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Mission

Cultivating intentional Christian fellowship to strengthen the bonds between reformed and presbyterian young adults and their churches.

Maxim

Abide is for young adults, led by young adults, with guidance from church leaders.

Vision

To see faithfully Reformed young adult gatherings near every NAPARC congregation in North America, whether led by Abide or another faithful effort.

  • Abide began in Central California, but it’s been spreading throughout the US through the leadership of young adults in other locations. Locations center upon Areas led by an Area Coordinator of Events (ACE). Areas located near one another are encouraged to form a Regional Management Team to oversee their cluster of Areas and to put on a Regional Retreat. Abide can be brought to any location with a few NAPARC congregations nearby, so church leaders and young adults are encouraged to learn more by visiting our Volunteer Page.

  • Area events take place under the leadership of an Area Coordinator of Events (ACE). Areas are approximately 50 to 100 miles in reach, depending on the density of NAPARC congregations. Area events provide local opportunities to gather with like-minded believers 3 to 4 times a year. Events include hikes, camping trips, beach days, service projects, conferences, and the like. All events include scripture reading, devotions, and prayer to encourage a warm and welcoming, Christ-centered and God-glorifying atmosphere. Learn more about Areas by visiting the “Abide by You” section on the home page.

  • Annual Regional Retreats provide a wonderful opportunity to gather and hear messages from God's word, sing God’s praise, delve deeper in prayer groups, and enjoy activities and leisure. All young adults are welcome to attend so long as they understand Abide operates from a distantly Reformed perspective. Messages are led by a NAPARC minister on a theme that is relevant to young adult life. Worship services are overseen by the elders and ministers of Trinity URC. Past speakers are Angelo Contreras, Chris Gordon, Greg Lubbers, Jon Bushnell, Joel Beeke, Paul Murphy, and Mark Jones.

  • Originally called West Coast Reformed Fellowship, the organization formed in 2016 among the young adults at Trinity URC in Visalia, CA. Regional Retreats have been held each year since 2017, and dozens of Area Events have taken place in numerous locations. In 2022, WCRF became Abide. With a new name came a renewed mission and vision to better serve young adults throughout the US. In 2023, we hired a parttime administrative assistant to assist our volunteer team of more than twenty young adults. We invite you to visit our history page to learn more.

  • Every Abide volunteer and employee undergoes an onboarding process that consists of education and training, an endorsement from their local elders, and a criminal background check. The Board of Directors provides leadership and direction to the Regional Management Teams and the organization as a whole. The Regional Management Teams oversee an annual regional retreat and the various areas within their region. Together all Abide volunteers and employees use their gifts to glorify God and serve one another. The Consistory of Trinity United Reformed Church of Visalia, CA provides spiritual oversight to the Board of Directors.

  • Our prayer is that all Abide participants " ... may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light." (Col. 1:9-11)

About

Abide hosts events and retreats for all young adults who desire intentional Christian fellowship among like-minded peers, particularly those from reformed and presbyterian churches. We partner with people and churches of NAPARC and NAPARC-like congregations that are confessional, covenantal, and committed to the historic reformed faith. 

Abide is a volunteer organization that operates by the efforts and collaboration of dozens of young adults with varying skill and life experience. We work together to provide enjoyable and edifying opportunities for our fellow young adults to grow in grace for God's glory.

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Ethan Lindenmulder

Area Coordinator of Events: North Jersey

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Ethan joined Abide in 2024. He is a member at Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Ethan is excited for the opportunity to connect with other young adults. He works at Ecobat Resources as an industrial mechanic/welder and has been there for about two years. Some of his hobbies include working on old trucks and motorcycles, exploring the outdoors and reading.

David Visser

Southwest Regional Team Financial Manager

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David joined Abide in 2023. He is a member of Trinity United Reformed Church in Visalia, California. He greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow believing young adults at Abide events in the last few years, and is excited to help Abide continue gathering young adults in Christian fellowship. David works as an Administrative Analyst at Self-Help Enterprises in Visalia, a non-profit organization providing a variety of low-income support services to the Central Valley. In his free time, David enjoys playing soccer and video games.

Sydney Bovenkamp

Area Coordinator of Events: Washington

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Sydney joined Abide in 2023. She is a member of Bellingham United Reformed Church, in Bellingham, WA. She joined Abide because she has enjoyed many Abide events, and wants to give back by becoming part of the process and giving other like-minded young people a chance to connect and grow together. She is excited to start becoming more involved with Abide, to learn how to organize events, outreach, build relationships, and to be a meaningful witness in the lives of others. Sydney works as a server and host at an Asian restaurant in Burlington, and enjoys experimenting with different art mediums, from painting to photography to cooking up new recipes.

