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Timothy Leadership Training Institute
3300 Burton SE, Suite 105
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: (616) 647-5554

Ver BernardinoVer Bernardino
TLTI Ministry Consultant, Based in Southeast Asia


Ver completed his Timothy Leadership Training and became the first Master Trainer in Asia. Bud Ipema trained and awarded him the certificate in one of his trips to the Philippines. Later, Bud invited him to join the Institute. Ver now serves as the Regional Director for Asia. He brings to the Institute his wealth of experience in dialogue education.

Ver first realized that he was being called into ministry in 1987 while serving as Director of Dorcas Cottage Industries, a project started by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC). A simple question from a CRWRC Country Consultant, "Have you ever thought about going into ministry?" spiraled into conversations with friends and family, an M.Div from Asian Theological Seminary and coursework in the Master of Theology program at Calvin Theological Seminary. Ver has held several ministry positions including Church Planter, President of the Reformed Ministry Academy, CRC Philippines Synod President, Mentor, and many others. Currently, he serves as Pastor of Calauan Christian Reformed Church while serving the Timothy Institute half-time.

Ver is happily married to his wife, Marian. Together, they have three daughters: a set of twins, Gabrielle Grace and Danielle Joy, and their youngest, Michelle Ann.

Daniel EguiluzDaniel Eguiluz
Administrative Assistant


Daniel serves as Administrative Assistant at TLTI. He is originally from Lima, Peru. After serving the church there as a seminary professor, Daniel moved to Grand Rapids to begin the PhD program at Calvin Seminary. He is currently half way through the program. After completing the program at Calvin, Daniel plans to put his training to work by equipping church leaders in South America. His passion for leadership training led him to join TLTI. Daniel is married to Abby.

Harold KallemeynHarold Kallemeyn
Director of International Programs


Harold has been engaged in French speaking ministry for over 40 years in France, Quebec and francophone Africa. Born and raised in the Chicago area he has travelled and lived the world wide. After graduating from Calvin College in 1972 he did youth work with Operation Mobilization in France and studied theology in Paris. In the 1980's he lived and worked in Montreal, Quebec as a church-planter. With a Master of Theology in church history from the Free Evangelical Seminary in Paris and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology, he taught for 16 years before developing TLT with an international team from Europe, Africa and North America and implementing the program throughout French-speaking Africa. Harold and Elsbeth, his wife of 39 years, are now located in Montreal. They have three adult children who live in Canada and the United States.

Jennifer OwensJennifer Owens
Director of Finance & Administration


Jennifer is excited to join TLTI as Administrative Director. Previously, she served as Adult Program Director for West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and in several roles for the State of Utah including Operations Manager, Program Specialist, and Trainer. Jennifer graduated from Calvin College with a double major in Spanish and Theology and has her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Utah. Jennifer served one summer each with START and STS in the Yucatan, Mexico through IDEA Ministries.

After spending seven years in Salt Lake City, Utah she is enjoying time in Grand Rapids again near her family. Jennifer has been married to her husband Jonathan for eleven years and they have two daughters, Arianna and Madeline. Jonathan is an M.Div student at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Jennifer enjoys serving in her church, First CRC, and as Secretary of the Board for Hope Unexpected, a Byron Center nonprofit.

Denise SmithDenise Smith
Development Coordinator


Denise joins TLTI as Development Coordinator. She comes by way of her love for English with a degree from Calvin College and a background in business communications and teaching English to speakers of other languages. Her first introduction to TLTI was through her work in the rhetoric center at Calvin Theological Seminary, since their home office is right next door. She soon realized that she shared more than a concrete wall with the TLTI staff, discovering that her passion for saying it right and connecting with students from around the world could be used in "getting the word out" about the viable ministry of TLTI. Denise shares her heart for ministry with her husband, Mark, who works as a chaplain in a truck stop through Transport For Christ, in addition to driving an 18-wheeler. Time outside of work is usually spent with one or more of their five children, ages 15 to 24, feeding, transporting and mentoring, which they both consider to be the best training ground for learning how to love and serve others.

Jose PolancoJose Polanco
Regional Coordinator for Latin America


Jose is from the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. He has a bachelor degree in Theology from San Pablo Seminary in Merida, Mexico. Last year he started the Master of Theological Studies program at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jose is married and has two elementary-school-aged sons.

Steve TuukSteve Tuuk
Chief Executive Officer


Steve was introduced to TLTI through a presentation at his home church, Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church, in March, 2010. Previously he served one summer with Reformed Bible College's (now Kuyper College) Summer Workshop in Missions (STS) and in a variety of roles with CRWRC (now World Renew) establishing an import-export business. He joined TLTI's Development Committee in 2010, became a member of the Board of Directors in November, 2011 and took on the roles of treasurer and chair of Audit and Finance Committee in January, 2012. In April, 2013 he became Timothy's Chief Executive Officer.

