Mark Trumpie began his life of ministry while still in High School as a student leader in his church’s youth group. After graduating from Lansing Christian School, he went on to attend Grand Valley State University where he received a degree in Public Relations and Advertising. He then went on to specialize in youth ministry while attending Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, where he received his Masters of Divinity. Since then he has served at multiple churches, camps, parachurch organizations, and charities in many ministry capacities such as pastor, counselor, chaplain, speaker, group facilitator, event planner, etc. Mark is also an entrepreneur, and since the early 2000’s he has owned and operated a few small businesses including two retail stores, a laundromat, and a real estate investment and property management company. Mark and his wife Kari have four children, live in West Michigan, and are members at Alive Ministries in Jenison.
As a recent Kuyper College graduate with a double major in Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology and with a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), I am beginning a career in Teaching English as a Second Language through KISD and will be returning to school to obtain my teaching certificate. I grew up in the Grand Rapids area but I love to travel. I have three brothers, whom I love dearly. Over the past four years I have been involved with the middle school youth group at my church, and I will be working with the high school in the next four years. I have always loved people and I believe we are called to walk alongside those we come into contact with. This is why I decided to join the Chaplain Services team, and I am excited to see what God has planned in years to come.
After enjoying a long career in public education, I felt compelled to continue with my own educational goals by completing my degree in Biblical Counseling. I earned both my Masters of Ministry Degree (Biblical Counseling Specialization) and my Bachelors Degree (Eating Disorders Specialization) from West Coast Bible College & Seminary, based in Waco, Texas. Additional coursework in Pastoral Care was completed with J.C. Hodge & Associates in Chicago, Illinois. In the past few years, I have served as a volunteer Counselor/Client Advocate at Pregnancy Resource Family Support Center; Grief Support Group Facilitator at Starlight Ministries; Grief Support for residents at David’s House Ministries; and Pastoral Care/Bible Study Leader for residents of First & Main Assisted Living and Memory Care. Currently, I continue to tutor some of my former Byron Center students - which is a joy for me! My husband, Gene, and I are proud parents of 3 sons and one daughter along with their spouses, and 12 amazing grandchildren. I love the regular visits to California and Florida to spend time with family! My most precious time, however, is spent in quiet solitude with the Lord. Reading, visiting with loved ones, riding through the countryside on the back of my husband’s motorcycle, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and traveling are some of my favorite activities, along with having fun with my grandkids! Although most of my adult years have been spent in West Michigan, many pleasant childhood memories were made in the deserts of Southern California with my 3 brothers, two sisters, and mom and dad. We were an adventurous family! As I humbly reflect back through the years, I now realize that the choices and decisions I had made were all part of God’s purpose for my life. I know that He, in His infinite wisdom and perfect timing, has brought me to this place and time to offer support, guidance, encouragement, empathy, and hope to others. It is a great honor to be able to serve as a chaplain. What I truly know is that God IS faithful in ALL His promises and there is hope and healing for ALL people.
Alyssa Raterink is our Marketing & Administrative 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 20, 18, 16, and 10. 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!