Meet the Team


Dean Vander Mey

Executive Director

Dean serves as the Executive Director of Set Free Ministries.  He meets individually with people in crisis and guides them in the truth of Scripture.  Dean also speaks on behalf of the organization in a teaching ministry to share God's wisdom revealed through Freedom Ministry.

Dean  is married to his beloved wife Sharie, they have 6 daughters, 4 son in laws, and 10 grand children.  Dean ran a business called Action Packaging for 23 years before changing careers to ministry.  Dean enjoys spending time with family, and is an avid sportsman who loves to hunt and fish and spend time at “ Deer Camp” in the UP of Michigan.


Sara VanLaan

International Administrative Assistant

Sara serves in assisting with International Ministries with reports and administrative duties.She also promotes the 'adopt a school' program linking local schools with an African counterpart.

Sara and husband Gord VanLaan, embrace a full life. 3 adult daughters, 2 son-in-laws, 2 granddaughters, youngest daughter teaching in Zambia Africa, excavating business, cattle and crop farming, time for play on the water on Gun Lake and snow in the Upper Peninsula.  They have both been shown grace by our Abba and have a desire to pass that along to others. 



Glenn Dunn

Discipleship Development Director

Glenn uses his executive experience from the business world to serve as a board member, Discipleship Development Director and mentor at Set Free. Glenn volunteers his time to guide the direction of Set Free in domestic and international matters and regularly participates in individual ministry and Freedom Appointments.  Glenn and his wife are both deeply involved at Set Free and other ministries to help the hurting find Christ.


Pete Noor

Ministry Advancement Director

As one who has been helped by Set Free Ministries himself, Pete now works to raise awareness through his many connections to how the Truth, Jesus Christ, brings hope and healing through the ministry of SFM. Pete raises funds to support this life-changing ministry and looks to establish partnerships with organizations and individuals who embrace a Biblical worldview toward helping the hurting. Pete also enjoys working with inmates at Kent County jail through SFM’s partnership with Forgotten Man Ministries. 


Steve Prince

Warriors Set Free Director

Steve is the director of Warriors Set Free.  He served 25 years in the US Army and works specifically with Veterans and family members of Vets. Warriors Set Free was started in 2014 out of the need to help Veterans. Steve is married with two college aged children and enjoys hunting, hiking, shooting and all things outdoors.


Christina Oakes

Prayer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Christina Oakes answers phone calls, and makes courtesy calls letting people know when their Freedom Applications have arrived, as well as reminding them of their upcoming freedom appointments. In her role as Prayer Coordinator, she corresponds with the SFM international offices in Africa and India for both sharing and receiving praises and prayer requests. She also writes “Spiritual Vitamins!,” a weekly devotional and prayer list for SFM staff, volunteers, and prayer partners. Christina is also involved in her local congregation as one of the worship leaders, Bible study facilitator, and cantor. 


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.


Don Schaafsma

Administration Volunteer

Don provides assistance with financial planning and oversight, internal I.T. support, and one-on-one follow-up discipleship ministry.


Don is married with two married daughters and 7 grandchildren. He served in the Air Force from 1968-1975.

Board of Directors

  • Mr. John Klingenberg 
  • Mr. Todd Ponstein 
  • Mr. Dean Vander Mey 
  • Mr. Mark Windemuller
  • Mr. Jim Bush
  • Mrs. Lois Bredeweg 
  • Mr. Glenn Dunn