Matt Palsrok


Pastor Matt and Connie came to Cottonwood in 2000.  Pastor Matt is the primary preacher and is involved in leadership, pastoral care, outreach, and in many of the day-to-day activities of church life.  Pastor Matt and Connie are at a newer stage of their lives, kids are grown, grandchildren arriving.  Now they are able to visit more people together and are especially enjoying meeting new and younger people and families.  When not working they are chasing grandchildren, heading off to see their children (right now two are local, one is in Boston and another in San Diego), and Pastor Matt is always hunting for the next book to buy.


Cory Nederveld

Associate Pastor (Youth & Leadership)

Pastor Cory has been at Cottonwood since 2006 and loves working with the youth. He spends the majority of his work time with middle school, high school, and college age students. He also preaches and works (along with the rest of the staff & congregation) towards helping Cottonwood and her ministries reach their full redemptive potential.

Much of Cory’s free time is devoted to his family. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jackie, since 2005.  They have 3 wonderful boys Logan, Hunter, and Dylan.  Cory enjoys competition of pretty much any kind (just ask the youth group students), movies, mountain biking, frisbee, Netflix, hiking, and spending time with family doing pretty much anything as long as they are together.


Eric Gladding

Music & Worship Coordinator

Eric faithfully works behind the scenes by coordinating the worship selections, musicians, vocalists, and sound technicians each week to make our worship service spectacular. Eric is married to Lauren who also sings and helps lead worship at Cottonwood. When Eric is not preparing for a service or playing his guitar you can find him on the golf course, the lake or on the hockey rink.


Shannon Balcer

Youth Director

Shannon began as Youth Director in July 2016. She graduated from Spring Arbor University where she studied Marketing. During Shannon’s time in college she developed a heart for wanting youth to understand the abundant life that is found is Jesus. She is passionate about social justice, sports ministry, empowering young girls, and seeing youth excited about doing life with Jesus. When she’s not working you can find Shannon either at the beach, playing soccer, in a hammock with a book, or eating a bowl of ice cream.


Sandy Jeltema

Administrative Assistant

Sandy takes care of all the details that help our church run smoothly. Some of her responsibilities include updating our prayer concerns, updating our church calendar and keeping our members informed through mailings, emails and the bulletin. Sandy is married to Bob Jeltema. They have 3 married children and 8 grandchildren.


Kathy Feenstra

Ministry Coordinator

Kathy is involved in making our ministries run efficiently. She helps with recruiting volunteers, assisting ministry leaders, overseeing the small group ministry, and assimilating new members. Kathy is a wife to Allen and mother of two. She spends most of her time caring for their children, Campbell and Decklan.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.