Throughout his career, Steve has served in a variety of corporate and legal roles. He practiced corporate, securities and insurance regulatory law in Michigan becoming a partner at Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone in 1990. Thereafter, he assumed the role of chair of the Board of Directors, president and chief executive officer for Michigan Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, a business organization that he founded with others in 1987. In those roles, he led MLM to be demutualized and reorganized into Professionals Direct, Inc. in 2001, thereafter operating as a publicly held and reporting insurance holding company. The business grew rapidly, eventually writing professional liability insurance in more than 40 states. In 2007, Professionals Direct was sold to The Hanover Insurance Group. As part of the transaction, Steve served as president of the professional liability insurance division of The Hanover through September, 2010. In addition to other business interests, he currently works with the Leavitt Group, the 12th largest U.S. insurance services provider, building its national professional liability insurance practice.

Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College and a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and holds various insurance licenses and certifications. He currently serves on a variety of community boards, professional boards, and governing organizations.

Munyiva Wa KitaviMunyiva Wa Kitavi
TLTI Ministry Consultant, Based in East Africa


Dr. Munyiva Wa Kitavi joined our staff in September 2008. She is the Coordinator for East and Southern Africa. Born and raised in Kenya, she comes to us with a wealth of cross-cultural ministry experience. She has spent much time in the classroom, both in Africa and in the United States, as an elementary and secondary school educator and has been involved in a number of programs, most recently as a reading specialist in Grand Rapids Public Schools. She is experienced in teaching and church-planting in cross-cultural settings and has helped to lead conferences and workshops on church leadership in African countries.

Munyiva wrote her doctoral thesis in Instructional Leadership using Timothy Leadership Training as her research base. She was the director of church ministries of the African Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Munyiva has been married to her husband, Mwaya, for 26 years and has four children. Today, both Munyiva and Mwaya reside in Kenya where they also oversee the work of Christian Reformed World Missions in the region. They leave behind their four young adult children.

"I am using the Timothy Leadership Training to empower churches to become self sustaining as they work together within the local church, and across denominations. My goal is to see the present master trainers hold training with all denominations represented. I believe that sound church leadership training is key to self sustaining churches."

Albert StrydhorstAlbert Strydhorst
Director of International Ministries


Rev. Albert Strydhorst served as a missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) from 1993 – 2014. His roles have included church planting and mission administration in Nigeria, and coordination of mission partnerships in West Africa. In 2012-2014 he served on loan to Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) as the Lee S. Huizenga Distinguished Missionary in Residence. Albert joined the Timothy Leadership Training Institute (TLTI) as Field Operations Director in August 2014, also appointed by CTS as Mission Partner in Residence for 2014-2016.

The changes in global Christianity have been remarkable during Albert's twenty-one years of international ministry. And the effects of this shift have been profound for the training of church leaders. "The churches in the global south are adding members faster than leaders are being trained. On the other hand, churches in the north are losing members at such a rate as to question the kind of leadership training needed 'for such a time as this'," Albert observes. He concludes, "The solid and practical training offered by TLTI meets the needs and opportunities presented by the whole church today – whether that church is from the global south or north."

Albert is married to Carolyn, a registered nurse and homemaker who enjoys teaching ESL at their home church, Church of The Servant in Grand Rapids, and being involved in broader immigrant ministries. They have three children in high school and college. Their favorite vacation times are spent backpacking and camping with their extended families in Alberta and northwestern Ontario.

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Board Members

Paul Baker
Vice President, External Relations Sanford Burham Medical Research Institute

Carol Bremer-Bennett
U.S. Director, World Renew

Rev. Thijs Blok
Representative, De Verre Naasten/Pastor in Nijkerk the Netherlands

Ray Carmichael
Founder, President, and CEO, Strategics Inc.

Ralph De Haan

Rev. Emmett Harrison
Senior Pastor Oakdale Park CRC

Susan B. Hoekema
Retired Attorney

Rev. Jul Medenblik
President, Calvin Theological Seminary

Gary Ginter
Chairman/Interim CEO of VAST Power Systems, Inc.

Dennis Hoekstra
TLTI Founder

Harold Kallemeyn
International Program Director

Shari Medendorp
Senior VP Biometrics for Premier Research

Steve Tuuk
Owner, President, and CEO of MPFL Corporation and Matterhorn Insurance Services, LLC

Stuart Vander Heide
Retired CEO of Holland American Wafer Company

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