We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally co-existing in three persons- Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
About the Scriptures
The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, inerrant and trustworthy Word of God. They are the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of human beings and are the final authority for all matters about which it speaks.
We believe that human nature derives from two historical persons, male and female, created by God in His image. They were created perfect, but they sinned, plunging themselves and all humanity into sin, guilt, suffering, and death.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the virgin born Son of God who lived in human flesh, experiencing the trials and temptations of humanity, yet was without sin. Through his death and resurrection, he defeated Satan and all spiritual forces of evil and has provided us with spiritual armor by which we can live free from bondage of sin and oppression.
We believe that the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and his bodily resurrection provide the only ground for justification, forgiveness and salvation for all who believe. Only those who trust in him alone are true children of God, born of the Holy Spirit, true members of the church and will spend eternity with Christ.
About the Holy Spirit
That the Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration and renewal for believers in Jesus Christ. He makes the presence of Jesus Christ real in believers, and he comforts, guides, convicts, and enables believers to live in ways that honor and glorify God.
Having just returned from eight years on the mission field in Central America, Dr. Jeff Stam was confronted with several situations in western Michigan that resembled the same type of spiritual warfare that he had encountered on the mission field. Jeff and his wife, Denise, began doing freedom ministry in their home, but as the need continued to grow and through the encouragement of his Bible study group, in November, 1995 Jeff decided to leave his position as Managing Editor for World Literature Ministries to start Set Free Ministries (SFM). Initially the ministry was housed at Friendship Chapel (Jenison) and under the spiritual direction of the church’s elders. The focus was to set individuals free from spiritual and emotional bondage through God’s Word, love, and prayer, using the “Steps to Freedom in Christ” model Jeff had learned from Dr. Neil Anderson. Another primary focus was to train local churches to do this type of freedom ministry on their own. It didn’t take long for the floodgates of ministry opportunity to open wide.
In a short period of time, the advisory team that Jeff had asked to guide him in ministry became and executive board, and SFM became an official non-profit ministry. The small office at Friendship Chapel was outgrown and SFM moved to a suite of offices above Love INC in Hudsonville. In April of 2002 Jeff was called back into pastoral ministry and Dean Vander Mey became Executive Director, selling the packaging business he had begun and run for 23 years. Dean continues to faithfully lead the ministry in the direction that God is calling. In June of 2006, SFM outgrew the Hudsonville office space and transferred to its current location in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
With commitment and dedication, our staff strives each day to fulfill our mission to set captives free through the power of Jesus Christ.