Our Chaplains & Support Staff

Alyssa Raterink
Alyssa Raterink
Marketing Advancement Assistant

Alyssa Raterink is our Marketing Advancement Assistant. A native of McBain, Michigan, she graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Business/Psychology. Alyssa and her husband Steve have 4 daughters, ages 19, 17, 15, and 8. They live on the west side of Grand Rapids.

They are members at Cascade Fellowship CRC, where Steve is a deacon and Alyssa volunteers in the Children in Worship program. Alyssa worked previously as a marketing and administrative assistant for Windquest Companies in Holland, after which she spent several years at home raising their children. She joined Chaplain Services in 2013 to help part time with the marketing and administrative tasks.

 

Carol Vriend Petter
Carol Vriend Petter
Chaplain

Becoming a chaplain is a second career for Carol. She spent her working life in the financial industry. But when her position at a regional bank was eliminated in 2015, she decided she wanted to become chaplain. After some additional training last year, she was ordained as a commissioned pastor by the Christian Reformed Church.

It sounds like a big change, and it is. But Carol has always had a heart for what she calls “soul care.” Over the years, she has been active in her church leading small groups, organizing retreats, visiting the sick, and meeting with people for pastoral care.

Carol lives in Kentwood with her husband and, in her spare time, she is likely to be biking, playing Scrabble, reading or spending time with family and friends. She is an active member of Madison Square Church. 

 

Duane Roach
Duane Roach
Business & Church Leader

Duane has served as chaplain at the Grand Rapids Ronald MacDonald House for 7+ years.  He and his wife Lynn have been married for 38 years and have 3 adult children and 5 grand children.

Duane has a degree in Sociology and Psychology (Human Services) from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids with an emphasis on multicultural studies.  He also studied Bible at Olivet Nazarene University.

Duane also serves as site host for Life Stream @ Alas de Aguila.  A remote site partnership with a Hispanic church in Allendale that reaches out to the Hispanic community and build bridges of fellowship. Duane works full time as a project manager in IT at Steelcase.

 

Lynn Roach
Lynn Roach
Administrative Assistant

I have been with Chaplain Services for 25 years and work in the office part time doing the bookkeeping. On my days off I take care of my grandchildren. My husband (Duane) and I met at Olivet Nazarene University and have been married for 36 years this past February. Last year we celebrated our 35th anniversary by taking a river cruise through Europe. It was wonderful and hope to do another soon.

We have three grown children, Eric, Katina, and Daniel. We've also been blessed to have 5 grandchildren, ages 7 to 1 who keep us very busy. We are happy they all live near us now so we can spend more time together. For the last 35 years we have attended Life Stream Church in Allendale and have been blessed to see our church growing and reaching many people for Christ!

 

Mark VanDellen
Mark VanDellen
Church Youth Pastor, Professional Coach

Mark has spent most of his life in Grand Rapids, MI. He started at Calvin College and later graduated from Grand Valley State University. After college, Mark began working for Keystone Community Church, where he directed student, community life, and pastoral care ministries.

He then completed seminary training though Liberty University, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership and received his church ordination. Mark later completed additional education through Coachnet Global, becoming a Certified Professional Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Mark is creator and host of “Faith in Five”— a weekly video devotion that discusses practical spiritual concepts in 5 minutes or less. https://www.faithinfive.com/ He serves as a Board member for the Exodus Place and NE Grand Rapids Young Life. Mark and his wife Ashley live in downtown Grand Rapids.

 

Rev. Jim Tait
Rev. Jim Tait
Church Pastor & Higher Education Leader

Jim has served with Chaplain Services Inc. since we began placing chaplains in the workplace. His bachelor's and master's degrees are from Philadelphia College of Bible and Wheaton College, and he received his seminary degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Jim and his wife Lynda were married in Philadelphia and served churches in Colorado and Massachusetts before coming to Michigan. They have two married children and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. Jim teaches (adjunct) in the Professional and Graduate Studies program at Cornerstone University. 

 

Rev. John DeVries
Rev. John DeVries
Chaplain

I am in my 11th year serving as a chaplain for Chaplain Services. As I look back I see how God has led me to serve him in such a way. I grew up in a Christian home in Northwest Indiana which provided me with a solid foundation for my faith. As I attended Calvin College I was made aware of the world God created and how I could serve him in a variety of ways. I was drawn to ministry and attended and graduated from Calvin Seminary. My first church was a multicultural church in the Los Angeles area. I learned so much about people of different cultures and faiths and how diverse the world really is.

As a young married pastor with two young boys we enjoyed our time as a family growing in our faith and building relationships with many wonderful people. My wife Karen, who was a nurse, thought that hospital chaplaincy would be a wonderful way for me to serve God since I really enjoyed Pastoral Care. I took a course in Clinical Pastoral Education and loved it! I eventually became the Director of Spiritual Care at a trauma center in Los Angeles. I was able to provide ministry to so many people of different backgrounds at cultures.

