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  • Zach Backstrom

    Watershed Worship Director

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 313

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    I have attended Harderwyk for 3 years.  I am married to Angela and have been for 11 years.  Our family is just the two of us, although we do have a few little plant babies. We care for them with water and sunshine, except for during the winter, then we just ignore those little guys… you know, like all good parents.  I’m pretty much like every childless dude out there: I have an innate knowledge of where gas stations are and a very distinguished palette for the “foods” they provide.  I enjoy playing “cool” sports like disc golf and hackey sack. I enjoy several genres of music: worship, emo, metalcore (I’m still working on combining all three into something for a Sunday worship service). Also, a couple things unique about me: I like reading, the outdoors, and exercise.   I work in Worship Arts at Watershed.  I love being a Worship Director because singing the praise of our Lord is a “entire person” activity.  We use our minds to consider the lyrics we sing; we use our soul (or psyche) to feel the emotions that the song brings forth; we use our bodies to produce the breath and shape the vowels and consonants we sing (some of us also use our bodies to raise our hands in praise); and finally through the mystery of “the deep calling to deep” (Psalm 42:7) our spirit communes with the Holy Spirit. As a Worship Director, I love that I get to invite my church family and others into this complete experience of worship!

    My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 33:3-4: Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy. For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.

  • Samantha Baumann

    Watershed Nursery Coordinator

    Does not hold office hours.  

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    My family has been attending Harderwyk for 9 years, and I have been employed here for 6. I have always said the welcoming atmosphere when we very first walked in as visitors is what drew us to this community, and I am so thankful to get to be a part of that now myself.

    My husband Howie and I have been married for almost 14 years. We have been so very blessed to have six beautiful, healthy children given to us. Ryder is 12, Rylee is 11, Howie is 9, Harper is 6, Harry is 5 and Dawsyn is 15 months. We also have two dogs, a cat and a goat (because why not add some more excitement around here :)) Our house is rarely quiet, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

    Apart from working with Children’s Ministry, I am a stay at home mom. I enjoy doing almost anything outside with my family; walks, parks, beach, vacations, etc. You can usually find us outside when the weather is nice! I do love to read and craft when there is a moment to do so.

    Serving is my favorite language of love, so it fills my cup to help others.

    My favorite bible verse is Isaiah 55:8-9. ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’ I have heard the Lord speak these words to be so clearly several times. When the world is hard or scary, these words bring me such comfort that our great God is in control and so, so good.

  • Lori Baumann

    Children's Ministry Coordinator, Preschool - 5th Grade

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 343

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    I have been a part of the Harderwyk Community for 15 years and working here for 13 years! I started working as the Watershed Nursery Coordinator and God keeps providing opportunities for me to stay connected with Children’s Ministry. I love our kiddos! I am so grateful to be a part of our Children’s Ministry and watch our kids develop their relationship with our Lord and Savior.

    My husband, Dan, and I have three children, Ellie (16), Tyler (13) and Shaun (11) and two dogs, both Labs, Rylee (7) and Fergie (4). Oh, and our daughter just got a fish…named…Carl The Dog…

    The other hat I wear, in addition to Child of God, Wife, Mother, and CM Director, is as a Vocational Consultant where I help people with all different types of abilities prepare for employment. This is a role I have been involved with for over 13 years and feel so lucky to be a part of someone’s employment journey.  The stage of life I am currently in pretty much revolves around our kids and their activity/sports schedules. The fall and spring are amazingly busy, but oh so much fun!

    I feel like every time I read the Bible I think, ‘oh there’s my new favorite verse’. There is just so much good stuff in the Bible! One verse that has always held me steady is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  • Jane Bosko

    Celebration Organist

    Does not hold office hours.  

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    I have been at Harderwyk for 13 years.  I am married to Lee and have been for 38 years. We have 3 children, our daughter Shelby who is married to Adam and live in Wheatridge, CO with our 2 Akita grand-dogs,   our daughter Whitney lives in LA , CA, and our son Derek lives in Denver , CO.   ​I grew up in North Muskegon, went to Western Michigan University then moved to Casper, WY after college. I taught music at the largest junior high school west of the Mississippi for 13 years. After meeting , marrying Lee and having 2  children, we decided to move back to the midwest to be closer to my parents. Moving to Holland was a good decision and I was able to work in music at several churches, coordinate events at Freedom Village, raise 3 kids , and eventually work at Hope College as a staff  accompanist. I enjoy traveling, gardening, walking my 2 dogs , taking yoga and pilates classes, going to Broadway Shows, trying to learn German , practicing piano/ organ and making music with others.   I am currently the Celebration Organist and assist with music for Gems.  I have been in this position for 13 years and with GEMS for about 2 years.  I have also had the opportunity to accompany choir and additional music in Celebration including playing the Bells.  I truly love and enjoy the Celebration congregation. My goal as a  church musician is to enhance worship by supporting the congregation as they offer praise to God in word and song. Celebration’s enthusiasm for classic worship and singing is pure joy.  Assisting with the Gems program on Wednesday evenings gives me the opportunity to connect with the young girls and their leaders. Their enthusiasm for singing contemporary songs as well as learning and  singing classic hymns is wonderful.  

    My favorite Bible verses are: Psalm 143:8, Phillipians 4:6-7 , Isaiah 43:2, Isaiah 40:31, Romans 15:13  

  • Norlyn Compaan

    Facilities Administrator

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 306

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    I have attended Harderwyk for quite sometime.  I am married to Cheryl (Kolean) and have been for 36 years.  We were actually married at Harderwyk in 1983, and then returned here to work full time in 2004.  We have 2 kids, Jake Compaan (34), his wife Rachel and daughter Elizabeth live in Yamaranguila, Honduras and work for Abundant Life Christian Schools. Josh Compaan (32) and his wife Joy live in Fort Collins, CO where he is a web developer with Clay Pot Creative, and Joy attends Colorado State University.  I enjoy repairing and restoring a wide variety of things, especially if a motor is involved. I enjoy a quiet life around home and yard work, as well as traveling with my wife. I also enjoy Honduras and supporting the Abundant Life Schools.  I work in facilities and administration at Harderwyk.  I like being behind the scenes to keep all aspects of Harderwyk’s Mission moving forward. There is a constant variety of challenges and opportunities in this fast paced and complex ministry.   I have also served on the Watershed Congregational Leadership Team.  

    My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31: But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  

  • Kelvin DeKraker

    Food Service Coordinator

    Does not hold regular office hours.  

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  • Mary Dewitt

    Congregational Care Pastor

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 309

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    I have been attending Harderwyk for 35 years.  I am married to Tim and have been for 39 years.  We have two kids, Nate (and Ashleigh) and Leah (and Adam) Locker.  Nate is Harderwyk’s Youth Group Leader and Ashleigh is a self-employed Designer.  Leah is a School Counselor at Creekside Middle School and Adam is on Staff at Evergreen Ministries in Hudsonville.  We have 4 amazing grandkids; Harper-7, Maryn-4 ½ (Leah and Adam) plus Mia 3 ½, Jackson 1 ½ with another one on the way (Nate and Ash).  I love to read and learn.  I also enjoy cooking, knitting, writing and painting.  Tim and I love spending time at our mobile home on Hamlin Lake in Ludington, and also our “hunting” cabin on the Tahquamenon River in the U.P.  We are both outdoorsy folks so love hiking, hunting, and fishing.  I currently work in Compassionate/Congregational Care.  I have been in this ministry position for 7 years.  What i love about this ministry is that I love walking with people during the momentous times of our lives (some good and some not so good).  I love hearing other people’s stories, learn from them, grow with them and experience their faith lessons, etc.  Each of us has and will continue to encounter the “storms of life” and I long to serve in way that helps ease them through it, by the sharing the promises, the grace, and the goodness of God; our Anchor, our Fortress, our Comforter, and most of all, our Savior.  I have been involved in other ministries here at Harderwyk like Children's Ministry, Kids Hope Director, Watershed Ministries, Small Groups Coordinator, Women's Ministry Coordinator, Seniors Ministry Coordinator, Missions Coordinator, Fusion Ministries Coordinator just to name a few.  

    My favorite Bible verse is: For I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content. – Phil 4:11. And Psalm 121. 

  • Nate Dewitt

    Youth Coordinator

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 312

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    I have been attending Harderwyk since the early 90's.  I am married to Ashleigh and have been for 6 years.  We have 2 kids, Mia age 3 and Jackson age 1.  I love getting up north to Charleviox and the U.P. and pretty much anything Michigan pro or college sports related.  I currently work in Youth Ministries.  I have been in this position for about 4 years, but have been involved with youth ministries at Harderwyk for 19 years.  There’s a real excitement about young and blossoming faiths.  To see that grow and mature is truly an exciting honor.  I have had a small hand in a bunch of stuff over the years across campus.  

    My favorite Bible verse is Prov 13:1: A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

  • Mark DeVries

    Anchor Chaplain

    Does not hold regular office hours.  

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  • Darwin Glassford

    Executive Pastor

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 340

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    I have attended Harderwyk for 5 years.  I am married to Janet and have been for 38 years.  We have two daughters who are both married. Kristin has three children and works part-time as a payroll administrator.  Her family attends Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids. Rachael has three children and teaches Chemistry and Bio-chemistry at Calvin College.  Her family attends Madison Square – North in Grand Rapids.   I enjoy the outdoors and working on mechanical and housing projects. My two bucket list items are to hike the Appalachian Trail and climb all the Fourteeners in Colorado. Janet and I also enjoy traveling to remote and out-of-the-way places.  I serve as the Executive Pastor of Harderwyk Ministries for 5 years.  I like this ministry because it is creative and recognizes the people’s unique needs. I also appreciate that it gospel-centered.

    My favorite Bible verse is Mark 8:22-23: They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?

  • Gary Hoort

    Technical Coordinator

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 315

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    I have been attending Harderwyk for 42 years.  I am married to Shari and have been for 41 years.  We have two boys who are now 40 and 37 years old.  I also have 2 grandsons ages 16 and 10.  I love camping, kayaking, hockey, hunting fishing and hiking.  I have been serving at Harderwyk for 23 years as a volunteer, 11 years as contracted labor, 4 years as part time, 2 years as full time in my current position.  This church has always been family to me.  In the past I have served in several roles: SMP drive, Cadet leader, Head of Cadets, Sound Technician, PPT Technician,

    Now- Technical Coordinator.

    My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

  • April Kiekintveld

    Fusion Operations Coordinator, Women's Ministry Coordinator, Fusion Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Does not hold regular office hours.  

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    I was baptized at Harderwyk in 1984 and stayed there until i was twelve.  I came back with my husband and kids about 6 years ago.  I am married to Aaron and have been for 14 years.  We have two kids, Camden and Evie.  They are 8 and 5.  Besides my job at Harderwyk, I work 20 hours a week at Holland Hospital as a medical social worker.  I have been working in the social work field for the past 12 years and I love having both my job at the Hospital and my job at Church.  I also have an event planning company and I do that about 5 hours a week.  I am the Fusion Coordinator and also run the Women’s Ministry Program.  I have been in this position for 1.5 years.  I love the connections I am able to make through all of the communities.  Through the women’s ministry events and Fusion specific events, I love seeing how community members come together to help others and how their God’ given gifts shine through the volunteer work they do at Harderwyk.  I have served in nursery and Sunday School in the past.  

    My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 52: 12: But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

  • Bill Lindner

    Celebration Teaching Pastor

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 330

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    I have been attending Harderwyk since September of 2018 when I was hired.  I am married to Mary Lynn and have been for 42 years.  Mary Lynn and I went to same high school.  We have three grown and married children Nicole is a “data scientist” working with Provident/St Joseph’s health system in Huntington Beach, CA where her husband is a psychology professor at Cal State Long Beach.  Rachel is a Hope graduate who married her high school sweetheart.  They live in Seattle where Rachel works with international education transcript evaluation and Eric is an environmental engineer. William and Ahran live in San Franciso where he works in software development and she is an artist.  I came to faith through the ministry of Campus Life at my High School in Charlotte, NC after recovering from a serious football injury.  My family lived in a new subdivision developed on land that had previously been the dairy farm of Billy Graham’s family. While in High School, I began playing bass and guitar and was able to pay for most of my college as a musician – performing, recording, teaching – playing mostly rock, country and bluegrass. I continue to play every chance I get. I have published two books: short biographies of both John Calvin and Andrew Murray growing out my doctoral studies in Spiritual Transformation.  Though I went to the same college as Steph Curry, I am no good at basketball.  I serve as a Campus Pastor for the Celebration service.  Sharing life and ministry.  Harderwyk has a great Council of lay leaders, solid, gifted and varied paid staff and an encouraging team of preachers for our three worshiping communities.  I love the vision of “One Church, Three Unique Worshiping Communities.” It has been great to invest in and serve by leading the community of Celebration.  