Hope Garrett

Administrative Assistant

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Hope joined Abide in 2023. She attends the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Franklin Square in Franklin Square, New York. She enjoys using her gifts to help further God's work through Abide and she loves seeing Abide grow and seeing all the connections that young adults are making around the country. She works for Abide as their part-time Administrative Assistant. Hope enjoys taking day trips to New York City, watching football and hockey, going to the beach and spending time with her husband, David and son, Calvin.

Will Kooima

Board of Directors: Treasurer

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Will joined Abide in 2023. He is a member of Trinity United Reformed Church in Visalia, California. Will joined Abide to better use the gifts that God has given him to serve God’s kingdom. He works at a Self-Help Enterprises and has been there for 4 years. Some of his hobbies include reading and hiking.

Ben Smit

Northwest Regional Team Retreat Committee

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Ben joined Abide in 2023. He is a member of Covenant Grace United Reformed Church in Lynden, Washington. As an Abide volunteer, it is Ben’s desire to help organize local retreats within the Pacific Northwest and to unite God’s people in an age when personal connection can be so difficult. Through Abide, he has had the privilege of meeting some of the finest people and forging new friendships along the way. Ben is a full-time Millwright at PPCO in Ferndale, Washington. He does services and repairs on all types of equipment and has been there for over 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to podcasts, reading, doing a DIY project, enjoying coffee with friends and strength training.

Tim Abborino

Board of Directors | Southwest Regional Team Database Manager

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Tim joined Abide in 2022. He attends the First United Reformed Church of Chino in Chino, California. He enjoys using his gifts with technology and databases to help further God's Kingdom through Abide. He enjoys seeing the growth of relationships and connections made through Abide and the fellowship that is fostered among young adults from different backgrounds. Tim works as a Data Scientist for the Department of Defense. His favorite hobbies include playing video games, rock climbing, strenuous hiking, and being outdoors.

Stacy Ratzlaff

Southwest Regional Team Retreat Committee

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Stacy joined Abide in 2018 and is a member of Trinity United Reformed Church in Visalia, CA. Stacy enjoys connecting with other young adults through Abide events and appreciates the Christian fellowship that Abide provides to post-college graduates. Stacy works remotely as a Closing Administrative Assistant for a real estate company. She is married to Michael, and her favorite hobbies include reading, coffee, and traveling.

Olivia Tarbell

Area Coordinator of Events: North Texas

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Olivia joined Abide in 2023 alongside her husband, Brett Tarbell. She attends Faith Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Garland, Texas where she and Brett also lead their young adult ministry. Volunteering with Abide has been a source of joy to her because she loves seeing the relationships that develop when young adults spend intentional time together, with a focus around God and His Word. Olivia is an admin assistant for a local childcare center and also works at a local plant nursery. She loves making sourdough, the occasional half marathon, and smothering their pup with cuddles (his name is Copper!) Olivia and Brett are also expecting their first child in April

Nicki Imperato

Executive Director | Area Coordinator of Events: Colorado Springs

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Nicki joined Abide in 2023. He is a member at Black Forest Reformed Church (RPCNA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nicki joined Abide because he saw a need in his area for NAPARC denominations to have a greater degree of fellowship. Nicki is the Director of Spiritual Life and Bible Faculty at Evangel Christian Academy. He is responsible for setting up chapels and morning devotions at the school. He also has taught OT Survey, NT Survey, Worldviews, and Personal Fitness. He is married to Kimia and enjoys reading and playing pickleball.

Michael Ratzlaff

Southwest Regional Team Retreat Committee

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Michael joined Abide in 2022. He is a member of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California. Michael loves the emphasis that Abide places on cultivating intentional Christian fellowship through all their events and the rich friendships that have resulted from that. Michael works as a Flight Test Engineer in Ridgecrest, California, and his favorite hobbies include surfing, board games, camping, and reading. He is married to his wife, Stacy.

Lauren Reeves

Southwest Regional Team Retreat Committee

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Lauren joined Abide in 2023. She is a member of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California. She enjoys helping bring Christian young adults together in fellowship, and to strengthen one another's knowledge of the Lord. Lauren works as a recreation leader for the city of Yorba Linda, and a substitute child care teacher for the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District. Lauren enjoys running and reading in her free time.

