Pastor Ralph Rebandt, Chairman
Ralph A. Rebandt II has served as lead pastor of Oakland Hills Community Church (OPC) since 1987, during which time three daughter churches developed under his leadership. A fourth church is currently under development in the inner city of Detroit which will launch as a medical mission. He is also chaplain for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeastern Michigan Chiefs of Police, Farmington Hills Police Department, and Beverly Hills Police Department. Pastor Rebandt is a public speaker for community events and a conference presenter for police leadership training. He is a board member of the Crime Prevention Advisory Committee and chairman of CHEX (regional church planting committee) in Michigan and Ontario. Pastor Rebandt serves on the Board of Governors for the Council for National Policy, Washington D.C. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Education from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He earned a Master's Degree in Religious Education and M. Div. at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and acquired credits in the Ph.D. program. He and his wife Carol have four married children and 15 grandchildren. They live in Michigan.
Pastor Steve Igo, 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 Douglas 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.
Alan Quick, Ruling Elder
Alan Quick grew up on the west coast of Canada where sunshine often falls in a liquid form through much of the year. Beginning a career in aviation he discovered that some things on television were true and that it doesn't always rain everywhere. As a result he enjoyed the places he worked, whether in the Yukon or destinations eastwards, but most especially in Thunder Bay, ON, where he met his wife Katherine in the church they both attended. Alan and Katherine eventually settled in Strathroy, ON, raising their seven wonderful children in their old Victorian home. Alan is an airline pilot with almost forty years experience and works for Air Canada flying to various destinations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Alan and his family committed to their church home, Covenant OPC, Komoka, ON, from its birth as a mission work over twenty years ago. He has served as a ruling elder on the session of Covenant since his ordination in 2000 and is also currently the director of the Michigan and Ontario Family Camp. He has been blessed to work with his brothers on the CHEX committee and to see the Lord blessing and strengthening His church in the presbytery of Michigan and Ontario.
David Raih, Ruling Elder
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.