Brian Keepers, Minister of Preaching and Congregational Leadership
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Brian grew up in northwest Iowa and received his B.A. in Humanities from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. He received his Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Prior to coming to Fellowship Reformed Church in 2005, Brian spent four years serving as the pastor of Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, IA. He is married to Tammy and they have two daughters, Emma and Abby. Brian is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry on the subject of preaching and the missional imagination from Western Seminary. His primary responsibilities on the staff include facilitatating a vision for what it means for Fellowship to be both a Reformed and missional church, encouraging the staff and lay leadership, preaching and equipping the body of Christ for ministry and mission in God's world. Among his favorite things are books, art, theology, listening to good jazz, spending time with people and eating fresh sushi. You can read more by Pastor Brian on the blog The Twelve.
Lindsay Small, Minister of Discipleship and Congregational Life
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Lindsay grew up in Grand Rapids, MI at Thornapple Covenant Church. Her dad was called to plant the church when she was three, and she really grew up alongside the church. It was a huge part of her life, and eventually the place that would commission her for ministry. She attended North Park Seminary in Chicago, IL and was a seminary intern at Immanuel International Church in Stockholm, Sweden in between her second and third year of seminary. She returned from Sweden ready to jump back into her studies, but was immediately distracted by a good looking first year student from Omaha, Nebraska named Kyle Small. They were married a year later and have been in ministry together (in many shapes and sizes!) ever since. They have served churches in the Chicago area, Minnesota, and Michigan. For the past two and a half years, she has worked as Director of the Bast Preaching Initiatives at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Kyle and Lindsay have three children: Micah (8), Madeline (7), & Maggie (4). She loves being a mom and a pastor and is most alive at the intersection of the two. One role inspires her to be better at the other. You can read more by Pastor Lindsay on her blog Pulpitology.
Nate Schipper, Minister of Equipping and Missional Engagement
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Nate was born and raised here in Holland, MI, though his mom was 8 1/2 months pregnant when they moved here from Iowa! He is from a football family - many were coaches including his grandfather, Ron Schipper, who was a member at Fellowship back in the late 90's. He remains a college fan - Go Blue! His wife, Bekah Schipper, and he attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. They were married on August 7, 2004 and soon after settled in Holland where they have served ever since. They welcomed their daughter, Eva Ruth, in 2010 and their son, Elias John, in 2013. As a family, they love going on adventures: trips to see family spread around the country, hikes in the dunes, expeditions to the zoo, and walks through our neighborhood–to name a few. Bekah and Nate were significantly shaped by two extended trips to Africa–Malawi and Uganda–that affirmed their calls to education and ministry respectively. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, exercising, gardening, wood working, and problem-solving projects around the house.
Jim Baar, Minister of Seniors and Visitation
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I came to Fellowship Church in 1981 as Minister of Youth and Education. Then I "morphed" into the Minister of Congregational Life and Mission. I worked with the Care Leadership Council addressing pastoral care and church life needs and issues. I also lent leadership to the mission efforts of the church. Currently, I assist with Congregational Care and the 60+ breakfast and events. I attended Central College in Iowa and Western Seminary. I am married to Sue who is a reading specialist with West Ottawa Schools. We have three grown children, Kent, Drew and Tori. In my free time I enjoy golfing, fishing, reading and caring for my yard.
Betsy Bruins, Minister of Children and Families
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After being involved in Children's Ministries in many different ways, Betsy was hired in August of 2012. She has been attending Fellowship since 1987, since she earned her teaching degree at Hope College. Betsy is married to Bob Bruins and has three girls. She received her Master's in teaching and taught in the West Ottawa School System for ten years before taking eleven years off to be an at-home mom with her girls. Betsy has been involved with VBS at Fellowship for many years, and also became the children's choir director five years ago. One of her passions is helping children learn to become faithful followers of Jesus. She also enjoys camping, going on walks, reading, and watching her girls in soccer and theater activities.
Steve Braunius, Minister of Operations and Ministry Implementation
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Steve Braunius grew up in West Michigan and attended Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College), Taylor University (B.A.), and Grand Valley State University (M.Ed). In 2005, he and his family moved from Grandville, Michigan to Holland, Michigan when they joined Fellowship. He was an active member prior to feeling called to the position of Minister of Operations and Ministry Implementation in January 2014. His previous experience included being the Director of Instructional Technology for a West Michigan School district for 15 years. Prior to that he was an elementary teacher. He and his wife, Lisa, have 2 children. He enjoys traveling with his family, taking things apart, fixing things, woodworking, teaching, playing with technology, biking, walking, and reading non-fiction. As a high school student, when visiting the Grand Canyon, he made a decision to follow Christ and desires to seek a closer walk with Him.
Jordan Clegg, Minister of Creative Arts and Worship
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Jordan has been serving as Minister of Creative Arts and Worship at Fellowship since 2007. He has a B.A. in Music and Worship from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a Masters in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida. Jordan has a passion for thinking theologically about the worship of the gathered community with particular emphasis on God’s work of transformation in the sacraments of baptism and communion. Jordan is married to Anne Reilly Clegg whom he has known since elementary school and began dating in high school. Jordan enjoys movies, board games, science-fiction and historical novels, and singing for a local cover band.
