Who We Are

Jesus invites us to join His family.

Becoming part of All Saints is an invitation to a way of life.

Anglican

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Our Anglican Identity

We are committed to following Jesus Christ through the demonstration and proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel to the whole creation. Our way of life is founded on Holy Scripture and the pattern of the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church”.  The Scripture is “God’s Word written”, affirmed in the creeds of the historic church, and are interpreted in light of Christian tradition. To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a unique version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a “Mere Christian,” at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.

Our Anglican Practice

We are a liturgical people, responding to God and to one another. We live and worship in the ebb and flow of the historical Church calendar. Our pattern of daily prayer and sacramental worship incorporates everyone as participants, actively engaging the best of the ancient Christian faith. We find great strength and comfort praying and worshipping in congruence with millions of other Christians, both globally and historically

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Our Anglican covering

Bishop

We proudly serve under our Bishop, The Right Reverend Mark A. Engel.

All Saints Holland is part of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (ADGL).

All Saints Holland is part of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (ADGL).

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All Saints Holland and the ADGL are part of The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

Our Story

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All Saints Holland emerged in the winter of 2012 as a small group of families and a deacon gathering in an upper room chapel in a converted garage for simple Sunday worship informed by the liturgy in The Book of Common Prayer. In 2013, with our newly ordained priest and a few more families, our gatherings became a weekly Eucharist, daily morning prayers, and daily evening vespers. More families joined us; also college students, young singles, empty-nesters, and retirees. Our few families had become many and so we began to form purposeful fellowships to care for one another.

In 2018, it was clear we needed more space for weekly worship, so we moved our Sunday Eucharist down the street to a 100-year old sanctuary; some of our gatherings and meetings, our offices, and daily prayers remained in the garage-chapel. The heart of our life together was still centered in living rooms, lingering in parks or driveways, and over cups of coffee and dinner tables.

In 2020, to accommodate a growing staff and to refocus the chapel building as a place of prayer and spiritual formation, the church
office moved to share a renovated office above a great pizza joint.

Our Vision and Values

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We Welcome

HOSPITALITY

Hospitality is the front door to faith, the living room that we grow in, and the workbench for evangelism. We share life together in a living community which encourages communion, mutual care, and a variety of gifts. We swap our stories and pray, we eat together, celebrate and mourn together, and we serve together.

Baptism

Baptism is birth into the body of Christ. By it, the Holy Spirit scrubs our sin and guilt and makes us new. That’s a lot, but that’s not all. It gives you an instant family. When someone is baptized, regardless of their age, a promise is made. As we do life together, we fulfill the promises of God in Baptism, to bring us all home.

We Shape

Formation

We abide in God’s presence daily,
prayerfully honoring and encouraging an
uncomplicated, contemplative, and creative everyday life.
Relationships are the foundation for
love and essential for maturity in Christ
— they are the network that the Holy
Spirit moves through. And so, we gather
in smaller groups to talk, pray, listen,
and encourage one another so we can
continually align our lives with God’s.
We also grow and learn more formally
through the Catechism (a fancy word for
learning stuff about being a Christian),
and by incorporating habits and practices (rule of life/disciplines) that help us
grow and be transformed.

Eucharist

When we gather for worship, we enter together into the presence of God by giving thanks (Eucharist).  We worship through the Word (feeding on the Bible) and Sacrament (nourished by Christ in Holy Communion) - and are sent back into the world again. Eucharist is joyful feasting on bread and wine-the body and blood of Christ given for us, and received in faith. It is Jesus offering himself to us, so that we may live and love fully and freely.

We Send

Reaching Out

The natural and abundant overflow of the generous love of God results in a rich life of service and mission. Together and individually we seek to bless others with generosity of our time, our talents, and our cash.  Well, none of it is “ours”, it all belongs to God and we get to share.

Confirmation

After you’ve been baptized (joined the family) and catechized (shaped by living and learning ‘the stuff’ of being a Christian) you may be ready to receive another gift from the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation, we make a mature profession of faith (before the Bishop and congregation) and publicly renew the vows and promises made at baptism.  The Bishop lays on hands, prays, and we are blessed and empowered to live and serve as a full disciple. We are people who seek to grow up into the full measure of Christ (Eph. 4:13). Confirmation is like being ordained for a life of Christian mission. And mission is right where we are, right now.

Ordination

Ordination (Holy Orders) is a vocation and formation process that culminates in the laying on of the bishop’s hands with prayer, confirming the gifts and calling of the candidates, consecrating them, and granting them authority to serve Christ and his Church as a deacon or priest. As a local church, we are committed to grow healthy servant leaders within our community of formation, and we have a Curacy to shape leaders for faithful, ordained service to Christ and His church.

