About Bible League Volunteers

Founded in 1962, Bible League Volunteers support Bible League International through prayer, public awareness, and fundraising. Volunteers with a heart to place God’s Word around the world are representatives of Bible League International in their local churches and communities.

Find your local Volunteer Division

Bible League International Volunteers have 23 specific geographic Volunteer Divisions in 501 churches nationwide. Find the Division nearest you, or learn how you can start your own!


Tuscaloosa Division Bill Rose, (205) 758-1606


Central Valley Division Lorraine Van Beek, (559) 752-4945


Denver Division Cathy Van Donselaar, (303) 771-4805


Southwest Chicago Division Judy Vander Wall, (708) 745-1617


Illiana (NW IN-Chicago) Doris Van Drunen, (708) 672-9945


Northwest Iowa Division Katie Haan, (712) 722-0714
Central Iowa Division Judy Oppewall, (641) 780-6431

Grand Rapids North Division Anita Brink, (616) 363-2918
Grand Rapids South Division Jeanne Roosien, (616) 698-1950
Holland Division Jan Van Dyke, (616) 399-4549
Kalamazoo Division Garnet Rau, (269) 532-1439
Kenowa Division Debra Rillema, (616) 772-6192
Muskegon Division Nellie Kuzma, (616) 414-5430
Newaygo County Division Jessie Rose, (231) 924-2412
Northern Michigan Division Elaine Diemer, (231) 825-2751
Zeeland Division Beverly Jaarsma, (616) 399-6939


Southwest Minnesota Division Hermina Jouwstra, (507) 442-8313
West Central Minnesota Division Sandy Wubben, (320) 212-0944


Wisconsin Division Marlene Wierenga, (920) 324-3013

Consider Starting a Division

Partner with us in providing Bibles to people around the world who need the gift of God’s Word the most. As a Bible League International Volunteer, you will make a lasting Kingdom impact.

Email Connie Reitsma, Director of Volunteer Development, to learn how you can start a Volunteer Division in your community.


2017 Bible League International Volunteer Retreats

The theme of the 2017 retreats is “A Light for the Nations.” As we serve by praying, educating our congregations, and raising funds for ministry, we ask you to join us as we continue to provide His Word. Our ministry focus this year is Africa. Through the donations raised, we send Bibles, biblical resources, and provide training throughout the under-resourced Church in Africa.

We invite any individual, group, or church to register and join us at one of our five Midwest retreats.

All retreats feature a speaker, include a meal, and Christ-honoring worship.

Michigan Retreat

Speaker – Kendra Smiley
Concert – Scott Griffin and Burt Kettinger
Location – Friendship Christian Reformed Church, Byron Center, MI
Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Minniakota Retreat

Speaker – Kendra Smiley and Jos Snoep
Concert – Valley Male Chorus
Location – First Reformed Church, Sioux Center, IA
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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Central Iowa Retreat

Speaker – Jennie Afman Dimkoff
Mini-Concert – Barbara Boertje De Vries and Phyllis De Vries
Location – Calvary Christian Reformed Church, Pella, IA
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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Wisconsin Retreat

Speaker – Jennie Afman Dimkoff
Mini-Concert – New Generations
Location – First Reformed Church, Waupun, WI
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Illiana Retreat

Speaker – Kendra & John Smiley, Jos Snoep
Concert – Men of A-Chord
Location – Faith Church, Cedar Lake, IN
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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For questions, please email Connie Reitsma. You can also call 708.367.8595 for assistance.

Joining the Race

BL Volunteers - Clair and Diana
“In Hebrews 12, God’s Word tells us as Christians, to ‘run with perseverance the race marked out before us,’” says Clair, a representative for his church and former National Director. “Running this same race was Moses, Gideon, Peter, and Paul, and we are only 20, 50, 100 generations after them. The race goes on. We cannot quit.

“It is a baton race. Through Bible League International ministry, we are passing the baton. A Bible is placed in the hands of someone who desperately needs it. When God takes that Bible and blesses it, transformation takes place. Look what He did with a piece of bread and a few fish. Imagine what He can do with a few Bibles.” “This is a God-given opportunity for us to join the race—teaming up to work together.”

His wife agrees. “I’ve known about Bible League International since childhood,” says Diana. “When I retired from teaching, I became an active Bible League International Volunteer serving as a Division President for nine years. Working for a cause greater than me brings happiness.”