UCO Grand Rapids

UCO Grand Rapids

Who We Are

University Christian Outreach in Grand Rapids began with a group of students at Grand Valley State University who had seen the way the Lord was working through other UCO chapters around the country and had a vision of bringing the same enthusiasm and life to their own campus. Now students from Grand Rapids Community College, and Calvin College are also involved with the UCO chapter in Grand Rapids.

Our Staff

  • Mikayla Thibodeau
    Mikayla Thibodeau
    Mission Leader
  • Melanie Gross
    Melanie Gross
    Administration
  • Danielle Gross
    Danielle Gross
    Mission Leader
  • Daniel Woltanski
    Daniel Woltanski
    Mission Leader
  • Angelique Nowak
    Angelique Nowak
    Formation Program
  • Brian Laba
    Brian Laba
    Mission Supervisor
  • David Williamson
    David Williamson
    Formation Program Director
  • Eric Olivero
    Eric Olivero
    Mission Director
  • Nestor Arguello
    Nestor Arguello
    Mission Leader
  • Mikayla Pardon
    Mikayla Pardon
    Mission Director
  • Katie Lennon
    Katie Lennon
    Mission Leader
  • Rachel Pepmeyer
    Rachel Pepmeyer
    Mission Leader
  • Sarah Williamson
    Sarah Williamson
    Mission Supervisor
  • Noel Delgadillo
    Noel Delgadillo
    Chapter Director
Mikayla Thibodeau
Mission Leader
Melanie Gross
Administration
Danielle Gross
Mission Leader
Daniel Woltanski
Mission Leader

Daniel grew up in the tiny Michigan town of Kent City. He became involved with UCO as a student at Calvin College, where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science in 2016. He felt a desire to pursue ministry directly out of college, which led him to join UCO Grand Rapids. Daniel loves taking walks in God’s creation and spending time having intentional conversations with friends. Occasionally he spends free time slaying dragons.

Angelique Nowak
Formation Program

Angelique grew up in Michigan. She served 2-3 years on staff for UCO Lansing 10+ years ago, then went on the serve the local community youth group for 6 years. Now she is back to work for UCO Grand Rapids. Angelique serves as assistant director for the formation program and is enjoying walking along side young woman as they choose to follow our Lord in a more profound way every day. Her hobby is making useless wise cracks during staff meetings. Angelique is married to a wonderful man from Wisconsin and has 2 beautiful children with number 3 making their debut in late May.

Brian Laba
Mission Supervisor

Brian grew up north of Detroit and first encountered UCO during his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan where he studied Resource Ecology Management (trees and dirt).  Upon completing his undergrad last millennium (just barely, December of 2000 graduation) he began serving on staff with UCO in various places including Ann Arbor, Belfast (Northern Ireland), and currently Grand Rapids.  Along with being a Mission Supervisor in Grand Rapids he also works on various regional teams and provides outside support to the chapter in Pittsburgh.  Brian is a member of the Servants of the Word, a missionary brotherhood, and made his lifelong commitment in 2009.

David Williamson
Formation Program Director

David Williamson loves adventure — especially the great adventure of following the Lord of the Universe. He studied Greek and Intellectual History at the University of Michigan and is currently working on a Masters of Theological Studies at Calvin Seminary. He uses his experience in life to lead the Grand Rapids Formation Program. When not working for UCO you can find him sailing, woodworking, or playing with his kids.

Eric Olivero
Mission Director

Eric grew up in Macomb, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He’s been serving in UCO full-time for the past three years. He was a student leader in UCO while at U of M, and upon graduating moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland to serve with UCO there. He moved to Grand Rapids in 2014 to join the UCO staff at GVSU first as a mission leader and now as a mission director. He loves to play classical piano and has a history of ardently fighting to resurrect the faded glories of the mustache and the recorder.

Nestor Arguello
Mission Leader

Nestor is from Miami, Florida and graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Architecture in 2013. After working at a prestigious firm in Miami, he felt called to more fully engage a life of prayer and mission. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has experienced spiritual formation through living with the Servants of the Word brotherhood, working for UCO Grand Rapids to build a stronger men’s environment, and serving in the community. Nestor enjoys building, drawing, playing sports, dancing to latin music, and sitting by the fire. Statistics show he is the one Michigan resident who enjoys snow.

Mikayla Pardon
Mission Director

Mikayla Pardon grew up in small town Imlay City, Michigan. After graduating from high school in 2009, she began attending Grand Valley State University (GVSU). This is her second year serving with the UCO chapter at GVSU but her first year serving as a Mission Director. Her desire to share Christ with those who are most in need and to serve other women was among the main reasons she chose to serve with UCO. Her favorite thing about this work is building deep and Christ-centered relationships with students. Mikayla enjoys visiting Detroit, being by the water, baking and adventure.

Katie Lennon
Mission Leader

Katie Lennon was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to West Michigan to attend Grand Valley State University for a degree in Marketing. This is Katie’s first year working on staff for University Christian Outreach and works part-time as a Women’s Mission Leader at GVSU. Katie has always been a pursuer of the arts and works part-time as the Director of the Theatre Arts Program for Sacred Heart Academy. Some of her favorite hobbies include long walks in the great outdoors, quality time with friends & family, and pursuing beautiful things!

Rachel Pepmeyer
Mission Leader

Rachel is from Pittsburgh, PA or as the locals say, “Pixburgh”. She is the second oldest of seven children and has all brothers. Feeling called from a very young age to be a stay-at-home mom, she skipped the university route and went straight to work as a nanny after graduating high school in 2011. After being convicted by the Lord to move away from the comforts of family and home, