• Aaron Gregory

    Lead Pastor

    Aaron came to The Lakes Community in July of 2013 after having served in staff ministry in the Chicagoland area. While serving the church he also served as an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University in the School of Theology, the university he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Religion.

    Aaron is married to the love of his life, Katie. Together they are trying the best they can to raise Isaac and Gracie to know Jesus as Lord. Aaron is a has-been athlete, an avid Notre Dame football fan, an Indiana Hoosier basketball fan, and a fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He also enjoys a good cup of coffee, a good book, and days exploring West Michigan with Katie and the kids.

    Contact Aaron at

  • Holly Hazekamp

    Associate Pastor to Families with Children

    Holly has been a life-long resident of Muskegon and is no stranger to The Lakes! As a baby, Holly began attending church here with her family and hasn't looked back.

    After attaining her degree in Elementary Education from Cornerstone University, Holly began her teaching career at Fruitport. In the summer of 2016, Holly knew that she was being called into ministry and came on board at the Lakes.

    Holly has been married to her high school sweetheart, Dan, since 2007. Together, they have 3 sons, Hudson, Brydan, and Treyton. As a family they stay busy watching, coaching, and playing sports...Go Blue!

    The mission at the Lakes is to LOVE. GROW. SERVE. The goal in Children's Ministries is no different. We look forward to how God is going to work in and through the lives of our children and families at the Lakes. He has big plans for us!

    Contact Holly at

  • Trevor And Jennifer Workman

    Associate Co-pastors to Families with youth and administrative assistants

    Jennifer and Trevor are recent Olivet Nazarene University graduates and new to the Muskegon area. Newly married in November of 2017 they are excited to begin their careers in ministry and their lives together.

    They are avid donut lovers, have a newfound love for the beach, and enjoy simply being outside.

    As youth pastors they believe their role is to facilitate Christ-like relationships between youth and other members of the congregation. it is through relationships that Christ shared his love and they believe that he calls us to do the same.

    Contact Trevor at or Jennifer at

  • Dennese DeYoung

    Connections Ministries Partner

    Dennese is a Muskegonite with a teaching degree from Grand Valley State. She's taught music, phys. ed., piano, English as a second language, Bible studies, and Christian ed. classes.

    She adores her husband and kids. They enjoy traveling, playing board games, and eating ice-cream.

    The Connections Ministry's goal is to extend a simple but full welcome to friends and guests who walk through the doors. Dennese works with various teams to ensure hospitality and a meaningful experience for all.

    To contact the Connections Ministry Office, please call 231-773-2812 or email Dennese at:

  • Mel Hesselink

    associate pastor of congregational care

    Mel and his wife Betty moved to the Muskegon area in 2008 where they joined our congregation. He has joined our staff after retiring from Muskegon County in April of 2017.

    Mel and Betty have been a very active part of the Christian Motorcyclists Association as lay evangelists, where Mel has served as Road Captain, Chaplain, and Chapter President.

    Mel leads our "Circle Out" ministry, where we strive to include those that may not be able to travel to our church, but still want to be connected to our congregation.

    Contact Mel at

  • Jerry Wright