Rev. Jim Foster




Jim Foster has served two congregations in the ELCA: St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville, Michigan; and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Holland, Michigan, where he was the founding pastor.

His previous career involved leadership in emotionally and politically charged environments, working as a counselor in the county jail, a  juvenile court  probation officer, and as the founding, chief executive officer of a halfway house for nonviolent, adult, felony offenders.  

Pastor Jim received a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University, an M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and continues studies at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at Oxbow  He’s been married to his best friend, Sandy, for over 43 years; they are the parents of two grown sons and are actively spoiling their two grandchildren. He retired from parish ministry in 2013 and is currently serving as Interim for Prince of Peace.


Terri Kopanski
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Terri, is our secretary at Prince of Peace. She hails from Michigan, but spent a number of her formative years being raised in a small town in South Dakota. Terri is married to Ron and has two adult children, a son and a daughter. Terri originally attended school to become an Emergency Medical Technician, but did not remain in that field after her move back to Michigan. She began her career as a church secretary at Greenwood Reformed in Kalamazoo, where she remained for eight years. 


She moved on to become a paraprofessional for the Portage Public School in 1999 where she worked with “At Risk” children in the “High Five’s” program especially designed for elementary students struggling in school. During her years in the Public School system she continued her work as a church secretary during the summers months by substituting at various church’s while their secretaries were on vacation. Terri joined the Prince of Peace staff in January of 2007 and has enjoyed working with and becoming friends with the wonderful people at Prince of Peace.

Kent Hill was the Organist at Prince of Peace from 2002 through 2014. He now accompanies the Choir.  He holds a doctorate in organ from the Eastman School of Music, and has been a church musician for 60 years. He has served Episcopal and Lutheran congregations, and was most recently full–time Director of Music at Second Congregational Church in Grand Rapids. He was a faculty member of the music department at Mansfield (PA) University from 1977 until his retirement in 1995, and performed widely in the US and in Europe. in addition to his formal education, he has studied organ in Denmark, France, Canada and Germany.


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Megan Floyd

Megan wears many hats at Prince of Peace and has therefore, made herself indispensable. Megan provides amazing leadership to our Youth. She meets weekly with the Youth and plans and staffs their activities. The Youth participate in Work Camps and ELCA and Synod Events. Megan plans and coordinates our Sunday School and our Art of Service Camp Program in the summer. She is a valuable member of our faith community and our Portage community. Through her efforts we see a vibrant and active Youth participation at Prince of Peace.

Megan has been a member of Prince of Peace since 1994, when her family moved here from Texas. It was the summer before her sophomore year in high school, and the Prince of Peace youth group warmly welcomed her and her siblings. In 2003 she married William Floyd and they have two daughters—Sabrina, born in 2006; and Kara, born in 2010. Prior to working at Prince of Peace, Megan worked at AbsolutAire, Inc., and Fidlar Doubleday. Megan went to school at Purdue and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Sociology/Psychology.

Lori Hannemann

Lori and her husband, Greg, are members of Prince of Peace. Lori is serving as our Bookkeeper, with responsibilities for payroll, receipts and expenditures. She brings many qualifications to the position and we are blessed to have her in this role.


Janet Hill

Janet Hill is the Director of Music at Prince of Peace. In this position she is the Organist, Choir Director and Music Coordinator for the events and worship services at the church. She brings a rich heritage of the Lutheran tradition from her experience at several previous Lutheran congregations.  She holds a doctorate in organ from the Eastman School of Music, and is a recognized composer, with hymn tunes published in With One Voice and in a collection of Susan Palo Cherwein's hymns. Until its sale, Janet was Cathedral Musician at the Cathedral of Christ the King here in Kalamazoo and served as one of the organists for Zion Lutheran Church. A gifted arranger, she continues to make new and creative use of hymn tune and folk song materials in music for adults and children. 

Mary Lou Askew

Mary Lou Askew has been the Handbell Choir Director at Prince of Peace since February, 1992.  She particularly likes working with the members of this choir, as they depend on each other to make the music, becoming a single instrument.  They form a community, like the Body of Christ, where it takes them all, ringing sometimes together and sometimes individually, to create a beautiful experience. She says that in this way they learn to depend on each other and care about each other.  Mary Lou encourages folks to try playing handbells or chimes and is always willing to train new players. No musical experience is required, but it helps to be able to count. Mary Lou has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Bill Hellman

Bill Hellman has been our church custodian for many years. Bill’s wife, Dianne, was our church secretary for about 20 years before her retirement. Bill is a retired school teacher who spends about 20 hours a week getting the building ready for POP and all of the outside groups who meet here. That is a challenging job, as the facilities are well used by the community and by our members. Bill and Dianne have five children that all are grown.
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