Hope Continued Workshops

Join us for Hope Continued Workshops, Saturday, November 6, from 9AM-2PM!

There will be 9 different options to choose from. You will hear real life stories of transparency, gain some helpful tools and have an opportunity for Q&A. Our hope is that those attending will leave with some healing, reconciliation and growth in their relationships and spiritual life.

Cost $20 includes lunch

Don't miss a NIGHT OF HOPE with Dan Seaborn and Water's Edge Worship on November 5! Learn more here.


Seeking the “Why” Behind all Addictions.

Michaela Cortese, LMSW, CAADC, ADS

This workshop will look beyond the behavior and explore the “why” behind addictions and compulsive behaviors. What is underneath the surface? What gives the addiction power and where do we find the strength to break that power? We will look at the most common contributing factors, the wounds and hurts that need to be healed, in order to find freedom, sobriety and a new life.

Michaela Cortese, has a Masters of Social Work (LMSW) and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) at Pine Rest. Michaela’s experience has been with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, co-occurring disorders, trauma, relational/marital conflict, domestic violence, and substance use. She utilizes therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Solution Focused therapy (SFT), Motivational Therapy (MI), and Narrative Therapy, to best meet the needs of her clients. She is EMDR trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) working toward certification.


Finding Hope with Food and Body Image

Lynelle Folkert and Heidi Lynema, RD, CBC

“The scale can ONLY give a numerical reflection of our relationship with gravity, that’s it … it cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength or love.” This workshop will talk about the dietary needs of our bodies and the labeling of the emotions we may be feeding. Unhealthy eating habits practiced for so long can reduce or eliminate the body’s hunger and fullness cues. Come to this workshop to hear personal testimonies and a registered Dietician who specializes in working with people who are struggling in their relationship with food.

Lynelle Folkert has been coaching both women and men out of their disordered relationship with food for over 25 years. Her story of bondage to unhealthy food thoughts with bulimarexia and compulsive eating transformed over time and she now lives in sustained victory. She leads the Eating Disorder and Body Image Open Share support group at Central Wesleyan’s Celebrate Recovery ministry where she also serves as the Training Coach on the Lead Team. Her personal understanding of the battle and direct talk about hard truths is what makes her experiential teaching compelling.

Heidi Lynema, is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC). Ms. Lynema serves as a dietitian through Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital and Health Plan Advocate. She has received certificates in Adult, Childhood and Adolescence Weight Management from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Lynema has been a dietitian for over 13 years and received her nutrition education at Western Michigan University and completed her RD/Dietetic Internship at Michigan State University. She enjoys gardening of all types, running and being active in her community.

Understanding Codependency and Control

Susan Rose

We all want healthy relationships but sometimes we have developed patterns of relating that leave us feeling frustrated, hopeless and confused. Codependency involves being too dependent on someone or something that cannot meet our needs. In this workshop, we will unpack what this looks like in real life and how it feels when we are acting as a codependent person. Terms will be explained, understanding will grow as we take a close look at unhealthy behaviors and why we do what we do with people and things. In this workshop we will gain access to new insights and tools to navigate codependency and control in our lives.

Susan Rose received her formal education in psychology from William Tyndale College. She got her practical education in codependency in an alcoholic marriage. She was trained as a speaker on the subject of Chemical Dependency at Maple Grove Hospital, Henry Ford’s Recovery Center. She spoke in the community on their behalf for 14 years. She has also lead many Bible and book studies. Susan and her husband, Greg have been married for 15 years and lead the Step Family ministry at Central Wesleyan Church, here in Holland.

Upgrading Your Marriage

Scott and Betsy Nuismer, LPC, CAADC

Ever wonder why the effort you put into your marriage goes unappreciated or seems to make things worse? Decades of research has provided a clear and powerful answer. In this workshop we will evaluate the cycle that grabs hold of many couples, why it makes us so miserable in marriage, and some of the key steps each person can take to overcome that cycle. Come learn how the work of Dr. Sue Johnson and Emotionally Focused Therapy can take frustrated hopelessness and turn it into a resilient bond.

Scott and Betsy Nuismer, marriage therapists and founders of Upgrade Your Marriage both grew up, met and married in Holland. They then moved out to Colorado Springs where their story of pain began. Loss of career, shattered trust through Scott’s pornography addiction, deep pain, codependency and infertility left their marriage on the edge of a knife. Over the next 8 years, through lots of learning, hard work, therapy, recovery, and training, they re-built a secure bond between them. It was then that God gave them both a clear calling to move back to Michigan and start a counseling practice that focused on marriage restoration. It has been their greatest honor to serve marriages in West Michigan for the last 5 years!

Healing our Emotions from Life’s Hurts, Habits and Hangups

Elise Zuber, LLMSW

Life is full of hurts, habits, and hang-ups and we’re often blindsided by their fallout. This workshop will focus on practical ways to navigate the many emotions we all encounter. What gives anger, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, emptiness and shame their power? How to find healing for ourself and how do we help our loved ones who are hurting. Elise will combine personal and professional experience as she shares how Jesus is the hope in our brokenness.

Elise Zuber is a licensed pastor and social worker. Elise loves using her experience and education to point people to the hope and healing that Jesus offers. In her role as the Care Director at Central Wesleyan Church, for the past three years she’s encountered many hurting people and is passionate about walking alongside people in a journey of Christ centered hope. She’s married to her high-school sweetheart, Duane, and together they have 6 children, two through birth and 4 through adoption, and three dogs.

