Meet Our Team
Rev. Paul Sausser – Pastor
Pastor Paul and his wife Renae have been at Discovery for fifteen years. Through preaching, leading, and discipling, Pastor Paul has helped lead the church into spiritual, missionary, and numerical growth.
He has a M.Div. degree from Calvin Theological Seminary and a D.Min. degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul. He has served at three other churches leading up to Discovery. Pastor Paul is a lifelong learner, especially in the area of biblical literature and ancient biblical culture.
He and his wife Renae, a retired nurse, enjoy hiking, biking, running, traveling, reading, and cooking new dishes.
Rev. Mary Sterenberg – Pastor of Prayer and Spirituality
Pastor Mary is a charter member of Discovery Church. She currently serves as pastor of prayer and spirituality at Discovery Church, Alpha co-director, and healing prayer ministry director.
Previously, Mary served as the Prayer Mobilizer for the Christian Reformed Home Missions Great Lakes Region for eleven years, and served for ten years as Prayer Coordinator for Classis Grand Rapids South. She served seven years on the board of directors for Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (PRMI). Mary also served as co-chair of the Grand Rapids CityFest Prayer Team for the Luis Palau Association in 2018. Mary is a member of the faculty of the Dunamis Institute (PRMI) and teaches on prayer and the Holy Spirit throughout North America.
She resides in Caledonia, MI with her husband Bruce. They have three grown and married children and seven grandchildren. Mary’s passion is for the bride of Christ to be healed, holy, unified, restored, revived, and empowered!
Evan Tinklenberg – Worship Director
Evan and his wife Kim, along with their son Isaac, have been at Discovery since summer 2020. Evan holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and is passionate about discipling the people of God through corporate worship. As a student of Scripture, Evan takes deep joy in contemplating the things of God. He takes this joy into worship leading, where he has the privilege of helping lead God’s people into God’s presence by the working of God’s Spirit.
Kim and Evan love taking Isaac and their two dogs, Henry and Louie, on hikes and other outdoor adventures – especially around water – and both love to read as well.
Sara Barnaby – Administrator
Sara has been a member of Discovery for over twenty years. She has served in many ministry positions, including Elder. Most recently she has been hired to serve as the administrative and communication link within the church. Through emails, text, bulletin announcements, daily prayer requests, ministry leader reports, setting schedules and a host of other ways, Sara serves the church family by enhancing strong communication lines.
This position also includes church office hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Sara is married with four children. She is also a licensed professional counselor.
Ted Jarmon – Facilities
Ted has been a member of Discovery Church for over twelve years. He has served in various ministry positions over the years and has mentored and continues to mentor where needed.
Ted has been Discovery’s custodian for over 10 years. He is also employed as a supervisor for a manufacturing company (plastic injection molding) for the last 18 years.
Ted’s free time is spent mostly studying the Word and watching anything sports related! He has two children, Abryanna and Ted Jr.
Ahna Ziegler – Digital Content Manager
Ahna grew up with Discovery Church, toddling around in the church’s infancy and singing on praise team as soon as she could. During college, she began designing graphics and creating videos while serving on Discovery’s worship planning team.
After working in marketing at Eerdmans Publishing for 6 years, now she splits time between her own photography, graphic design, and video business, managing Discovery’s social media and website, and taking care of her young son.
Ahna and her husband Dan enjoy board games and local cuisine.