United States Team Members
For the past 20+ years Naomi has served in both domestic and international ministry organizations – through broadcast radio, in developing media / communications products and strategies, and by building and mobilizing teams around a common missional vision.
From 2005-2013, Naomi was head of communications for the Lausanne Movement. The 10 years prior to that she led communications for the U.S. Lausanne Movement (Mission America Coalition). Naomi also served as Vice President of Global Media for Our Daily Bread Ministries, giving leadership to the development and production of radio / audio programs, TV programs and short films, and was Interim Chief Operating Officer at visionSynergy, a ministry that helps advance the Great Commission by developing effective networks. Naomi is a founding member of Lausanne Global Analysis, serves on the Editorial Board, and is a member of the Lausanne Movement Communications Working Group. Naomi also serves as the Program Director for the 2019 International Orality Network (ION) North America Regional Conference taking place in Toronto, Canada, 3-5 October 2019. Naomi and her husband live in Michigan.
Every day working as ASM’s operations manager is different, and that is probably why Wanda loves the job. She considers it an honor and a privilege to be a part of the ministry. When she is not working, Wanda enjoys vacations with her husband and family, outdoor activities three seasons of the year, and reading by a fire in the fourth one. She also enjoys hanging out in downtown Holland, MI.
“Can you please read it to me again? I’ve never heard that story before, and I just want to close my eyes and listen to it again.” Joshua will never forget that moment, as a neighborhood friend heard the story of Jesus for the first time. Joshua grew up on the mission field as a “third culture kid” and saw first-hand the power of God’s Word heard in someone’s own heart language. The Holy Spirit uses it to transform lives, whatever a person’s cultural context. Ever since he realized his own great need for Jesus, Joshua’s passion continues to be for the least-reached and Gospel-destitute people of the world.
Before joining ASM, Joshua had a background in promotions and radio broadcasting, with a master’s in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a bachelor’s in Applied Linguistics, ESL, and Bible from Moody Bible Institute.
As ASM’s Communications and Development Manager, Joshua has the privilege of sharing the stories of God at work across the world, and inviting others to join in with what God is doing. His desire is to develop the partnerships and resources needed to reach every person still waiting to hear God’s Word, so together we can delight in our Savior and faithfully fulfill His Great Commission.
Chris is a graduate of Hope College (Holland, MI) where he studied Religion, Psychology, and Ministry. He then studied at Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI), before joining the team at ASM. In his current role at ASM, he enjoys drawing from his interests in ministry and mission, teaching, social justice, and information management. Previously, he has also taught in several West Michigan grade, middle, and high schools as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher. In both ministry and education contexts, he has witnessed the difficulties faced by many in our communities who must overcome challenging home situations or economic circumstances. Chris is passionate about the Christian call to respond to these needs as Jesus would, so that all people, regardless of socioeconomic status or life circumstance, may see their dignity, their worth, and “may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19, NIV). Chris’s desire to help people overcome language and literacy barriers worldwide is expressed through his work at ASM, where the mission is to help “[provide] the Bible in audio that all might have the opportunity to hear God’s Word in their own language.”
In his free time Chris loves spending time with family and friends, reading, enjoying nature, singing, and supporting/participating in the theater arts.
Chris is an active volunteer in his local church, serving on both the worship team and in children’s ministry.
Jonathan joined ASM to enthusiastically combine his love for ministry with his daily work, as he applies his skills and education to follow the calling God has put on his life. He is a graduate of Davenport University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and has work experience in sales, administration, and customer service. Jonathan grew up in a Christian family that prioritized the work of the ministry, and he continues to be actively involved. He currently serves as a Co-Pastor of New Life Nazarene and as a board member for the Holland-based nonprofit, Harvest of Generosity. For Jonathan, being part of the ASM team means more opportunities to help share the Word of God with those who have not yet heard.
Sarah started working with ASM early on in the year 2015. Sarah and her husband Patrick have been interested in Audio Scripture Ministries for a couple of years and had been trying to find a way to partner with what they believe is an inspiring and worth-while mission. When she’s not at work, Sarah designs graphics for New Chapel church in Grand Rapids, and Lifepointe Church in Clarksville. Her attention to detail and eye for graphic-design are skills that we are excited to have as part of our team. In her spare time you will often find Sarah curled up in a sunny spot with some tea, a good book, and whatever craft she currently has going.