Navigating Life with Teens and Adult Children

Joel Whitney, MA, LPC

In this workshop, Joel will be sharing the developmental tasks for the teen leading into young adulthood and the problems those can create for parents. The impact of mental health issues and general strategies will also be presented. You will learn different concepts of parenting models to navigate the journey every parent goes through with their teen and young adult. The session will also have time for questions and answers and possible next steps.

Joel Whitney’s passion and expertise lie in his love of kids and getting to know them. He excels at making connections with kids and parents and helping them navigate through the frustrations of family life to reach a place of peace and joy. Whether you have a two-parent family, single parent family, or step family, Joel can help you find new ways to thrive in your journey with your kids. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Master of Arts in Counseling. Joel has been working with kids since 2001 and has worked in both hospital settings and outpatient practice. His greatest blessing in life is his family, whom God uses to do his most significant work on Joel by working through them.

Fighting for Sexual Integrity, in an Over Sexualized World (men)

Noah Filipiak, BA, MA and Brian Fowler

This workshop will bring awareness, hope and tools for freedom, to every man’s battle. Led by Pastor Noah Filipiak, author Beyond the Battle and Brian Fowler, founder of The Uncovering. This workshop is for all men, not only for those who are struggling. We will share life stories, tools for protecting our families, thoughts on battling lust and seeking sobriety in an over sexualized world.

Noah Filipiak is currently the church planting pastor of Mosaic Church in the inner city of Grand Rapids. Prior to this he planted and pastored Crossroads Church in Lansing, Michigan for 13 years. He is the author of Beyond the Battle: A man’s guide to his identity in Christ in an over sexualized world and helps lead online groups through this book—more details at Noah blogs at and hosts The Flip Side Podcast. Noah has been married to his wonderful wife Jen for 17 years and is very outnumbered in his house, with three beautiful daughters! Noah’s personal story involves overcoming a porn addiction and the temptation to leave his marriage for a promiscuous life while serving as a pastor.

Brian Fowler has over 30 years of personal experience in the progressive battle for freedom from sex addiction and has walked with many men on their journey of recovery. Brian serves on Central Wesleyan’s Celebrate Recovery leadership team as a Training Coach. He also now serves as the West Michigan State Representative for Celebrate Recovery. Brian and Kim have been married for over 16 years. Brian is the proud father of 3 amazing sons and has 8 grandchildren.

His personal ministry information and workbook can be found at,

Striving for Sexual Integrity (women)

Sarah Young, MA, LPC

This workshop will support all women, including those in a relationship with someone struggling with pornography or sex addiction. Or perhaps you are the one struggling. How do we rebuild trust and intimacy after infidelity? How do we navigate sexual integrity and maintain a healthy body image, in an over glamorized world of sex and comparison. What is healthy sex and what are the boundaries of creativity within a Christian marriage?

Sara Young, MA, LPC, is a national speaker on marriage. She is a marriage intensive therapist with Hope Restored, a Focus on the Family brand, Sarah holds a Master’s in Counseling from Spring Arbor University, and has counseled individuals and couples for over a decade. She enjoys engaging people in the reality of the richness of God’s plan, and how He flips brokenness for His glory. Sarah has a specific heart for intimacy issues, and holds specialized training in sex therapy from the Institute for Sexual Wholeness. Prior to joining the Focus team, she was in private practice at the Winning at Home Wellness Center. She and her husband, Lance, have been married since 2003, and have three children.

Learning More about Celebrate Recovery

John Kruithoff and Wibke Rees

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-Centered, 12-Step Recovery Program for the entire family. Yes, the entire family. This workshop will explain how this program can help anyone with any issue. You will learn about the benefit of large and small group meetings and how more than 7 million adults have been helped. Learn about how “The Landing” is helping teenagers and what “Celebration Place” teaches children. CR material is also being used in jails and prisons. Learn how CR offers New Hope, New Life and New Friendships. Come and find out how Celebrate Recovery may benefit both you and your family.

John serves on Central Wesleyan’s Celebrate Recovery leadership team as the Assistant Ministry Leader. John and his wife Debra have been married for over 42 years, have two children and are the proud Papa and Nana of 4 wonderful grandchildren. John is retired after a 33 year career in law enforcement with the Holland Police Department where he served as the Chief of Police for 13 years. John has extensive personal experience with families dealing with dysfunction and individuals struggling with addictions. During his personal and professional life, John has struggled with issues of control and anger which led to a broken relationship with his son. Through his own personal journey of recovery, he has found victory in each of these areas.

Wibke serves as the Ministry Leader of Celebrate Recovery at Central Wesleyan Church. A German native, she has been married to Craig for 28 years. They have six children and has served in Christian ministry all throughout their married life. As a teenager, Wibke struggled with a severe eating disorder and depression. She knows firsthand how hard it is to overcome hurts, hang-ups, and habits and has found CR to be a great tool for deep healing – no matter what issues a person is struggling with. Wibke is passionate about helping others find healing and new life in Jesus. She loves sharing about Celebrate Recovery – she believes that this program truly is for everyone!


November 06




Chapel (Use Entrance D or G)