About Us

Meet Our Staff

Pastor Drew Zylstra

Lead Pastor: Drew Zylstra

Pastor Drew graduated from Calvin Seminary in 2014 and joined the OCRC Staff the same year. He leads services and preaches weekly and oversees other ministries.

Email: andrew.zylstra@firstcrcoostburg.org


Chantelle BolkemaAdministrative Secretary: Chantelle Bolkema

Chantelle Bolkema has been serving OCRC for 20 years. She manages the prayer line and church calendars from week to week. She updates yearly directories, monthly info packets, and weekly bulletins.

Email: office@firstcrcoostburg.org


Education and Generational Ministries: Sandy Gartman

Sandy Gartman joined our staff in 2016 to organize education and family-centered ministries for people of all ages. She oversees everything from small groups to  pot-lucks. She has a passion for uniting the entire congregation in ministry together.

Email: sandy.gartman@firstcrcoostburg.org


Zack Flipse

Youth & Worship Coordinator: Zack Flipse

Zack Flipse has attended OCRC his whole life. He joined our staff in 2014, coordinating middle and high school faith formation. He also helps organize and plan weekly worship services.

Email: youth@firstcrcoostburg.org





Full Staff

Front row: Marry Koeppe, Housekeeper; Chantelle Bolkema, Administrative Secretary; Sandy Gartman, Education; Back row: Zack Flipse, Youth & Worship; Pastor Drew Zylstra


We are a God-centered church rooted in God’s word. Jesus Christ, by His Spirit, equips and enables us to serve others together. With an atmosphere of caring fellowship we want to encourage growth in obedience.


First Oostburg Christian Reformed Church has several goals:

  • Ensure full participation of it’s members in the activities of the church.
  • To continue to foster diversity in worship, music and lay participation in worship leadership.
  • Bring small group leaders together for encouragement, training and prayer.
  • Begin a ministry of mentoring, bringing veteran and young believers together for mutual growth.


First Oostburg Christian Reformed Church has a rich history dating its origins to the 1860’s. The congregation has occupied four different buildings, including its current facility built in 1957 and added to in 1984. The congregation has a strong history of biblical preaching, care for its members and support of the local Christian schools. Total membership has hovered around the 500 mark for the last several decades.