When the opportunity came for me to come to Chaplain Services, I knew that this would be a new way to serve God through the Workplace and Healthcare. So many people are not connected to a church and spend a great amount of time at work. Why not bring the church to them! I get to spend my days providing leadership to the team at Chaplain Services and also supporting the patients, families, and staff at Metro Health. I am grateful to God to be able to serve Him in this way.

 

Rev. Lowell Wood, MTR, MSW
Rev. Lowell Wood, MTR, MSW
Church Pastor, Educator & Counselor

Lowell is an ordained minister and People Care Specialist possessing degrees in Theology, Sociology and Social Work (MSW). He has done graduate studies in Religion and Philosophy. He has served as Executive Director of Spokane Youth For Christ, Spokane, Washington, pastored four churches (Washington, Alaska, Michigan), with an emphasis on interdenominational ministry.

From his youth, his calling and fulfillment has been found in expounding the Scriptures for the healing and edification of the people. While pastoring, he served as a contingent Medical Social Worker (Behavioral Health) at Hackley Hospital, Muskegon, Michigan and later served as Chaplain and contingent Medical Social Worker for Mercy Home Care (now Visiting Nurses), Muskegon, Michigan.

He has extensive experience in providing pastoral care and counseling for children, adolescents and adults. He has experience in individual and group therapy. He has served with Chaplain Services, Inc. since 2002. He is a lifelong student/teacher. He loves to read and write, astronomy, history and the arts, "all things horses," travel (local, national and abroad). He lives with his wife, Andrea, a gifted musician (vocally and instrumentally) in Muskegon, Michigan. They have three adult children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 

Rev. Robert Nienhuis
Rev. Robert Nienhuis
Church Pastor, Higher Education Administrator

Bob has served as a seminary professor, university provost and pastor. In addition, he has served as chaplain for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and as a part-time chaplain at Sparrow Hospital. Bob earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at Hope College, his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and his doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education at Michigan State University. Bob has been married to Bette Jo for 46 years … and counting!

 

Steve Winkle
Steve Winkle
Business Leader, Coach

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and it is by His amazing grace and love that I strive to live faithfully and compassionately through the joys and struggles of life. For more than 25 years I have been a high school teacher and coach, and I recently became a Commissioned Pastor.

Along the way, I have taken many courses in Counseling, Bible and Theology, which has resulted in a Master's degree from Fuller Seminary. Most of the ministry roles God has led me to both in the US and overseas have been relational, allowing me to connect with people of all ages to listen and help them to know the love of Jesus.  I look forward to the opportunities God will provide through Chaplain Services to serve people wherever He leads.

 

Tom Cutts
Tom Cutts
Chaplain

Chaplain Tom Cutts has been involved with the arts, community and business development, men’s ministry, and ecumenical leadership for more than twenty years. He has facilitated various work, life skills and personal development training programs throughout Michigan. Tom has a passion for music, bible study, men’s ministries and family. Tom completed a Master of Management degree from Davenport University. Currently, he serves as chaplain at Exodus Place and he attends Grand Rapids First church.

 

Trisha Somers
Trisha Somers
Educator, Coach

I live in Fremont with my husband of 19 years, Cliff, and my two children, Kelsey, 15, and Conor, 13. I enjoy playing games outside with my kids, being on our boat and walking our dog, Molly. I have been teaching for 22 years. I have taught 4th grade through college levels. I have also enjoyed coaching several sports over the years; cross country, track, softball and swimming.

My love of interaction with people led me to an interest in life coaching. Last year, I went back to school to become a Certified Professional Coach. Last summer, I became a CPC and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. I am enjoying the opportunity to use these skills at Chaplain Services. I believe that the services we provide are a true asset to the companies and employees in which we serve.

 

Willie McIntosh
Willie McIntosh
Coach

Hi my name is Willie McIntosh.  Since my return to society after doing 15 years for armed robbery, things in my life are much different this time.  Before I started doing the 15 years, I was tired of living the "Ten Cent Slick City" life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. So, from day one I surrendered my life and heart to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I witnessed to many men of all races, creeds, colors and religions about my new life in Christ.

I planted many seeds, watered some and lead many to Jesus. The verse I shared with many inmates and some correctional officers was Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before the fall."

Upon my release I relocated to Holland, which is truly a blessed city to live in. The people of Holland are very loving, kind and embracing. I love this city and the people. I'm surrounded by a strong support team of mentors, church family, Ridge Point Community, and a super parole officer.

I decided to put Jesus first and you know what? It's working! I now have two jobs. I'm an assistant chaplain at the Holland Mission and at Exodus Place in Grand Rapids, plus I have a job at a factory in Zeeland. All praise, honor, and glory be unto God!