Our Team

Rev. Jon Opgenorth

President of Words of Hope

Rev. Jon Opgenorth became the president of Words of Hope in 2017. Prior to that, Jon served for 18 years as the senior pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Jon is a graduate of Northwestern College and Fuller Theological Seminary. Jon’s heart for global evangelism has been shaped through the ministries of the Urbana Mission Conference of Intervarsity and the Perspectives course from the US Center for World Mission. Jon finds great joy in connecting God’s people across continents and cultures. He writes for the Words of Hope Daily Devotional, consults with our global field leaders, and speaks often in church congregations about the mission of God in the world. He is married to Ann and has four adult children.

Management Team

Lynnette Blum
Rev. Rus Blondin
Director of Operations
Megan Nollet
Director of Communications
Christy Prins
Director of English Ministries
Todd Schuiling
Director of Development

The ministry of Words of Hope is carried out internationally by more than 100 indigenous pastors and media outreach specialists.

Our Board of Directors

Rev. Jon Opgenorth, Words of Hope President — Ex Officio
Rev. Rich Bawinkel
Dr. William (Ruggles) Church
Rev. Brett Dood
Linda Dykstra
Rev. Jonathan Elgersma (Chair)
Marcia Elgersma
Tim Hoezee
Betsy Jasperse (Secretary)
Ed Mol (Finance Chair)
Skip Pylman
Cheryl Schregardus
Rev. Jon Sherrill (Vice Chair)
Willie Si
Doug Van Beek