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Local Engagement

Local Engagement is a set of programs designed to join the local and global community in being the body of Christ.

The body of Christ has many parts. To be the whole body each part must be appreciated, valued, and given the space to be and do what God has called them to. Community Engagement seeks to bring all people as Christ followers together to live, work, and serve God.

Imagine feet that walk with the wounded, visit the imprisoned, go to the outcasts, find the forgotten, stand against injustice, carry the weak, and run to the lonely?  Imagine voices that share the Gospel with the lost, counsel the confused, speak up for the voiceless, encourage the depressed, comfort the sick, and pray with the grieving?

We believe that as we are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transform our worlds in Jesus name by engaging our neighborhoods, communities, workplaces, and schools through mentoring, ministry partners, missional communities, and church multiplication.


Kids Hope USA was founded in 1995 under the mission: To build life-changing relationships one at a time: One Child. One Hour. One School. One Church. For the last 24 years, we have thrived under that mission and have grown from three local West Michigan partnerships to over 1,400 partnerships in 36 states. While Kids Hope USA has seen transformative growth over the years, our focus and vision remains the same: to reach more kids and to reach them better than ever before.

Ministry Contacts:

Kari Brummel, Email: karib@christmemorial.org

Carrie Homkes, Email: carrieh@christmemorial.org

Henry Cherry, Email henryc@christmemorial.org (Kids Hope Next)


YoungLives reaches out to teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through monthly large group get togethers (club), one to one mentoring, small group bible study along with camp, teen moms are equipped to make positive choices, set and achieve goals and ultimately live a life following Christ.

Ministry Contact:  Christine Bakker, Email christinebakker24@gmail.com

Website Address: https://holland.younglife.org


Barnabas Ministries is passionately committed to reaching high risk youth and families with the message of freedom, hope, and healing in Jesus Christ. Our vision is to create an environment where hurting youth and families can discover their value in Christ, grow in that knowledge, and pass that knowledge on to others. As a ministry, our core values are to be Christ-centered, Biblically based, prayer dependent, relationally focused, volunteer driven, and local church connected.

Ministry Contact: Michelle Bechler, Email: michelle@barnabasmin.org

Website Address:  www.barnabasmin.org/new

city on a hill atlas

Mission: Sharing the weight and showing the way by providing Christ-centered, transitional life skills coaching, advocacy and mentoring services to individuals and families in need.

ATLAS exists to walk alongside those who are hurting, in whatever capacity people need assistance: (financial, relational, emotional, spiritual). We work to provide guidance and tools to help people along the path of life. Our vision is to be salt and light to the hurting in a broken world; to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to produce disciples who are attaining truth, love and self-control.

Ministry Contact: Faith Avery, Email: atlas.faith@coahm.org

Website Address: www.atlasministries.org

CMC’S Open arms ministry

CMC’S OPEN ARMS MINISTRY is a relational ministry that seeks to understand the situations of people in need and discern how best to move forward. We help connect them to resources within the body of Christ to help with personal assistance. We provide accountability, prayer and encouragement for them and their families by connecting them to church ministries and community partners.

Ministry Contact: Terri Caldwell, Email:  terryc@christmemorial.org  Phone: 616-796-3365

Click here for a link to the Open Arms Contact Form
Click here for a link to our Open Arms Document Checklist


Our mission is to help adults learn to read or improve their reading and writing skills. Our vision is that their lives will be enriched as they can participate more fully in the life of our community, in worship, in reading to children and grandchildren, and in furthering their education. We value each individual as a child of God and want them to be able to read His Word as well as the many other sources of inspiration that come from books.

Ministry Contact:  Sherrie Wolthuis, Email: swolthuis@sbcglobal.net


Special Education Ministry is a weekly worship service for approximately 65-70 adults (“students”) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each individual with a disability is paired with a “teacher” who is a volunteer from a local church, the community, area high school, or Hope College. The worship service is filled with genuine and heartfelt joy and praise. The students participate with enthusiasm and simple expresssions of their love for God. The students eagerly await this weekly and regular opportunity to worship. Their expressions of faith are uncomplicated and from the heart. 

