Illuminate student  ministrY


"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."  Proverbs 22:6

Illuminate Student ministrY

Our Illuminate Student Ministry is for teens + youth in 6th-12th grade!


Illuminate Youth Meetings:

  • Thursday Evenings
  • 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • Good Shepherd Church, Amherst
  • For Youth in 6th - 12th Grades

GLC's Illuminate Youth is lead by Jen + Ryan Vrooman. If you have any questions about Illuminate Student Ministry please contact our team at staff@greatlakeschurch.net.  If you are joining any of our events, be sure to download +  complete our Medical Release Form. Download our Medical Release Form >>

Illuminate Leaders

Illuminate Student Ministry is led by Ryan and Jen Vrooman. They have been married since 2008 and have 4 children together (ages 8, 6, 3 and 2).  Together they enjoy hosting groups and friends in their home, eating and enjoying fellowship together.


Ryan graduated from Malone College with a degree in business administration. He is a police officer and also serves in the U.S. Army Reserves. Ryan loves playing with his young kids and enjoys woodworking projects. 


Jen holds a degree in communication studies from Malone College, with a minor in youth ministry. She went on to earn a Master of Christian Studies from Trinity International University.  While Jen’s full-time job is staying home with their kids, her part-time passions are  drinking coffee and encouraging others!


Together, they previously worked with high school students at The Chapel in North Canton from 2006-2008 and ministering to our youth has been an on-going passion in their hearts. Jen was previously employed at The Chapel in their college ministry Campus Focus from 2008-2011 before relocating north as a family to Lorain County. Great Lakes Church has been the Vrooman’s church home since 2016 and Ryan and Jen are excited to spend time with 6th-12th graders, investing into the next generation while passing the baton of the Gospel on to them.


If you have any questions about Illuminate Student Ministry please contact our team at staff@greatlakeschurch.net.