Phil Carpenter

Phil grew up in Norwalk and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Phil and his family (Heidi, Malachi) began attending Westkirk in 2017 and became members shortly thereafter. In 2018, Phil began to serve as a deacon primarily responsible for Westkirk’s finances. In his spare time Phil enjoys golfing, cycling and coaching youth sports.

Mark DeGroot

Mark and his wife Hanna have three children, Lydia, Charlotte, and Harvey. They all attend Des Moines Christian School.  Mark and Hanna met at Dordt University and joined Westkirk in 2008. Prior to having kids, they were active in Student Ministries and Mark started serving as a deacon in 2017. They enjoy traveling to National Parks, family game nights, movie nights, and participating in outdoor activities and youth sports.  Mark enjoys coaching the kids' sports teams, including basketball and soccer, and enjoys all sports, especially golf.

Tom Duff

Tom Duff has been at Westkirk since 1998.  He and his wife Benae were married here and now have 3 adult children.  Tom has served in various capacities including Stephen Ministry, Elder,  Children's Ministry, Sound Technician, and on the Stream Team.  When not at work as a Data Platform Engineer at EMC Insurance Companies, Tom enjoys college athletics, reading, and lifting weights. What Tom appreciates most is through all of Westkirk’s worship, evangelism, discipleship, and fellowship,  the common theme is pointing/directing yourself and each other towards Christ.

Kevin Freese

Kevin and his wife Cindy and their family have been attending Westkirk since 2013, beginning with family Vacation Bible School. Kevin and Cindy were married in July 2001 and God has blessed their marriage with children Alec (died in 2006), Anna, and Alea. Kevin’s career has been in finance and investments, in commercial lending and insurance investments and lending as an analyst and portfolio manager. Kevin and Cindy enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, walking, working, raising their girls together, and spending family time together.

Kevin and Cindy are thankful for Westkirk and the opportunity to grow in their faith and to know Christ as their Lord and Savior, along with other Christian brothers and sisters. We appreciate and are thankful for Westkirk’s excellent pastors and staff, and the outstanding cadre of elders, deacons, volunteers , and members who use their gifts for God and other brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Kyle Ten Pas

Kyle is deeply grateful for his Westkirk Presbyterian Church family and cherishes the preaching of God's word he receives from the pulpit every Sunday. Raised in a Reformed Christian home in Waupun, Wisconsin, Kyle's educational journey was rooted in Christian values, attending Christian elementary, middle, and high schools. He furthered his education at Trinity Christian College in Chicago, where he earned a degree in accounting. His commitment to the Reformed church has been a constant throughout his life.

Kyle met his wife Gina in Chicago, where she was also a student at Trinity Christian College. In 2003, the couple moved to Des Moines and became members of Westkirk shortly before 2020. Together, they are raising three children: Abigail, Caleb, and John, all of whom attend or have attended Des Moines Christian School. Kyle serves on the school's Board of Directors, where he contributes his expertise as Treasurer and is a member of the Board Executive Committee.

Professionally, Kyle is a CPA and Partner at KPMG, a global accounting firm that operates in 165 countries and employs over 150,000 people worldwide. His role at Westkirk is equally significant; he is the chairman of the diaconate committee, which addresses the physical and spiritual needs of the congregation. Additionally, he acts as the diaconate liaison to both the Church Life committee and the Evangelism committee, playing a pivotal role in the church's outreach and community life.