MEET OUR STAFF
Ruth grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She came to Northwest Iowa to attend Dordt College. Following college Ruth worked for the Dordt College Printing Department as typesetter and layout artist. Once beginning a family, she began working at Covenant CRC in Sioux Center as the administrative assistant and was there for 25 years. She has worked in that same role at Bridge of Hope since 2012.
Ruth and husband Dave have lived in Sioux Center since marrying. They raised 3 kids who are now each raising families of their own—their oldest son Matt lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his wife and two sons; son Luke lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and three children; and their daughter Ellie and husband are raising their kids in Sioux Center.
In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being involved in church, various ministries, the community, traveling and camping.
Ruth enjoys working at Bridge of Hope. She likes helping people and providing support where needed. She knows a common problem in churches is having things fall between the cracks and looks for ways to help avoid that from happening. She also values the unique opportunities this job provides to minister to others and thankful she can offer support.
MARCUS DE WEERD
Marcus grew up right here in Sioux Center, attending school in the area up through his graduation from Dordt College (University) in 2017, with a degree in Community Development. He is passionate about social justice and seeing all people’s needs met both physically and spiritually. After graduation, Marcus spent one year in Kansas City through a fellowship program furthering his education and experience in the youth ministry field through his work with Christ Community Church. Following his year in Kansas City, he moved full-time to the small village of Simonette, Haiti, working alongside an organizations' business/micro-finance loan program. Expecting to plant his roots in Haiti, the Lord quite clearly called him back to Sioux Center which eventually led to a partnership between Bridge of Hope and WyldLife, a focus group of middle school students through the Young Life ministry (see www.younglife.org).
On a side note: Marcus loves (almost) all food—ice cream and cheeseballs take top priority. He loves being active and thinks volleyball is by far the best sport ever invented (and Dordt has the best men’s team out there). He’s an introverted-extrovert who loves the color orange and thinks llamas always have been, are, and always will be the raddest animal ever created.