Rev. Alisha Riepma (she/her)
Pastor Alisha grew up in northwest Iowa. She completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL, where she double majored in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Theatre and Church and Ministry Leadership with a minor in Theology.
After college, she moved home for two years to work at a non-profit, Love In the Name of Christ of the Greater Sheldon area, where she worked as the Clearinghouse Coordinator. During that time, she also worked at a home for mentally and physically varied abled adults, was the Children's Librarian in town and on the weekends, worked as a barista in a local coffee house. It was during this time that she was encouraged to apply to a missions position in the Reformed Church in America's denominational office.
In 2014 she moved to Michigan to work for the RCA as the Mission Engagement Program Manager. In this role, she worked to set-up individual and group volunteers in partnership with RCA missionaries. She also worked with the CRC partner agency, World Renew: Disaster Response Services and the RCA's Peace Project as a liaison for Millennials Voice for Peace with World Vision.
During this season, Pastor Alisha felt the call to ministry in a local church context. On top of her full-time position at the RCA, she took on the role of Youth Group Coordinator at 4th Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI. She began seminary in 2014 and completed her degree in 2019. From seminary, she applied to the Albany Synod Fellowship Program, and found herself in the Catskill Mountain area in New York. At the end of September, 2021, she accepted a call to St. John's Reformed Church. She is excited to work and be a part of the work and life of St. John's.