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Warriors Set Free
  Board of Directors
  • Mrs. Lois Bredeweg 
  • Mr. Arnie Dykstra
  • Mr. Michael Haan
  • Mr. John Klingenberg 
  • Mr. Gary Miedema
  • Mr. Todd Ponstein 
  • Mrs. Kelly Tanis
  • Mr. Dean Vander Mey 
  • Mr. Mark Windemuller
  • Mr. Jim Bush
  Dean Vander Mey

Dean Vander Mey
Executive Director

Dean Vander Mey
is an entrepreneur who has been in business since age 15. He owned Action Packaging Inc. for 24 years before being called into ministry.

Dean has been involved with SFM since it was founded in 1996 and became Executive Director in 2002 and remains in that role. He has served in various leadership positions on church Boards, Christian school boards and ministry boards over the past 3 decades.

Dean has been married to Sharie for 30 years, and is father to 7 daughters and grandpa to 6 grand children.



  Paul Tameling

Paul Tameling
US Domestic Ministries/Training Director

Paul Tameling has extensive experience in helping people with substance abuse and marriage issues. A prison Chaplain for more than twenty-five years, he also served as Chaplain for an inner city rescue mission. In addition served for ten years as pastor with Grace Church Ministries. Paul has lectured throughout the United States, Africa, Caribbean and Europe. He is a graduate of Agape Seminary, Georgia. He served on the school the board at Unity Chr. High School, Right to Life of Holland, and other boards.

  Nancy Beaver

Nancy Beaver
Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy Beaver -
Over the years in my life I felt blessed during seasons of my married life, corporate life, motherhood, grand-motherhood, and life as a business owner.  Then, I heard the Lord call me to journey with Him for a more consistent relationship with Him. 

During the past 7 years I’ve allowed Jesus to pursue my heart and make me whole with His Plan, His Will for my life.  It hasn’t always been easy, yet the rewards are better than anything I could have experienced without knowing Him.  Because of His truths, blessings and promises my future looks brighter than I ever imagined, and I am eternally grateful.

  Jeff Stam

Jeff Stam
International Director

Jeff Stam is the original founder of SFM and has been involved in ministry for forty years, including youth ministry, serving as a missionary in Central America, working as an editor for Christian publications and as a pastor of a local church. He is the author of the book Straight Talk About Spiritual Warfare.

Jeff has an earned doctorate in Missiology from the School of World Mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has a passion for being part of God’s work as it’s being accomplished around the world, eager for the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

 Jeff and his wife of 42 years, Denise, have two beautiful daughters and five of the best grandchildren in the world.


  Don Schaafsma

Don Schaafsma
Director of Administration

Don Schaafsma has been assisting business owners in managing their businesses for over 30 years, one of whom was Dean Vander Mey when he owned Action Packaging.  He has joined Set Free Ministries and is also the CFO of DVS in Grand Rapids.

Don has previously been a board member for Life Center for Spiritual Growth in Grand Rapids and has been actively involved in personal, one on one discipleship for most of his adult life.

Don and his wife, Carol, have been married for 46 years and have 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren.


  Christina Oakes

 Christina Oakes
Prayer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant

Christina Oakes - In 1986, Christina Oakes became a believer in Jesus the Messiah. Ten years later, she began living the Messianic Jewish lifestyle and has been involved with her local Jewish community since 1998. For over twelve years now, she has studied both Biblical Hebrew and some conversational Hebrew. Miss Oakes currently assists in leading praise and worship and acts as cantor for the Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation.

Christina works at Set Free Ministries, a repentance-based parachurch organization, where she serves as Prayer Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. She also writes “Hadassah’s Hints,” a commentary for each week’s Scripture portions on Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation's web site at

Some of her hobbies are studying and discussing Scripture, writing, and singing. Miss Oakes has also published As It Is Written, a book based on the weekly Torah portions (Genesis through Deuteronomy) filled with practical lifestyle applications for the believer.

  Ben Benting

Ben Benting
Development Coordinator            

Ben Benting
has been a Set Free volunteer for about 3 years. He works in the development department at SFM, and enjoys participating in freedom appointments on a regular basis.  “There is nothing quite like seeing a captive’s eyes opened to the power and truth of God’s word for the first time. The shackles that have been holding them for so long come off, and a whole new person is born.”

Ben has been married to his wife Erica for 12 years and is the father to 2 energetic boys, and 3 beautiful girls, ages 10 and under.  He also serves as a deacon at Tree of Life Congregation in Comstock Park. 

  Francis Ssennyonjo

Francis Ssennyonjo
 Exectutive Director
 SFM East Africa

Francis Ssennyonjo
 came to Set Free Ministries with over 25 years of experiences working with development related initiatives. His experience also covers both the non-profit and business sectors.

Francis brings a strong commitment to seeing the unity and giftedness of the Body of Christ being worked out through inter-ministry partnerships and cooperation. He is passionate about Biblical training and discipleship.

Francis and his wife, Rebecca, have been married for 23 years. They and their four children live in Kampala, Uganda.


  Khiangte Lalzuala

 Executive Director
SFM - India

Khiangte Lalzuala (Zuala) is a Prestyberian (Presbyterian Church of India - PCI) pastor and evangelist. He received his theological training from Serampore Theological College in India and a graduate degree in missions at Reformed Theological Seminary in the United States.

Zuala served the PCI for 25 years, including serving as Secretary for the Presbyterian Mission Board; General Secretary for the PCI for southern Mizoram and 4 years as General Secretary for the PCI before retirement in 2002. Feeling he still had “much service left in him” he helped found SFM-India in 2003.

Rev. Zuala and his wife of almost 50 years live in Aizawl, Mizoram, India in the northeastern part of the country, bordering Myanmar.

  Paul Seruwagi
Paul Seruwagi
Program Coordinator

Paul Seruwagi Ten years ago Paul Seruwagi obeyed God’s call on his life by volunteering as the pastor in charge of Administration and Coordinator of Kampala-based Glory of Christ Ministries’ branch churches scattered throughout the Ugandan countryside. It was during this time that God made it clear to Paul that he was to dedicate himself to serving believers in rural communities.

For the past six years, Paul has worked with Orphan Justice Mission (OJM) coordinating the community development work in three areas in southern Uganda. In early 2013 the schools served by OJM in these communities became the responsibility of SFM-East Africa, and Paul has joined SFM-EA as the full-time Program Coordinator.

Paul and his wife, Theopista, have been married for 13 years, and God has blessed them with one daughter and three sons. 

  Contact Information

Set Free Ministries
700 36th S.E.  Suite 108
Grand Rapids, MI 49548 US
Phone: (616) 726-5400
Fax: 616-726-5404

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