The staff at First Church is called to serve us as we honor God by becoming and making fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We hope you'll enjoy reading a little bit about them here. Please feel free to stop in the office to say "hello!" and introduce yourself.
Lead Pastor: Pastor Ben Kappers
Pastor Ben has been pastor here since June of 2013. He is married to Melanie, and they have five children: Caleb, Grace, Anna, Andrew, and Luke. Pastor Ben graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS in 2011 and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Pastor Ben and Melanie enjoy playing games and having people in their home. Pastor Ben also enjoys reading and keeping up with current events. His desire is that the Lord would use him to impart to Christ's church a deeper love for and obedience to God through his ministry.
Assistant Pastor: Pastor Daniel Miller
Pastor Dan joined First Church in March of 2021. He was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He met his wife, Ali, while attending the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. They have one son, Benjamin, and a big, fluffy dog named Sam. Pastor Dan graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville in 2020. Pastor Dan and Ali enjoy spending time outdoors, eating good food with good people, and drinking too much coffee. Pastor Dan loves to see people come to know and love Jesus through his Word, and looks forward to being used by God to that end at First Church.
Administrator: Mark Emanuelson
Mark was born and raised in Burnsville, Minnesota, just south of the Twin Cities. He graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul with a Communications degree and has had a wide variety of occupational opportunities. Those opportunities range from drafting in an engineering firm to electrical contracting to church administration to Environment of Care Director at a skilled nursing facility and now back to church administration. Mark is married to his wife, Diane, and together they have 4 grown boys, 2 daughter-in-law’s and 6 grandchildren. Mark enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, yardwork and gardening. Mark’s favorite verse is Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
Children's Ministry Coordinator: Kersten Kazen
Kersten has shown through her experience and her passion for children's ministry that she will fill this role beautifully. She will be acting as a liason between all the groups that serve First Church Kids, and the kids of our community. This will include Sunday School, VBS, and the development of a mid-week children's discipleship opportunity. Kersten is also part of the Christian Instruction Task Force. May God bless her in this new role.
Media Specialist: Dustin Hibbler
Dustin and Erin have been married for 3 years and live here in Lansing. Dustin films sermons on Sunday, takes photos and videos at church events, posts to churches' social media, and maintains our website. He is also an avid sports fan - Go Blue & Go Red wings! Pastor Ben got him hooked on fantasy football.
Pastoral Intern: Ken Wojnarowski
Ken has been a member here since 2016. He graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor's degree in Theology and a minor in Criminal Justice. He is currently attending Mid-America Reformed Seminary. He and his wife, Sarah, are from the Orland Park/Mokena area. They married in 2018. Ken enjoys drinking coffee, video filming/editing, hiking, making walking sticks, playing the board game Risk, and telling people about how King Josiah was a great King in Israel's history. Ken is a die-hard Univeristy of Michigan fan.
Ken serves as First Church's Pastoral Intern. He works with the Jr. High/Sr. High Youth, with the Adult Spiritual Development Team, and assists the church in other areas of need.