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Saint Mark Lutheran Church
1934 52nd Street SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

(616) 455-5320

We are located on 52nd Street between Kalamazoo and Breton on the South Side of the Street. To attend a church service, you should park in the upper parking lot on the West side of the building. The offices, preschool and gym are nearest to the lower parking lot on the East side of the building.

Meet our Staff

Chris Rubino

Chris Rubino

SMP Pastor

crubino50@gmail.com

I began my pastoral ministry in August 2018.  My responsibilities focus in large part on shut-ins, hospital visits and hospice care.  My overall responsibilities include doing periodic sermons, and organizing worship services and prayer programs. In summary, my role as SMP Pastor requires flexibility to serve wherever and whenever needed. I find joy in my ministry at Saint Mark working with my christian family of Senior Citizens, through home and hospital visits that gives me the opportunity to remind them that Jesus is still with them and will be there for them until He takes them to their heavenly home.  The joy is seeing them smile as they are reminded of the hope that they have in the promise of eternal life.  I also treasure the hugs I receive from them as a form of their expression of love for me in sharing God’s Word with them.

I served Saint Mark from April 2011 as a Licensed Deacon prior to being Ordained and Called as an SMP Pastor (Specific Ministry Pastor). I spent my career working in sales for the Postal Service, retiring in 2010.  

Obe Vandertol

Obe Vandertol

Music Director

obandpen@att.net

I started playing for a contemporary service at Saint Mark in 1994. In 1996, I also became the accompanist for the choir and eventually took over the organ. In 2000, I officially became the Saint Mark Music Director and now play the organ for early services, praise team in the late services, and direct the choir and handbells.

I've been a music teacher for my entire career.  I worked full-time as a music teacher with the Grand Rapids Public School until 2010.  I am still teaching part-time at West Michigan Lutheran.  I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Major in Music Education (BM). In my first semester of teaching, I was drafted during the Vietnam War. I spent two years in Washington, D.C., as a clerk typist and was fortunate to never have to go to the war zone.  After the service, I came back to Grand Rapids to pick up where I left off.  I received my master's in 1979. My main passion has always been teaching.  I still count many of my former students as friends.  It always warms my heart when I hear comments (on Facebook of course!) about how I touched their lives.

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