Forest Park Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Forest Park is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for everyone in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out by sending an email  or calling our church office to speak with them.





  • David McCowan

    Lead Pastor

    David grew up in ministry as his father was a pastor as well.  This is his second stint doing ministry in Michigan as he was a pastor in the Upper Peninsula for many years early in his ministry career.  Since his arrival at Forest Park in 2014, he has quickly gotten involved with a number of Muskegon area pastor groups and is very involved in outreach into the greater Muskegon and Muskegon Heights neighborhoods.  He loves being active outdoors whether it's running or riding his jet ski.  He and his wife, Venessa have two adult children. 


  • Justin Saxton

    Pastor of Student Ministries

    Justin began his ministry at Forest Park in January of 2014.  He and his wife, Melissa, have four awesome children, Jake, Addie, Natalie & Jillian.  Justin is a graduate of North Park University and has been working with students for over 10 years.  Justin leads our 5th-12 grade students wherever God takes them, from CHIC, to retreats at Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp, to the Boundary Waters and beyond for student trips and mission work.  If Justin is not at church, you will probably see him around town on one of his motorcycles!


     

  • Larry Bush

    Pastor of Congregational Care

    Larry works part time here at Forest Park with our Adult Ministries.  He actively cares for and encourages our senior adults by making hospital and in-home visits as well as leading the Morning Star Bible Study on Thursday mornings.  He is also very active in Raceway Ministries and is the pastor at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI.  So if you are out at the racetrack on Saturday evening look him up!  Larry has a wonderful wife, Marilyn, and five adult children.


  • Luke Austin

    Director of  Worship Ministries

    Luke and his fantastic family came to Forest Park from Texas mid 2014.  He was raised in Texas so adjusting to Michigan's climate was quite an adventure!  Luke began his career in Worship Ministries by age 10 playing at his church where his father was a worship leader.  He plays piano, guitar and drums and has a Master's Degree in Church Music.  He and his wife, Hailey, have four great children.  Hailey also plays an active part on the worship team, singing and playing flute.  She is also one of the leaders on the Women's Ministry Leadership team and has taken a very active role in growing that ministry.

  • Lynn Buikema

    Church Administrator

    Lynn has been working at Forest Park for four years.  Her fantastic family includes her husband, Andrew, and two great kids, Ella and Abby.  Lynn is an enthusiastic runner and has competed in races up to 25K in length.  If you have something going on at church you will come in contact with her at some point as she handles the building usage calendar among her many responsibilities.  You may also see her on stage singing with the Praise Choir on Sunday mornings.  Lynn's laughter is known to echo through the halls of the office during the week!

  • Cindy Ackerman

    Connections Coordinator

    Cindy is the newest member of our staff.  She was an active member of our Connections Team even before she started as the Connections Coordinator.  You will see Cindy all over on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings during The Gathering as she meets and greets visitors and members alike.

  • Greg Opsommer

    Ministry Administrator

    If you have found the Star Wars toys and M&M's then you have found Greg's office! Greg has worked at Forest Park for four years.  He assists behind the scenes with Students, Children's, and Worship Ministries and many of the day to day activities at church.  He has two fantastic kids, Grace and Ryan as well as an awesome wife, Holly. Holly is very active in Student Ministries.  She teaches the 8th grade CORE class on Sunday mornings, and is a small group leader at 58ers on Wednesday.

  • John Wescott

    Facilities Manager

    John has been at Forest Park for 7 years.  He is the guy that gets it all done.  Monday thru Friday and also on Sunday mornings he is all over the building making sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently.  If there is something going on at Forest Park, he knows about it!  He works in conjunction with the Properties Team to coordinate all things related to the inside and outside of the building as well as the grounds of Forest Park.  If you see him, just say thank you, chances are he already did something to make your visit to Forest Park better!  

Our Leadership Partners

At Forest Park, the staff does not lead the church alone.  We have a diverse and strong Lead Team made up of members of our church.  The Lead Team works in conjunction with the staff to help the congregation live out our vision and mission, not only in our local community but around the globe.  To see a list of the current Lead Team members please click here