The council has approved the following candidates for elder and deacon (under their name is a quick introduction from the people nominated):
Ken Beukelman - Elder
"My name is Ken Beukelman and I have been a member of Pillar Church for 28 years. My wife Laurel and I have been married for 28 years and we have two daughters, Merideth and Lydia. Maria Roth has joined our family for her Junior and Senior year of high school at Holland Christian. Merideth, a recent Calvin graduate, will be moving to Germany later this summer to teach at Black Forest Academy (a middle and high school boarding school for children of missionaries). Lydia will be a Junior at Hope and she's studying Creative Writing, Business Administration, and Japanese. Siblings at Hope and Calvin...who would have guessed it? Maria is the daughter of Don & Bev Roth who are Wycliffe missionaries in Mexico and sister to Josh Roth. Maria has become like a third daughter for us. I am the business manager at Dykstra Funeral Homes and Laurel is a State Farm agent. Pillar has been a huge part of our family's life. I look forward to serving on the board and being open to what God has in store for the Pillar Community."
Leah Luyk - Deacon
"My name is Leah Luyk. My husband is Daniel and we've been married almost six years. I am currently a student at Calvin Seminary in the Master of Theological Studies program with a concentration in Missions. I love learning languages, listening to stories, and traveling. I think Apollo 13 is the greatest movie of all time."
Josh Bauman - Deacon
"I had the privilege of growing up in Manistee, MI, then moving to Holland to attend Hope College. It was at Hope, through a variety of experiences, where I truly began to feel God's calling on my life. While there I met my wife, Stephanie, and we are now blessed with two boys, Jonathan (4) and Charlie (2). As a family, we love spending time together; in fact, that's probably my favorite pastime. We enjoy living in Holland and taking advantage of all of the outstanding recreational opportunities it offers. Personally, I have a passion for sports of all kinds, and in my spare time enjoy doing home improvement projects, eating and cooking great food, and spending time outdoors, especially at the beach. Professionally, I am grateful to work for Holland Hospital as the Facilities Manager, which I truly enjoy.
Our family has been attending Pillar for nearly two years and put simply, we love it. During this time, we as a family and myself personally, have experienced much growth in our faith and in fellowship. We are thankful for the opportunity to worship at Pillar and are excited to be a part of the work that God is doing here. I am humbled at the prospect of becoming a deacon, and thrilled with the opportunity to serve God where such amazing things are happening each and everyday."
Ken, Leah, and Josh are being recommended for approval of the congregation at a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 29.