Partnering To Serve

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.

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(Some partners have requested to not be listed on a public website. For more information, contact one of the deacons or MAT members.)

Campus Chapel – Ann Arbor, MI
Rev. Matt Ackerman – Campus Chapel Pastor – Director of the Center for Faith and Scholarship

Matt is a pastor 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.

Campus Chapel
1236 Washtenaw Ct
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Matt & Marianne Ackerman
119 Longman Lane
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Campus Chapel
Campus Chapel Facebook Page
Center for Faith and Scholarship

Campus Chapel – Ann Arbor, MI
Rev. Bailey Sarver – Campus Chapel Pastor

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!”

Campus Chapel
1236 Washtenaw Ct
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Campus Chapel
Campus Chapel Facebook Page
Center for Faith and Scholarship

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
3542 Burbank Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
China Outreach

Community Assistance Program (CAP)

CAP is an agency located in inner-city Detroit that provides financial assistance, food and clothing to individuals and families who are in need. AACRC participates in several of their programs including CAP Closet (donations of good used clothing), Thanksgiving Day meals, Spring Produce Run and food collection.

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.

1019 Clay Street
Detroit, Michigan 48211

Maud & Duchess Robinson
19321 Bentler Street
Detroit, Michigan 48219

Friends In Deed (FID)

Friends in Deed is an interfaith organization that responds to unmet needs of low-income Washtenaw County residents. They partner with the community to provide critical financial assistance, furniture, congregational services and agency referrals.
Friends In Deed…
Phone: 734.484.4357
Contact Person: Sarah Thornburg

Habitat for Humanity-Huron Valley

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley partners with potential homeowners to build a new life for themselves through decent, affordable homeownership.
Habitat for Humanity-Huron Valley…
Phone: 734.677.1558 ext 110
Contact Person: Carmen Yearby

Hesed Community Church

Hesed Community Church is a joint CRC/RCA faith community focused on discipleship, leadership development, and community development in Detroit neighborhoods. Mark Van Andel and Nate Bull provide leadership for this ministry. They have developed and empowered two local young adults as “ministry house supervisors” for outreach and Christian ministry in both the Brightmoor (west) and Morningside (east) neighborhoods. From these ministry houses, they provide prayer, bible study, discipleship, and physical needs (food, clothing, laundry, etc.) to their neighbors. It is their desire to continue to multiply a ministry presence in other disinvested neighborhoods through raising up additional gifted leaders who will have a vision for reaching their neighborhoods for Christ.

Hope Clinic

Hope Clinic is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian medical and social service organization. Its goal is to provide compassionate and practical help to those in need, ministering to the whole person. This includes providing comprehensive health and dental care and a range of other services aimed either at meeting basic needs or equipping people with the tools needed to improve the quality of their lives and/or to become self- sufficient.
Hope Clinic…
Phone: 734.485.5595
Contact Person: Jim Gajewski

University of Michigan ~ Doug & Kathi Sawyer

International Students Inc. (ISI) exists to share Christ’s love and good news with every international student and scholar and to see them discipled to take His kingdom back to their people. Doug Sawyer has pursued God’s calling of reaching the nations through international student ministry since his time in college in Upstate New York in the 1980’s, and Kathi has brought her hospitality, kindness, and practical wisdom to this same calling from the time they first met in 1990. Doug and Kathi joined the Ann Arbor ISI staff in 2004.

Doug Sawyer,
International Students, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI

Pregnancy Counseling Center (Family Life Services)

Family Life Services is a Christian pro-life non-profit ministry. It empowers women to make informed, life-affirming choices by providing the following for free: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, education on pregnancy options, referrals to outside resources, baby and maternity supplies, parenting classes, support for healthy relationships, individualized care for women who have experienced pregnancy loss through miscarriage or abortion, and a scripture-based peer sharing group.
Pregnancy Counseling Center…

Resonate Global Mission
Irving, Texas ~ Joel & Jeannie Huyser

Joel serves Resonate Global Mission as global area director for Resonate’s.regional teams in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. In this role Joel coaches Resonate missionaries and local mission partners. He casts a vision for a Gospel that transforms all of life and encompasses all of our relationships.

Joel also leads the work of Resonate in nurturing mission-shaped relational networks. These relational networks are formed by friendships that bear witness to Christ by crossing barriers of race, culture and faith community. A particular focus on this work is on helping congregations around the world to welcome immigrants, migrants, refugees and international students in the name of Jesus.

Jeannie teaches English as a Second Language on line to students in China. She is also involved in a counseling ministry with women in Dallas where she and Joel live. Jeannie travels with Joel as she is able. All of Joel and Jeannie’s children are now out of the home.

Joel & Jeannie Huyser
2115 Coral Court
Irving, Texas 75060
Resonate Global Mission – Huyser
Nehemiah Center
Estudio Centro Nehemías
Resonate Global Mission

Resonate Global Mission
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:
-Locally, we are part of casa Adobe, an intentional Christian community seeking to live out the Good News in our neighborhood.
-Regionally, Jim co-leads the cohort of Missioners, through which young people from North and centralAmerica live, serve, and learn alongside one another.
-Continent-wide, we lead the Center for lnterdisciplinary Theological Studies, an educational program through which students explore together how their faith affects all aspectsof life.
-Globally, Ruth coordinates the lnternational Fellowship for Mission as Transformation, a community that nourishes mission through theological reflection.

Jim & Ruth Padilla-DeBorst
Apartado 349-1002
San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America
CRWM – Padilla DeBorst
Facebook – Jim
Facebook – Ruth
Resonate Global Mission

Resonate Global Missions – Cohort Detroit
Nathan Groenewold

Cohort, a Resonate Global Mission experience for young adults to serve in a local grassroots ministry, launched in Detroit in January 2020. Cohort is already equipping young adults in Central America and the Middle East. Detroit is Cohort’s third location. Young adults have opportunities to serve in areas such as community development, discipleship, healthcare, and even coding. The service experience will be paired with reading, site visits, and thoughtful discussions about faith and how faith can influence ones’ work in the world. Cohort Detroit pairs those coming to serve from outside of the city with young adults who live in the city.
Nathan directs Cohort Detroit, an emerging program of Christian leadership development that–together with local Detroit partners, Ann Arbor CRC, and Resonate Global Mission–aims to raise up a new generation of diverse young adult leaders within Detroit neighborhoods who love God deeply, work for justice, and humbly serve their communities.
Nathan participated in Cohort Central America five years ago after graduating from university. He knows the importance of cross-cultural partnerships.