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.

  • Ken White

    Lead Pastor

    Ken has been in pastoral ministry for 26 years.  He and his wonderful wife Marcia have two great sons, Jonathan (age 29) and Jesse (age 25).  Ken grew up in the Muskegon area attending Nelson School as well as Orchard View Schools.  Ken will be with us for, at least, the next six months.  He is called to serve the church as a pastor, and he loves the Lord.

  • 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

    Pastor of Worship Arts

    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 six 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 nearly seven years.  Her fantastic family includes her two completely awesome 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!

  • John Wescott

    Facilities Manager

    John has been at Forest Park for almost 10 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!  

  • Alaina Marr

    Children's Director

    Alaina grew up on the Eastern side of the state, in Clarkston, Michigan. After moving to Pennsylvania to complete a degree in Elementary Education, she went on to teach second grade in Delaware. Alaina is thrilled to be back in Michigan and excited by the opportunity to serve the children and families at Forest Park. Alaina loves to sing and play piano, and when she’s not at church, you could find her curled up enjoying a good book, or enjoying the awesome Michigan outdoors with her wonderful dog, Mollie!  

  • Darrin Longmire

    Associate Pastor

    Darrin joins our staff on a part time basis in 2018.  He works full time as a pastor at the Muskegon Rescue Mission during the week.  At Forest Park he will be helping with pastoral care, community outreach, teaching bible studies, as well as being a member of the message team.  Darrin has an awesome wife, Nicki, who will also be assisting in various ways on Sunday mornings & Wednesday evenings.

  • David Clow

    Small Group Coordinator

    David is joining our staff on a part time basis in 2018.  David and his wife, Julia, are long time members of Forest Park.  One of the many volunteer positions Dave has had at Forest Park was Church Chair.  Dave comes to us with a passion for getting people into small groups.  He will be the main administrator of our small group ministry and will also be helping out on the Adult Ministry Team.

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.  If you would like to contact the Lead Team via email, please CLICK HERE.