Dr. Mark Vander Meer has been a pastor for over 20 years, served in two churches and has been a professor for over 10 years. Dr. Vander Meer has been at New Community Church for the past 19 years and is the founder and Executive Director of Community Recovery International, a non-profit organization that he founded in 2002 that reaches out to the local community offering a free meal, recovery worship and groups every Friday and Monday night at New Community Church and at the Community Recovery Care Center. The non-profit also helps those who are homeless, unemployed, fresh out of prison as well as other life issues. Community Recovery International’s model of ministry is now established in India and Kenya respectively. Dr. Vander Meer also founded and directs Community Recovery International Bangladesh, an international non-government organization that provides support for small business creation and literacy education for adults and children in Bangladesh as well as church planting reaching over 1,000 people weekly.

Dr. Vander Meer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College; his Masters degree in Religious Education from Trinity International University; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota. He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan is married to his wife Mary and has two sons ages 21 and 13.