Pastors & Staff

Joel Ruisch

Senior Pastor

Joel started at FFC in 2014 as the Connections Pastor and currently serves as the Senior Pastor. He loves connecting with people and teaching the Word of God. In his free time he enjoys running & hiking- being outdoors whenever possible.

Steve Stroup

Associate Pastor

Serving as the Associate Pastor, Steve loves teaching and studying the Word. He lives in Pella with his wife, Sherry, they have two children and five grandkids. Steve is a big Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins fan. He also loves to play PlayStation with his grandsons.

Sean Panknen

Connections Pastor

Sean, his wife Amanda, and their two sons (Jonathan & Landon) have attended Federated since 2015. Sean joined  the staff in 2022 . He is excited to help create opportunities for people to engage in discipleship, connection, and community.

Jack Sagan

Youth Pastor 

Jack began serving at FFC as our Ministry Intern during the summer of 2021. He became our Youth Pastor summer of 2022. He loves watching and cheering for the Chicago White Sox, Michigan State Spartan, and the New England Patriots.  

Jacqui Hale

Communication Coordinator

Helping to coordinate events, Sunday mornings, and maintaining the church's graphic design Jacqui has been on staff since 2013. She enjoys connecting people with opportunities that draw them closer to Jesus.

Hannah Ridgway

Children's Ministry Director

Hannah has been married since early 2018 to her husband, Matt; they have two children, Elena & Barrett. Leading the charge of our children's ministry, Let the Children Come; the kids are her favorite part. They each have such a unique and wonderful personality all of their own, and it's amazing to watch them grow, learn, and have fun!

Denise Rodwell

Custodial Service & Nursery Coordinator

Denise and her family became members of Federated in 1990 and she joined the staff when the church building opened in 2009.  Her favorite part of her job is serving beside her work family and going into the church she loves. A true fall-lover she enjoys going to haunted houses with friends & family each October.

Marlene Gosselink

Hospitality Coordinator

Marlene has been on staff since 2007. She and her husband, John, have been a part of Federated since 2001, they have five grown children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys being with and helping people.

Brooke Ehrenberg

Worship Director

Brooke attended Central College and graduated in May of 2019.  She has been a part of the FFC family throughout her time at Central and has enjoyed serving as a part of the worship team and high school youth ministry. 

Lenis De Cook

Administrative Support

Mom to three adult kids and their spouses, plus "Nana" to 6 grandchildren, Lenis enjoys helping in the office, working with the staff, and connecting with the members of the church family. She has always enjoyed using music to share Jesus with others; and is happiest when her house is full of family and friends.

Meet the Elders.

Bruce Van Sant

Scott Van Veldhuizen

Shannon Arthur

Rodd Vande Wall

Mark Roose