Meet our Staff
Rev. Jim Porter
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.”
Director of Youth and Family Life Ministries
Wayne comes to us from St. Charles, Illinois and is very excited to get started with our youth activities and begin the new Sunday School year in September. He embraces the concept of combining youth, Christian Education, and family life responsibilities in one position.
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.