Rev. Ricardo Tavárez – Pastor
Rev. Tavárez is a second-generation Latino immigrant of Dominican and Puerto Rican decent, who has spent most of his life in Grand Rapids. At a young age, he grew a passion for accessing skills and resources that he could bring into urban areas of the city, while building up minority community leaders. He earned a dual undergraduate degree at Kuyper College in Bible and International Business. He later graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Divinity. In 2016, Rev. Ricardo R. Tavarez felt called to start En Vivo Church, in his own backyard, that being the Burton Heights neighborhood. Rev. Tavárez remains passionate about equipping urban leaders with cross-cultural leadership and ministry skills, while advocating for those with Special Needs and for racial reconciliation. Ricardo loves traveling, the arts and specifically theatre. One of his dreams is that En Vivo church will be a platform where artistic expression takes place.
Lisa VanLonkhuyzen – Worship Director & Pastoral Intern
Lisa (Ritzema) VanLonkhuyzen’s earliest memories involve music in some way. Her love for music and desire to go into ministry led her to attend Kuyper College, where she graduated in 2011 with dual degrees in Theology and Music & Worship Studies. In 2014, she moved back to Michigan from Houston, TX, to become the Worship Director of Hope Reformed Church in South Haven, MI. After a year of working there, she realized that God was calling her to something more, and she enrolled in Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, in the Masters of Divinity program. She now serves at En Vivo as Worship Director and Pastoral Intern, a church she has dreamed of working in for quite some time. She loves baking gluten-free bread, eating tacos, and dreams of living in perpetual sunshine at some point in her life. She and her husband, Robert, love traveling, photography, and playing board games.