I have been a member at New Life Community Church since July 2011. Pastor Paul and I have 3 children, Micah-19, Isabel-16, and Sarah-13. My personal faith journey began early on from attending church with my family. It was the summer of ’88 that I committed my life to Jesus as my Lord and Savior at a large Christian youth event in Washington, DC. Philippians 1:6 is my life verse: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
I am a teacher by profession. I love children and the good news of Jesus Christ! My desire is to help your child as they grow in their journey of getting to know Jesus through meaningful worship, biblical teaching, and engaging age appropriate small groups in Sunday School.
I once heard the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child”. We’d like to partner with you to raise your children in the love and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! It is my desire to create valuable Sunday morning discipleship for your children as well as to engage parents in family events throughout the year.
I have been attending New Life since October 2017 and became a member in May 2018. Moving to Iowa in 2017, one of my first priorities was to find a church and a church family. New Life has been a great family for me. Although I am newer at New Life, I have been attending church since I was a baby. I grew up in the church back home in Pennsylvania where I came to know and love God, and learn about his infinite love for us. I accepted Jesus as my Savior in elementary school and could not be more grateful for for the life that He has given me.
I work at the University of Iowa in the Office of Student Accountability. Although I now work with college students, my bachelors degree and background is in Elementary Education. I have always had a heart for children. I began running the Nursery program for my home church in 2002. From there, I began volunteering with AWANA, Children's Choir, and as a Youth Leader at the various churches I attended throughout high school and college. Working with Tammy, we are incorporating a curriculum into our nursery time this year. Children are continuously learning and growing through their every day activities. Through a short lesson and activity during each service, we will have the opportunity to teach our children about the love of God for them and teach each child to be dependent on Him. My desire is that each of our "littles" grows up knowing and loving Jesus as their personal savior.
Children-in-Worship Program Coordinator
Stefanie Van Heukelom
I have been a member at New Life Community Church since 2009. My husband Jon and I have three children, Sydney-9, Asher-4, and Chloe-1. I grew up in the church and have been a Christian most of my life.
I received my degree in elementary education from Iowa State University in 2002. I taught 6th grade at Prairie Middle School, and 1st and 2nd grade in West Allis, Wisconsin. Most recently I served as children’s ministry co-director at New Life Community Church for five years. I stepped down as co-director in 2017 when our third child was born. I am excited to step back into serving in children’s ministry.
My team and I are excited to teach your children about the love of Jesus Christ, and provide a meaningful worship experience for them during the worship service. I hope through this experience your children come to know and love Jesus as much as I do.