Special Educaation Ministry demonstrates the love of Christ by providing a worship and teaching opportunity in a way that welcomes and respects the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Our vision is to provide this worship opportunity in a manner that respects the students’ age and abilities, while enhancing their ability to access the word and love of the Lord.

Ministry Contact:  Nancy Cook, Email: ncook@hope.edu


We help combat hunger in the community: providing healthy food to children over the weekend so they have a greater opportunity to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically. Hand2Hand began in October 2008 after a need was discovered in a local elementary school that children risked going hungry on the weekends because of financial strain. The founder of Hand2Hand, Cheri Honderd, attended Fair Haven Church and worked with the Principal of that particular school. A plan was implemented that would provide food to these children in a way that was confidential. Hand2Hand has expanded to other schools as churches have partnered with us. Each church follows the same guidelines and are responsible to raise their own volunteers to stuff backpacks, receive food donations, and bring the backpacks to the schools. Hand2Hand offers continued training and support for all of its church partners.

Ministry Contact: Cindy Bosman Email: cindyjbosman@yahoo.com


The Boys and Girl’s Club of America’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The City’s mission is to maximize livability. The Cit’s goal is to partner with an organization that enables young people to work, learn and prepare for their futures. Collectively, we are working and communicating the value and potential of the youth. We tell our youth “You are valuable and can pave the way for a better future”. We are working from a model of potential and striving to be better; not a deficit model.

Ministry Contact: Esther Fifelski, Email: E.Fifelski@cityofholland.com

LifeQuest church


LifeQuest, through our primary training ground within Integrated Fabric Resource (IFR), will connect, transform and send disciples in order to reach the other among us, from refugee, to immigrant, to neighbor. 

7 Key Values:

His life is our Quest

Approachable Community

Giving Church a New Shape

Developing Disciples

Unique Partnerships

Serving Together

Gathering Across Generation and Culture

From our Mission, Vision and Values we take seriously the call to equip and send out disciples that are eager to engage the diverse world around us here in West Michigan and beyond. These shape who we are and how we are attempting to reach the unreached in our community.


After School Program

The After School Program is a partnership with Holland K-West and Jefferson Elementary Schools that equips, encourages, and empowers the students of our next generation. The program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm with students ranging from Kindergarten to fifth grade.  We offer arts & crafts, homework time, community engagement and fun field trips! If you enjoy working with kids and want to engage in an active learning environment, send an inquiry to Amy Mares. Please include your name, contact information, further questions you might have and grade level of interest.

Ministry Contact: Amy Mares, Email: amym@christmemorial.org 


Lakeshore Habitat’s mission is: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays a critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long lasting and life changing.

Key Principles/Values:

1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.

2. Focus on shelter.

3. Advocate for affordable housing.

4. Promote dignity and hope.

5. Support sustainable and transformative development.

Ministry Contact: Dave Rozman, Email:development@lakeshorehabitat.org

Website Address: www.lakeshorehabitat.org


Our vision is a healthy, engaged, and compassionate community. Our mission is to end poverty and homelessness. We do this by mobilizing faith-based and community partners, activating individual and community assets, and meeting immediate needs in our community. Our core values are: relationships, grace, inclusion, stewardship, excellence, and innovation.

Ministry Contact: Linda Jacobs, Email: ljacobs@goodsamministries.com

Website Address: www.GoodSamMinistries.com


OUR MISSION: A Gateway to Christ’s transforming power, housing and programs for the hurting and homeless.

OUR VISION: Changed people whose lives declare and demonstrate the love of Jesus.

WE VALUE: People, Grace, Effort, Education and Community.

WE ARE: Christ-Centered, Residential, Transformation-Focused, Vocation-Driven, Committed to Successful Transitions.

