Hephzibah House

721 E. 4th Street N.
Newton, Iowa

(641) 792-1232

info@hhnewton.org



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  Hephzibah House
721 E. 4th Street N.
Newton, Iowa

Phone
(641) 792-1232

E-mail
info@hhnewton.org


 

Volunteer Staff

BeLinda Thomas
BeLinda is actively involved in the everyday operation of Hephzibah House, putting to use her having "been there" knowledge and experience. She currently volunteers her time to Jail Ministry and has worked with many women who have struggled with their past and have had difficulties coping with their present. She is a member of the Community Accountability Board, serving as a Mental Health Advocate for the Re-Entry Program in Linn County. Her desire is to see all women set free from bondage and develop a closer relationship with the Lord.

Amber Dolezal, Program Director
Amber has been involved in ministry since High School when she began going on missions trips.  Since then God put a desire in her heart to teach and encourage women to find freedom and their identity in Christ.  As the Program Director her primary responsibilities are to develop a program and class schedule that will benefit each participant and to find class facilitators.  Amber is involved with the daily activities at Hephzibah House as well as facilitating classes, writing the quarterly newsletter, public relations and speaking, volunteer coordination and other administrative duties.



Betsy Lehman, House Mother
Betsy became the House Mother after she graduated from the Hephzibah House program. Her responsibilities as a House Mother are to keep the women accountable to follow the house rules. She is also in charge of the cleaning and cooking schedule, grocery shopping, as well as any other House maintenance or projects.
"I am excited to be able to grow alongside the women who come to the Hephzibah House. I hope and pray for them all to find God's love, to hunger for the things of God and to know His purpose for their lives, and depend on God to build healthy relationships and a support group in the Christian community. It is a blessing to be able to use the gifts God gave me to be an encouragement and see God transform lives."

Chris Flake, Mentor & Events Coordinator
Chris is a native of Newton and works as a Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator for the Dental Practice in Newton, Iowa. Chris has been involved with Jail Ministry and is currently a leader at Celebrate Recovery. Her ministry at Hephzibah House is to match mentors with each participant to help the women build relationships and a support system within the community and church. Chris also helps to plan and execute numerous events at Hephzibah House. Chris is the mother of two adult children. She loves the Lord and desires to serve Him in all she does.

Board of Directors

Dennis R. Thomas, President
Dennis is a General Contractor by trade and owns a highway contracting business. As a contractor, he has worked with several different Governmental agencies and officials and has had 27 years experience overseeing all the facets of a business. He is a member and is actively involved at Community Heights Alliance Church. God has called him to lead several different short-term mission teams into Mexico. He is a father of four and brings his love for Christ to this Ministry

BeLinda L. Thomas, Executive Director
BeLinda is actively involved in the everyday operation of Hephzibah House, putting to use her having "been there" knowledge and experience. She currently volunteers her time to Jail Ministry and has worked with many women who have struggled with their past and have had difficulties coping with their present. She is a member of the Community Accountability Board, serving as a Mental Health Advocate for the Re-Entry Program in Linn County. Her desire is to see all women set free from   bondage and develop a closer relationship with the Lord.

Jeff Panknen, Board Member
Jeff is an Advanced Personnel Management Specialist with the Iowa Department of Administrative Services. He has been in this position for 1 ½ years following 15 years with the Iowa Department of Corrections at the Newton Correctional Facility. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the corrections side of the system and uses this knowledge to bring success to the Hephzibah House. He attends Community Heights Alliance Church, where he serves as a Worship Team member, Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team and an Elder. Jeff is married to Kathi, has two children and on grandchild.

Kathi Panknen, Treasurer
Kathi is the Office Manager at Community Heights Alliance Church and brings administrative skills as well as her experience in Jail Ministry. She is also the ministry leader of the Celebrate Recovery Ministry to the church. She has served the church as a Women's Bible Study leader, small group leader, and as part of the Worship Team. She desires to see men and women set free from addictions and hurts.

 


Galyn Vande Zande, Board Member
Galyn is a board-certified family practice physician with an interest in obstetrics and pediatrics. He has served Bethany Christian Services as a board member for many years. He also served as medical director of Pella Hospice. Galyn is an active member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church. He brings experience in dealing with troubled young women to the ministry with the prayer that they may feel God's healing hand.


Lori Vande Zande, Secretary
Lori, a homemaker and mother of three, has served in various volunteer capacities for several Pella-area organizations, including her church's Coffee Break ministry where she worked with 2 & 3 year olds. She is actively involved in Jail Ministry and enjoys the mentoring aspect of this program.

 

 


Chris Flake, Mentor & Events Coordinator
Chris is a native of Newton and works as a Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator for the Dental Practice in Newton, Iowa. Chris has been involved with Jail Ministry and is currently a leader at Celebrate Recovery. Her ministry at Hephzibah House is to match mentors with each participant to help the women build relationships and a support system within the community and church. Chris also helps to plan and execute numerous events at Hephzibah House. Chris is the mother of two adult children. She loves the Lord and desires to serve Him in all she does.

 
     
     
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