Skylight Quartet Bios
Robert Vander Leest
Robert sings first tenor for Skylight. He listens to many types of music, but really enjoys the special vocal blend in four-part harmony. Robert, along with his wife, Khela, and their three children, reside in West Olive. Robert works in the Graphic Services department at Spartan-Nash headquarters.
Robert enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and singing many types of music! His love of music extends beyond Southern Gospel as he has sung with various praise teams, jazz ensembles and the Grand Rapids Singing Hims’ Men’s Choir.
His prayer is to bring God's message of hope and salvation through music to those who need to be lifted up and a message of salvation to those who might not know Christ.
Kurt Vander Loon
Kurt Vander Loon is Skylight’s bass vocalist. In his limited spare time he enjoys boating, hunting, and spending time with family. He has a long heritage in Southern Gospel music and attended the prestigious Steve Hurst School of Music. He is the owner of the Embroidery House in the Jenison, Michigan. Kurt has two adult children and resides in Zeeland, Michigan with his wife, Trish, who he calls his "Gift" from God.
Kurt considers it a privilege to share the gospel message on behalf of the Lord and enjoys the blessings received from worshipping with fellow believers. Kurt’s gift of encouraging others to use their God-given talents toward furthering the kingdom is a passion he takes very seriously in his everyday life and music.
Jeff has been the baritone for Skylight for the past two years. He and his wife Kelly are the proud parents of four children and reside in West Olive, Michigan. Prior to joining Skylight, Jeff was a member of the Jackson, Michigan Chorale and Chamber Choir along with serving several churches as a choir member and cantor. In addition to singing, Jeff enjoys puzzles and driving as hobbies. He and Kelly are the local owners and operators of the HomeTeam Inspection Service franchise serving Greater Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Lakeshore. Jeff considers himself blessed with the gift of music, and feels he has been led by the Holy Spirit to Skylight, so that he may serve and share this gift for the glory of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to inspire others to be faithful and live by the example He set for all of us.
Mike has been with Skylight for the past 7 years as lead vocalist. He attended and studied music at Liberty University and has sung throughout the US and Canada. During 2021 Mike will celebrate 50 years singing gospel music.
Mike loves all things sports, especially baseball and hunting. Like the rest of the Skylight guys, he puts a high priority on family especially his 10 grandchildren. He and his wife Mariann reside in Cascade, Michigan.
His prayer is that the Skylight will continue to share God's message of love and hope to a world longing for peace and contentment in Jesus.