Pastor Steve Igo | Chairman & CHEX Office Administrator
Pastor Steve Igo is senior pastor at Cedar Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Jenison, MI. He serves our presbytery as a church planting coach, church planting office administrator, and member of our presbytery's Church Extension (CHEX) Committee. Pastor Steve loves pastors, church planters, mission works and churches interested in church planting. In 2002, he enlisted as church planter and organizing pastor of Cedar Church (OPC) under the oversight of Harvest Church (OPC) in Grand Rapids, MI. During seminary, Steve helped the late Rev. Bernard "Chip" Stonehouse plant Gwynedd Valley OPC (now Cornerstone OPC) in Ambler, PA. As associate pastor at Grace Church (OPC) in Columbus, OH, Steve acquired further church planting passion from seasoned church planter, Pastor Larry Wilson, whose congregation planted Covenant OPC (Mansfield, OH) and Providence OPC (Pataskala, OH). A graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary ('96), Pastor Steve pursued further church planting training through his doctoral program at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando) and the pastoral coaching network of Church Leader Insights led by Dr. Nelson Searcy.
Pastor Doug Bylsma
Pastor Doug began serving on the CHEX Committee in 2022. He has direct church planting experience, having been the church planter of Living Hope OPC in Beamsville, which particularized in 2019. Pastor Doug received his degree in theology from Haddington House, a Presbyterian Seminary in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He was ordained to gospel ministry in March of 2011. He and his wife, Kristi, have six children. Being a resident of Niagara his whole life, Pastor Doug continues to be involved in the community. In the past he has served as a volunteer for Youth for Christ, the “Upper Deck Center” in Vineland. He has also been involved in youth ministry in Beamsville with the Convos Youth Zone.
Pastor Doug Doll
Pastor Doll has served on the CHEX for 10 years, joining the committee in 2008. He desires to see healthy Reformed churches planted throughout the presbytery, especially in the eastern and northern regions of the presbytery. He also has a heart for church revitalization and helping churches become healthy, relevant and vibrantly alive for Jesus Christ. Before entering the ministry, he served in the U.S. Army and later earned a Ph.D. and taught Classics at the university level. In 2007, he earned an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, and received a call to Covenant OPC in Brighton, MI. Doug and his wife, Belinda, have a son and a daughter.
John Frith, Ruling Elder
John and family joined the OPC in California, almost 40 years ago and began attending Oakland Hills in 1998. He became an elder in 2011 and is currently serving as the Clerk of Session. He and his wife Christine have three boys and 5 grandchildren. John works in the automotive consulting field and enjoys spending time with his family and at their cabin in Gaylord.
David Raih, Ruling Elder | Co-Treasurer
David Raih was blessed to be raised by Christian parents in an Orthodox Presbyterian Church. God was faithful to His covenantal promises and David confessed Christ as his Savior and Lord while in high school. He later married his lovely wife Ruth, who was the daughter of an OPC pastor. David is a nurse by career and a ruling elder at Spencer Mills OPC in Gowen, Michigan. Spencer Mills was the first church and mission work of the OPC in the state of Michigan, begun in the 1960s. David Raih have been a member of the CHEX committee over 25 years. During that time, he has seen God bless the Orthodox Presbyterian denomination in growing the number of churches in Michigan from five to twenty, as well as in the establishment of the OPC Presbytery of Michigan & Ontario. David looks forward to continuing to serve God and to see how He uses the OPC to build His kingdom in this part of the world.
James DeRuischer, Ruling Elder
Jim and his wife Renee have been involved in church leadership in the Grand Rapids area for over 25 years. They have nine children and a zeal for cross-cultural ministry.