Meet Bethlehem’s front-desk crew: Amanda Ewer and Marci VanOveren

Meet Bethlehem’s front-desk crew:

Amanda Ewer and Marci VanOveren

Amanda Ewer is a fan of football (soccer and the American gridiron) and she enjoys culinary arts and music.

Marci VanOveren likes Pilates, yoga, and working out.

Ewer and VanOveren also enjoy something in common: a secretarial job at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Their workdays and duties differ, but they keep the reception desk staffed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. And they are the first voices you hear when you call the church. Read on to learn more about these eclectic people.



“I love interacting with people and being able to help any way I can,” says VanOveren.

Since fall 2015, she has been at the front desk on Tuesday, handling accounts payable, entering contribution data, and filing, in addition to greeting visitors. She also works in Hill Child Development Center’s office, handling similar duties, billing for tuition, and talking with parents about questions or concerns.

What would people be surprised to know about Marci VanOveren? She performed in her high school’s show choir, The Village Green Singers, for three years. The highlight came in her senior year: a stage performance at Disney World.

She and her husband have a daughter, who attends Hill, and a stepdaughter.



“I have done front desk/secretarial jobs before,” says Ewer, who began at Bethlehem in mid-2014. “This one is great. I am trusted to do my job, which makes it much easier to focus and do a good job.”

Ewer works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. She handles bulletins and other publications, along with website posting. And, like her secretarial counterpart, she greets visitors to the church and Hill Child Development Center.

When asked what would people be surprised to know about her, Ewer says she sings, and started writing songs at 13. She played acoustic guitar until arthritis set in. She and her husband have one son.



To contact Marci VanOveren or Amanda Ewer, call the church at (616) 456-1741 or email Marci at and Amanda at