Hope Church Welcomes New Members

These new members were welcomed into the fellowship of Hope Church on April 22 during the 11 a.m. worship service. Please take the time to welcome these individuals into the family of Hope Church.

Richard Perez
Richard Perez joins by profession of faith. A professor of Theatre at Hope College he is originally from California. He has spent many years as a professional director and actor living in such diverse places as New York City, Bloomington, Indiana, Louisville, Phoenix and most recently, Chicago. He is a Co-Artistic Director of Exit Left, a new Theatre Company in Holland. Richard recently had the good fortune to marry Pastor Beth Carroll. He is sponsored by Perry Landes.

Steve and Ruth Stegeman
Steve and Ruth Stegeman join by transfer from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both keep active in retirement jobs. Steve works for Careerline Tech teaching emergency medical skills to high school students. Ruth does contractual work with organizations involved in collective community development. Their two sons are Patrick, who works for a technology company in Denver, and Nick (married to Kathleen), a mechanical engineer in Holland. Steve and Ruth enjoy travel, reading, and a variety of outdoor activities. They are sponsored by Dan and Peg Luidens.

Anne Heath Wiersma
Anne Heath Wiersma joins by reaffirmation of faith. She was affiliated with the United Church of Putney, VT (UCC), which disbanded in 2008. Anne teaches art history at Hope College. She is married to Gordon Wiersma and has two children, Liam, 9th grade, and Stella Morrison, 6th grade. She is sponsored by Judy Bos.

Rebecca Cooper
Rebecca Cooper joins by transfer from Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rebecca is a student at Western Theological Seminary and will graduate in May, 2019. Rebecca and her husband, Jon have three children: Levi (age 14), Noelle (age 10), and Josie (age 7). Rebecca’s parents, Tom and Judy Boogaart, are also members at Hope Church.

Rick and Sarah Boss
Rick and Sarah Boss, along with their son Andrew, join by reaffirmation of faith and profession of faith. Rick is the owner of his own residential/commercial painting business for over 20 years, and is originally from this area. Sarah has her degree in Photography and Art, but currently is a nanny for her two nieces. She grew up in East Lansing. They recently welcomed their first son Andrew into their lives. As a family, they enjoy all outdoor activities, especially anything that involves the beach and water. They are sponsored by Hal and Sara Alsum.

Mari and Samantha von Websky
Mari and Samantha von Websky, along with their daughter Vivian, join by profession of faith. Mari works as a Director of Physician Services with Seasons Hospice. Samantha is currently a stay at home mom to their 5 month old daughter, Vivian, but can be found occasionally helping out at her family’s business downtown Holland, Holland Peanut Store. Mari enjoys eating Samantha’s gourmet home cooked meals, soccer, and skiing. Samantha enjoys cooking, reading, and playing tennis. Both enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and staying active. They are sponsored by Fred and Lori VanDoornik.