Benjamin Petroelje - Pastor

After two years in a pastoral position with young adults in a large, non-denominational church in Brookfield, Wisc., Benj Petroelje moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his M.Div. from Regent College. After Regent, Benj was an associate pastor at Fleetwood CRC in Surrey, BC, for fifteen months (2013-14). While there he began to see doing a doctorate as vital to his sense of pastoral call. As a result, in 2014, Benj and his family moved to Edinburgh (UK) to pursue a Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh. He completed his degree in spring 2019. Benj began his ministry at Fourteenth Street CRC in December of 2018. Benj and his wife, Amy, have three children. You can contact Benj here: benj.petroelje@14thstreetcrc.org .

Bob and Laura Keeley – Directors of Children’s Ministries

Bob and Laura joined 14th Street staff in 1991. Laura Keeley has an  M.A. in Reading from the University of Colorado and Bob has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Denver. Laura is also a Regional Catalyzer for the Christian Reformed Church as part of the Faith Formation Ministries. Bob is also Professor of Education at Calvin University and Professor of Discipleship and Faith Formation & Director of Distance Learning at Calvin Theological Seminary. Bob and Laura have written a number of articles, curriculum units, Christmas plays for children, and books. Their publications include Helping Our Children Grow in Faith (Baker, 2008), Celebrating the Milestones of Faith (Faith Alive, 2009), Shaped by God (Faith Alive, 2010), the WE Intergenerational Curriculum (Faith Alive, 2011, 2012) and The Church Staff Handbook (Faith Alive, 2014) . Bob and Laura have four children and four grandchildren. In addition to their work with the children, Laura works in the visual arts at 14th St. and Bob leads music. You can email Bob at robert.keeley@14thstreetcrc.org and Laura at laura.keeley@14thstreetcrc.org.

Raeanne Walters – Director of Youth Ministries & Co-Custodian

 After graduating from Calvin College in 1992, Raeanne Walters attended Calvin Seminary where she received her Masters Degree in Religious Education. During this time she served as our Director of Youth Ministries until 2001 and has returned to this post in the fall of 2016. Raeanne says, “It is a privilege to teach God’s people that they are loved and created uniquely by God. The Gospel is an amazing gift that transforms lives!” Raeanne is married to Rick Walters, who works for the Holland Police Department. Together they have three children, Nathan, Ryan and Karis. Raeanne enjoys spending time in God’s creation through camping, hiking, cross country skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. You can contact Raeanne by email at raeanne.walters@14thstreetcrc.org.

Mary Koster – Worship Coordinator

Mary has been a member of 14th Street Church since 1994, and has served as Worship Coordinator since 2011. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Worship Planning Team in creating space for people to worship God at 14th Street Church and to use and develop their gifts in leading worship. She has also been involved in leading Children’s Worship, serving on the Worship and Outreach Committees, and as Prayer Coordinator. Mary graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSN and was involved in the ministry of Campus Chapel while in Ann Arbor. She is married to Steve, and they have three children. In addition to enjoying time spent with family, she also likes reading, taking walks, and watching football, particularly U of M football. You can email Mary at mary.koster@14thstreetcrc.org.


Sandy Polet – Secretary

Sandy grew up in Holland, and attended Holland Christian schools and Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Sandy joined the staff  at 14th Street Church in 2002 as Administrative Assistant. She also works part-time during the school year making/serving lunch at Corpus Christi Catholic School. She is married and has four children and three grandchildren. Sandy enjoys reading, camping, and scrapbooking in her free time.  You can email Sandy at sandy.polet@14thstreetcrc.org


Albie Praamsma – Director of Kids’ Hope USA and STEP

Albie grew up in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, and enjoyed the rich Christian Reformed traditions and thick Dutch accents there. She has always had a love for children and understood the importance of education and relationships. She felt called to be involved with Kids’ Hope USA to help one child with one mentor for a greater purpose. Now she lives in Holland with her husband Lou. Together they have four children. Albie loves being outdoors, making her own strawberry jam and applesauce, and sewing. You can email Albie at albie.praamsma@14thstreetcrc.org.


Matt Stilwell – Co-Custodian

You can email Matt at matt.stilwell@14thstreetcrc.org .