Our Boards

Our dedicated Board of Direction and Board of Trustees

Board of Direction

Each supporting classis of the Reformed Church in America appoints two representatives to serve on the Board of Direction (one clergy and one lay). A supporting classis is one that agrees to encourage its member churches to support Words of Hope financially and through regular prayer, and to receive an annual report form Words of Hope at regular scheduled classis meetings. The duties of the members of the Board of Direction are: to pray for and promote the work of Words of Hope, especially within their respective classes and congregations; to elect Trustees and Officers for Words of Hope; and to approve the annual budget.

Board of Trustees

The business and affairs of Words of Hope are managed by a Board of up to twenty-four trustees. The Board of Direction elects the Trustees at their annual meeting.


Rev. Jhonny Alicea-Báez, Vice Chair
Rev. David Bast, President (ex officio)
Mr. David Beemer
Rev. Jonathon Brown
Mr. Bob Bruxvoort
Dr. James Bultman
Mr. Charles Damon
Mr. Robert DeSmidt
Mr. David Fieldhouse
Rev. John Kapteyn
Mrs. Susan Kuiper
Mrs. Judy Land
Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth, Chair
Mr. Larry Paarlberg
Rev. Steven Petroelje
Ms. Beth Snyder
Mr. Tom Stuit, Executive Committee
Mrs. Eleanor Vonk, Secretary

Honorary Trustees

Dr. William Brownson, President Emeritus
Mr. Max DePree
Mrs. Marjorie Maas
Mr. John Myaard
Mr. Richard Ruch
Dr. Gordon VanWylen