Congregational Meeting - April 2020

We are living in uniquely challenging times as we deal with the covid-19 social distancing restrictions. Thank you for your ongoing prayers, stewardship and flexibility as we continue in the ministry of Bethel. Our annual congregational meeting to elect elders and deacons was scheduled for April 19 and with no date for public gatherings in the near future we will be holding our congregational meeting online.   


If you are not comfortable voting online please contact the church office and absentee paper ballot will be sent to you by USPS mail. The voting will be closed and tallied May 1.  If any questions or difficulties should rise please contact the church office.  


Below please find some information on each person that allowed their name to be put up for deacon or elder.  At the bottom of this page is a link that will take you to the agenda and ballot.  Please make this a matter of prayer as we seek the Lord's leading and equipping of Bethel.

Elder Nominations


  • Dean Bosman

    Dean is married to Linda, and they have six children. He has been a coach at Illiana Christian High School for many years. 

     

    What Dean most appreciates about Bethel is its commitment to youth ministry.  He feels called to serve as an elder because “the church needs willing volunteers to keep its focus, and I have always been good at focusing people’s attention for a common cause.” Dean also considers himself a good listener. 

  • Ken Boss

    Ken has served Trinity Christian College since 2001 as the Director of Planned Giving and since 2011 has also been the Director of Church Relations.  He has served as vice president of church council, chairman of deacons and co-chair of a long-range master planning committee, vice president of a local school board and a Stephen Ministry leader. Ken and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

     

    Ken is inspired by “the diversity of spiritual gifts represented by our congregation and the opportunity to encourage and develop those resources within our community.”  Upon his nomination, Ken felt called by God to serve as an elder and is “willing to submit to His will.”

  • Tony Brummel

    Tony has been a member of Bethel for 37 years.  He is married to Deb, and they have two grown children and one grandson.  Tony is the director of engineering and project management at Whiting Corporation.

     

    He believes that Bethel has “the ability to take an honest look at who we are and where we want to be.”  When asked how God is calling him to serve as an elder, Tony states, “I have an open mind and the desire to reach those outside of our cultural traditions to help foster an already good church family into a great church family.”

     

    He includes leading and facilitating as two of his gifts, as well as a “systematic approach to issues and the drive to resolve them.”

  • Warren DeJong

    A  lifelong farmer, Warren has been married to Susan for 52 years.  They have five children and eleven grandchildren.  He loves to travel and golf.

     

    Warren believes that “Bethel is a church family that is willing to step out in faith and grow deeper in love with Jesus.”  He counts his many life experiences as a good background to serving Bethel where needed.  Warren has served as an elder and deacon in the past and feels that God has given him talents to use for Bethel.

  • Ken Haan

    Ken has been a member of Bethel for over 40 years. He and his wife, Jo, have raised five children who all made their Profession of Faith here.

     

    Ken feels good about Bethel’s efforts to “get in touch more within our community.”  He has served three terms as a deacon in the past and has a heart of service and compassion.   

  • Paul Lindemulder

    Paul became a member of Bethel 35 years ago, when he married Deb.  They lived in Lansing for many years, and now reside in St. John. They have four adult sons and one grandchild.  Paul has served as a Cadet counselor, deacon, elder, and recently, was chairman of the Transition Committee.  In addition, he served on the school boards for Lansing Christian and Illiana Christian.

     

    Paul notes, “I am excited that we are in a renewal phase at Bethel, under the leadership of pastors Jason, Shaun and Cal. I have felt very challenged in my walk with the Lord and to reach out to the community we live in.  I am willing to serve in any way God calls me at this time.”   

  • Larry Lyzenga

    Larry has been a member at Bethel his whole life.  He is married to Marianne, and they have three married children and ten grandchildren.

     

    He feels that Bethel is a very caring church and is excited about the current leadership team. Larry has been a deacon a number of times and is willing to do the work that comes with being an elder.

  • Don Zirbel

    Don has been married to Sandy, who he describes as his “constant companion,” for over 40 years.  They have three married children and ten grandchildren. He works as a construction surveyor. 

     

    Don really feels that “Bethel is an exciting church, alive with potential.” He points to last year’s Transition Team survey, which indicated that a lot of people want to see change. “Pastor Jason has that vision for Bethel.  God can do great things here.”  Don has felt God calling him to be part of His plan for our church, and is ready to use his gift of service.

Deacon Nominations


  • Dave DeBoer

    Dave is a lifetime member of Bethel. He is married to Vicky, and they have two children, Emma and Ethan. 

     

    He sees Bethel as a church that has “a willingness to try new things, and be open to the Spirit’s leading.”  Dave has experience as a deacon and is always open to God’s call to serve. 

  • Jim DeVries

    Jim has been happily married to Bethany for 18 years.  Their two boys attend Illiana and Crown Point Christian. 

     

    He is excited about the great things happening inside and outside of Bethel today. Jim states, “I am looking forward to the continued change underway and where God leads us in the future.” He believes God is calling him to serve at this time “because of my ability to bring people together, as well as my skills to drive change within a group.”  

  • Glen DeYoung

    Glen has been married to Julie for 19 years and they have three children; Loralee, Arie and Peter.  He is head custodian at Highland Christian School, and the family resides in Highland.

     

    His family chose Bethel because “we believe that our children’s spiritual lives are the most important responsibility we have as parents.  Bethel has great youth programs to help us guide their journey so they can be Christian leaders in our church someday.” 

     

    Glen, who has twice served as deacon in a previous church, feels that “God has prepared my abilities and my life at this moment so I have the confidence to do what He asked me to do.”   

  • Mike LaReau

    Mike, a trim carpenter and construction superintendent at Van Prooyen Builders, has been a Bethel member for more than 10 years.  He is married to Carrie and they have two adult children.

     

    He has served as a Cadet leader and deacon, and has participated in mission trips. Currently, he is a member of the Property Committee.

     

    Mike is excited that Bethel is seeking to do things to encourage people to come into his church. He states,  "And it is great to see both young and old as part of the Bethel family."  Mike has served as a deacon in two different churches and agreed to have his name placed in nomination because he feels it is a call from both the Lord and the church .  

After prayerful consideration please click HERE to view the agenda and to vote.   Thank you!