Meet Our Staff

Meet our Staff

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Rev. Jim Porter

Senior Pastor


Pastor Jim graduated from Louisville Theological Seminary and has been preaching and leading in the Presbyterian tradition ever since. Prior to Elk Rapids, his most recent charge was at St. Thomas Community Presbyterian Church in Shelby Twp., MI, where he served along with his wife, Rev. Jaime Klinger, for 20 years

Rev. Porter is currently involved in a two-year faith formation program called “Transforming Community.” The purpose of this program is to engage individuals in “true spiritual transformation by which Christ is formed in us …for the glory of God, for the abundance of our own lives, and for the sake of others.” Rev. Porter believes this is the heart of the gospel message, and we are hopeful that this program can be shared in Elk Rapids to build excitement for continuing the work of Christ in the world today.

Jim and Jaime have three children Abby, Ben, and Caroline. Abby is currently seeking employment as a teacher, Ben lives and works in East Lansing, and Caroline will start this fall at Northern Michigan University.

One of the things that drew Jim to our church was our mission statement: “We are called to introduce Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him; deepen the faith and commitment of those who already know him; and to demonstrate Christ’s way of love in service to the world.”

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Wayne Potter

Director of Youth and Family Life Ministries


Wayne has been Family Ministry Director since 2012. He, and his wife, Marcy, were married in 1999 and have been serving the Lord together ever since.  Wayne ministers to children, teenagers, and young adults, and plans a variety of activities and outreach events to provide families the opportunity serve and grow together.

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Cheryl Knight

Director of Music


Cheryl is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music education, grades K – 12. She taught elementary vocal music in the Detroit metropolitan area as well as in northern Michigan. Cheryl is a past choir director at the Traverse City Presbyterian Church. She has been directing the Elk Lake Community Choir for a number of years and has participated in the Elk Rapids Rotary Show as well. Cheryl and her husband, George, live on Elk Lake. They have two daughters and three sons.