Sunday School Programming Director
I have been a member of New Life Community Church since 2021. My husband, Thomas, and I have two daughters- Nora (3) and Audrey (1). I grew up in a pastor’s family and have been serving in the church in various ways since high school.
I graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a bachelors in Human Services and Pre-Counseling in 2018. As newlyweds, my husband and I were serving together at our church in Chicago as the youth pastor and worship leader. We served at that church for 4 years, and have been so excited about the mission of New Life and the opportunity to serve Coralville. I have a huge heart for youth and children’s ministry and I am excited to be able to walk along side the youth of New Life as they dive deeper into the Gospel and their relationships with Christ. I can’t wait to welcome your children and help them grow in their understanding of who Christ is!
I have been attending New Life since October 2017 and became a member in May 2018. Moving to Iowa in 2017, one of my first priorities was to find a church and a church family. New Life has been a great family for me. Although I am newer at New Life, I have been attending church since I was a baby. I grew up in the church back home in Pennsylvania where I came to know and love God, and learn about his infinite love for us. I accepted Jesus as my Savior in elementary school and could not be more grateful for for the life that He has given me.
I work at the University of Iowa in the Office of Student Accountability. Although I now work with college students, my bachelors degree and background is in Elementary Education. I have always had a heart for children. I began running the Nursery program for my home church in 2002. From there, I began volunteering with AWANA, Children's Choir, and as a Youth Leader at the various churches I attended throughout high school and college. Working with Shelby, we are incorporating a curriculum into our nursery time this year. Children are continuously learning and growing through their every day activities. Through a short lesson and activity during each service, we will have the opportunity to teach our children about the love of God for them and teach each child to be dependent on Him. My desire is that each of our "littles" grows up knowing and loving Jesus as their personal savior.
Children-in-Worship Program Coordinator
Stefanie Van Heukelom
I have been a member of New Life Community Church since 2009. My husband Jon and I have three children, Sydney-13, Asher-8, and Chloe-5. I grew up in the church and have been a Christian most of my life.
I received my degree in elementary education from Iowa State University in 2002. I taught 6th grade special education at Prairie Middle School, and 1st and 2nd grade in West Allis, Wisconsin. I currently work at Parkview Christian Preschool as a classroom associate. I have served in many different areas within the church- co-children’s ministry coordinator, Children in Worship coordinator, nursery volunteer, and kitchen volunteer.
My team and I are excited to teach your children about the love of Jesus Christ, and provide a meaningful worship experience for them during the worship service. I hope through this experience your children come to know and love Jesus as much as I do.