Lloyd is a retired pastor. In the 1970s, he was introduced to Dr. Ronald Beery, the founder of ASM, by his father, Edward Wolters, who was Ron’s colleague at Hope College. Edward was impressed by what Ron was doing to help missionaries spread God’s Word by providing “timely technology for the timeless Truth.” Ever since, Lloyd has tried to lift eyes to the harvest of non-readers in the world who are ready and eager to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd. He emails churches and individuals about ASM’s work, also inviting groups in West Michigan to come to visit us. Lloyd owns a complete replica set of Aaron’s garments, as designed by God and recorded by Moses in Exodus 28. He presents this preview of our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, for no charge, but he does require permission to do a “commercial” for ASM. Another of Lloyd’s hobbies is beautifying the yard around his home. Still another hobby is playing his trombone with the Grace Gospel Band. The band visits retirement and nursing homes on Monday evenings and gives all of its honorariums to ASM.
Don Lang has walked with the Lord most of his life. He graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Oregon State University and worked for Electric Utility Companies for 40 years. Don had been married for 28 years when his wife unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack in 2010. This event marked the beginning for him of a renewed and enhanced spiritual walk as he allowed the Lord to navigate for him through this most difficult season. Don has a son and daughter who experienced the same amazing love the Lord can offer. Don’s testimony and story is an example of God’s restoration, unerring leading, infinite compassion and unconditional love. When Don experienced one of life’s most difficult challenges, the Lord strengthened his faith and showed him the best of times are still ahead.
Mexico Team Members
Jim and his wife Jamie have served in full-time missions since 1986; first in Guatemala, then Oaxaca, Mexico, and currently at the home office of Audio Scripture Ministries in Holland, Michigan. Their main role is to coordinate the recording and distribution of audio materials in Mexico. To date, the recording ministry they founded in 1994 has produced 85 complete New Testament recordings and 50 dubs of Jesus films in the indigenous languages of Mexico, as well as many Old Testament portions, stories, and summaries. Through local church leaders and team trips, the Lokers have distributed thousands of audio Bibles in over 80 language areas.
The Lokers have seven adult children and ten grandchildren scattered across five time zones and three countries. Besides family, Jim and Jamie also enjoy hosting short-term teams, sharing their passion for reaching indigenous people groups with scriptures in their mother tongue. Jim’s favorite hobby is talking to internationals he meets while in the U.S. and showing them how to access phone apps with audio and video scripture materials. Jamie’s pastimes include reading, writing, and intercessory prayer.
To learn more about Jim and Jamie and the ministry work they’ve done, visit their blog at lokerministry.blogspot.com
Diego G, Coordinator of Technology
At age 20, Diego’s studies in computer technology landed him a job at a federally-run radio station focused on multilingual broadcasts to different ethnic groups. There he learned more about the diverse people groups of Mexico and their languages. God was preparing him! As he became involved in a local church, Diego responded to the Lord’s call to full-time ministry.
“Here we are, Lord. Send us.” Shortly after their wedding in 2010, Diego and his wife Luz humbly accepted the invitation to move from Baja California to Oaxaca, Mexico. They had met at seminary while preparing for pastoral ministry, but when they heard about the need for a recording technician, they prayerfully discerned God’s leading.
After two years of traveling throughout Oaxaca state, recording, editing, and distributing audio Scripture materials together as a couple, God blessed Diego and Luz with their first child. They started a church in Mitla, close to the recording studio. Today they have three young children, and their thriving multicultural congregation is doing outreach in a neighboring village.
José G, Recording Technician and Distribution Coordinator
Jemima G, Recording Technician and Assistant Distribution Coordinator
Benjamin B, Recording Technician
Miguel M, Recording Technician
Isaias M, Recording Technician
Mozambique Team Members
Nearly one billion people worldwide can’t study the Word of God because they can’t read, and this is especially true in the country of Mozambique, where just 20% of the population is literate. As director of African operations for ASM, Chad oversees audio Scripture training, recording, and distribution projects throughout Africa, particularly in Mozambique. He travels from his base in Mozambique to new project locations in order to set up recording and distribution programs and train personnel in recording equipment and techniques.
Sergio Muianga, Director of Xai-Xai Studio
Sergio Muianga has been pastoring since 2002. In 2003, he saw how positively people responded to audio materials in their own language. After he finished studying at the Wesleyan Bible College, Sergio felt the Lord calling him into the ministry of helping people hear God’s Word through recording and distributing it.
In 2005, he began working with this ministry, because “many do not have a chance to read a Bible, and it is often difficult to get a written Bible. But an audio Bible makes it accessible to all.”
He especially enjoys the technical aspects of editing the audio to make it as good as possible, so when many people listen, they will all enjoy a high quality recording. Sergio and his wife, Juliet, and their three children live in Xai-Xai, Mozambique.
