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!
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.
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.
I was born, raised and continue to live in southeast Grand Rapids, having attended Byron Center and South Christian Schools. I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Calvin College and a Master’s in Public Policy Studies (People and Organization Development) from the University of Michigan, thereafter serving 30+ years as Vice President of Human Resources and Operations at Wedgwood Christian Services (a treatment ministry for at-risk children and families) and Vice President of People and Organization Development for Our Daily Bread (RBC) Ministries.
While serving in this capacity, I was an active member of both the Society of Human Resources and the Christian Leadership Alliance. In 2013, I founded DWierenga Consulting, LLC, to provide people and organization development (human resources) services, primarily for smaller, non-profit organizations, with SpringHill Camps being my first client.
Soon after, I became ordained as a Commissioned Pastor (CRC), as included completing one year of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training as a Chaplain with the Florida Hospitals in Orlando. While completing CPE training, I joined with Corporate Care Partners, a proactive, highly relational employee support service organization, which was founded in Orlando. More recently, to develop my skills and credentials as a Life Care Coach, I completed professional training through the Empowerment Coaching Network. I will be serving Chaplain Services as our Director of Ministry Development, primarily working in the area of establishing institutional chaplains. My wife, Elizabeth, and I are members of Hillside Community Church, where we have each served in several leadership roles. We have two adult sons.
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.
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.
Arlene was born and raised in southwestern Michigan. Julius was born in south-central South Dakota, and moved to western Michigan on his eighth birthday, and considers Byron Center his hometown. After completing the ninth grade in Byron Center Christian School, he dropped out of school to work on the family’s vegetable farm. Julius and Arlene met after her graduation from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1949.
In June, 1950, the Korean War broke out, and by September Julius had enlisted in the United Staes Air Force, with the hope (and promise) that he would be able to enter flight school. However, upon completion of basic training, he was told that entrance into flight school was only being offered to college graduates. So the Lord kept his feet on the ground.
Home on furlough in June, 1951, Julius and Arlene were married and left immediately for Denver, Colorado, where Julius was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base just east of Denver. They have always been able to be together and to work together except for 13 months when Julius was stationed in southern Germany near the Austrian border with Air Force secret service.
After his discharge from the Air Force, Julius was able to enter Calvin College on a trial basis through the GI Bill, hoping to be able to enter the FBI. However a sermon by the late Dr. William Hendriksen changed those plans and they went into Christian education - spending the next three decades in Christian schools in western Michigan, northwestern Iowa, and in eastern Wisconsin.
They also spent seven years on the Island of Guam with World Missions. In the years the Lord gave them together, He also blessed them with three daughters, six grandsons, five great-granddaughters, and three great-grandsons. And now they still have the privilege of being with Chaplain Services! What a rich life God has given them!
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.
Josie de Vries, a native of New York City, has a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the Inter-American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Returning to the States, she decided to pursue a second B.A. degree in theology and social work from Kuyper College (formerly, Reformed Bible College) in Grand Rapids, MI.
After graduation, Josie began a career working for a pharmaceutical. After moving to Grand Rapids she changed her career from science to business at Amway Corporation in Ada, MI, where she worked as an Account Manager in Sales. She recently retired after thirty-one years of service.
Following her heart for reaching out to others, she continues to be active in many areas of ministry such as Neighbor’s International – a Calvary Church outreach to international students – as well as formerly serving in other professional civic affiliation boards: Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Grand Valley Chapter; Missions Committee at Calvary Church.: Camp Fire Girls and Boys of America; J.O.Y Youth Center (Join Our Youth - inner-city youth center; Potter’s House School - an inner-city Christian School; Junior Achievement Facilitator at Sigsbee School – local inner city public school; Youth Ministries International and Vision Ukraine.
Josie enjoys traveling around the world taking vacations with a purpose. She has been on various short term mission trips – Romania, Ukraine, Spain and Hungary.
Perhaps her greatest joy continues to be the non-profit, evangelistic outreach ministry she founded fifteen years ago called Entre Mujeres (Among Women). Feeling there was a hole in reaching out to the Spanish-speaking women in her local community, Josie pursued and organized the annual conference event designed to encourage and minister to these women. She is ongoing President of this thriving ministry.
Josie is a Certified Career and Life Coach from the Center for Empowerment Coaching of Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI. She is also a graduate from Dale Carnegie.
In her leisure time, Josie enjoys collecting miniature Christmas village pieces and setting these quaint Dickens-style home and church scenes around her home, often inviting friends and acquaintances in to share them with her throughout the Christmas season. She is also a collector of crystal figurines and samples of coins from around the world.
Josie lives in Kentwood, MI with her husband, David. Together, they enjoy opening their home for hospitality, partnering in David’s ministry to the elderly in nursing homes around the local community, and serving at their local Church.
Bruce Beukema was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is a small business owner. He owns and operates Integrity Construction Solutions LLC and Action Awning LLC. His previous work experience includes 30 years in the construction industry. He has held positions as Field Supervisor, Company Safety Officer and Human Resources Associate, and has received certifications in Spanish for Construction in 2005 and Dale Carnegie Training in 2006. He began Impact Life Coaching LLC in 2010, having received his education both from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) and Empowerment Coaching Network (ECN). Bruce also volunteers as a facilitator for Set Free Ministries.
Bruce and his wife, Joyce, are members of Cornerstone UMC, where Bruce has served as a Church Trustee. Bruce serves as a Discovery Coach, helping individuals discover their gifts, abilities, and passions, and implementing them. He is a member of the Men’s Ministry Lead Team, and he and Joyce also facilitate Divorce Care support groups. The Beukema’s have 6 adult children and 8 grandchildren. Bruce enjoys reading, learning, golfing, physical fitness, motorcycle riding, and spending time with his wife and family. Bruce’s favorite movies are The Natural and The Rookie. His favorite hobby is hunting and his favorite food is seafood of any kind.