Illuminate student ministries

Growing together.

Whoever you are, wherever you're from, you are welcome here.

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

Illuminate Youth Meetings:
Wednesday Evenings
(1st + 3rd of month during school year)
6:30 - 8:00 PM
For youth in 6th - 12th grades

The vision behind the heart of our Illuminate Youth Ministry comes from Matthew 5:14-16: “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

GLC's Illuminate Youth is lead by Jen + Ryan Vrooman. If you have any questions about Illuminate Student Ministry please contact our team at  

Illuminate Leaders

Illuminate Student Ministry is led by Ryan and Jen Vrooman. They have been married since 2008 and have 4 children together. 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.  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.  
Together, they previously worked with high school students at The Chapel in North Canton and Jen was previously employed at The Chapel in their college ministry Campus Focus 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