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TCF Welcomes Jan Stump as our new Director of Development
April 19, 2017 | Jennifer Vander Molen
TCF Welcomes Jan Stump as our new Director of Development
The Colossian Forum is thrilled to welcome Jan Stump to our staff as our new Director of Development. Jan is continuing a 30-year vocation of advancing the missions of nonprofit organizations through fund development. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the ACSI Education Foundation, a supporting organization for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to that she served for ten years as ACSI’s Director of Development and Public Relations and for twelve years as Director of Development at Grace Christian School in Anchorage, AK. Over the years, she has had the privilege of training and mentoring hundreds of school leaders worldwide in fund development and student enrollment. Fueling her work is a passion to better understand what it means to educate students with the mind of Christ, embodying the love of Christ within their classroom experience and beyond. The mission of The Colossian Forum resonated deeply with her desire to see Christian schools increasingly adopt a winsome posture in the world—a posture of generosity, curiosity, and grace. In 2016 Jan joined TCF’s Board of Directors and was soon drawn to this exciting opportunity of partnering with the team in furthering TCF’s transformative vision. Jan received her bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University before moving to a remote Indian village in Alaska where her husband, Don, taught all elementary grades in a one-room school. She earned a master’s degree in literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage, focusing on postmodern contemporary fiction. She has maintained continuous recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2001. Don and Jan have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. She reads widely, enjoys long walks and treasures the blessed and beautiful monotony of hand quilting. Jan will be based in Colorado Springs, with significant time spent with TCF staff both virtually and in person. You can reach her at jstump@colossianforum.org. Welcome, Jan!
TCF Welcomes Student Intern Josh Webb
January 18, 2017 | Jennifer Vander Molen
TCF Welcomes Student Intern Josh Webb
Last week, The Colossian Forum welcomed Josh Webb as our new student intern in the Operations and Communications department. Josh is an undergraduate student at Calvin College, where he studies in the religion and music departments. He will be working with us during the spring semester as he completes his degree. Along with his studies and internship, Josh works part-time as the Director of Music Ministries at Leighton United Methodist Church in Caledonia. He and his wife, Kate, married in June of 2015 and currently live in Jenison. Together they enjoy hiking, traveling, and movie marathons! Josh was drawn to The Colossian Forum by a shared passion for seeking grace and discipleship through conflict in the church. He is also looking to gain new work experience before graduating. He will be assisting TCF in several areas including weekly marketing and communications tasks, compiling and editing an e-book, and a market research project. Welcome to the team, Josh!
The Colossian Forum's New Look
August 31, 2016 | Jennifer Vander Molen
The Colossian Forum's New Look
The Colossian Forum is in the middle of a rebranding process, and today we're excited to debut our new logo! As we've expanded our focus from the intersection of faith and science, a new look to reflect that focus became a priority. We're moving from a science-centered look to one that reflects the broader facets of our mission and ministry at The Colossian Forum. If you've been receiving our publications and emails over the past few months, you've seen these new colors integrated into our look. Our new tagline, Hope in Practice, reflects The Colossian Forum's mission to give glimpses of hope within messy situations and provide tools to engage these situations through our shared Christian virtues and practices. We're also working on a new website that will launch later this month (by the grace of God) where you'll be able to peruse our mission and vision, what we're working on, and find ways to connect with us. In addition, The Colossian Forum will relocate later this year to the Widdicomb building in downtown Grand Rapids (601 Fifth St. NW, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49504). The new space will provide more room for our staff, additional meeting space, and collaborative work areas. While the move-in date isn’t finalized yet, you can stay updated by checking back here on the blog. We anticipate moving in late November. There are a lot of changes here at The Colossian Forum! We're excited for the journey as we bring people together in messy situations to participate in the truth of the gospel.
Welcome Kim Bosko to the TCF Team
August 10, 2016 | Jennifer Vander Molen
Welcome Kim Bosko to the TCF Team
Last week, The Colossian Forum welcomed Kim Bosko as our new Administrative Assistant. Kim previously served as the database coordinator for the Van Andel Institute’s development department. She has also worked at Kids Hope USA supporting local programs in Michigan and Ohio, and led a middle school mentoring program. Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saginaw Valley State University. She also received a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. At The Colossian Forum, Kim will work to support staff in our programming and operations departments as well as oversee event planning and our intern program. Kim's deep desire to serve God’s people also spills over into her life outside of work where she mentors in a local elementary school. Kim and her husband James enjoy tackling projects around the house, playing with their dog Lilly (a golden retriever), and cooking together. Welcome, Kim!
Grace and Gratitude--A New Adventure
April 27, 2016 | Jennifer Vander Molen
Grace and Gratitude--A New Adventure
My time at The Colossian Forum is coming to an end, and I invite you to pause with me, grieve what no longer is, celebrate what God has done over the past few years, and look expectantly to the future. For me, working at The Colossian Forum has been an incubation space where I have been graced with a freedom to try new things, learn, and experience vulnerable community. Catching our vision for a transformed and renewed Church has provided me a new perspective that I will continue to carry with me: where conflict is opportunity, disciples are made in community, and the importance of spiritual disciplines in the path toward reconciliation. The practice of praying with my co-workers each morning is one way I have experienced grace and gratitude--gifts that have formed me into the kind of co-worker and wife that is more patient and less fearful. TCF, thank you for all the ways you’ve poured into me and given me new ways to use my gifts to serve others. Leaving this family is like being in a space between stories, as most seasons of change are. Despite the discomfort of this current space in my life, I’m hopeful that the Lord’s plans for myself and The Colossian Forum’s future will unfold with a sense of joy and awe at His incomprehensible love. I leave you with these two quotes: “So please, if you are in the sacred space between stories, allow yourself to be there. It is frightening to lose the old structures of security, but you will find that even as you might lose things that were unthinkable to lose, you will be okay. There is a kind of grace that protects us in the space between stories.” --Charles Eisenstein “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” --Isaiah 43:19 Jeanna Boase served as our administrative assistant here at The Colossian Forum for over three years. She is finishing her MA counseling degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and will be taking a full-time course load this summer. We look forward to seeing what doors open this fall as she wraps up her final class. God's blessing to you in this new adventure, Jeanna; you will be missed!
TCF Welcomes Jennifer Vander Molen as New Manager of Communications
November 25, 2015 | Jeanna Boase
TCF Welcomes Jennifer Vander Molen as New Manager of Communications
The Colossian Forum is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Vander Molen as our new Manager of Communications. A Michigan native and graduate of Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa), Jennifer most recently served as the Electronic Media Associate for the Reformed Church in America (RCA) providing oversight of the RCA’s website and social media communication. During her seven years at the RCA, she established a robust social media strategy and substantially grew the denomination’s presence on major social media outlets. Jennifer also gained extensive experience working as a communications coordinator for a large church in Des Moines, Iowa where she wrote extensively for the church’s newsletter, worship bulletin, and website as well as planned major, community-wide events for the church. Concerning her hiring, TCF President Michael Gulker said, “Jennifer brings a wealth of communications experience to TCF and has a strong passion for the church. We are excited to welcome Jennifer to the TCF Team and anticipate she will play a central role in helping us invite more Christian communities to embrace conflict as a catalyst for authentic spiritual growth.” Jennifer will start her tenure at TCF at the end of November, and you are certain to hear more from her in the coming months. Until then, drop her an email at jvandermolen@colossianforum.org and join us in welcoming Jennifer to The Colossian Forum.