Pastor Paul Aasman
Arlene Alkema, Program Director
Prior to becoming program director in June 2016, Arlene volunteered for seven years with the weekly Life Skills program for women. Developing relationships is the cornerstone of Streetlight’s m
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.
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 and live in the Stipley Neighbourhood.
Tracy Lynn Hoeksema, Mentor
Kristen Schulenberg, Administrative Coordinator
Kristen Schulenberg joined the Streetlight staff in March 2018, taking over the role of administration and bookkeeping. She completed a two-year course at Mohawk College in Office Administration and worked in the field for five years before taking some time off to raise her two boys. She resides in Vineland with her husband Ryan and their children Joseph and Hunter. She is new to Streetlight but has been involved in various organizations within the Canadian Reformed Churches since she was a child. Although she is not always at the Streetlight Centre, joining the Streetlight staff was a way for her to broaden her horizons and become more involved in mission work in her own backyard. What a blessing it is to freely serve our God and church at work!