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Faces at the Farm


Gary Benson

A 2010 Hope College graduate, Gary has work for two years with Eighth Day. Gary manages the Growth Center site at 709 Pine Avenue and is currently inhabiting a tiny house on a trailer.

Jeff Roessing, Farm manager

Jeff lives on 18th Street with his wife Melissa, and three children, Tsepo, Naomi, and McKenna. Jeff graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and Western Theological Seminary in 2007.

Kyle Van Eerden

Kyle started as an intern in 2013 after graduating from Trinity Christian College in East Palos Heights, IL. Kyle also serves as an RD for residential life at Hope College.


The Board of Directors

Karen Nordell Pearson, President

Edwardo Fuentes, Vice-President

Melanie Blank, Treasurer

Todd Zeilinger, Secretary

Marjike Strong

Andrew Spidahl

Kallie Spidahl

Carter Baer

Andy Krino

Chris Linde

Bill VanAuken

Janelle Phillips