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.
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.
Kel & Joyce Brown, Custodians
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Kel and Joyce joined Fellowship in early 2016, along with their 3 sons and families. Joyce grew up in Zeeland and Kel in Holland, and settled in Holland when they were married. They currently live in Sapphire Lakes Villas where Kel is the maintenance man.
Kel retired after 33 years at Haworth and Joyce worked 25+ years as a travel agent, travelling extensively. They both enjoy biking on their recumbent trikes and playing with their 8 grandkids. Joyce loves quilting, while Kel enjoys golf, wood working, and classic rock.
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 children's ministries for many years. One of her passions is helping children learn to become faithful followers of Jesus. She also enjoys camping, going on walks, reading, and being with her family.
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."
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. Diana enjoys reading, knitting, and lots of coffee.
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 your FCN. It is a calling from God to be chosen to serve you. Along with the health ministry team, I love to work with you in this important ministry." "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 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.
Jessica Mix, Interim Worship Coordinator for 10:00am
Jess comes to us from Thornapple Covenant Church in Grand Rapids, where she served as the Worship Ministry Assistant. She is a regular member of the worship team at Thornapple and also substitutes as the worship leader, as needed. She has been married to Adam for 16 years, and together they have three children: Natalie (14), Logan (11), and Sophia (8). She is also a part-time college student pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies at Grand Valley State University. Jess serves at our 10am services.
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. Emily is a Hope graduate and 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 recently graduated from the dual track program at Western Theological Seminary and is a social worker in Grand Haven. In her spare time, Emily enjoys playing board games, baking cupcakes, crafting, and reading.
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.
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. Bryce and Erin have 2 daughters, Rose and Juliet. 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.
Erin Vander Stelt, Interim Worship Coordinator for 8:30am
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Erin has been a member of Fellowship for the past four years. She is a botanist and an associate at Pier 1, and she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Rose and Juliet, and husband, Bryce.