Justin Sytsma

Lakeside has always been home for me, ever since I was a child. I have so many great memories growing up in Lakeside Kids and Lakeside student ministry. My experience growing up here deeply impacted my desire to give back, serve, and further God’s mission through Lakeside.

In January 2007, the ministry team took a chance on a 20-year-old and thus began my career. I’ve spent time with Jr. high students, high school students, young adults and in the worship arts. I am passionate about seeing people, young and old, having encounters with the living God, through teaching, worship, and serving.

I have been married to my awesome wife Lindsay since May 2009 and together we form an awesomely dynamic duo – she is a brilliant Bible teacher and leader. In early 2013, we felt a nudge from God to consider joining the church planting team for Lakeside’s first church, and in early 2016 I was afforded the opportunity to lead our downtown campus. My heart is that, paraphrasing Paul in 1 Corinthians 9, we might be the people who are willing to be whoever we need to be to reach those who don’t know Jesus. God is doing incredible things in this city, and the best is still to come!