Ministry Founders

A Little About the Founders/Directors...

Eric and Maren Brandsma are the founders of 4 HIS Ministry, they serve along with their 2 wonderful children. Having moved to a small rural town they experienced first hand the need for a church restoration ministry, a deep desire to see churches healed and living to Gods potential was stirred.

They have been serving the Lord together for over 20 years.  The past 8 years they have been the ministry directors of 4 HIS Ministry.  Their family has worked in 6 churches serving 1 to 2 years in each through this church revitalization ministry. Prior to that they ministered in several churches as God moved them from Barrie, to Innisfil, back to Barrie and then to Stayner.  They served in all areas; children, youth, young adults, small groups, church board, Cleansing Streams Seminar, counseling, prayer ministry and fellowship ministries. The Brandsma's served hands on, in leadership roles and in developing ministries. Their ministry resumes are available upon request.

God has used trials, tragedies, comfort zones and far beyond comfort zones to stretch, shape and build them into obedient servants who could relate to people's hurts and trust God whole heartedly with their lives. The Brandsma’s look at life as an adventure planned by God. This shows in the excitement of their two children who are active in church and love to serve the Lord and His people.  

Eric was raised in a Christian home, but after facing several losses in his life he has developed a deep desire to see the family of God supporting and loving eachother.  He has a heart of service and the gift of helps. Eric has a heart for children and a spirit of fun which brings smiles to everyone he meets.  He is very gifted at analyzing and problem solving which is a great benefit to the churches we serve.

Maren had a very different life, coming from a non-christian home and having suffered years of abuse.  She has a heart for the broken hearted and a passion for seeing people healed and living to their potential.  Maren has been working with abused women and struggling teens for many years being gifted in counsel and compassion she has been honored to see God minister to and heal many people.  Over the years Maren has developed into leadership training roles, being a guest speaker and a retreat leader.  She is passionate about many of the lessons God has taught them and loves to share in seeing people grow.  Her passion and joy for life are contagious,when coupled with her skills in creativity and building ministry teams she inspires each church they serve.

It is the deepest desire of the Brandsma family to live for God in light of eternity, moment by moment. The Brandsma's sold their beautiful home 10 years ago and left their safe, comfortable life for a life of service.  On the road, not knowing where their housing and food will often come from , they have developed a very deep life of faith and trust in God's calling and wisdom.  In the past 8 years they have lived in 9 housing situations, ranging from attics to basements and including two stints in their trailer.  Their support does not always come in the form of finances,as God provides in many other practical ways. Provision comes through houses, food and even vehicles to use. They have both had to work outside of their ministry to meet needs but God has been gracious to provide enjoyable jobs.  As their funding slowly increases the Brandmas look forward to the day when they can both minister full time to these hurting churches without the constraints of needing to work outside of the ministry.



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