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Calvin Theological Seminary
3233 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Robert Knoor – Director of Development
Bob was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating from Calvin College with a degree in Political Science, Bob went to work for a staffing company in Grand Rapids and ultimately became the company’s West Michigan regional Vice President. After 12 years in the staffing industry, Bob felt called to change careers and work in development. In 2001 he went to work for the Hope Network Foundation, the fund-raising branch of Hope Network. Bob was the Executive Director of the Foundation until he joined the Calvin Seminary staff in January, 2008. Bob and his wife Megan, a freelance writer, live in Grand Rapids. They have two children: Mitchell, age 17, and Leah, age 14. Bob and his family are members of LaGrave Avenue CRC, which he has attended since birth. When Bob is not traveling for the Seminary, he enjoys playing golf and tennis and watching his kids’ sports and musical events.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8
Rachael Hoekstra – Donor Services Administrator
Rev. Bert DeJong – Development Associate (represents Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin)
Born in the Netherlands, Bert was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as was his wife Celia. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, his Master of Divinity degree from Calvin Theological Seminary, and finished his education at Northern Baptist Seminary with a Doctorate of Ministry. Bert currently lives in Villa Park, Illinois, two miles from the congregation he served as Senior Pastor for 27 years – Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. He remains on staff in a part time role as a Congregational Care Associate. Four times per year Bert travels to the Louisiana State Prison at Angola where he mentors a group of ten inmate pastors. Bert and Celia have four married children and twelve grandchildren. He enjoys swimming, fishing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Cor. 5:17
Rev. Jake Kuipers – Development Associate (represents Ontario, Canada)
Jake was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Eastern Ontario, Canada. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. Jake served as pastor for the last 37 years, serving four churches in Ontario during that time. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA several times, in addition to various other boards and committees. Jake and his wife, Joyce, have four children and eight grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and enjoys traveling, camping, cycling (across the country with Sea-to-Sea two times), and spending time with family and friends.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Rev. Allen Likkel – Development Associate (represents Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia)
Allen represents Calvin Seminary in Washington, dividing his time between Blaine (Birch Bay) and Lynden. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, Masters of Divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary, and Doctorate of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary. Before coming to Calvin Seminary, Allen served as a pastor for 20 years, primarily focusing on church planting. He later worked for Christian Reformed Home Missions for 20 years with a focus on church planting, and ultimately became the Director of Ministry Teams for the last seven years. Allen and his wife, Lynn, have four married children; two sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. He enjoys camping and restoring Model A’s.
“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
Loren Veldhuizen – Development Associate (represents Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota)
Loren graduated from Calvin College with a degree in History/Political Science, and the University of Iowa College of Law. He is retired from practicing law after forty years at the Klay Law Firm in Orange City, Iowa. Loren and his wife, Nelly, currently live in Northwest Iowa. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. Loren enjoys fishing and participating in Antique Tractor activities, specifically involving a 1947 Farmall H tractor from Loren’s brother and father.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3
Rev. Stan Workman – Development Associate (represents Florida)
Stan is a graduate of Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. Before joining the development team at Calvin Seminary, Stan was a church pastor for 44 years total, serving in Kalamazoo, MI, Olympia, WA, and Orlando, FL. He and his wife, MaryLee, live in Oakland, Florida. They have four children, 13 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Stan enjoys reading and traveling.
“In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:6
Jean Garehan – Administrative Assistant
Jean was born in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and has been living in Grand Rapids, MI since 1965. She has worked at Calvin Seminary since January, 1992 and enjoys the variety of work in her job. Jean is a widow and has one son who is married with two sons. She enjoys volunteering for the Civic Theater, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and her church, LaGrave Avenue CRC. She enjoys spending time with friends and especially her grandsons.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
Connie Mulder – Administrative Assistant
Connie was born in Elgin, Illinois. She studied psychology at Calvin College for two years. Connie and her husband, Lowell, live in Grand Rapids. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. In her spare time, Connie enjoys reading.