Rev. Beth Ernest installed as Redeemer’s new Pastor

The Rev. Beth Ernest’s service of Installation as Pastor of Redeemer Covenant Church was Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm .

The Rev. Gary Walter, President of the Evangelical Covenant Church was the preacher. The Rev. Garth McGrath, Superintendent of the ECC Great Lakes Conference, officiated the service.

The installation was attended by 100+ members, family (including Beth’s husband James and daughter Miriam), community representatives, and area pastors.

Rev. McGrath charged the congregation and Pastor Beth to ministry and witness to Christ’s redeeming love to Dutton and surrounding communities.  Rev. Gary Walter preached the sermon and presided with Pastor Garth over the installation.

Following the service, a light supper and fellowship time was enjoyed in the Redeemer facility’s lower level Fellowship Hall.


Redeemer Welcomes Beth Ernest as Senior Pastor

After conducting a rigorous, 10-month search for the best candidate for Senior Pastor at Redeemer Covenant Church, our Pastoral Search Committee presented the Rev. Beth Ernest for the position. She was voted in by on the congregation and will begin serving October 24, 2017.

Pastor Beth comes to us highly qualified, experienced and credentialed from the Evangelical Covenant Church. She received her Bachelor’s degree from North Park College, Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, and performed additional graduate work in  spiritual direction from North Park Theological Seminary.

Pastor Beth has 28 years of ministry experience. Her ability to lead churches through times of transition, turbulence, healing and, most importantly, revitalization, make her uniquely qualified to pastor our congregation in and through this next phase of ministry. Her preaching skills and ability to communicate the message of the Gospel are on par with the best communicators in our denomination. In addition, her emphasis on spiritual formation and spiritual direction will be a tremendous benefit to our congregation and welcome familiarity from the strengths and passions of our previous pastors.

Pastor Beth is passionate about outreach and evangelism. Our congregation will resonate with her vision for reaching out to our local community. She is well-connected and a connector of people. She is compassionate, empathetic, and has a heart for people. She is collaborative, works well with teams, and doesn’t try to go it alone. And she is high-energy, enthusiastic, and ready for action!

Pastor Beth is married to James Ernest, a scholar of historical theology and the editor-in-chief of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. They reside in Caledonia. They are the parents of Miriam, a professional ballet dancer turned student at the University of Michigan and Samuel, a student at Yale Divinity School.

Please join us on October 29 for Pastor Beth’s first worship service as our pastor.

Pastor Beth is excited about this new ministry: “I am convinced that God is ready to shower his blessings on Redeemer Covenant Church, Dutton, and the wider communities of Caledonia and Kentwood. Please pray for us and with us as seek to follow Jesus together.”

Life’s Healing Choices

A new Adult Spiritual Formation group will study the book Life’s Healing Choices: Freedom from Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits. The group will read the book and study guide, watch DVD lessons, and participate in group discussion. Participants need to attend all 8 sessions. This is a  confidential group (What is shared at the meeting stays at the meeting). 

The group will meet on Wednesday nights from January to March. Please contact Larry Gilsdorf for details.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

(Group will not meet on Ash Wednesday, March 01, 2017)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017





Just a quick reminder of our winter weather policy at Redeemer:

For midweek events, we follow Caledonia Schools – if they are canceled for the day, all events at the church are canceled for that day as well.

On weekends we typically will put out an “alert” on Saturday (if possible) when the weather forecast is troublesome for Sunday morning.

On Sunday we make a determination by 8:30 am and post notices to WOODTV-8 and WZZM-13.

If you have any questions please use our contact page.