Guiding Light appoints pastor, anti-poverty advocate Dallas Lenear to board

By Callie Melton

Guiding Light

Dallas Lenear

Guiding Light announced the appointment of Dallas Lenear to its Board of Directors for a term of two years.


Currently, Lenear is the owner of Genesis Consulting Group, a firm that specializes in non-profit, ministry and business development, as well as event planning and production. Previously, he served as Executive Pastor to New Hope Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, and Director of Graduate Admissions at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.


“The work of the gospel is not just in words only, it is in the incarnational ministry of meeting everyday needs with tangible love,” said Lenear. “I believe that is what Guiding Light is doing. I look forward to adding my strength to this work.”


Lenear is also the Director of Project GREEN (Grand Rapids Economic Empowerment Network), a community initiative offering financial security advocacy and education. Project GREEN seeks to reduce poverty by providing residents and families of West Michigan with financial workshops and other resources on budgeting, saving, avoiding predatory lending, and other topics.


Lenear has a Bachelor’s of Business Management from the University of Michigan and also a Master’s of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Senita Lenear and their children.


“Guiding Light’s work intersects with my personal passion and mission of equipping local residents to obtain economic security. I hope to learn from them the financial hurdles that they face, and I hope to advocate for them and support them in meeting their financial goals,” said Lenear.


Remaining on the board are Chair Edward Postma of Cross Creek Consulting, Vice Chair John Harrington of Harrington and Associates, Peter Albertini of Altertini Realty Group as Secretary, John Dice of Macatawa Bank as Treasurer, and Brad Mathis of Rockford Construction as the At-Large Member. Also remaining on the board: Dawn Buursma of Homestead Realty, Harvey Koning of Varnum, Andy Odehnal of Triangle Construction, Rev. Tim Wilson of South Harbor Church, Rev. Nancy Claus of Porter Hills, and G. Robert  DeYoung of Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital.