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  • Zach Backstrom

    Watershed Worship Leader

    Phone: 616-928-0313

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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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  • Lori Baumann

    Children's Ministry Coordinator, Preschool - 5th Grade

    Phone: 616-928-0343

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  • Jane Bosko

    Celebration Organist

    Does not hold office hours.  

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  • Luke Carrig

    Fusion Interim Campus Pastor

    Phone: 616-928-0304

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    I have attended Harderwyk since September 2019.  I am married to Kelsey and have been for 7 years.  Kelsey and I have 2 children. Cohen and Ida; Cohen is soon to be 3 and Ida just turned 1.  I thoroughly enjoy watching the English Premier League and supporting Liverpool Football Club. I am an avid listener to all things music, a sucker for a good theological book, and will rarely say no to good time spent with friends and family.  My wife and I are anticipating moving to Ireland to plant some churches through Resonate Global Missions in the future.   I currently serve as Interim Preaching Pastor at the Fusion Service.  I am new to this position.  Proclaiming the truth of the Gospel is my greatest joy, but getting to preach in a community where people are eager to engage and respond has been a great encouragement. 


    I do not have a favorite Bible verse. But as of late the words of Psalm 42:8 have been applicable:  By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.



  • Norlyn Compaan

    Facilities Administrator

    Phone: 616-928-0306

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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: 616-928-0309

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  • Nate Dewitt

    Youth Coordinator

    Phone: 616-928-0312

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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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  • Tad Evenhouse

    Facilities Assistant

    Does not hold regular office hours.  

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    I have been attending Harderwyk with my family my whole life and I have no plans on changing.  I am a senior at West Ottawa High School and I attend Career Tech-line Center for Diesel Mechanics.  In my spare time I love to work on vehicles.  When I graduate in May I plan to work in Kalamazoo for the family company, Jons To Go.  Our family company provides, services and delivers porta jons to locations around West Michigan.  I hope to be a business owner in the future.  I have been working at Harderwyk for about 3 years as a Facilities Assistant.  I love my poisition here because it is laid back and not alot of pressure.  In recent years I have volunteered in various positions at Harderwyk including helping with sound and/or powerpoint in the various service and for Summer Service Week in our Youth Ministry Program.  

  • Darwin Glassford

    Executive Pastor

    Phone: 616-928-0340

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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: 616-928-0315

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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: 616-928-0330

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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: 616-928-0319

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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: 616-928-0311

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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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  • Aaron VanDerVeen

    Watershed Interim Pastor