John W. Minnema holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University and a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1982, Pastor John began his ministry at Hawthorne Gospel Church as youth pastor and has been Senior Pastor of Hawthorne Gospel Church since 1986.
Howard Van Dyk, Jr., is a graduate of Montclair State University and attended Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. His ministry at Hawthorne Gospel Church began in 1989 as Director of Family Ministries. He took on the responsibilities of Associate Pastor in 1996.
Pastor of Missions & Adult Education
David Schuit is a graduate from The King’s College. He received further education from Wheaton Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. David and his wife, Rebekah, served in Tanzania, Africa, as missionaries for 24 years before Dave joined the HGC staff in 2006.
Jim Bushoven is a graduate of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. Jim has served in a number of roles, but his greatest passion is in outreach and leadership development. Jim built the Hawthorne Gospel outreach ministry, and serves as a Co-Chair for NJ CityServe. As Executive Pastor he prioritizes leadership development and church culture health and well-being. Jim and his wife, Amanda, have three children: Brynn, Ryan and Avery. The next best place to be in life is at the beach.
PASTOR OF CARE
David Andersen is a graduate of Taylor University, served as a Major in the USMC, has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and attended Alliance Theological Seminary. He has been teaching at Hawthorne Gospel Church for 20 years and joined the staff of HGC to serve as the Pastor of Senior Adults & Visitation.
Director of Children's Ministry
Sandy Lynn Bober is a certified teacher with her Master’s in Education from Hunter College. She became the Director of Children’s Ministries in 2013. Sandy Lynn and her husband, Alex, have three daughters and one son: Sofia, Kaela, Tessa, and Troy.
Mark Rolling is a graduate of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity. His passion is for the Word of God, prayer, and discipleship. He is married to his lovely wife Dorothy and they are the proud parents of three amazing daughters — Christina, Christal, and Christy.
Director of Women's Ministry
Kathryn Wansong is originally from Tennessee and has a Bachelors degree from TTU and an MBA from University of Memphis. She joined the staff part time in August 2017 to serve the women of HGC, and feels that God has given her a passion for studying His Word and a heart for working with women of all ages. Kathryn and her husband Eric have 2 children — Meagan and Jordan.
High School Pastor
Jake Minnema joined the HGC staff full-time in August of 2008, this after earning a degree in Biology at Ramapo College. Originally his role served only our Junior High students, but now he heads up all our Youth Ministries, both Sr. and Jr. High. His passion is to see teens fall in love with the Word of God, and to see God work in the lives and hearts of these young students. Jake works alongside his wonderful wife, May.
Scott Warren worked on the HGC Maintenance Department for 13 years and was Head of Maintenance for 6 years. Later he was mentored at Calvary Chapel Church for 3 years and ordained there. Scott joined the pastoral staff at HGC in 2011. Scott and his wife, Alexandra, have 3 children: Micaela, Elijah, and Simeon. Scott and Alexandra serve together in Student Ministries.
Kirk De Boer is a graduate of Messiah College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He joined the HGC staff part-time in 2013 and full-time in 2014. He serves as the Assistant Director of Student Ministries, working primarily with our Junior High students. Kirk and his wife, Stephanie, have 2 children, Connor and Morgan.
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH
Timothy Stanley is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelors in Divinity and Psychology. He is now working on his masters from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. Before all this he served on active duty with the US Army and then served with the Dept. of Defense for 11 years at West Point Military Academy. His passion now is reaching out to those who are struggling and feeling lost in addiction, and to see them surrender their lives to Christ for true freedom. Tim walks side by side with his wife, Emily.
Jonathan Minnema graduated from Cairn University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has been a lifelong attendee of Hawthorne Gospel Church and has been working at the church since 2016.
Chad De Boer is a graduate of Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has served in our bookstore ministry, since June 1992 through its closing, as well as in our accounting department. Chad began his role as Church Administrator in February 2017 and is excited to see how the Lord is using and will continue to use him to Glorify the Lord in this leadership role. Chad and his wife Theresa have one daughter, Violet, and a baby on the way, due in January 2018.
Director of Music and Worship
Rommel Guingon serves as the Worship and Music Director
HEAD of school for Hawthorne Christian Academy
Mr. Seidman has been an educator for over 30 years. He has taught history, government, economics, moderated school clubs, and coached basketball. He has served as a youth pastor, and been the head of both a church board and school board. He loves serving in the wonderful community that is Hawthorne Christian Academy. His wife and two children keep him young, he loves reading, and is always looking for a place to play a good game of basketball.
James Richmond is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, and Northern Theological Seminary. As the Pastor of Pastoral Care, he is responsible for visiting the sick, home bound and grieving members of our church.