Where Hope is Found

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It’s one of the most powerful things you can do: form relationships with youth and share the Good News of freedom, hope, and healing found in Jesus.


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About Us

Where Hope Is Found

Barnabas Ministries is passionately committed to reaching high-risk teens and their families with the message of freedom, hope, and healing found only in Jesus Christ.

Our vision is to create an environment where hurting teens can discover their value in Christ, grow in that knowledge, and then pass that knowledge on to others. We have been serving the West Michigan community since 1995, primarily in Allegan and Ottawa Counties.

Ministry Team

Leadership Team

CJ Bender

Director of Advocacy & Programming

Nikki Nederhoed

Director of Ministry & Operations

LoriJo Schepers

Executive Director

Family of Ministries

What We Do


Build relationships. Speak truth. Encourage. Celebrate the positive. Share the Gospel.

Pen Pals

Write letters. Share stories. Spread the Light. Share the hope found in Jesus.

Horseplay Equestrian

Horsemanship skills. Process heart hurts. Navigate storms of life. Find identity in Jesus.

Barnabas House

Safe shelter. Basic needs. Finding true refuge in Jesus.


As needs arise and various situations occur in our ministry, we rely on a group of prayer warriors to lift up our ministry. To join our prayer team, sign up through the link below.


Is God stirring in your heart to give of your time and talents to one of our ministry areas? Contact us below. We would love to connect with you & hear where your gifts can best be used.


We rely on the generous donations of individuals who have a passion for the work we are doing. Join us in our work through a one time gift or a recurring donation.