Our Chaplains & Support Staff


Lynn Roach
Lynn Roach

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
Alyssa Raterink

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

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.

 
Dan Wierenga
Dan Wierenga

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.

 

 

Rev. John DeVries
Rev. John DeVries

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 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.

 

 

Rev. Julius Kuiper
Rev. Julius Kuiper
Pastor

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!

 
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. 
 

 

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!

 
Rev. Lowell Wood
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.
 

 

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.

 
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Jill Vanderbent LMSW
I am a Corporate Care Partner placed at Witness Inspection in Zeeland. I have my bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Social work from Grand Valley State University. I worked at Bethany Christian Services for over 15 years where I was a child and family therapist which eventually led into the role of clinical director of the family counseling and post adoption services along the lakeshore. I love God and live my life for him. It brings me great pleasure to serve and help others for His glory.
 

 

 

Beth Ernest
Rev. Beth Ernest
Pastor, Transition Coach, and Spiritual Director Beth Ernest is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and has served congregations in New Hampshire, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Besides serving in a settled position, she has served nine churches as transitional (interim) pastor, helping congregations through journeys of conflict resolution, denominational change, grief, structural transition, and revitalization. She spent three years as a hospice chaplain, providing end-of-life care to patients and their families. Beth holds a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology and a certificate in spiritual direction from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. Beth has published articles on the ministry and enjoys writing fiction. Before seminary, she worked in the travel industry in the US and abroad. Her numerous ministry experiences and years with an international organization has allowed her to work with people from different walks of life, religions, and cultures. She lives with her husband in Caledonia. The Ernest’s have two grown children.
 
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
 

 

 

Josie DeVries
Josie DeVries
Business Leader, Coach

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.

 
Larry Plaisier
Larry Plaisier
Counselor Larry Plaisier is best known in West Michigan for his 35+ years of Educational Administration both in the Public Schools and Private Education. 27 of those years were spent as the CEO of South Christian High School. His work also entailed working with many non-profit boards, Professional organizations, business leaders and most directly with High School and College age students. He was born and raised on a family farm in Grant, Michigan and was the youngest of 9 children. This is where he learned his strong work ethic. He currently resides with his wife in Caledonia and enjoys time spent with his 3 children and 7 grandchildren. He received his BS and MA from Central Michigan University and also has certification in Empowerment Coaching specializing in Life Coaching. His passion is raising up the next generation and this quote is what guides him. " The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not intend to sit." Nelson Henderson.
 

 

Bruce Beukema
Bruce Beukema
Business Leader & Coach

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.

 
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.
 
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!
 
Bette Jo Nienhuis
Bette Jo Nienhuis
Nurse, Counselor Bette Jo is a Registered Nurse and counselor. After earning her nursing diploma from Bronson School of Nursing, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Masters degree in Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Bette Jo has served as a nurse in several hospitals, as a women’s ministry leader, a seminary instructor and a counselor. Married to Bob, she delights in investing in the lives of her seven grandchildren.
 
 
 
David Meengs
David Meengs
Chaplain David was born and raised in Byron Center, and has been married to Mary for 47 years. We have four children, Jeff, Julie, Jennifer and Rebecca, and 11 grandchildren. My wife and I have been missionaries to India for the last 20 years. I have taught in the Philippines, Myanmar, Canada and in Mexico. I have been a chaplain in the prison system here, for the last three years. I will be in the Philippines again this fall where I teach “ministry workers” how to reach those who are addicted. I have written 6 books on Biblical counseling/discipleship which are given away all over the world.