Kevin Van Wyk
I have been in full-time ministry for over 20 years, serving as an associate pastor, lead pastor, and a church planter. I love initiating and leading healthy change; studying and teaching the Bible; worshiping; and equipping others to lead. My heart is to revitalize churches and plant new churches which will effectively equip the next generation to make disciples.
I met Stephanie, my wife, at Central College, where we both received degrees in Music Education and began leading worship. We were married in 1994, a year after graduating, then moved to California where I received a Master’s of Divinity in 1999 from Fuller Theological Seminary. During this time, I interned at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, CA. Since then I have served in Sheboygan Falls, WI as the Associate Pastor; in Evansdale and Waterloo, IA as a Lead Pastor/Church Planter; and in Alto, WI as the Lead Pastor. I also serve on the Classis of Wisconsin Servant (Executive) Team as the leader of the Revitalization Commission and the Multiplication Commission.
Stephanie has taught band in Janesville, IA and Long Beach, CA. She has since received her certification to teach ELP (gifted students), taught part-time at Hoover Middle School in Waterloo, IA, taught piano lessons, tutored students with dyslexia, and assisted with a variety of ministries (including leading the children's ministry, playing piano, and disciplining women). Currently, Stephanie home schools our children.
I look forward to walking with you and growing in our faith together.
Equipping Adults Pastor
I have been serving people in one capacity or another, my entire working life! Literally as a waiter in a restaurant, as a licensed professional clinical counselor, director of a men’s residential recovery center, and now as the Equipping Adults Pastor here at Alto Reformed Church. I love connecting with people and helping others connect with our Lord and seeing His Holy Spirit transform lives. I am here to lead the members of our congregation into a deeper love relationship with Jesus in order to glorify Him and reach the lost and dying world with the Gospel.
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Marlaina, for 13 years. We met in the summer of 2005 while attending Circleville Bible College (Now Ohio Christian University), and were married the following summer in July of 2006. Both of us completed our Bachelor of Arts degrees and graduated in the spring of 2009. After graduating I continued my education at Liberty University where I received my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in September of 2011. Soon after I began working as a professional counselor for a community mental health agency, which lasted for three years until I was offered the position as a director of a men’s faith based residential recovery ministry called The Refuge Ohio. I was ordained by the Southern Ohio Ministerial Association (SOMA) in 2015, and eventually had a deeper desire to pursue full-time vocational ministry. This eventually led me to Alto where my family and I feel like we’ve been a part of the community our entire lives.
My wife has been my biggest supporter and is an amazingly gifted leader. She was an operations store manager for the Home Depot for several years before transitioning into an office manager position at the Ohio State University where she worked for five years. Most recently she was an office coordinator for the associate dean of research at the University of Kentucky, but coming to Wisconsin allows her the ability to do what her heart desires most, which is to primarily be home to care for our children during this precious season of life.
All of our kiddos love Jesus, ask many great questions, and are the Lord’s gift to us!
I love Jesus and want to continue growing in my relationship with Him and leading others to a deeper and more sincere faith than they know is possible!
Equipping Children & Families Director
I have been serving as the Children and Families Director here for 7 years. I transitioned into ministry after a 6-year teaching position at a local Christian school where I taught as their 3K/4K teacher as well as some elementary PE classes. I have a passion for working with kids and sharing my faith as I go. It is such a rewarding thing to watch kids grow in their faith and I feel blessed to be a part of a community who has a heart for equipping kids and their families in this journey.
My husband Nate and I grew up in Waupun and attended Dordt College together. There I received a major in elementary education and minors in both special education and early childhood and Nate double majored in both accounting and finance. After graduating in 2007, we were married a month later and came back to Waupun where he has worked in financial institutions in the mortgage and consumer lending field. We have felt fortunate to come back to this community and our families to raise our kids.
As a family we are entering the busy stage of life. Our kids attend public school and are beginning their first years in different activities. We are enjoying watching them blossom into who God wants them to be. One of our favorite things as a family is taking time to get “up north” for fishing, swimming, “trompsing” through the woods, and cooking over the campfire.
I look forward to continuing this journey and growing with the families and kiddos I meet!