MEET OUR STAFF
Dominic Palacios, Co-Pastor (Interim)
Pastor Dominic Palacios came to Hope Fellowship in October of 2019, charged with the role of Interim Pastor. Pastor Dominic came from Holland, Michigan, to Colorado with his wife, Kristen, and three children, Josephine (5), Solomon (3), and Gus (1). Pastor Dominic was ordained as a Minister of the World in Michigan on October 5, 2008 followed by four years at Holland Heights CRC and five years at Harderwyk Ministries, both in Holland, MI.
Michelle VanDenBerg, Co-Pastor (Congregational Life)
Pastor Michelle VanDenBerg has been pastoring at Hope Fellowship since August of 2017. Pastor Michelle graduated from Western Theological Seminary in May 2017 and was ordained as a Minister of the Word, here at Hope Fellowship, on November 17, 2017. Pastor Michelle enjoys pastoral care, spending time creating meaningful faith formation experiences for people of all ages, and connecting people in our congregation to each other and to the community. Pastor Michelle also enjoys preaching once a month and playing the piano in worship from time to time as well. Pastor Michelle is married to Mark and they are celebrating 22 years of marriage in 2020. Mark and Michelle have three boys, Henry (18), Oliver (15), and Linus (11). They love living in Denver and taking their dog, Lucy, on hikes in the mountains.
Allie VanOss, Director of Worship
Allie VanOss, Director of Worship, joined the staff at Hope Fellowship in June of 2020 from Holland, Michigan. Allie graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Ministry, and is currently pursuing her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver seminary.
She has been thoroughly enjoying exploring all that Denver has to offer: beautiful hikes, paddle boarding on lakes, and spending time with family and friends. Allie is passionate about leading the people of God into His presence in worship, and excited to serve the Hope Fellowship community, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ together!
Trish VanDusseldorp, Office Assistant
Trish VanDusseldorp is native to Colorado! With a BSW in Social Work, she has experience serving members of the community in a number of different ways. Trish and her husband, Nathan, keep themselves very busy with two girls, Elizabeth (13) and Abby (10). They enjoy CU football and have held season tickets for nearly ten years. They also enjoy spending time in Colorado’s beautiful mountains, participating in and watching sports, playing golf, and spending quality time with family and friends throughout the Denver area.
Trish is very excited to be a part of the ministries at HFCRC and looks forward to growing closer in her walk with God and getting to know the incredible staff members at Hope Fellowship!
Position Open, Youth Ministry Director
Jocelyn Swalley, Children’s Ministry Director
Jocelyn, her husband Bryan, daughter Lola (13), and sons Elijah (11) and Jayden (6) are thankful to call Hope Fellowship Christian Reformed Church “home.” Jocelyn is a native Californian and graduate of Azusa Pacific University. After earning her bachelor’s degree in English, Jocelyn relocated with Bryan to his home town of Centennial, CO and became a member at Hope Fellowship. Jocelyn has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as a Sunday school teacher, Calvin Camp Board President, and Shepherding Deacon.
Jocelyn is passionate about sharing Christ’s love with all children and is thrilled to be able to serve the church and the community in the Children’s Ministry Associate position. In their free time the Swalley’s love to ski and explore all over Colorado!
Sandra Perez, Director of Custodial Services
Sandra Perez, our Custodian, is a long-time employee of Hope Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. Sandra was born and raised in Guatemala. In her spare time she enjoys taking walks and spending time in the mountains. Sandra and her husband Victor have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Sandra likes working with the people here at Hope Fellowship and enjoys the compliments that the church folks give her about the cleanliness of the buildings and the grounds.
Sandra and Victor also spent a number of years running a ministry called Cascade of Hope which serviced the Hispanic community in North Denver. It as a great joy of theirs!
Dick Sander, Business Manager
Dick Sander, our Business Manager, is a long time member of the CRC and has spent many, many years in the Denver community with his wife Sonja. Dick and Sonja raised their boys here in Denver where they attended Denver Christian.