Bryce Vander Stelt, Minister of Youth and Young Adults
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Bryce grew up in Maurice, Iowa. He graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. He and his wife, Erin, have been married since December of 2009. Following college they moved to Elmhurst, Illinois, where Bryce was the Youth Pastor at Faith Christian Reformed Church, and Erin completed her Master’s Degree at Northwestern University. Also, during their time in Illinois, Bryce and Erin had their first child, Rose. Bryce came to Fellowship as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults in July of 2014. He enjoys playing fetch with his dog, Archer, riding his motorcycle, taking road trips back to Iowa, and going to the movie theater.
Karen Donker, Kids Hope USA and Hand2Hand Ministries Director
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Karen is the KIDS HOPE USA Director and Hand2Hand Ministries Coordinator. She has been involved in the life and ministry of Fellowship Reformed Church since 1985, becoming the director of KIDS HOPE USA in 2001. Karen and her husband, Bob, have been married for 30 years and have two children, Rebecca and Matthew. Karen grew up in Shelby, Michigan and graduated from Hope College with a degree in Special Education. She taught at Blue Star Elementary School in Hamilton school district for 7 years before having children of her own. "Becoming involved with KIDS HOPE USA and working with the gifted and talented team on staff at Fellowship has truly been a blessing in my life," says Karen. A favorite Bible verse is 1 John 4:7-8, "Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God... for God is love."
Linda Hutchison, Parish Nurse
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Linda is the Faith Community Nurse at Fellowship. She is a registered nurse with her bachelor's of science in nursing in 1984 from Illinois Wesleyan University. She attended a certification training class at Calvin College for faith community nursing. She started her nursing career on the medical/oncology floor of the hospital and has numerous years of home care experience. A note from Linda: "I feel very honored to be selected as your FCN. It is a calling from God to be chosen to serve you. Along with the health ministry team, I am eager to work with you in this important ministry." "Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you in good health, just as it is as well with your soul." 3 John 1:2
Renee Krueger, Director of Communications
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Renee has been working part-time as the Ministry Assistant at Fellowship since 2012. In fall of 2016, she transitioned into her new role as Director of Communications. She and her husband, Brent, have been married for 20 years and have two children, Cate and Ian. Renee grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. They lived in Chicago, IL and the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Holland in 2001. Renee feels truly blessed to be working with so many amazing people in a ministry she feels passionate about. She is also grateful for the flexibility to be available for her children. In her spare time, Renee loves reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time at the beach.
Diana Fonseca-Peña, Office Manager
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Diana was born in Chicago, Il, but spent much of her life in Miami, FL, where she met her husband, Charly. Diana and Charley have 3 girls, Emily, Angie, and Vivi. They moved to Holland in 2015 when Charly started at Western Theological Seminary. Diana’s background is in biology and she has previously worked as a laboratory technician. She works at Fellowship from 8am-12pm every day, and works at CASA at Hope College in the afternoons. Diana enjoys reading, knitting, and lots of coffee.
Ginger VandenBrink, Director of Finance and Information Management
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Ginger joined the Fellowship staff in September 2014 as Director of Finance and Information Management. She grew up near Detroit and came to Holland to attend Hope College where she earned a degree in Music Education. While she and her husband, Duane, were raising their sons, Justin and Stuart, Ginger worked in a variety of positions including bank teller and inventory management as well as business manager of a non-profit organization. Ginger plays cello with the Brioso String Quartet and the Holland Symphony Orchestra and also plays bass guitar and handbells with the Music Ministry at Fellowship. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking, traveling, and photography.
Stacie Hoey, Office Assistant
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Stacie is excited to be a part of the Fellowship Staff and feels blessed to be working with such an amazing group of people at her "home away from home". She is also an active volunteer with Kids Hope, Hand2Hand, and The Hope Christmas Store at Fellowship Church She and her husband, Doug, have been married for 20+ years and have two boys, Sean and Ben. Stacie is originally from Dearborn, MI. and a graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Stacie and Doug moved to Holland in 1999 while expecting their first son and feel truly grateful to raise their family in West Michigan. Stacie loves spending time with her family, reading, cooking, watching Ben sing/perform and Sean play baseball, and is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
Dennis and Julie Roelofs, Facilities
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Stacey Duensing, Youth Ministry Associate
Stacey is in her second year as a student at Western Theological Seminary and as an intern at Fellowship Reformed Church. She grew up on a farm near Deshler, Nebraska and went to Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where she received a degree in Christian Education/Youth Ministry. Stacey enjoys spending time in the beauty of God’s creation, music, being creative, and finding adventure in everyday situations. She is grateful for any and every opportunity for deeper connections- both with God and the people of God.
Emily Rosendahl, Children's Ministry Assistant
Emily was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. She attended Hope College where she received a degree in Language Arts for elementary education. Since graduating from Hope, she has spent time in the classroom teaching, nannying and volunteering at Door of Hope Children's Mission, a baby house in Johannesburg, South Africa. Emily is currently in the dual track program at Western Theological Seminary. She is in her final year at the seminary getting a Masters in Divinity and next year will move on to the Masters in Social Work aspect of the degree. In her spare time, Emily enjoys playing board games, baking cupcakes, crafting, and reading.