Meadowlands Fellowship Church

Our Staff

Rev. Everett Vander Horst
Rev. Everett Vander Horst
Pastor

Pastor Everett joined the team at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC after pastoring in churches in Telkwa, British Columbia and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He serves our church in a variety of ways, including primary responsibility for preaching God's Word on Sundays, providing pastoral care, and participating in leadership tasks such as planning overall ministry strategy and direction setting. He enjoys helping people make the connection between the Word of God and their daily lives through the calling that we have received to love the Lord and love our neighbours both nearby and far away. When not busy pastoring and preaching, he enjoys playing board games and watching movies with his wife, Christa, and their three children: Laura, Eric and Jason. He can also be found making shavings at the lathe in his woodshop.

Steve Dykstra
Steve Dykstra
Program Ministries Director

 Steve Dykstra joined Meadowlands in 2016, with an employment history in community engagement and social services in urban Hamilton. His work as Program Ministries Director comprises supporting staff in their day-to-day work, working with the leadership teams on governance and long-term vision matters, and supporting the congregation to engage, welcome, and enfold people into the church. Steve is a graduate of Redeemer University College, and holds an M.Div from McMaster Divinity College As G.K. Chesterton writes, "your true calling is where your passion and the world’s deepest needs meet." Steve is passionate about connecting people with opportunities to serve. Steve is married to his sweet catch of a wife, Gloria, and they share two young children, Samuel and Hudson. Outside of church, you can find Steve with his family, playing ping pong or his acoustic guitar, hiking, and enjoying Hamilton restaurants and coffee shops. 

Helen
Helen
Christians Against Poverty Debt Coach

Helen's passion to see churches equipped to reach their communities is what brought her to Christians Against Poverty (CAP). After fifteen years of pioneering adult ministry at Meadowlands CRC, and receiving facilitator training in Wrap Around, Helen joined the CAP team in November 2015. Helen has a heart for marginalized and poor people and is excited to see how God will transform lives through people being released from debt and poverty. Working together with client services at CAP and partnering with a team at Meadowlands CRC, Helen is able to offer free debt help for people that experience both emotional and financial stresses. If you are interested in receiving debt help or would like to connect with Helen, contact her at helen.vanbeilen@capcanada.org.  

John
John
Youth Ministries and Facilities Coordinator

As the Youth Ministries Coordinator, John is a resource to the coordinators of church youth ministries including Sunday School, GEMS, Cadets, Momentum, Club678, and the High School Youth Group. He seeks out new leaders if needed, searches for curriculum, books facilities for the groups to use, and much more. He co-coordinates the Hamilton SERVE project, sits on the Classis Hamilton Youth Team and the Ontario Youth Ministry Team. He also administers the Safe Church Policy to make sure that our youth have a safe and trusting environment to learn about God and all that he is. If you have any questions about these youth ministries please feel free to contact John.

Sonya
Sonya
Administrative Assistant

Sonya has been the Office Administrator at MFC for over five years. She loves to help out behind the scenes in the life of the church. She spends most days from Monday-Friday at her desk in the church office, answering questions, creating the bulletin, doing the church’s bookkeeping, and in general, taking care of many different administrative jobs in the church. When not at the church, Sonya spends time with her husband David and their four children Esther, Jacob, Maaike and Leah and their beloved dog Ollie.

Marja
Marja
Worship Coordinator

For the past 10 years, Marja has been working side by side with the pastors at Meadowlands to plan worship services and church events. Working together with the Worship Ministry Team, Marja keeps busy scheduling, training, mentoring and connecting with worship leaders, musicians, artists, technicians, and other church volunteers of all ages who generously give of their time to enrich worship and glorify God. Marja loves her job! When she is not doing church stuff, you can catch Marja being a mom, reading a book, singing a song, playing a game, swimming in the pool, or working at the Family Christian Bookstore. Marja is delighted to be married to the wonderful Kevin, and hopes to one day travel to a place where there is 24 hours of sunshine.