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

GWEN KAPCIA, BSW, Certified Thanatologist

Director of Program Development

Questions about Starlight Ministries and requests for speaking at your organization/event regarding grief and loss
CONTACT:  gwen@starlightmin.org

ROSANNA DOORNBOS

Office Manager

Questions about donations, billing, or financials
CONTACT:  rosanna@starlightmin.org

PAULA DRYER

Program Assistant

Questions about registering for events and enrollment for support groups
CONTACT:  paula@starlightmin.org

KERI VERWOLF

Family Services Coordinator, Muskegon

Questions about child and adult grief support groups in Muskegon, as well as volunteer and service opportunities for Muskegon groups.
CONTACT: keri@starlightmin.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Greg Van Wienen

Founder & Secretary

Physician with Mercy Health Physician Partners

Jolynn Van Wienen

Co-Founder

Registered Nurse

Kyle Kunnen

President

Senior Vice President, Mercantile Bank of Michigan

jeffrey doornbos

Vice President

Regional Sales Director, Cascade Die Casting Group

jeff elders

Treasurer

Principal, VMDE CPA Group

susan vandePol

Board Member

Author and Speaker

ken patterson

Board Member

Senior Operations Engineer, Steelcase Inc.

karen devries

Board Member

Registered Nurse, Mercy Health

tim wolffis

Board Member

Sales Manager, Michigan Valve and Fitting

STORIES OF HOPE

Stories of lives restored from participants of Starlight Ministries.

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