Our Board


Dan VanLaar
Dan VanLaar
President

I am a graduate of Calvin College with a BS Degree in Business Administration. I also graduated from Word of Life Bible College in Theology Studies. I have been married to Julie for 23 years. We have two teenage children, Adam and Ellie. Ellie will be atttending Cornerstone University in the fall.

I began my career as the owner of Ship Shape Marine Maintenance. I was a charter boat Captain and performed yacht maintenance. It was great in the summer but the winters were tough. I continue to enjoy boating and restoration in my free time. I spent 18 years with Johnson Controls with roles in Quality, Sales, Program Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Management and Best Business Practices. Certified Six Sigma Black Belt for continuous improvement methodology. I spent 5 years as Operations Manager at Rapidparts with full responsibility for daily production operations, facility management and customs and logistics management. I am now at Steelcase Corporation working as a Sr. Consultant for Supply Chain Management.

I have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of the Hudsonville Planning Commission (3 yrs), the Woodward Baptist Church Trustee Board of Directors (13 yrs), and the New Life Baptist Fellowship Board of Directors as Treasurer (6 yrs).

I'm looking to further God's work through Chaplain Services by expanding our reach in the coming years.

 
Al Fox
Al Fox
Vice President

Al Fox is currently employed as Vice President of Engineering and Product Development at American Seating. Prior to that he was Director of Operations at Knape & Vogt Manufacturing. Al has a BSME from General Motors Institute and a Masters in Engineering Management from Western Michigan University. He has been married to his wife, Brenda (VanEnk), for 28 years and lives in Grand Rapids. They have three grown children; Sarah, Melanie, and Lindsey. Brenda and Al are active members of Mayfair Christian Reformed Church.

"I am excited to be working with Chaplain Services because I have seen so many circumstances in my manufacturing career where people working through life challenges have desperately needed emotional and spiritual support. I hope to be a part of expanding Chaplain Services impact in the Grand Rapids and surrounding area."

 
John VanLaar
John VanLaar
Secretary

was born in Holland, Michigan, and attended Kalamazoo Christian High School and Calvin College, and spent 5 years in the US Air Force. When discharged, I was accepted by United Airlines as a pilot; however, I took a temporary job with a machinery manufacturing company in Grand Rapids while waiting for my UA class date to start. The company taught me the business and I had a wonderful career as a manufacturing executive, retiring after 40 years. During this time, I also served on the Gerald R Ford Airport board for 35 years, the last 13 years as Chair, retiring in 2011.

My dad was a CRC minister, who after retiring and moving to Grand Rapids, joined Chaplain Services and was the Protestant Chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital for over 10 years. His work at Chaplain Services stimulated my interest in this ministry, so when I was asked to join the Chaplain Services Board over 10 years ago, I agreed. It has been a wonderful ministry fulfilling a need to minister to people at the time when they need the love of Christ the most. During my tenure on the Board, we have expanded our ministry to the Workplace, as well as to the Healthcare Field, including the Ronald McDonald House.

 
William D. Kooistra
William D. Kooistra

I am a native of Grand Rapids. I served in the Air Force for four years and hold a B.A. Degree from Calvin College and an M.B.A. degree from Michigan State. My career divided between Management Consulting where I traveled extensively across the United States for 17 years, and Commercial Real Estate Development for 24 years in the Grand Rapids area.

I am married to Dianne and have two children and five grandchildren. I have served as an elder at Sunshine Church and I have served on the board of Worldwide Christian Schools. We currently attend church at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church. We enjoy spending time with our grandchildren and watching their various sporting events. I am retired and am honored to be on the board of Chaplain Services which specifically reaches people for the Lord in the business and hospital communities.

 
Rev. C. Powers Payton
Rev. C. Powers Payton

I grew up in northern Michigan in a small town called Central Lake. It was there I completed high school and excelled in sports that kept me from getting into trouble as a teenager. God called me to preach at the age of 14 when I accepted Christ as my Savior. It was at camp two years later that I said yes to the Lord with a triple A. I would go anywhere, do anything, at any time for the Lord. I played basketball, soccer, and baseball at Baptist Bible College and graduated with two degrees. I have been pastor near Pittsburgh and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have also pastored in La Cross, Wisconsin and Grandville, Michigan. While in ministry, I also graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. At present I am the founding pastor of New Life Baptist Fellowship. My wife Marie is a great support to my ministry

 
Matt Weichel
Matt Weichel

Matt grew up in Worthington, Ohio and went to Calvin College and graduated with a degree in Business. He also has an MBA in Finance from Western Michigan University. He met his wife, Mindie, while at Calvin College during their sophomore year and were married the summer before their senior year. They live in Byron Center and have three boys: Logan, age 6, Levi, age 4, and Landon, age 2.

Matt has worked in the material handling industry (forklifts) since he graduated from Calvin, and is currently a branch manager for Alta Equipment Company working at their Muskegon location. He and his wife attend Princeton CRC where they have been active leaders with the youth group for about 9 years. He has also served as a deacon and treasurer at Princeton CRC.

 
John Verwolf
John Verwolf

Being the son of a pastor meant a lot of moving. First in Nova Scotia, Canada and finally in Evergreen Park, IL. with nine schools in between. I saw that as an adventure. After three years in the Navy, Adeline Goris and I were married. We have four grown children and thirteen grandchildren. After a BA degree from Calvin College we moved to Fremont, MI where I taught science and earned an MS from Vanderbilt in Nashville. I worked for a pharmaceutical company for a while, then moved the family to Seattle where I took a job as Principal of a K-12 Christian school; while earning a M.Ed. in school administration in Seattle. Our family then moved to Sioux Center, IA where I worked at Dordt College then to Calvin College as director of career services. Now in retirement I can look back and see God’s plan for our family and it was good.

Service in various leadership roles in church and society prepared me to work as a board member of Chaplain Services. This organization is very dear to my heart because God uses these chaplains to touch the lives of more than 35,000 men, women, and children each year. Many of these people have never rece ived a cup of cold water from a devout Christian chaplain. It is such a blessing to pray for these chaplains and that God, through His Spirit, may find a place in the hearts of many people. Will you join me in this?