Pastor Paul Aasman
Mieke Aasman, Program Director
After attending the Child & Youth Worker program at Mohawk College, Mieke has worked with children and youth in different environments and situations. She joined the Streetlight staff in 2010 and since then has had the privilege to work with many youth, especially teens. Knowing the vision, creative power and drive youth have, Mieke seeks to empower them to become aware of these gifts and use them for the glory of God and the good of their communities. Mieke’s responsibilities have recently expanded to include oversight of all Streetlight programs, support of volunteer-led programs, as well as an increased involvement in neighbourhood initiatives. Mieke is forever learning about God’s grace—how it changes her life and the lives of those around her. This is what she hopes to share as she lives and works in downtown Hamilton.
Marietta Linde, Administrative Coordinator
Marietta Linde joined the staff in September 2015, taking over the role of administration and bookkeeping. She completed the two-year business accounting program from Niagara College in 2010 and has since worked in this field. Marietta is relatively new to the Streetlight scene; however, she has been involved in various church and community organizations in her hometown of Dunnville, where she resides with her four children. Joining the Streetlight staff was a way for her to broaden her horizons and become more involved in mission work in her own back yard. Marietta is always in awe of the grace the Lord has bestowed in all life’s circumstances and enjoys sharing these blessings with others. However, so often our desire to teach others turns out to be the Lord teaching us and opening our eyes to new things as He continues to fulfill His work all around us. What a joy to witness Him at work!
Erik Hoeksema, Youth Worker
For over ten years Erik served the Streetlight community as a volunteer and in the church leadership. In 2014 he and his family said goodbye to Streetlight and joined Rehoboth United Reformed Church in suburban Hamilton, where he took on the job of Outreach Director. Erik loved this job, but within a few years he felt the call to return to Streetlight. He joined the staff as a Youth Worker in the spring of 2017. In his youth he would have never dreamed of pursuing work in urban ministry. Erik grew up in rural Niagara, but when he attended McMaster University he grew to love urban life and specifically the City of Hamilton. He earned his B.A. (Hons) studying social geography topics such as urban renewal and community planning. His love for the city slowly merged with his growing involvement in outreach ministry (which was largely due to his wife’s long-time involvement at Streetlight). Now, Erik enjoys working with youth in the downtown of Hamilton, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with any one he meets, and teaching young people that life in Christ’s Kingdom is possible, enjoyable and comforting. He and Tracy Lynn have four children.
Danielle Heemskerk, Youth Worker
After attending a Service Week trip through Campfire Bible Camp while in highschool and having the opportunity to meet members of the Streetlight community and serve on the property, Danielle was amazed by the work God was doing in downtown Hamilton. Following that, friends invited her to serve alongside them at the Kids Club and Kingdom Seekers programs. She was also able to volunteer with the teen girls club of the Waterdown chapter of Youth for Christ. These experiences led her to pursue a job at Campfire Bible Camp, after which she was hired to cover a maternity leave at Streetlight. Danielle became a member at Streetlight soon after and now divides her time between covering the maternity leaves of her female co-workers, working as a part-time waitress, and enjoying life downtown with her husband, Tyler, and their two cats. She loves serving the children and youth of the Beasley neighbourhood and feels blessed to belong to such a loving, faithful, vibrant church family.