Ministry Contact: Christina Terpstra, Email christinat@hollandrescue.org

Website Address: www.hollandrescue.org


Holland Free Health Clinic (HFHC) functions to meet the basic health care needs of the local underserved. Through providing dental, vision, diabetic education, counseling, podiatry, and medication services, HFHC works to empower patients to take control of their health. We focus on addressing the needs of the whole body: physical, mental and spritiual, as we believe each is an integral part of human well-being.

The Mission of Holland Free Health Clinic is to ensure access to health services for the underserved, providing free care with a holistic approach that addresses the needs of the mind, body, and spirit.

The Purpose of Holland Free Health Clinic is to ensure access to health services for the underserved, providing free care with a holistic approach that addresses the needs of the mind, body, and spirit.

Since 2002, HFHC has assisted our homeless, elderly, disabled, working poor, and unemployed neighbors with improving their access to needed health services. Our major service areas include Ottawa and Allegan counties. Our greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need, giving our ministry purpose. We recognize the value of coupling excellent health care with loving, long-term relationships and relational evangelism and have seen the Lord’s faithfulness as people walk in with a need and walk out with a smile.

All eligible patients have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and are uninsured or have Medicaid/Medicare coverage, which presents severe limitations. HFHC’s services exist to improve patients’ quality of life and the overall health of the community. Since the clinic’s inception, we have provided over $15,000,000 in life changing services. HFHC annually provides care for over 700 patients, offering more than 2,300 visits. All services are offered free of charge to patients.

Ministry Contact:  Jeff Compagner, Email: jcompagner@hfhclinic.org

Website Address: www.hfhclinic.org


Our Mission: To provide early childhood programs that incorporates a comprehensive, Bi-langual/multicultural educational program to children of migrant farmworkers. 

Our Vision: To be recognized as an educational agency that provides quality services to children of migrant farm workers and their families.

Ministry Contacts: Sherri Derr / Elvira Garcia, Email: bpastor@macatawa.org 


3sixty is a neighbor led non-profit based in the central neighborhoods of Holland, founded in 2005. We are intentional about relationships and practically loving our neighbors as the hands and feet of Jesus. 3sixty collaborates with neighbors, local organizations, churches, and the City of Holland to build a strong community. We are involved in grass-roots ministry and mentoring of neighbors and interns.

Ministry Contact: Brian Wolthuis, Email: brian@3-sixty.org

Website Address: www.3-sixty.org


MISSION: The Mental Health Foundation creates communities that have good mental health by inspiring people to recognize, understand, accept and take action.

VISION: The Mental Health Foundation is the go to source for mental health awareness and education.

Ministry Contact: Jeff Elhart, Email: jeff@elhart.com

Website Address: www.benice.org

TCM Counseling

TCM Counseling’s MISSION is to offer hope and healing for ALL by providing accessible and affordable professional counseling services.

TCM Counseling offers a safe haven to all in need of mental health services and counseling support. TCM Counseling provides a welcoming environment, from the first phone call or intake session, through individual client counseling with a qualified therapist. 

TCM Counseling serves people live in Ottawa County. No one is ever turned away due to financial barriers. TCM is committed to offering clients dignity and respect from a Christian perspective, although it operates with sensitivity at all times to a client’s individual needs; whether or not they practice the Christian faith.

TCM Counseling continually strives to offer hope and wholeness to individuals and take pride in meeting clients “where they are at.”

Western theological seminary

MISSION: The purpose of Western Theological Seminary is to prepare Christians called by God to lead the church in mission.

VISION: By 2020, Western Theological Seminary will be a nationally recognized center that forms leaders to empower, renew, and plant congregations and ministries that participate in God’s ongiong redemptive work in the world.

IDENTITY: Western Theological Seminary is an evangelical and ecumenical community of faith and learning in the Reformed tradition that serves the church of Jesus Christ. In covenant with the Reformed Church in America, Western equips men and women to Christ-centered, biblically based, theologically integrated, culturally competent, and mission-oriented Christian leadership.


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