Rev. Dr. David Alicea
Rev. Dr. David Alicea was born in the Bronx, New York in 1958 and raised in Puerto Rico. He has been an ordained pastor for over 37 years, which includes; 12 years as pastor in Puerto Rico with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Puerto Rico, also 10 years as a Navy Chaplain and 13 years as pastor of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest Region of California and 2 years with the United Church of Christ, Michigan Conference. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central University of Puerto Rico and a Master degree in Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, as well as a PhD in Educational Psychology from Walden University. The Rev. Dr. David Alicea, presents seminars and workshops on Leadership training, Church Growth, Multicultural Sensitivity and Family Therapy throughout many congregations of different denominations and ethnicities for more than 20 years. He is serving as a Latino Church Developer in Grand Rapids and now is the pastor of 2nd UCC Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also Pastoral Counselor and Homiletics professor in Los Angeles Claremont Seminary in CA, which is a Disciples of Christ and UCC Seminary. Its curriculum provides a program for Hispanic leaders seeking ministerial license, conducted on a quarterly basis. His entire ministerial service has been dedicated to church growth and leadership development. Married to Mayra Resto and together they have two sons Francisco David and Benjamin, and one daughter – Dayra. In addition to 5 beautiful and active grandchildren.
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This is Bill Bode, our Director of Children’s Ministries.
Bill grew up in the church, his father was a minister and later an Air Force Chaplain, his mother was a church organist. Bill has worked in radio and owned a Ford Dealership in Stanton, Michigan where he served as a Sunday School Superintendent and offered the Children’s Messages each Sunday at First Congregational Church of Stanton. Bill has compiled his Children’s messages on a website and at present is preparing them for publishing. Bill has served in Christian Education and Children’s Ministry for twenty years, all in Grand Rapids. Bill is a ‘Book Shepherd’ offering help to authors who want to be published. Bill and his wife have three children who live in the area.
Bill has a background in program development, experience in administration, customer service, media broadcasting, children’s education and entrepreneurial business development. Bill is a passionate advocate for children and loves to share stories of character and faith found in history books, but rarely heard about in school. Bill loves to read, mostly history.
Bill has served on the KidsGames regional Bible school planning team. He volunteers as a docent at the Gerald R. Ford Museum where he helps teach eighth grade classes on Leadership, the 25th Amendment and the Equal Rights Amendment. Bill also served at the museum on the Kettering Foundation National Issues Forum. He has been a judge at National History Day High School Competition Finals in Washington D.C. Bill was a founding member of and served ten years on the Central Montcalm Community Foundation Board of Directors.
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Justin Rito is a composer and pianist from Grand Rapids who is interested in the many ways that music can play a part in worship and daily life. Justin’s earliest musical experiences were through children’s choirs at church, and he began studying the piano at the suggestion of his church choir director. He recently finished coursework at Michigan State for his Doctorate in Music Composition, where he will defend his dissertation at the end of August. In his free time, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife Erika and their puppy Arvo, reading, running, and rooting for the Detroit Tigers.
Phone: (616) 361-2629 x 104
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I am Katie Cripps and I LOVE WEDDINGS !!!!!! I have been the Wedding Coordinator at Second Church for almost 30 years.
Second Church is a perfect church for weddings. The outside is classic red-brick with white steeple, the inside is very traditional. Photographers like Second Church not only because it is beautiful but we have many great areas like the Memory Garden and Drawing Room to take pictures.
Second Church is known for its amazing pipe organ. We have an extremely accomplished Minister of Music. He plays both organ and piano and will help you choose beautiful music for your wedding.
Every wedding is special to me. I will help you plan your wedding and then I will make sure the rehearsal and wedding day are everything you hoped they would be.
The Secretary of 2nd Church is Mary Harrison. She is an integral part of the life of 2nd Church and is a wealth of knowledge. Mary grew up in this church, worked in the courts for a number of years, then worked part time as the church secretary starting in 2000. She is now in the office full time. Mary has three grown children and 11 grandchildren and a papillon. Mary loves to camp and participate in dog agility.
Phone: (616) 361-2629 x106
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