Leadership

Rector

Fr. Brian Wolthuis

Discipleship Pastor

Miguel Cruz

Lay Catechist

Tim West

Operations Director

Jake Norris

Operations Coordinator

Melissa Rosin

Little Liturgy Director

Amy Wolthuis

Rector

Fr. Brian Wolthuis

Brian first knew a call to pioneering work in late college as he was meeting his wife and best friend, Amy. He was immersed in the revival season at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and in the Vineyard Movement, where he began to discern a calling to ministry and church planting. After graduating from Hope College with a degree with Art & Philosophy, and marrying his beautiful bride, Brian completed a pastoral training internship at Lakeshore Vineyard and then served as an associate Pastor, living on rice, beans, and ramen noodles.  In 1999, he and Amy resigned from their work to explore more simple ways to be the church. This journey took them to California and back to learn community with a band of Jesus-followers under the leadership of Todd Hunter.Once back in Holland, Brian and Amy dove into a life of organic and practical ministry and sacrificial hospitality.  Brian became a licensed builder to bring home the bacon, helped start three different businesses with missional intent, planted and pastored a house church for seven years, founded 3-Sixty (a neighbor-led nonprofit), and started a family.  The intensity of these years (whew!) led a deep re-evaluation in 2008-09. Since, he has sought to learn and live a more centered and sustainable life.  This turning taught him how to pray and rest, lean on Grace and the Holy Spirit, laugh more, and toward the discovery of his true vocation as an Anglican Priest. Brian was ordained as a Priest in the summer of 2013, while planting All Saints Anglican Church.  He, his wife Amy, and four dynamic and creative teens, continue to live in the core of Holland, MI.  This is still where they are working out their faith through loving neighbors, building disciples and learning how to cook a mean rice & bean bowl, sometimes now with bacon.

Discipleship Pastor

Miguel Cruz

Miguel was born on the East Coast and raised there and on the east side of Michigan.  Like Father Brian, he was at Hope College in the 90’s just after the revival had swept through the campus.  Miguel fell in love with West Michigan and one West Michigander in particular – his wife, Brien, whom he met at Hope.  After college, he got his M.Div. and was then ordained as a minister of Word and sacrament.  His first pastoral calling was to a Reformed church in upstate New York.  The Cruz family started to grow in New York, with their daughter being born in 2006.  In 2008 Miguel and Brien moved back to West Michigan, where Miguel has served in various ministry roles – solo pastor, program manager at a homeless shelter, worship leader, pastor of discipleship and house church pastor.  During that time, the Lord blessed Miguel and Brien with two boys, rounding out their family of five.  For the last four years Miguel has helped build a non-profit ministry from the ground up called Coram Deo Association of Churches.  Coram Deo has a dual focus of multiplying leaders and multiplying healthy churches.  Miguel’s main work is on the multiplying leaders side, where he serves as the coordinator of training programs.  Together with the Coram Deo Ministry team, Miguel has helped equip over 100 pastors and lay leaders across multiple denominations (and non-denominational churches) in 11 states from coast to coast.  In early 2019 the Cruz family started attending All Saints.  Miguel and Brien were confirmed in November of 2020, and Miguel is looking forward to entering the discernment process for Holy Orders in the ACNA.  In addition to his continuing ministry at Coram Deo, Miguel is excited to be the newest member of the pastoral team at All Saints!

Lay Catechist

Tim West

Tim is a grateful recipient of God’s grace, a husband, and a father. By day he serves the church as an editor for a Christian publisher. A native Tennessean, he enjoys the temperate Michigan summers but wishes they would last a bit longer!

Operations Director

Jake Norris

An Iowa farm kid by birth (and God’s grace), Jake moved to Chicago in 2006 for college and stuck around for 12 years. In that span of time, he played in some punk bands, met his lovely wife, Taylor, got married, worked for mental healthcare providers, and had two kids (Navy and Crosby). Along the way, Jake and Taylor found a home within Anglicanism at Redeemer Anglican Church. In 2014, Jake became a Lay Catechist, responsible for pastoral care and mission in their neighborhood of Rogers Park. In 2017, Jake and Taylor discerned a call with a core team to plant a new congregation in Rogers Park. In October 2018, Jake and Taylor planted Rogers Park Anglican and began a rich season of discipleship, community, and mission in the neighborhood they loved so much. However, God had more in store. In the summer of 2018, God would call them to Holland, Michigan, to be closer to Taylor’s family, but also to the mission and life of All Saints Holland! Jake is privileged to serve the All Saints family in a variety of ways.

Operations Coordinator

Melissa Rosin

A lifelong Michigander, and a Hollander for 30-some years, Melissa brings an organizational trellis to the team and grammar policing with a wicked red pen. She’s worked in marketing for a manufacturer, in a family business, as customer service for a local clock and furniture maker, in a legal office and for two other churches – always gravitating toward roles that support and help her coworkers to succeed.

She met her husband Tim while in Zion Lutheran Church’s youth group in Kalamazoo and married him in Zion, too. Together they have raised, learned with, laughed and cried with, applauded and agonized over two thoroughly wonderful adult children: a sailor and a farmer. They joined the Vineyard movement for a time, and then waited three long years for Fr. Brian to plant All Saints. They’re now fully committed LutherAnglicans.

Little Liturgy Director

Amy Wolthuis

Amy has been rooted in Holland since her early years, raised by teachers who helped her enjoy the snow in the winter and the garden in the summer.  She chose Hope College after high school – and it’s a good thing, because that’s where Brian was and they make a really good match.  He has led Amy on adventures of all sorts since their marriage in 1997 – the most thrilling of which has been growing a family and cultivating community in Holland and, more specifically, All Saints.

When the littles began outnumbering the adults in Sunday celebrations, Amy stepped in to develop a meaningful Sunday worship time for these young ones.  As Little Liturgy Director, she leads a team of volunteers to host an order of worship for kids that serves as a stepping stone between nursery and corporate worship.  She takes delight in hearing how God speaks to young children through story and seeing friendships built between older and younger in this setting.

Most of Amy’s time is spent equipping her teenagers with learning opportunities, encouraging their creative pursuits and making a clean-enough home and well-stocked pantry.  She also prioritizes time for art and illustration – cultivating gratitude and her prayer life by making marks on paper.

Vestry

Jason Mejeur, Senior Warden

Chris Marlink

Patricia Bartlett

Shannon Dykstra

Brendon Johnson