Plymouth UCC's Ministry Team


Rev. Rachel J. Bahr

Plymouth Pastor Rachel J. Bahr

Reverend Rachel J. Bahr (Pastor Rachel) began her journey with Plymouth UCC in August of 2018 having been called to be Plymouth's pastor through a congregational vote held on July 22, 2018.  





Christian Education (Sunday Sessions) Director
Angela Wheeler

Angela Wheeler

Angela Wheeler and her husband, Ethan, moved to the Grand Rapids area from Chicago in 2002 and joined Plymouth UCC in 2003. Before becoming Plymouth's Christian Education Director in 2017, Angela served as a volunteer in the Sunday Sessions program and Plymouth's nursery. Angela received her associates degree in nursing from Grand Rapids Community College in 2011 and worked as an RN in skilled rehabilitation and long-term care. She's also taught in the health care careers lab at the high school level. Angela believes her background in teaching and nursing led her to this calling as Christian Education Director. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, long walks with her dogs, and "making the most of every day." 


Marilyn Pikaart

Organist/Accompanist: Marilyn PikaartMarilyn Pikaart began playing organ at Plymouth UCC and accompanying the choir in 1993. She has a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy and a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She retired as a music therapist in 2004.

A composer with more than 70 compositions to date, Marilyn composes and arranges music for organ, keyboard, choir, vocals, trumpet, and dulcimer. She also collaborates with other Plymouth composers to bring new and uplifting pieces into the worship service. In 2001, she started a Mountain Dulcimer group, teaching Plymouth members to play the dulcimer and providing music for worship services. In recent years, the group has expanded to include guitar, bass, and viola, and now calls itself the Plymouth String Band. She says, “Working with Plymouth staff and members has been a rich blessing in my life and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in God’s Kingdom through the beauty of music.”



Director of Music
William (Bill) Bokhout

Director of Music: William (Bill) BokhoutWilliam (Bill) Bokhout was born and raised in Grand Rapids. He is a graduate of Calvin College where he played bassoon in the band and orchestra and also studied voice and sang in the Capella Choir. Bill became Plymouth UCC’s Director of Music in 2011. He has extensive church music experience and, for many years, has been involved in planning worship services, scheduling musicians, ensembles, worship teams, and technical staff. An operatic baritone, Bill has been the resident Baritone with Opera Grand Rapids for 26 seasons, performing as many as 35 different roles.

In 2003, Bill founded The 2nd Act Opera Company, a professional touring group dedicated to promoting Opera as an art form to young people, performing in many of the schools in the area as well as touring with his wife, Hollis, presenting Children's Opera Workshops in elementary schools across the country.



Church Secretary
Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon has more than 10 years of business experience in office settings and was a successful realtor before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to Sam and Lucy, ages 8 and 6. She also teaches yoga classes part-time.








Church Custodian
Jerry Hoffman

Church Custodian: Jerry Hoffman

"Go back.

That's your church." Those are the words that brought Jerry Hoffman to Plymouth UCC in 2004. Jerry had recently moved to Grand Rapids. He was looking for a specific church on Kalamazoo Avenue but got turned around, saw Plymouth's WAGE PEACE sign, and pulled in to the parking lot. Realizing that the worship service was well underway, Jerry returned to his car and drove off to find the original church of his search. That's when he heard the voice in his head, "go back." He did, and he's been at Plymouth ever since. A retired public school educator and administrator, Jerry was asked to be part-time custodian at Plymouth shortly after his arrival. But he spends far more time at Plymouth than "part-time" implies. He also volunteers as a quilter, music librarian, and substitute accompanist for the choir and solo performers.


Phone: 616-455-4260
Fax: 616-455-4149
Email: Plymouth (at)
4010 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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