We met and began dating while students at Hope College and were married in August of 2017. Pat is the director of student ministries at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland and is also working on finishing a Masters of Divinity through Western Theological Seminary. Kara has earned her Masters of Social Work degree and is a mental health therapist in Holland. We currently live in West Michigan's downtown Holland, and are expecting our first child in September!
Over the last several years, we’ve been praying about the path that God has for us. God has walked us through many short-term mission opportunities over the years but in February of 2018 when He led us to Jamaica with our church, our lives were forever changed. There, we served with the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD), an organization that provides the Deaf with an accessible education, authentic community, and knowledge of the Gospel through the operation of three residential schools and one Deaf village.
In Jamaica, we will have the opportunity to serve both adults and children in the Deaf community and alongside short-term mission teams. The hope is to utilize both of our ministry experiences, along with Pat's leadership skills and seminary education and Kara's counseling experience and interpersonal skills to do this.