Haven Church is a family of believers that has more then fifty years of experience impacting the greater Kalamazoo area. In 1955 twenty families from the community met in the Parchment Community House for weekly services. In 1956 they broke ground on Virginia Ave and called the church "Haven." They worshiped in the building on Virginia Ave for 34 years. The congregation out grew the building and its multiple add ons, so in 1988 they began construction on North Sprinkle Rd. The building that currently houses Haven was completed in 1990. Whether its holding services on the high school football field in the 50's and 60's, having food distribution on the weekends, supporting the village of Katuba, Uganda, or working with Impact Kalamazoo, Haven is dedicated to the transformation of this world.
WHO WE ARE
Haven is a family that believes God has given us a mission; to develop people with a heart for God, heart for one another, and a heart for the lost. Our four ministry areas Invite, Connect, Disciple, and Mobilize make up what we call "The Plan." The Plan is the way that we accomplish our mission. Together we work to gracefully implement The Plan through everything we do here at Haven. By inviting we bring those outside the church in. In connecting we unite them with the Haven Family. Through discipleship we facilitate the transformation of God's people. Finally, in mobilizing we send them out to spread God's love into the world. Our mission and The Plan work together to inspire the heart beat of Haven Church.
Pastor of Mobilization, Discipleship and Youth. Pastor Shawn has been a part of the Haven staff for close to
13 years. He graduated from Bethel Seminary in
St. Paul, MN with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2004. Shawn has been married to his wife, Lori, for 20 years. They have a 15 year old daughter, Gabrielle. He is passionate about helping people become who they
were created to be and impacting the community and world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
Director of Connecting and Pastoral Care. As both
a Registered Nurse and a former Bible Study Fellowship Teaching Leader, Lin brings a unique perspective to Caring & Connecting at Haven.
She loves connecting people to Jesus and each
other. She is the mother of two adult children,
and enjoys two grandchildren. Lin’s favorite flower
to grow is a Shasta daisy.
Director of Children and Invite Ministries. Laurie
holds a BS in Mathematics from Michigan Tech
and a Masters of Religious Education from
Western Theological Seminary. She has served
God in all levels of education from teaching preschool, elementary and high school students to teaching college students at both WMU and KVCC and has coordinated member care and children's ministries at several area churches. She and her husband, David have 2 grown daughters.
Director of Discipleship. Since joining the staff of Haven Church originally as the seminary intern in January of 2015, Kevin has graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with an M.A in Educational Ministries and is currently serving
God at Haven Church as the Director of
Discipleship and 9 am Worship Lead. Kevin is
married to Lisa and has two sons, Lucas and Sam.
High School Youth Director. Dave has been working in youth ministry for 6 years. He grew up
at Haven, and God has blessed him the opportunity
to serve here. He has a bachelor,s in social work from Western Michigan University, and is married
to Allison. He loves coffee wood working, camping, hiking, and fishing.
Office Manager. Niki and her husband, Ty, have four children. Their favorite times are spent
hanging out together. Niki felt a leading to put
her affinity for administrative tasks to use as
office manager at Haven, and sees her work as
a way to contribute to the Kingdom. She is
responsible for the main office - providing
leadership, direction, vision, and staff
Director of Communications. This California boy
was ripped from the sandy beaches of Oceanside
and thrown into the tundras of Kalamazoo. Instead
of picking up a surf board he settled for a camera. Tim graduated from Spring Arbor University
majoring in Video/Film. He is still hoping to see
the sun one day.
Facility Manager. My first real job was at Wickes Lumber Co. where I worked for 25 years. I sensed
a call to SHALOM Inc., and, with my wife Julie,
began a ministry with developmentally disabled
men at Homestead West which lasted for 19 years.
I sensed a call to Haven as Facility Manager and began that journey in September of 2016. I wonder for how long…
11am Worship Leaders. Brandon and Caitlyn Brouwer have been serving as the Worship leaders
at Haven since January of 2012. They are passionate about seeing people encounter the life-altering love
of Christ. Their vision is to see the city of Kalamazoo become radically transformed through the love of
Jesus. They feel that music is an excellent way to connect with God and experience His presence both intimately and corporately. Their vision is for the Haven Family to experience the sound of Heaven touching earth.
BRANDON & CAITLYN BROUWER