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  • Samantha Baumann

    Children's Ministry Assistant

    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.

  • 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.  

  • 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 we have 3 kids, Mia, Jackson and Jovie.  I love getting up north to Charleviox and the U.P. and pretty much anything Michigan pro or college sports related.  I am the Youth Pastor at Harderwyk and have been in this position since 2016, but have been involved with youth ministries at Harderwyk since 2000.  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.  In 2020 I was ordained as a commissioned Pastor. 

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

  • 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 at Harderwyk until I was twelve years old. I came back with my husband and kids about 10 years ago. I have been married to my husband Aaron for 18 years and we have two kids, Camden and Evie. Besides my job at Harderwyk, I work full time at Corewell Health as a Project Specialist in the Care Management Department. I have been working in the social work field for the past 17 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 5 years and 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 Campus 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.  Mary Lynn and I went to same high school.  We have three grown children.  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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    My family and I have been worshiping at Harderwyk since 2003.  I am married to Brent and we have been since 1994.  We have 5 children and 6 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 and her husband live 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.

  • Justin Rito

    Celebration Music Director

  • Dee Stahl

    Congregational Care & Prayer Coordinator

    Missions Coordinator

    Phone: 616-399-9190  Ext. 309

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    I have been worshiping at Harderwyk since 2000.  I am married to Derrick and have been for 29 years.  We have 4 daughters,  2  wonderful son- in- laws and 3 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!  My current position as the Chaplain of Congregational Care & Prayer allows me to be available, present and to "do life" with so many others in our community who in return bless my life richly.  Prior to accepting this new calling, I worked as an Administrative Associate in the church office for 9 years. Through the years I have been involved in so many different areas of ministry across campus, and have had the privilege of doing so with awesome coworkers and volunteers alikeThere’s never  been a dull moment! 

    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.

  • Drew Timmer

    Watershed Worship Coordinator

    Phone: 616-399-9190 Ext 342

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    I started working at Harderwyk in April of 2022, as the Watershed Worship Director. My wife Stephanie and I have been married since 2018 after many years of working together at a summer camp. I love reading books, gardening, sketching with charcoal or designing something in Photoshop. On occasion I can be found flying one of my stunt kites at the beach. Stephanie and I love to snowboard in the winter and bike in the summer. We’re always looking for new places to travel and new foods to try. I also really enjoy roasting my own coffee at home. And, of course, I have a huge heart for leading worship, and creating meaningful environments and experiences for people to connect with God and draw near to Him.

    My favorite bible verse is probably Psalm 55:22, which says “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

  • Aaron VanDerVeen

    Watershed Campus Pastor

    Phone: 616-399-9190 Ext 316

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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 since 2019.  I am married to Kendra and have been for over 20 years.  We have 2 children, our son Sam who will turn 18 in June and our daughter Bella who will turn 15 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 and currently serve as the Watershed Campus Pastor. 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. 

  • Kendra VanDerVeen

    Ministry Administrative Associate & Watershed Operations Coordinator

    Phone: 616-399-9190 Ext. 311

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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 few years. I am married to Aaron and we have 2 children, our son Sam and daughter attend West Ottawa High School. I also enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, sitting by a campfire, crafting, and reading a good novel. In past years, I served as the Administrative Associate in the Harderwyk office from 2006-2016. It’s been fun to return home to Harderwyk and I am enjoying reconnecting with so many people.

    My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be Still and Know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

  • Becky Visser

    Children's Ministry Director

    Phone: 616-399-9190 Ext 343

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    Our family is new to Harderwyk in 2022 and I began working here in June.  I have been working as a Director in Children’s Ministry since December 2011 and have been employed at churches in both Zeeland and Holland.  I am married to Mark and have been since 1999.  We have three children, Kameron, Logan and Aliyah.  Kameron and Logan both graduated from Zeeland West High School and Aliyah is still in high school.  In my quiet time, I love to relax in our pool in the summer and binge watch reality tv shows in the fall and winter.  I also enjoy taking walks and enjoying God's creation.  What I like most about children's ministry is that it is pure joy to be able to share the Gospel message with children. I also find it a pleasure to walk alongside of children and families in their faith journey and to be able to grow relationships with them.

    My favorite Bible verse is, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38-39.

  • JB Wernlund

    Fusion Campus Pastor

    Phone: 616-399-9190 Ext 304

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    I started at Harderwyk in 2021.  I am married to Evonne and have been since 2007.  We have 2 children, Emmalynn born in 2013 and Bryson born in 2017.  As a family one of our favorite things to do together enjoying a Family Movie Night on the weekends that almost always end with a dance party. We also love going to playgrounds and area parks and finding dogs to pet. Evonne and I love date nights and hanging out with friends. We also enjoy reading together and going on walks. I have a passion for sports. I love to play basketball and the occasional game of ultimate Frisbee or round of golf. A favorite leisure activity is watching professional football and basketball (Go Packers and Bucks). Some other hobbies and interests would be playing guitar, singing, origami and improvisational comedy. More recently, I have learned to enjoy taking a modest jog while listening to my favorite podcasts. It is a “quiet place” for me.  I serve as a Campus Pastor for the Fusion community.  I love preaching from God’s Word – digging into the scriptures and helping God’s people listen to the Holy Spirit each week. I love people – sharing life together and growing together in our knowledge of and love for Jesus Christ. It is exciting to dream of how God might use this body of believers to share God’s love and gospel in our surrounding community.

    Some of favorite Bible verses are Ephesians 4:1-6; Philippians 2: 1-11; Psalm 100; Psalm 139.