Set Free Ministries Team
Here to serve you and fulfill God’s vision for our ministry.
Dean Vander Mey
Dean serves as the Executive Director of Set Free Ministries. He meets individually with people in crisis and guides them in the truth of Scripture. Dean also speaks on behalf of the organization in a teaching ministry to share God’s wisdom revealed through Freedom Ministry.
Dean is married to his beloved wife Sharie, they have 6 daughters, 4 son in laws, and 10 grand children. Dean ran a business called Action Packaging for 23 years before changing careers to ministry. Dean enjoys spending time with family, and is an avid sportsman who loves to hunt and fish and spend time at “ Deer Camp” in the UP of Michigan.
Director of Domestic Ministries
Glenn uses his executive experience from the business world to serve as a board member, Director of Domestic Ministry, and mentor at Set Free. Glenn volunteers his time to guide the direction of Set Free in domestic and regularly participates in individual ministry and Freedom Appointments. Glenn and his wife are both deeply involved at Set Free and other ministries to help the hurting find Christ.
Dr. Jeff Stam
Director of International Ministries
In 1995, PJ founded Set Free Ministries (SFM), becoming its first director. SFM’s first office was in the old back office at Friendship Church. Since their return from the mission field, PJ had been serving as an Associate Pastor at Friendship, which was a volunteer position due to his involvement in other full-time ministry, he requested Friendship to give spiritual oversight to this new ministry. SFM is now an international ministry with offices in India and East Africa.
In 2011 PJ was asked by Set Free Ministries to return to the ministry as Director of International Ministries, coordinating growing ministries in East Africa and Mizoram, India. He retired at the end of 2016 but was called back in April of 2019…
Director of Warriors Set Free
Director of Ministry Advancement
R Wayne Downing
Director of Communications
Wayne is the Director of Communications for Set Free Ministries (Domestic, Global, and Warriors Set Free). He retired from the US Air Force in 2003, after serving 23 years on active duty. Once retired, he went back to graduate and post-graduate school for a career in business and education. He left his position at Grace Christian University as Chair of the School of Business to join the SFM Staff. As a Professor of Business, Wayne has taught for numerous universities over the past 12 years in areas of business, communication, and IT. He’s had the pleasure of serving in ministry on the front-lines and has served as a board member here in West Michigan.
Wayne is married with two children still in the home. He enjoys most outdoor activities but is most excited about shooting sports and big game hunting. In his spare time, Wayne teaches self-defense and security team training. He’s active in men’s ministry at his home church and here at SFM (Warriors Set Free, The Road, Conquerors Series, and Reboot: Combat Recovery).
Prayer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant
Ministry Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
Jodi’s profile here
International Coordinator and Financial Administrator
Tammy’s profile here
Accounting & Finance
Don provides oversight of the accounting and finance section of SFM. In addition to finance, Don focuses on server and database support for the ministry. His real love is in the one-on-one discipleship ministry.
Accounting & Finance
Ben Benting has been a Set Free volunteer for about 3 years. He works in the accounting department at SFM, and enjoys participating in freedom appointments on a regular basis. “There is nothing quite like seeing a captive’s eyes opened to the power and truth of God’s word for the first time. The shackles that have been holding them for so long come off, and a whole new person is born.”
Ben has been married to his wife Erica for 12 years and is the father to 2 energetic boys, and 3 beautiful girls, ages 10 and under. He also serves as a deacon at Tree of Life Congregation in Comstock Park.
Jim Faber has been with Set Free Ministries since 2018. He has one of the hardest jobs at SFM. Yes, connecting the ministry with others who have a desire to pour into the lives of others. Jim was struck with leukemia in 2013. Wow, what an eye opener that was for Jim. Today, Jim has been fully-healed and since that time graciously allowed him to work for Him at Set Free Ministries. For Jim, it is all about Jesus, and he’s operating under completely new management! “(see 1 John 2:15-17, and you’ll understand). My new identity as “a child of God” is life changing!”
Jim has lived in Byron Center for 32 years with his wife, Lori. They’ve raised three children and now have seven grandchildren.