JACK, who serves as Lead Pastor of Lake Effect Church, received his Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, and Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has worked in both profit and non-profit organizations during his career, specializing in autism-related companies from 2004 to 2016.
JACK AND REBECCA SYTSEMA are the founding pastors of Lake Effect Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are both ordained Christian
ministers who have been involved in
ministry since 1993. They have
also been involved with
many autism groups over
the past several years.
REBECCA pastors at Lake Effect Church, serves as Director of Children of Destiny,
and works as a freelance author and editor. She has
coauthored eight Christian books to date. A list of
her books can be found by clicking
here. She works from home where she is first and
foremost mom to three great boys: Nicholas (18, full-syndrome non-verbal
ASD), Samuel (16, moderate ASD), and Trey (typically
first became interested in autism when our then 2-year-old
son, Nicholas, was showing signs of developmental delay
coupled with intestinal difficulties in mid 2000. In
January, 2001, he was diagnosed with autism. We believe
in the power of prayer and believe that God’s
hand is firmly on Nicholas’ life. We have implemented
several other interventions for Nicholas, including
the gluten- and casein-free diet, several biomedical
interventions, and an intensive program of Applied Behavior
A few years later we received a similar diagnosis for our middle son, Samuel. We have also implemented several interventions for him as well. While
each intervention has helped them come to new levels
of success, we firmly hold to the belief that the most
powerful intervention we have brought into our sons'
lives has been to give them over to God and allow Him
to order our steps. Although the
path has been a difficult one, we have seen steady progress
as God works new miracles day by day. God has yet to
disappoint us in any area with which we have fully trusted
can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.