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Pastor Dani Veenstra

Pastor Dani

I love leading worship, planning a service with music, readings and a message around a theme for the week is important to me. Some folks go home with the songs running through their mind, for others it is the sermon or readings, still others are inspired by the message for the children in the congregation. My desire would be for people to come to hear a progressive, inclusive message of  following Jesus sharing the good news with others during their week, inspired by the Sunday morning time in worship.

I love to sew and quilt, cook for others (my kitchen is my happy place), gardening in my perennial beds brings me peace and I love to read. I am blessed with a wonderful husband David, two children, three grandchildren and one great-grand on the way. I am a cat lover- my two rescues are very spoiled.

Pastor Dani Veenstra is currently serving our congregation, leading worship each Sunday, as we search for a Settled Minister.

Dani Veenstra

“We are all just walking each other home” Ram Dass

Music Directors Diane & Lisa Van Deurzen-Otey

Diane and Lisa joined First Congregational Church of South Haven as Co-Music Directors in the fall of 2021.  Their goal is to choose music which supports Pastor Jeffrey and Mike’s themes and messages for Sunday Worship.  They also hope that the music inspires you and makes you feel good.

Lisa is originally from Oregon and Diane is from Wisconsin, but they lived in Tucson, AZ for the last 30 years.  They were Music Directors at St. Francis In the Foothills in Tucson UMC for the last 28 years. Diane and Lisa also worked at The Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, AZ for the last 6 years. They have been fortunate to have traveled the world, performing at Jazz & Blues Festivals and venues in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, and Australia.

Diane and Lisa now live in St. Joe and are so happy to be part of the First Congregational family in South Haven