    My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:7 – Seek the Shalom of the city I have carried you to.  Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

  • Christine MacDonald

    Discipleship Administrative Associate

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 319

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    I have been worshiping at Harderwyk since 2003.  I am married to Brent and we have been for 25 years.  We have 5 children and 4 grand children.  We have kids all over.  Our oldest son lives with his wife and 2 kids in Houston, our second oldest son lives here in the area with his wife and 2 kids, our third oldest son lives in San Diego, our daughter lives in Australia and our youngest son lives at home.  I love to work in the yard.  Spring and summer are my favorite seasons.  Nothing like a long day of yard work in the sunshine.  I love to hike and travel with my family also.  I currently work in the church office as the Discipleship Administrative Associate.  My job is so diverse, no 2 days are alike.  I get the opportunity to be involved in so many different areas across campus and I get to work with wonderful people.  I have been in this position since 2004.  

    My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  • Dee Stahl

    Administrative Associate, Missions, Watershed Operations Coordinator

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 311

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    I have been worshiping at Harderwyk for 19 years.  I am married to Derrick and have been for 28 years.  We have 4 daughters (our oldest and youngest daughters are both married),  2 son- in- laws and 2 grandsons.  I love to hang out by the fire and read a good book and enjoy a glass of wine, I love spending time out at the beach or anywhere near the water, it’s my happy place.  And I love spending time with my family!  I currently work as an Administrative Associate in the church office.  I have been in this position for 8 years.  I love having the opportunity to have my hands in many different parts of Harderwyk Ministries.  There’s never a dull moment!  Through the years I have been involved in difference hospitality positions and volunteered at middle school functions.  

    My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 62: Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.  Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

  • Sarah Stryd

    Fusion Worship Pastor

    Does not hold regular office hours. 

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    I’ve worked at Harderwyk since 2010.  My husband and I have been married for six years and we enjoy sailing (mainly other people’s boats : ) ), skiing, and hiking through God’s beautiful creation.  I count it a privilege to work with a team of great people and musicians to lead God’s people into worship.  Music has had a significant role in my life.  I grew up in a home where singing was the norm—we sang around the house, while playing card games, and my parents both sang in an ensemble at various churches. I started playing piano in second grade, but I didn’t really enjoy it until I learned to play from chords in college.  I served on the Hope College worship team, and the experience significantly impacted my desire to serve as a worship pastor.  I currently work as a Worship Pastor in our Fusion Community.  Worship through music is corporate and approachable; we all have a voice. It allows us to come together and express ourselves in a way we might not otherwise.  It points our hearts toward God in a mindful way and gives God the glory He is due.  One of my favorite elements is when I see people singing the final reprise song on their way out of the worship space—I love the idea that these are some of the words they are taking with them as they leave the building. 


    My favorite Bible verse is  Psalm 95: 1-3: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.

  • Aaron VanDerVeen

    Watershed Interim Pastor

    Phone: 616-399-9190

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    Our family has been able to be a part of the Harderwyk community in a variety of different ways from 2004-2016 and now again over the last year.  I am married to Kendra and have been for 16 years.  We have 2 children, our son Sam who will turn 15 in June and our daughter Bella who will turn 12 in May.    I love hanging out with my family.  I also enjoy riding my Harley, watching and playing sports, taking in a good movie and reading about theology, culture and leadership and much more.  In past years, I served as an Associate Pastor of Watershed/ Harderwyk from 2004-2008.  I currently serve as the Interim Pastor of Watershed and have been in this position for about 1 year.   I would say that more than anything I have enjoyed the relationships that I have been able to be a part of here. Being able to work with others in continuing to create a community anchored in Christ where people matter, are loved and belong is a huge blessing to me.  I’m just grateful to be able to serve our community, Harderwyk, during this season of transition in order to help in any way that I can. It’s been great to be back!

    I would say that Romans 8 is my favorite chapter of Scripture. From the first verse to the last; we hear about the depths of God’s life and love in Christ.