Pastor Steve VanWyhe: Pastor of Family Life Ministries
Steve grew up in Rock Rapids, Iowa and attended Northwestern College, where he played football and majored in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. During college, he met his now wife of four years, Kayla. She majored in nursing at NWC. After college, he was called to youth ministry as the Youth Pastor of a church in Fulton, IL. They felt the church was an amazing place to begin their ministry and pour into the youth and parents of Fulton. During their time in Illinois, they had 2 children, Carter who is now 3 and Gracelyn who is 1. They are currently expecting their third child in December of 2017. Steve is also enrolled as an online student in the Distance Learning program at Western Theological Seminary. He is currently in his fourth year, out of five, to receive a Masters of Divinity. God called their family to Carmel during the summer of 2017. They have loved getting to know the people of Carmel and look forward to developing many new relationships in the area.
Steve is an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, he enjoys playing disc golf with his family, cards games, board games, woodworking, and simply hanging out with friends and family. Steve’s favorite movie is “Remember the Titans”, favorite band is the Newsboys, his favorite meal is his wife’s ham balls with cheesy potatoes, but he enjoys most food. Last nugget about Steve is that he loves to tell and hear good clean jokes.
Jane De Boer: Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
Jane became the secretary of Carmel Reformed Church in 1989. Prior to that, she put together the monthly newsletter (HIGHLIGHTS) on a volunteer basis for eight years. In 1990, she was asked to take on the responsibilities of bookkeeper, which included paying the bills and keeping the church’s financial records. She worked out of her home until 2004, and then she moved into the office in the new church building. Jane also coordinates the use of the building and keeps the membership up-to-date. Jane has been a lifetime member of Carmel Church. She and her husband, Ken, have two married daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Rachel Van Roekel: Office Assistant
Rachel started as Office Assistant in 2016. She works with the bulletin on a weekly basis. She fills in where needed and does any other task that is needed. Rachel and her husband, Eric, have 4 daughters, Grace, Hannah, Ava, and Isabelle. They live just outside of Carmel where Eric farms. In her spare time, Rachel likes to scrapbook, read, fix puzzles, camp, and spend time with her family.
Twila Renes: Custodian
Twila has been the custodian of Carmel Reformed Church since 2008. She takes care of the day-to-day cleaning and makes sure that the building is ready for various activities in the church. Twila lives near Carmel with her husband, Jerry. They have a married daughter, 3 sons, and one granddaughter. Twila also works for Cooperative Credit in Sioux Center.