Church Partners

​​In Eastern Ottawa, we are committed to partnering with the local church. We believe that we are better together than apart. The Young Life Church Partnership Program is the biggest and most visible way that we model that value. Eastern Ottawa Young Life was born out of two churches and their Young Life Church Partners in 1994, and we have had a long standing tradition of partnership with the church ever since. Below you will find our current Young Life Church Partners and their partner churches. These Young Life Church Partners are full-time employees of the church and the church allows them to spend a percentage of their time doing Young Life. We see them as an extension of our staff.

Find out more about the Young Life Church Partnership Program. 

​Chris Curia - Fairway CRC

Chris grew up in Chicago before he moved to Grand Rapids to attend Calvin College. During college, he was a volunteer Young Life Leader at Forest Hills Northern. After he graduated in 2017, he became a Young Life Church Partner at Fairway CRC in Jenison, Michigan.

On top of running the church's youth group, Chris is a Team Leader at Jenison High School.

​Ben Kroeze - Hager Park Church

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Ben is from Grandville, MI. He attended Calvin Christian High School before he started attending Kuyper College where he will be graduating with a Ministry Leadership Degree. During his time at Kuyer, he spent some time abroad and was a volunteer Young Life Team Leader for 4.5 years. Now he is a Young Life Church Partner at Hager Park Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan.
On top of running the church's youth group, Ben is a leader at a local WyldLife Club.

Gina Abbas - Jamestown Harbor

Gina is orginally from California. That is where she grew up and attended college. She got her BA in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry at San Diego Christian College and her MA in Christian Education and Youth and Family Ministry from Azusa Pacific University. She has over 17 years of full time student and pastoral ministry experience. Some of her earliest youth ministry experiences were with Campus Life, a similar organization. She also served as a WyldLife Leader at Jenison Jr High when she was working at another church in town. Gina is a gifted writer. She not only writes for places like Youth Specialties and Orange but she also wrote a book called A Woman In Youth Ministry.
On top of running the church's youth group, Gina is a Leader at Riley Street Middle School. 

Gina, her husband Tim and their three kids, Josh, Jenna, and Julia live in Jamestown/Zeeland.

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