Set Free Ministries Team

Here to serve you and fulfill God’s vision for our ministry.

Full-Time Employees

Dean

Dean Vander Mey

Executive Director

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 15 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.

Steve

Steve Prince

Director of Warriors Set Free

Steve is the director of Warriors Set Free. He served 25 years in the US Army and works specifically with Veterans and family members of Vets. Warriors Set Free was started in 2014 out of the need to help Veterans. Steve is married with two college aged children and enjoys hunting, hiking, shooting and all things outdoors.

Dave McIntyre

Director of International Ministries

Dave McIntyre serves as the Director of International Ministries at Set Free.  He started his career as a Christian schoolteacher before surrendering to the call to missions in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  From 1999 to 2012, he served there as a church planter.  He also founded the Per Ardua Wilderness ministry, which used wilderness survival training as a springboard for leadership and spiritual development.

In 2015 Dave was one of ten contestants on season two of the History Channels hit survival series Alone.  After 66 days of living off the land in the wilderness of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, his daughter surprised him in camp to tell him he won.

Dave is thrilled with his new position at Set Free, where he can put his years of experience in Christian education and missions to work in our ongoing ministries in Uganda, India, and the Dominican Republic.

Pete

Pete Noor

Director of Ministry Advancement

As one who has been helped by Set Free Ministries himself, Pete now works to raise awareness through his many connections to how the Truth, Jesus Christ, brings hope and healing through the ministry of SFM. Pete raises funds to support this life-changing ministry and looks to establish partnerships with organizations and individuals who embrace a Biblical worldview toward helping the hurting. Pete also enjoys working with inmates at Kent County jail through SFM’s partnership with Forgotten Man Ministries.

R Wayne Downing

Warriors Set Free - Director of Operations

Wayne is the Director of Operations for 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 to Aimee, and they have one child still at home – their daughter, Emily. 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 helps lead Men’s Ministry at his home church, leads a Veteran Discipleship Ministry, and here at SFM (Warriors Set Free, The Road, Conquerors Series, and Reboot: Combat Recovery). 

Nora

Nora Joyce

Ministry Coordinator

Nora serves as part of the Domestic Ministry Team. She is the primary scheduler for Freedom Appointments. Nora is responsible for coordinating volunteer teams to meet with the ministry recipient. Her love for others and her desire to see that everyone has a seat at the table is just part of who she is at Set Free.

She is a retired teacher, and says that “she is excited and grateful to be a part of the Set Free Ministry Team.”

Hannah

Hannah Harrison

Child Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator

Hannah serves as the Child Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator at Set Free Ministries. In her role, she organizes and maintains the children’s profiles on the website, stays in contact with the East Africa team as well as sponsorship supporters, and advocates for the children globally. Since her trip to South Sudan Africa at age 11, Hannah has had a passion to be the voice for the voiceless and obey God’s command to look after orphans. As the Marketing Coordinator, she puts her God given talents to work in sharing the message of Set Free Ministries. 

Hannah is married to her husband Stephen. She graduated from Davenport University with a BBA in Marketing. If she is not working at Set Free, Hannah is running her portrait photography business on the side. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling across the country and internationally, reading a good book, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Sara Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Sara is the first person you interact with when you walk into Set Free Ministries; Sara serves as Set Free Prayer Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the staff.

She is married to her beloved husband Oscar; and has two daughters, Lidia and Evangeline. Sara is a Christian from Cuba, speaks English and Spanish, and enjoys spending time with her family. In addition to being a wife and mother, Sara is a student at Cornerstone University, where she is pursuing a degree in Human Services. She loves to help people and be in connection with the community.

Marty Johnson

Warriors Set Free - Ministry & Outreach Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

PART-Time Employees

Ben

Ben Benting

Accounting & Finance

Ben Benting has been a Set Free volunteer for about 15 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 23 years and is the father to 2 energetic boys, and 6 beautiful girls, ages 18 and under. He also serves as an elder at Body of Believers Community in Dutton.

Jim Faber

Development

Jim has been with Set Free Ministries since 2018 in a part-time capacity. His focus is on connecting with local churches and fundraising. 

Jim grew up in Byron Center, Michigan, and was educated at Byron Center Christian and South Christian, graduating in 1975.  He went to Calvin College briefly before opting to work for Windemuller Electric.  That summer work turned out to be a 10-year commitment to gaining his Journeyman and Masters Electrical License.  In 1999 Jim started his own facilities business.  He recognized a niche in the marketplace and addressed the need for a professional facilities maintenance company covering all the trades.  He sold the company in 2013.

Jim is married to Lori Fynaardt Faber since 1986.  He lives in Byron Center and has been there for 36 years. Jim and Lori had 3 children:  Mike, Stephanie, and Stacy. They have 7 grandchildren:  Caitlin- In Heaven, Dylan, Gracie, Jaxon, Elena, Saylor and Roen, and Lily.

CJ Yarrington

CJ Yarrington

Aftercare Coordinator

I came to Set free 2019 during the worst crisis of my life thus far. I then had my own freedom appointment, started attending some of the classes that were offered at that time and felt God urging me to volunteer. I feel a strong sense of the Holy Spirit leading me to help others who have believed the lies for so long. Yes, just like I did. My calling is to walk in the trenches with them and fight arm-in-arm with them to take back everything the enemy has stolen from them. What the enemy meant for evil, God will use for good, I am living that right now and I am excited to see where God will lead me to serve Him in the future.

I also love my other job as a school bus driver where I get to drive some of the best kids in Michigan to school every day.

Jeff

Dr. Jeff Stam

Founder of Set Free Ministries

and Director of International Ministries, Emeritus

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…and is retired as of October 31, 2020.