Senior Pastor

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.

   Associate Pastor

Associate Pastor

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.

   Missions Pastor

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.

         Pastor of       Community  


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.

  Executive Pastor


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 & Women'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.


Pastor of

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.

   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.

    College Pastor

College Pastor

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.


   Middle School

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. 

          Church     Administrator

Church Administrator

Larry Olson worked in the Insurance and Financial Services business for more than 30 years before accepting the role of Church Administrator here at HGC in 1997. Larry and his wife, Ermetta live in Midland Park. They are the parents of two grown daughters and four wonderful grandchildren.

 Worship Director

Director of Music and Worship

Rommel Guingon serves as the Worship and Music Director

      Pastoral Care     Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Emeritus

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.