About Us

Get to know our Founding Directors, Jim and Doug.

Jim Davis

Jim Davis


Jim Davis fell in love with West Grand Rapids as a volunteer at Sibley Elementary School and a student in Leadership Grand Rapids. As a West Side resident and advocate, Jim has spent the past few years learning about, and serving, the local business and non-profit communities of West-Michigan.

He started his career as an educator and musician and now serves as a pastor at Keystone Community Church where his growing passion for families and community has manifested in Purpose Properties. Jim wants to leverage the amazing heart of Grand Rapids to provide affordable housing to families in need. You can see Jim, his wife Kymberlie, and their three children at many of the local events and fundraisers in Grand Rapids as they try to live out their love for neighbors in partnership with so many amazing organizations.

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson


Doug is an avid volunteer and supporter at Keystone Community Church where he’s able to give his resources to many community-wide efforts in Grand Rapids. A native of Florida, Doug made his way to Grand Rapids via Cincinnati 10 years ago and has witnessed the many changes in West Michigan. His Bachelor’s in Finance, passion for helping families and love of real estate came together perfectly when forming Purpose Properties.

In Doug’s spare time, you’ll find him cooking in the kitchen, on the golf course or working around the house. His wife Lori, son Carter and 2 golden retrievers all approve of his menu choices.

Our Board Members

Our board is comprised of Grand Rapids’ leading experts in fields that impact family housing.

Ben Oliver, President
Challenge Scholars Advisor, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
“Purpose Properties is the missing puzzle piece in helping keep families facing displacement in the neighborhoods they want to live in.”

KiKi Johnson, Vice-President
Toddler Teacher, Alphabet Soup Day Care Center
“I wanted to be a part of Purpose Properties because I have experienced displacement personally and wanted to help create a solution.”

Joe Gavin, Secretary
Member, Miller Johnson Attorneys & Counselors
“I am honored to sit among so many passionate community leaders that have rallied behind Purpose Properties with the shared and sincere desire to serve Challenge Scholar families in need.”

Kurt Reppart, Treasurer
Executive Director, The Other Way Ministries
Board Member, West Fulton Business Association
Elder, Servants Community Church
“Purpose Properties captures the spirit of the WestSide in its willingness to connect neighbors of diverse backgrounds to one another for the greater good of our neighborhoods and families.”

Brandy Arnold
Program Coordinator, Kids Food Basket
Volunteer, Challenge Scholars
Board Member, Spoke Folks
Board Member, East Hills Council of Neighbors
“Children and families deserve suitable opportunities and equal access to success. Through my work in community with families, I know that the solution lies with us, everyone, to ensure equal access to housing.”

Megan DeWeerd
Broker, Living Spaces Property Management
“I came to Purpose Properties distressed by the changes I was seeing in my neighborhood and am thrilled to roll up my sleeves in wholehearted support of their work to preserve the essence and diversity of this splendid part of town.”

Sergio Cira-Reyes
Project Director, WestSide Collaborative
Co-Chair, The Latino Community Coalition
“I joined this board because members of our community had begun to accept the current housing options as the new reality for WestSide Families, but Purpose Properties said “No! We can do better.”

Shannon Cunningham
Director of Marketing & Business Development, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Board Member, Eastown Community Association
Board Member, Humane Society of West Michigan
“Purpose Properties could not be occurring at a more important time. We must find solutions for everyone and Purpose Properties is creatively working to bring communities and resources together to do just that.”

Scott Jonkhoff
President, Next Step of West Michigan
“Helping others without a voice in their time of need is a great challenge and opportunity to pray with our feet.”

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