Meet Our Staff

Phone 231-547-9482


Feel free to contact any of our staff by calling the church you can email individual staff by clicking on the staff members photo below.

  • SENIOR PASTOR - Pastor Chip Sauer

    Chip is married to Alisa and they have two children, John and Anna.  Chip is originally from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, graduated from St. Olaf College, and has degrees from Grand Valley State University (Masters of Social Work) and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity).  He’s been serving CRC since February 2005.  His interests include fishing, basketball, reading, Minnesota sports, and John & Anna’s activities.  Deep down he wishes he could do comedy because he thinks he’s pretty funny like Jim Gaffigan.

  • Pastor of WOMEN's Ministry

    Theda Williams is originally from Grandville Michigan and is a graduate of Calvin College. She began here as Worship Director in 2007 and became the pastor of Worship and Creative Arts in 2015 after completing the commissioned pastor program with the Reformed Church. After partially retiring in 2019, she remains on staff as Pastor of Women’s Ministries. Theda and her husband Ron have three grown children and several grandchildren.

  • Tammy Oliver has been a part of Community Reformed Church for many years. She is the mother of three grown children; Drew, Grant and Hannah and has two younger children Graham and Griff. While raising the Fab 5 Tammy has volunteered with Sunday School, VBS and is the leader of the E.J. 4H Soccer program.  Tammy began her employment with CRC on October 1, 2016.

  • Michael has been with CRC since July of 2004.  He and his wife Kim have two grown sons, Devin and Thomas.  They are transplants from some 28 years ago and visitors since the 70's.  "We are blessed to live in such a wonderful community!"  Michael handles all the day to day maintenance and upkeep of our buildings and grounds.

  • Pastor of worship, care and connection - Chris MAKI

    Chris was born in the Upper Peninsula, but has lived all over the US.  He has worked in a variety of ministry roles since he was 20 years old.  Chris is married to Kari, and has three daughters, Quinn, Tinsley, and Ailyn.  He started attending CRC after marrying Kari in 2010.  While at CRC he worked his way through seminary and was hired by the church in 2017. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, drinking good coffee, reading, planning, and dreaming. When not at work you may find him on a hike with his family, skiing, or asking friends and family too many questions.  

  • Office administrator - Erin Nickel

    Erin came on board with the church in the fall of 2017. Her and husband Scott have two boys, Zach and Troy. Erin loves watching the boys play sports. When the family is not at a ball filed they enjoy boating and skiing in the winter. 

  • I grew up in Charlevoix and in this church. Attended Reformed Bible College (Kuyper College) and graduated from Western Seminary with a masters in Christian Education. I am the owner of one Old English Sheepdog (or I should say he owns me) and I love to read, be in the outdoors and Tiger Baseball. I’ve served here in different capacities over the last 30+ years including; youth ministry, children’s ministry, adult ministry, and local outreach.  

  • Michelle Crandell - Worship Leader

    Michelle Crandell started with CRC June of 2019 as the Worship Leader. She has been singing and playing piano since she was a young child. She has been leading worship at various churches for the last 10 years. Her Husband is David and they have 2 children Madelynne (12) and Noah (8). During the day she manages Charlevoix Glass and works part time for the church. She loves to run, bike, and spending time with her family doing various outdoor activities.

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