At Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church we seek to live out the love of the Triune God through compassion, reconciliation, and justice in our community and the world. This gets lived out through local and global partnerships.
Mission Team Members: Jim Steenstra, Teressa Streng, Barb Fichtenberg, Sean Newman, Jenelle Newman, Norm Fichtenberg.
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Campus Chapel – Ann Arbor, MI
Rev. Matt Ackerman – Pastor for Worship and Community
Bailey Sarver – Pastoral Associate (Starting August 1, 2018)
Matt is Pastor for Worship and Community Life at Campus Chapel. He was ordained in October of 2013.
Matt served as a pastoral intern at the Chapel during the 2008-09 academic year. Matt completed a Masters of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Matt hails from Seattle, Washington, but his formative years were in State College where his father was an atmospheric scientist. He grew up with college and graduate students meeting in the family home for discussions and fellowship. Matt is married to Marianne. Their daughter Margaret was born in August 2016.
At Calvin College as an undergraduate, Matt was a Jubilee Fellow in the Lilly vocational program where he developed his interests in worship and ministry.
During his time in Princeton he worked with the Presbyterian campus ministry, even serving as interim director while the director was on maternity leave.
Bailey – “Hi, I’m Bailey. I was raised on an acreage outside of Pella, Iowa and I am a graduate of Dordt College and Calvin Theological Seminary. The context in which I grew up and studied has been deeply formative; I have a deep desire to be connected with the land and those around me. While I was a student at Calvin Seminary I served as a Campus Ministries Intern at Calvin College where I developed a passion for serving college students through mentoring and facilitating discipleship and formation groups. Much of my recent academic focus has been on pastoral care and social justice. I am delighted to be joining the Campus Chapel community and look forward to serving with you soon!”
Matt & Marianne Ackerman
Mission Contact: Jim Steenstra
China Outreach Ministries
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor ~ Lynn & Mary Degener
The Degener’s are campus missionaries with China Outreach Ministries (友爱中华). Locally we go by “China Friends” to make our name more relatable. COM is a national mission organization with staff on 53 campuses in North America. They focus exclusively on China’s students, scholars and their family members in the U.S. and Canada. Lynn and Mary spend their time at the University of Michigan. At the U of M 38% of all International students are from China and Taiwan. The U of M has more graduate students from China than any other school in the U.S.
These facts raise the importance and the opportunities we have to share the Gospel and impact a nation for God. Lynn and Mary lead a team of volunteers that meets weekly with scholars and or spouses for English class in a large group setting and in homes for English conversation. They and their team also have several “in home and on-line” individual/group Bible studies each week and share with them the message of Christ. Lynn has completed the certification course to become a certified facilitator in the Prepare – Enrich program. This program is intended to build stronger marriages and can be used internationally. They also assist students with countless details related to living and going to school in a foreign country.
Lynn & Mary Degener
Mission Contact: Barbara Fichtenberg
DAAM/Detroit’s Afro-American Mission
Detroit, MI ~ Maud & Duchess Robinson
Founded by Haman and Malettor Cross in 1964 and now under the supervision of Maud and Duchess Robinson, DAAM is Christ-centered and committed to reaching families for Christ. Its inner-city ministry is devoted to meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the poor in surrounding neighborhoods while promoting and encouraging general rescue mission work in the City of Detroit and nearby suburbs. The ministry includes Sunday School, Sunday morning worship services, Tuesday Outreach to the community with a hot meal, a message, food to take home and clothing as needed, Wednesday night Bible study, Vacation Bible School and summer camp for children.
Maud & Duchess Robinson
Mission Team Contact: Jenelle Newman
Fridsro Children’s Home
Kandy, Sri Lanka ~ Jake & Julie Perera
Fridsro Children’s Home (FCH), founded in 1972 by Jacob and Anna Greta Perera, has become a place of safe refuge for orphans and abused children in Sri Lanka. FCH started in a very basic way by reaching out to street kids and orphans and has now grown to be a home for 65 children.
There is also a Community Based Rehabilitation Center that works with the disabled in the country. The past few years have not been easy for our friends at Fridsro. The Tsunami in 2004, the work of the Fridsro Disaster Response Team; the incredible building projects they were involved with for Tsunami victims; the rebuilding a country after the 30 year civil war; the demands of overseeing the many programs at Fridsro and the death of Anna Greta in 2007 are demands that took a toll mentally, emotionally and physically and time for a change was needed.
Currently, Jake and Julie Perera are located in the Thailand to be close to the ministry while being able to have their own children in an American English school. Fridsro Jacob (father of Jake) remains in Sri Lanka where he is now retired and living at the mission as our “in-house” grandpa to the kids. Jake travels to Fridsro to assist in managing Fridsro Children’s Home and the many humanitarian and social projects it is involved in.
