MINISTER

Rev. Steve Oeverman was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a graduate of Calvin College, The Bethlehem College and Seminary, and Westminster Seminary California. After a Master of Divinity from Westminster, he and his wife Kathryn served for a time with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. In 2005, they moved to Escondido, California where Steve was associate minister of Escondido United Reformed Church and executive vice president of Westminster Seminary California. Rev. Oeverman was called to serve Grace United Reformed Church in September 2012. Steve and Kathryn were married in 1995 and have five children. 

ELDERS

David Hein is married to Naomi and is the father of 4 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He studied music and missions at Moody Bible Institute and earned a B.A. from Covenant College and M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary. After seminary he served various pastorates and as a Christian school administrator. David retired in 2008 after working in health insurance management. He enjoys music, reading, camping and farming. David was ordained as a URC elder in 2017.

Hans Hoogendam is married to Suzie and have been members of Grace since 2011. Since coming to Grace, he has learned new songs and psalms and really appreciates the new Trinity Psalter Hymnal. He has three grown daughters, one son-in-law and two grandsons. He has been a carpenter by trade for 45 years. He enjoys road cycling with Suzie when he gets a chance. One of his favorite table games is Settlers of Catan.

Matthew Friend is married to Jocelyn and father of four. Matthew has been a member within the URCNA since 1995 and has served multiple congregations as deacon and elder. He has had an active career in finance, working in New York City and Los Angeles before moving to Portland in January 2009. Matthew is also a board member of St. Stephen’s Academy, a classical Christian school in Beaverton, Oregon.

DEACONS

David DeYoung is married to Joyce and father of three grown children. David has been co-owner of Nagl Floor Covering since 1988. He was first ordained as a deacon at Grace in 2012. David is also a busy grandpa along with the many hats he wears in diaconal service of the congregation.

Michael Edwards is married to Jenny and father of three. He has been working in engineering in the high-tech sector since 2004.  Michael and Jenny enjoy camping, hiking, working on the yard, and spending time with friends and family.

Josh Feil is married to Cynthia and they are planning to adopt in the near future.  Josh studied music at San Diego State University and graduated with a Masters in Biblical Studies from Westminster Seminary CA in 2013.  He currently works at St. Stephen's Academy, a classical Christian school in Beaverton, OR. Josh and Cynthia love spending time with family, working on house projects, hiking and reading.

Robert Meredith is married to Candice and father of four. He has worked for an electric utility in various analytical roles since 2004. He enjoys spending time with family, reading, and being outside.

Christopher Natelborg is married to Tymona and father of one daughter. He has been working in higher education since 2010 and currently does so in a financial aid management role. Chris and Tymona enjoy spending time with family and friends, working around the house, camping, and gardening.

Jacob Van Houten is married to Carolyn and father of three children. He has been working in the software industry since 2007. Jacob and Carolyn enjoy game nights with family, traveling, and camping.