UFM Staff

Staff

Urban Family Ministries is blessed with a dedicated and closely-knit staff.  Also, there are over 200 volunteers that support the ministries of Urban Family Ministries.

Arlene DeYoung — We are happy to announce the Board of Directors has hired Arlene DeYoung to take on the position of Executive Director for UFM. Many of you know Arlene since she has been very active as a volunteer with Super Saturday/Wild Wednesday and has hosted several small group gatherings at her home.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors and has the heart to serve the Lord.  Arlene comes to us with 20 years of experience in the corporate arena at Amway and Meijer where she has gained valuable leadership, task-oriented, and relationship skills to help bring the organization to the next level.   We are very excited about the future of UFM and what she will bring to the table. She would love to meet anyone for a cup of coffee, feel free to shoot her a text or email.

 

 

Elijah Libbett — Elijah joined the staff in the fall of 2016 and continues to teach the rest of the staff about the urban culture. Elijah is involved in Men’s Ministry and community outreach. He has opened the UFM building to many families in need of a place to hold a repast (funeral dinner) and other family gatherings. He supports men who have been in prison for more than 10 years and helps them re-acclimate back into society. Elijah also hosts the neighborhood men offering them a place to share life and have meaningful conversations while playing cards, pool, ping pong or just by watching a game. Elijah has opportunities to share how Jesus changed his life and is able to be an example to the men in the community.

Noelle Gable — Noelle started volunteering with UFM in 1998 when she moved to Grand Rapids and became full time staff in the fall of 2002.  Noelle supervises programs, interns, and does outreach to families and churches. Noelle has a degree from Central Michigan University and has worked as a program director for a Christian camp.   Noelle has been here from almost the beginning and “can’t imagine life without the relationships I’ve built through UFM.”  While Noelle loves being called mom by the kids she has parented, her greatest joy in life is being called “Grandma” by very special little boys and a little girl.

 

 Maddie Berce — Maddie joined staff in the fall of 2017 to take over the Super Saturday program. Maddie does so much more than just Super Saturday. She is building relationships with families, walking life with them in their grief and celebrating the joys. Maddie also has been learning more about the cultural differences and what our families have to face when it comes to racial injustices. Maddie keeps very busy with the Super Saturday program bringing new ideas to make it more exciting and special for the kids. Maddie graduated from Kuyper College with a Youth Ministry degree and graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care. She married her husband, Peyton, in December of 2018 and he also volunteers at Super Saturday.

Katie Mollhagen— Katie joined our staff in the spring of 2021.  Katie served as a volunteer for several years driving and leading games for Super Saturday as well as coordinating the teenage boys’ basketball and Bible study, and then took a break. She is excited to be back, and is responsible for keeping the vans in working order.  Katie is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree majoring in Physical Education and a minor in Elementary Education.

 

LaTonya Anderson — LaTonya joined our staff in September 2021 after serving as our first Parent Intern.  She is working part-time as program support to all the programs.  LaTonya has volunteered over the last few years where her gifts and talents were recognized and enhanced over the summer being our Parent Intern.  LaTonya is married with eight children and five grandchildren.  Together with her husband, they own a Christian company created to educate the community in understanding that a firearm is to preserve life, not take life, called “My Brother’s Keeper.”  They are the first African American couple owned business like this and are both certified teachers offering classes for concealed pistol license.