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Ben Bontrager

Major: Finance
Minor: Ministry Leadership (Youth Ministry)

Ben is from Ithaca, Michigan (which is right in the middle of the Mitten). Ben applied to be a Jubilee Fellow so that he can discern his potential calling as a youth pastor. He hopes to learn more ways to share the gospel effectively, how to balance truth and grace, and wants to be challenged with contrasting worldviews. He wants to build habits that form a Christ-centered life. 


Abby Brower

Major: Speech Pathology
Minor: Ministry Leadership (Youth Ministry)

Abby is from Waupun, WI. She decided to apply for the Jubilee Fellows program because this past summer, through working at a camp, she discovered a passion for youth ministry. She believes God has given her an eye and a heart for 'the least of these;' those who are often overlooked, excluded, and looked down upon. Within the walls of a middle or high school there are so many people who feel the pain of 'the least of these'. These are the people she feels God calling her to serve but doesn't know quite where to start. She's hoping that through this internship she will gain an understanding in how to serve people wholeheartedly, connect with mentors about effective youth ministry, and learn how to shower God's grace and love on to those who are often lost and forgotten.


Kendall Christian

Major: Early Childhood Education

Kendall grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She chose to attend Calvin University knowing the community would encourage her to strengthen her relationship with Christ. Her passion for cultivating new relationships, youth ministry, and seeking justice led her to join Jubilee Fellows. Being a member of this team is a great opportunity to learn more about how to serve Christ in a variety of contexts. After graduation, she hopes to either work in an elementary school or non-profit setting.


Katie Haan

Majors: Psychology, Chinese
Minor: Philosophy

Katie grew up in Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan, as well as Beijing, China. Living in different places gave her the opportunity to be part of several different churches, each one of which affected her life in different ways. Her experience of often being the new person has made her intensely interested in building church community and in welcoming people in to established communities. She believes that building relationships, while often difficult, is a vital part of the church’s identity and during her internship hopes to experience and help others experience being deeply involved in a supportive church community.


Daniel Kwik

Major: Business Marketing
Minors: Entrepreneurship

Daniel lived in Singapore his whole life and has family descent from Indonesia. Daniel is currently studying Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Calvin University.He is passionate about creating, and there’s nothing that gets him going like a new venture - a new book, a business startup, an adventure in a foreign country. He is excited about social & redemptive entrepreneurship - using business to create sustainable change in the world to promote human flourishing, and taking part in God’s story in redeeming all things. Through Jubilee Fellows, he hopes to navigate the space between the Church and social businesses and explore where these traditionally separate spheres intersect.


Jose Suarez

Majors: Religion and International Relations

Jose was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. His parents came to Christ before he was born so he was fortunately raised in a Christian household.  Since he was a kid, Jose has been heavily involved in church ministry. He has primarily served in worship teams playing the drums and leading worship, but since high school, he has been very interested in teaching, mentoring and pastoring. This growing interest led him to Calvin University in which he is studying Religion and International Relations with the goal of being prepared to pursue a career in ministry. He became interested in the Jubilee Fellows program due to how it enables him to explore a life in ministry as a missionary. He hopes that this community-based program will give him more guidance into how fellowship should be among church servants and also whether or not he has been called to serve God through teaching and mentoring.


Pisudtiporn (Paula) Tangsirisatian

Major: Psychology
Minor: Ministry Leadership (Youth Ministry)

Pisudtiporn (Paula) is an ABC or American-born Chai (Chinese-Thai). She was born in Cook County, Chicago, IL but grew up her whole life in Bangkok, Thailand since the age of five months. Raised in a Christian household as a Pastor's Kid, she made her choice to follow Christ since a young age. As a Jubilee Fellow, she hopes to engage practically in her interest for juvenile justice ministry and learn more about how she can encourage youth development and involvement in and outside of the church.

Sidney Tonkin

Sidney Tonkin

Major: Pre-Occupation Therapy
Minor: Recreational Leadership

Sidney is from Lakewood, CO. She absolutely loves Colorado, not only for all the meaningful people who live there, but also for opportunities to engage creation she had growing up.

The main reason Sidney applied to be a Jubilee fellow was for the opportunity to further explore the call into ministry that God has placed on her life. She is excited to continue growing in her knowledge of the role of the church in our society, and specifically the role of Christians in discipling those in our community. As she pursues a degree in Occupational Therapy, she has been learning what it looks like to not only be physically healthy, but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. Through this fellowship she is hoping to develop meaningful ministry skills and gain a greater understanding of how to care for others well, within a church setting and in all areas of life. She is excited for the opportunity to be mentored and grow in faith as well as the opportunity to invest in a church community.

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Ben Van Haitsma

Major: Philosophy

Ben grew up in Olympia, Washington where he fell in love with reading, running and hiking through God's beautiful creation. Ben has a deep love of theology and philosophy and wants to use these passions to bless the church which is why he applied to be a Jubilee Fellow. Through his internship, Ben hopes that he will learn more about church ministry and that he will become better at discerning where God is calling him after he graduates from Calvin.

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David Vandokkumburg

Major: Human Resource Management

David is originally from Hamilton, Ontario. He joined the Jubilee Fellows program to learn more about various aspects of pastoral ministry and church life more in general. He's excited to see how churches can support the daily lives of their laypeople while engaging in dialogue around tough issues.

Janelle Veldhuizen

Janelle Veldhuizen

Major: Speech Pathology

Janelle grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she attended a Christian Reformed church and Christian schools. She plays volleyball at Calvin University and was introduced to an internship through Fellowship of Christian Athletes by several of her teammates. After spending one summer as an intern and then another summer as an intern leader, she learned what it looked like to truly be on fire for the Lord. She wants to maintain that fire in her heart and spread it to others, so that’s why she applied to the Jubilee Fellows program. She is seeking to learn more about what ministry really looks like and to discern if she is called to vocational ministry.

James Webb

James Webb

Major: Psychology
Minor: Religion

James is from the small town of Jackson, Michigan and has lived there his whole life until he came to Grand Rapids for college. Having not had much experience with a faith community up until a year prior to Calvin, he has tried to be actively involved and engaged in that important aspect of his life. He applied to be a Jubilee Fellow because it seemed like the next step in the course of being more involved and active with his faith-engagement and several people mentioned it to him. He hopes to learn some things about how ministry can be used in a restorative sense through things such as counseling or support groups, and hopes to discern through this experience whether God is calling him more towards a vocation of ministry or of counseling.

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