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Tim Collier :: Lead Overseer/Elder

Tim and Brooke

Tim and Brooke

Tim and Brooke met at a Boiler Room gathering in 2008 and got married in the Stockbridge Boiler Room's side yard 9 months later.  They share a passion for prayer, hospitality and seeing people walk in wholeness as children of God.  Their shepherding grace begins with their children Hazel, Gus, Walter and Maeve and extends to the entire Boiler Room family as they lead the community by opening their lives and home to share with friends and neighbors.

Jordan and Charis

Jordan and Charis

Jordan Cooper :: Overseer/Elder

Jordan and Charis met at Cornerstone University and graduated together in 2010.  Jordan’s ability for teaching and discipleship with Charis’ joy in hospitality and shepherding work together as they seek for people to experience the belonging of God’s family and walk in their calling as his children. They live in the neighborhood with their daughters, Lois and Eliza.

Mark Thiel and Michelle Austin

Mark Thiel and Michelle Austin

Mark Thiel and Michelle Austin :: Apprenticing Church Leaders

Mark was originally born in California but spent most of his life growing up in the Grand Rapids area. He was working working at a farm alongside another Boiler Room intern when he felt led to become an intern himself. He is graced for leadership, has a passion and gift for healing and evangelism, and desires to show the Love of God to others while walking with them through the everyday trials of life. He has experienced the embrace of the Father's love and is ruined for anything else.

Michelle did the Vision Course right out of high school and then followed up with a second year internship. Now she and Mark are working toward their bachelors in ministry, spearheading the Antioch School program at the SBR. Coming from a large family herself, Michelle naturally carries the the grace of Kingdom family DNA with her everywhere she goes. She can often be found snowboarding, organizing games nights, and speaking the truth and encouragement of the Gospel to everyone around her.  

Having met during the Internship in 2014, they were married in October 2016. 

 

our advisors

These are the incredible men and women who help us keep the course, overseeing us spiritually and advising us legally and logistically. 

Tony and Jenn Tendero :: Spiritual Dad/Mom 

Jenn and Tony

Jenn and Tony

In 2006, the Tenderos heeded the call of the Wild Goose (Holy Spirit) to sell their dream home and move to the grungy and neglected neighborhood where their children's school was located. After a year of praying on their front porch and developing friendships with a few neighbors, they rented a second home to be used for prayer and to house interns who would serve the neighborhood. The rest, as they say, is history. They spent the next several years devoting themselves to interns, as a spiritual mother and father, and creatively engaging with the Holy Spirit to practice prayer, justice, and learning in the westside context and under the umbrella of 24-7 Prayer. In spring 2014, they stepped out of immediate oversight of the Boiler Room in order to follow the call of the God once more to Helena, Arkansas. They have since returned to Grand Rapids and live in Ada with their children. 

Jeremy & Molly

Jeremy & Molly

Jeremy Jones :: Advisor

Jeremy provided Oversight to the Boiler Room church family with Tony until 2014 but continues his fathering heart and friendship with the current leadership team. Jeremy comes from Detroit and has been, among other things, a fire-fighter, coffee shop manager, and currently runs his own business. He is the father to five children and a husband to Molly, whom he wed in 2013. 

Joe and Angie

Joe and Angie

Joe and Angie Steinke :: 24-7 Prayer USA Community Leaders

Joe and Angie Steinke advise us -- via email, skype and visits -- from their post in Kansas City, where they also serve with 24-7 Prayer USA. The national and international scope of nurturing the fields of new faith communities and leadership development make them rich resources! They have 5 grown children and have extended their embrace to welcome many other young people to come live with them over the years. 

 

Adam Cox :: 24-7 Prayer USA Oversight

Roger Nix :: 24-7 Prayer USA Oversight

 

Legal Board Members

  • Brad Keen // Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Joe Steinke // 24-7 Prayer USA, Kansas City, MO
  • Tony Tendero // Potters House School, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Jeshua Lauka // David and Wierenga, PC, Grand Rapids, MI