happily joined the staff in 2009. In addition to her administrative tasks, she also coordinates Mayflower’s Homeless Ministry. She’s enjoyed getting to know Mayflower members as she is most often the first to greet visitors in our church office.

Louis Bardocz, Business Manager

Former Controller for Compressor Technologies Inc., Louis joined Mayflower on a part-time basis as Business Manager. Louis is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with Six Sigma Certification.


Chris Lowe, Building Supervisor

Chris oversees the facility needs of Mayflower as our Building Supervisor. Chris has over thirty years experience as a Facility Manager having served as Director of Facility Services at Cornerstone University and Ranir Corp. here in the Grand Rapids area. Chris and his wife Debbie have seven children and four grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Paul Klein, Assistant Custodian

Paul joined the Mayflower staff as a part-time maintenance custodian in January, 2016. Paul lives in Rockford with his wife Deb. They have three married daughters, an adult son and nine grandchildren. In his spare time, Paul likes working in his yard, working on building projects at home, as well as his children’s homes. He enjoys watching the Tigers, NASCAR, the History Channel and especially spending time with his family.