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

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

ROSANNA DOORNBOS

Finance Manager

rosanna@starlightmin.org

PAULA DRYER

Operations Manager

paula@starlightmin.org
616.662.1999 ext. 2003

FELICE KURZER

Outreach & Fundraising Coordinator

felice@starlightmin.org
616.662.1999 ext. 2004

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

Karen DeVries

Secretary

Registered Nurse, Mercy Health

Michael Dozeman

Board Member

Ken Patterson

Board Member

Senior Operations Engineer, Steelcase Inc.

Matt Biolette

Board Member

Municipal Sales Manager, Republic Services

Jolynn Van Wienen

Board Member

Co-founder Starlight Ministries

STORIES OF HOPE

Stories of lives restored from participants of Starlight Ministries.

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