Jack Kooyman

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Jack Kooyman
Spouse: Debra Lynn (Groeneveld)
Residing In: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Email: Website: jkooyman.wordpress.com
Children and Grandchildren Son: Erek Kooyman married to Kate VanNoord Kooyman - Grandchildren: Jacob & Sam
Daughter: Carmen More…Kooyman-Johnson married to Chris Johnson - Grandchildren: Christina & Michael Pattengale; Connor, Chloe, and Carly
Daughter: Stephanie Kooyman Boer married to Eric Boer - Grandchildren: Grace & Kathryn
Occupation: Executive Director, Holland Deacons' Conference and Brothers & Sisters Homes
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Life Journey: What have you been up to since 1972?

I began working full-time for Zondervan Publishing soon after graduating from high school--I had no interest in or plans to attend college at the time. I was laid off from this job early in 1973. After being unable to find "gainful" employment, I decided to take some classes at Kuyper College (fka Reformed Bible College) until I could figure out what I wanted to do. I ended up staying and earned a bachelor's degree in religious education (B.R.E.).

After college, my wife Debbie--whom I married during my Junior year of college--and I moved to Denver to live and work with adolescent boys who had been removed from their homes by the court. While in Denver, I began attending Denver Seminary. After two years in Denver, we moved back to the Grand Rapids area where I served a local RCA Congregation as Director of Youth and Education for a year and a half. I went on to continue my seminary education at Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS). While attending CTS, I was hired as the first full-time Executive Director of Degage Ministries (a ministry with the homeless community in Grand Rapids, Michigan).

I eventually realized that I was not called to "full-time ministry" within the local church and left seminary. I came to discover that my gifts were more in the areas of administration and organizational leadership. As a result, I began graduate studies in management at Aquinas College in GR and then transferred to Western Michigan University where I completed a M.A. in Educaltional Leadership.

From 1987 - 1994 I served as an administrator at a private college in Michigan (Jordan College) which closed its doors in 1995.

After leaving the college, I was hired to serve as the first full-time Executive Director of Camp Tall Turf (aka Tall Turf Ministries), a Christian urban youth ministry with a mission focused on racial reconciliation and youth leadership development. I served in this position from 1994 - 2013.

Since 2013 I have been serving as Executive Director for The Holland Deacons' Conference (HDC). In addition to equipping and supporting deacons, HDC also owns and operates five homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

I have also served as the chaplain, with Workplace Chaplains U.S., for employees at a factory in Zeeland, Michigan since 2013.

Hobbies or Interests: (What do you do for fun?)

Reading; watching movies on Netfilx with my wife; fly fishing with my son; vacationing with my children and grandchildren.

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