Kyle Kortenhoeven

Area Coordinator of Events: Greater Los Angeles

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Kyle joined Abide in 2022. He is a member of First United Reformed Church in Chino, California. He joined Abide because he loves being able to connect with people around the country and it’s a great opportunity to serve a need in the church for young adults to get connected and spend time in fellowship. Kyle is the Resident Director at Providence Christian College. Some of his hobbies include exploring southern California and going to the beach or going hiking with his dog, Fred.

Keane Anrig

Southwest Regional Team Chairman

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Keane joined Abide in 2023. He is a member at Grace Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California. He joined Abide after seeing the value of creating events to have young reformed adults make new connections. Keane works as a prosecutor. Some of his hobbies consist of traveling, reading, being involved in politics. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Erica.

Esther Enas

Area Coordinator of Events: California Delta

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Esther joined Abide in 2022. She is a member at Zion Church in Ripon, California. Esther enjoys volunteering with Abide because she enjoys the magic that happens when young adults fellowship shoulder-to-shoulder and face-to-face through their common bond in Christ. It’s fun for her to facilitate opportunities for fellowship. Esther is a nurse and her hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading and learning about bees and honey.

Andrew Cruz

Area Coordinator of Events: Central California

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Andrew Cruz joined Abide in 2023. He is a member of Sovereign Grace Church in
Bakersfield, California. He joined this organization with the desire to bring more reformed young adults to our community to further know Christ, with cultivating intentional fellowship. He is a Geomatics Engineer. His hobbies include college football, CrossFit, and time at the beach.

Adrianna Bushnell

Southwest Regional Team Retreat Manager

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Adrianna was part of the group that started Abide in 2016. She is a member of Trinity United Reformed Church in Visalia, California. Adrianna joined Abide to help young adults connect with each other and grow in fellowship as they maneuvered from after college and high school into the work world and facing all the challenges that come with that. She works for a Real Estate Team as the operations manager. Some of her hobbies include reading, volunteering and camping.

Richard Otten

Board of Directors: Vice-President

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Richard joined Abide in 2023. He’s a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in the Woodlands, Texas. He hopes to use his business experience to help Abide grow as he believes it has amazing potential for connecting young believers. Ever since he attended his first Abide retreat in 2021, Richard has been excited about the idea of bringing together like-minded young people around the country in Christian fellowship. Richard manages a number of small companies across the US, and enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and traveling with his wife Rebecca

Nicole Dotinga

Board of Directors

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Nicole joined Abide in 2019. She’s a member of Lynden United Reformed Church in Lynden, WA. Nicole gets excited about Abide because she thinks it is good for Reformed young adults to realize that they are not alone. Some of her hobbies include hiking and art.

Marianne Balt

Board of Directors | Southwest Regional Team Vice-Chairman | Southwest Regional Team Events Manager | Area Coordinator of Events: San Diego

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Marianne joined Abide in 2020. She’s a member of Escondido United Reformed Church in Escondido, California. Marianne decided to volunteer with Abide after seeing how being intentional about fellowship in her own church benefitted herself and those around her in their walks with Christ. Marianne works as a dental hygienist and loves all the stories she hears. Some of her hobbies are reading, trying new recipes (usually baking) and planning
her next trip.

Annika Downard

Board of Directors: Secretary and Webmaster

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Annika joined Abide in 2022. She is a member of Trinity United Reformed Church in Visalia, California. Annika enjoys volunteering with Abide because she enjoys meeting new people and serving others. She is a business planner for Microsoft and some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, drinking coffee, and making new friends. Annika is excited to see how Abide can grow to serve other young adults!

Brett Tarbell

Board of Directors | Area Coordinator of Events: North Texas

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Brett joined Abide in 2023. He is a member of Faith Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Garland, Texas. He began volunteering to help Abide expand across the country for the sake of deepening fellowship among reformed young adults. He works in digital marketing for an apologetics ministry located in California. Brett enjoys relaxing with his wife Olivia, troubleshooting tech, and hiking every now and then.

Jesse Hooyer

Board of Directors | Southwest Regional Team Technology Manager

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Jesse joined Abide in 2019. He is a member at Trinity United Reformed Church in Visalia, California. Jesse became an Abide volunteer so that he can utilize his gifts to work with like minded young adults to help strengthen the church. He is an Assistant Project Manager for a General Contractor and enjoys working on cars, including his jeep, bundling things, and 3D printing.

Kellan Bateman

Board of Directors: President

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Kellan joined Abide in 2021. He’s a member of Trinity United Reformed Church of Visalia in Visalia, California. Kellan enjoys serving with Abide because it targets a demographic he's passionate about and wishes to see flourish in the Lord. He’s an accountant by trade currently working in the grain trading industry. In Kellan's free time, he enjoys hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains and shooting with friends.

Meet the Team

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