dedicated to compassion, hope, restoration

 The Hope Team

Steve & April Swartz

Marriage Mentor

Steve & April Swartz married in 1977, and they have five grown
children and five grandchildren. Steve attended Rosedale Bible
Institute in Ohio and then spent 3 years teaching music in a
private school setting in Goshen, Indiana. A few of his hobbies are farming, fishing, and good conversations. Steve and April moved
to Michigan where he served as pastor of a small congregation
and then began a construction business. In the fall of 2003, Steve
and April were exposed to “Biblical Concepts in Counseling” (now
known as “Caring for the Heart Ministry”) and shortly thereafter founded Haven of Hope Ministries. Haven of Hope is an associated office of Caring for the Heart Ministry. They now work as a team in ministry, helping couples find compassion, hope & restoration.

Jim & Diane Adamson
Marriage Mentor & Follow-Up Director

Jim and Diane have been married since 2013.  In 2014, they felt called to mission work in Ghana, West Africa. For 6.5 years they served as the mission field directors overseeing a Bible seminary, local churches, and various evangelistic outreaches. Jim and Diane were first exposed to Haven of Hope Ministry when they held a Two Hearts, One Flame Marriage Retreat for their local Ghanaian church. Upon their return to the U.S. in 2020, their hearts were drawn to join Haven of Hope Ministry, where Jim and Diane are now serving as mentors showing the love of Jesus to hurting couples. Jim also serves as the Building Blocks for Relationship Follow-Up program director.

The Adamsons welcomed their little baby girl to this world in May of 2022!

Jim enjoys music, photography, and the great outdoors. Diane loves fellowship, travel, and a warm cup of tea.

Melissa Barker
Administrative Secretary

Melissa spent 13 years in the Advertising Department of Pensacola Christian College before she and her husband moved to Michigan in 2003 when he became pastor of Faith Bible Church.  She joined the HOH staff in 2012.

Melissa has been married to Bruce – her best friend – for 33 years.  They have three grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and a handsome grandson who all bring her heart joy.

You will meet Melissa at the front desk of HOH. She is happy to answer your questions and show you the facility. You will experience her heart for ministry and her desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Jen kober
Mentor/Women’s Ministry

Jennifer has been mentoring women in the Greater Grand Rapids area since 2020. She has previously spent time mentoring within the local church community and with the Life Center of Grand Rapids. Jennifer has a passion for walking beside women who are discouraged or broken-hearted as they find hope and healing. With compassion and genuine empathy, she seeks to provide a safe place for processing the wounds and hurts of life.

Jennifer has been sharing life with her husband Brad for 27 years. Jennifer and Brad’s first experience with Haven of Hope was attending a Two Hearts, One Flame Marriage Retreat held in Rockford, MI at their home church in 2020. Shortly thereafter, they were invited to join the Haven of Hope Executive Board where they joyfully served until 2023.

Jennifer and Brad are recent “empty-nesters” with 2 grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and several granddogs.

the board

Bill & Kathy McGlone
Board President
Board Development Member
Chad & Stephanie Weldy
Board Member
Jeff & Meryl VanderWeide
Board Development Committee Chair
Board Development Member
Virgil & Dawn Stutzman
Board Development Member
Matt & Shelli Oesch
Vice President
Board Development Member
Lowayne & Phyllis Yoder
Board Member