Jake & Julie Perera / World ROC
1 (916) 242-8970
Mission Team Contact: Barb Fichtenberg
ISI/International Students, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI ~ Larry & Lucy Champoux
Through the influence of her mother’s dramatic mid-life conversion, Lucy accepted Christ at age 11. She graduated from Mercy College of Detroit with a nursing degree. While working as a nurse in Ann Arbor, she devoted her extra time to ministry among international women.
Larry received Christ at an early age … grew in the Lord … graduated from Wheaton College (Illinois) … finished 2 years of ministry with the Navigators … and returned to Ann Arbor to work with his parents in ministry to international students in 1983. While working in the ISI ministry, Larry swept Lucy off her feet and married her in 1985. After completing an MA in Missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, they helped develop a new ISI ministry at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. They are now back in the Ann Arbor area helping churches reach the 9,000 international students, scholars and their families at the U of M and EMU. Larry oversees the work of 5 other staff in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Lucy is part time campus staff and founded the Titus Time ministry for international moms. They desire to see returning students help strengthen and plant churches around the world — even in countries that restrict missionary work!
Larry & Louise “Lucy” Champoux
Missions Team Contact: Sean Newman
IVCF/InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Area Director ~ Sara W. Chang
Sara is the Area Director for Washtenaw County which includes the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College. Together, these chapters have the vision of reaching every corner of every campus through incarnational and contextualized communities that create unique spaces for Multi-ethnicity and International, Asian Americans and African American students.
Sara supervises staff and volunteers who serve these chapters and have been commissioned to plant and built witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Sara & Robert Chang
Mission Team Contact: Teressa Streng
Resonate Global Mission (formerly Christian Reformed World Missions)
Irving, Texas ~ Joel & Jeannie Huyser
Joel serves Resonate Global Mission as global area director for Latin America and Asia. He also continues to lead the transformational network strategy of Resonate both internationally and in North America.
The Nehemiah Center which Joel helped found in Nicaragua is the first example of the transformational network strategy. The Nehemiah Center equips and motivates Christians from all walks of life to work together for the Christ-centered transformation of their communities and cities. Both pastoral and lay leaders are trained in a Kingdom worldview; churches, schools, and businesses are given tools to become more healthy and effective; and grassroots networks are formed uniting churches and leaders of different denominations for mutual learning and collaboration.
Since the leadership of the Nehemiah Center was turned over to local Nicaraguan Christians in 2008, Joel has been worked to nurture transformation networks in other parts of Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. These networks focus on the Christ-centered spiritual and social renewal of cities and nations.
Jeannie teaches English as a Second Language in Dallas where they now live and is involved in a counseling ministry with women. She travels with Joel as she is able. All of Joel and Jeannie’s children are now out of the home.
Joel & Jeannie Huyser
Mission Contact: Jenelle Newman
Resonate Global Mission (formerly Christian Reformed World Missions)
Costa Rica ~ Jim & Ruth Padilla-DeBorst
James and Ruth live in Casa Adobe, an intentional community working together to create a vision of God’s Kingdom here on earth, where friendships exist across distances, where justice becomes a visual practice, and where love is shared with friends and strangers alike.
Through local, regional, and global ministry, we seek to serve as catalysts for contextualized Kingdom worldview and transformational engagement:
Jim & Ruth Padilla-DeBorst
Mission Contact: Teressa Streng
WWL/Worldwide Lab Improvement, Inc.
Kalamazoo, MI ~ Ed & Carol Bos
Worldwide Lab Improvement (WWLAB), is a Christian, nonprofit US corporation which specializes in assisting medical laboratory facilities in mission hospitals and clinics in developing countries.
Their mission is to provide affordable and durable equipment, supplies, training, software and consulting as a means of improving health care in these countries. Since 1995, it has been the privilege of WWLAB to respond to thousands of requests from over 400 mission Hospitals/Clinics in more than 100 countries.
Ed & Carol Bos
Mission Team Contact: Norm Fichtenberg
West Indies Self Help
La Gonave, Haiti ~ Robin & Beth Churchill
West Indies Self Help (WISH), located on the island of LaGonave, Haiti for over 40 years, is a mission sharing the love of Jesus by providing necessary support services. Ongoing mission projects include building and equipping a library, providing fresh water for a town of 35,000 by means of eighteen public watering stations, maintenance of the WISH ice plant, providing vital services such as electricity and water to a mission hospital and administrative offices as well as to staff and missionary residences, and agriculture research including growing Moringa trees in the WISH gardens. The nutritious leaves are harvested and made into a powder which is an accepted food supplement in the hospital and clinic. In addition, various leadership development programs are held and volunteers come on a regular basis to assist in the dental clinic and in agricultural and construction areas. Robin and Beth presently work under the direction of WISH as the Directors.
Robin & Beth Churchill