The Church Council approved the nomintations of Sara VanTongeren and Daniel Woolesy to the office of elder and Abigail deRoo and Andy Bast to the office of deacon. The slate of elders and deacons will be affiremd by the congregation at the December 14 congregational meeitng at 3:30pm. The affirmation will happen in December (instead of June as in past years) to allow them to participate in a 6 month process of leadership preparedness before beginning their terms on council in July 2015. At that same congregational meeting the 2015 budget will be presented for affirmation.
My husband, Daryl, and I moved to Holland 3 years ago. We feel called to this community to help be a part of the work in ushering in a greater authenticity both within the Church as well as within the larger community. I have a passion for those who have been stigmatized by their past church experiences and I have a desire to help others, through love and grace, wrestle with the difficult questions of their faith - to come to a deeper understanding of the redemption, healing, and freedom that can only come through God.
Hello! My name is Daniel Woolsey. I am a Spanish professor at Hope College and I grew up on the mission field, in Santiago, Chile. My wife Lisa and I, and Joshua (9) and Nora (8), have found a long-searched-for church home at Pillar. We love Pillar for the commitment to reconciliation, the vision for working with Hope students, the warmth of the congregants, and the inspiring leadership and preaching of the pastors.
Originally from Mt. Pleasant, Taylor & I met at Hope College, we were married on campus, and now, eight years later, we have two little boys, Murphy, age 3 & Harry, age 1.5. We are raising our family in an 130 year old house, downtown Zeeland. I work (part-time) as the Marketing Director for the City of Zeeland; our family spends a lot of time participating in community events and neighborhood gatherings. I am excited to serve Pillar Church because I find the message, the people and the vision for this church to be inspiring. I look forward to deepening our roots in the Pillar family and learning from and with the congregation as Pillar grows.
I am honored to be considered for the office of deacon at Pillar church! I was born here in Holland, but moved to South Holland, IL as a young child and then back to Grand Rapids as a teen, as my father (David Bast) served RCA churches. For the past nearly twenty years I've lived in the Twin Cities, where I met my wife Katie and where we had our two kids, Maggie and Joseph. I've recently transitioned from a career in music education to work in the Advancement office at Western Seminary, where I've felt God's call to participate in the work of raising up leaders for the church. I am particularly excited to join how God is at work at Pillar in our shared ministry of mercy.