Estêvão Macambaco, Recording Technician and Distribution Coordinator
Joachim Domingos, Recording Technician
Compassionate Care Team – Mozambique
As a nurse with a background in hospice and palliative care, Dara has seen a huge need in Mozambique to provide this type of specialized care. Many people live too far from a health care setting to even access basic health care services. When someone has a terminal disease or is suffering from pain or any type of debilitation, they may only know a life of suffering. By using a team of trained locals, palliative care is being brought to areas which otherwise would be living with no health care options. The team addresses social, physical, spiritual and psychological issues with a heavy emphasis of using audio Scripture materials to bring the hope and healing of the gospel to those nearing the end of life.
Rabeca J, Compassionate Care Worker
Mariana R, Compassionate Care Worker
Rabeca F, Compassionate Care Worker
New Harvest Farm – Mozambique
Salvador R, New Harvest Farm Manager
Board of Directors
Jamison Worst, President and Board Chair. Realtor
Jamison serves as Chair of the ASM Board of Directors. His passion for getting God’s Word into the hands of those who need it—combined with his energetic leadership and years of experience in finance and business—strengthen the team. Jamison loves telling people about Jesus Christ, and he, and his wife, Kristen, have been on a number of mission trips, seeing individuals and communities be transformed by the word of God in audio. Jamison and Kristen are also active in their local church; Jamison has served as president of the Deacons Team and as Congregational Life Director, and they both currently serve on the Worship Team. Jamison and his family make their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Ann Hemmeke, Vice President and Vice Chair. Optometrist
Ann Hemmeke serves as vice-president of ASM. As an optometrist, Ann has ministered to visually impaired people in several countries, and has seen the joy on their faces when receiving an audio version of God’s Word. Ann’s desire is for people around the world to experience that same freedom of accessing God’s Word in the most suitable format, to help them grow toward spiritual maturity. Ann and her husband, Brian, and their two children, live in Zeeland, Michigan where they are involved in a local church. Ann also serves on the Board of Trustees at Zeeland Christian School.
David Hickey, Treasurer. Ordained PCA Elder, Retired Engineer
Dave Hickey is one of the longest serving ASM Board members. An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, an Adult Sunday School teacher, and a lay pastor, Dave also brings wisdom and expertise from his years working as an Engineer and Manager in local manufacturing businesses. During some of the dark valleys of life, Dave saw firsthand how God uses His Word to bring comfort and hope, like in Psalm 23. When Dave was introduced to ASM in 1986 (then known as PRMI), he saw the great importance of helping bring God’s Word in people’s own heart languages, so all will hear of the salvation found in Jesus. Dave and his wife Renee live in West Michigan.
Tom Vanden Berg, Secretary. Administrative Pastor
Tom serves as Secretary of the ASM Board of Directors. He became involved with ASM because of a desire to help make the word of God available to the large number of people around the world who cannot read. He has cross-cultural ministry experience, having served as a missionary in Norway from 1990 to 2000. Since 2001, Tom has been one of the pastors of First Baptist Church in Zeeland, Michigan with responsibilities related to teaching, missions and church administration. He and his wife, Kristi, have three grown children.
Brian Petroelje, Director. Physician
Brian has served as a director on the ASM board since 2016. Years ago, a Perspectives Course helped him develop a heart for reaching those yet unreached, and he has since spent time overseas serving people at various mission hospitals in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Kenya, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and India. Brian resonates with ASM’s passion to reach the unreached with God’s Word in audio, overcoming the challenges of illiteracy and Bible poverty, and partnering with like-minded organizations to connect more people to God’s Word. He works as an infectious disease physician through Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, since 2008. He and his wife and their three children live in Walker, Michigan.
Ryan Wood, Director. Senior Product Manager
Ryan Wood joined the ASM Board in 2017 and currently chairs the Development Committee. Having lived overseas and traveled widely for both military service and business, Ryan has a heart for people who do not otherwise have access to God’s Word. His desire is to use his marketing management experience to help ASM share the Good News. Ryan works for a privately-held manufacturer in the outdoor industry and lives in southeast Michigan with his wife and four children.
Luanne Hoekzema, Director
John Smith, Director
John Smith* has served on the ASM Board since April 2019. John served for a decade as a language school director and, as part of an international team, provided support to local congregations. He is convinced that bringing the Word of God in an accessible way is a task crucial to reaching people worldwide with the Gospel. John says, “God’s Word is powerful and active, and will bring about the transformation that God wills, for each person, as they hear His Word in their own language.” *John Smith is a pseudonym for this ASM Board member who is ministering in a creative access location.