Meet Our Team

Get to know the HBC Pastors.

Dedicated followers of Christ

Dave Graef

Lead Pastor

Dave and Monika are the newest members of the HBC leadership team. Dave received his M. Div. from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. He became the lead pastor of HBC in July of 2014. He has a passion for leadership development. As a missionary in Costa Rica, he co-founded a ministry called Servant Leaders Training which has as its slogan “Recognizing, Refining & Releasing the leadership potential of the church.” Dave and Monika are excited to help HBC be a light into such an ethnically and culturally diverse community.

Dave enjoys just about any activity that happens outdoors (Hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing, skiing, rafting, etc.) When he’s not outdoors enjoying God’s creation, you might find him playing sports with friends or practicing jiu-jitsu.

Monika brings a lot to the table. She is also proficient in Spanish, and loves to build mentoring relationships. She has a heart to serve and puts her heart and soul into her ministries. Dave and Monika have three children. Aidan has a sensitive heart toward God and is very creative. Abby is our social connection. She just adores younger children and makes a great babysitter. Olivia, is our shy little artist… until you get to know her!

Dennis Long

Worship & Missions Pastor

Dennis directs the choir, praise team and orchestra and manages the Missions Team. Along with the other pastors, Dennis plans the worship experience each week to include as many believers as possible in a meaningful time of praise to our great God and Savior.

A California native, he graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College, then continued his education working towards a Master's degree in church music at Biola University. He served six years at several churches in Southern California before coming to Michigan where he worked with music and youth for seven years in the Detroit area. The Lord led him and his family back to the Grand Rapids area in 1997.

Dennis and his wife Anne have five children; Christopher, Kara, Eric, Timothy, and Grace. When not in rehearsal, Dennis may be found downhill skiing, spending time with his family, flying R/C airplanes, or cruising the back roads on his motorcycle.

Timothy Long

Student Pastor

Joe Timmer

Leadership Development Pastor

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