OUR MISSION

Starlight Ministries is a Christ centered ministry that provides opportunities for those who are grieving a death loss to experience a safe environment of caring support that promotes healing and inspires Hope for the future.

OUR HISTORY

On November 4, 2007, the Van Wienen’s lost their son Seth after he was struck by a car while crossing the street. At the time, the Van Wienen’s had six other school aged children. The children eventually returned to school and felt absolutely out of place… as if everyone was looking at them, talking about them and generally avoiding them. This made the death of their brother even more difficult and they felt alone. Ten months after Seth’s death they attended a day long grief camp where they were able to be with other kids their age that had experienced similar losses. After only 8 hours, the children no longer felt alone with the thoughts and emotions they had been experiencing. It was then that God placed on Greg and Jolynn’s hearts to create a place that could last longer than one day. A place where children, teens and families could feel God’s love and receive support from other grieving individuals.

STAFF

JOLYNN VAN WIENEN

Executive Director

jolynn@starlightmin.org                                                                                                  616.662.1999 ext. 2001

STEPHANIE HOGAN

Director of Programming

stephanie@starlightmin.org
616.662.1999 ext. 2002

AMBER ELLIOTT

Director of Development & Events

 amber@starlightmin.org
616.662.1999 ext. 2004

MYCAH RIDDER

Family Services Coordinator, Jenison & Grand Rapids

mycah@starlightmin.org
616.662.1999 ext. 2005

KERI VERWOLF

Family Services Coordinator, Muskegon

keri@starlightmin.org
231.855.6688

PAULA DRYER

Operations Manager

paula@starlightmin.org
616.662.1999 ext. 2003

ROSANNA DOORNBOS

Finance Manager

rosanna@starlightmin.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeff Elders

President

Principal, VMDE CPA Group

Mike Doezman

Vice President

Bookkeeper, Camp Geneva

Jamie Prins

Treasurer

Finance Manager, The Windquest Group

Karen DeVries

Secretary

Registered Nurse, Mercy Health

Jeff Doornbos

Board Member

VP of Sales & Marketing, Cascade Die Casting Group

Ken Patterson

Board Member

Senior Operations Engineer, Steelcase Inc.

Matt Biolette

Board Member

Municipal Sales Manager, Republic Services

Lisa Bartoszek

Board Member

Retired Founder/Director, Lory’s Place  |  Projects Leader, Caring Circle Hospice

Victoria Chapin

Board Member

Author, Chaplain, Speaker

Chase Hoekwater

Board Member

Child & Adolescent Therapist, Winning at Home

Alvin Slont

Board Member

Vendor Management Risk Specialist, Mercantile Bank

STORIES OF HOPE

Stories of lives restored from participants of Starlight Ministries.

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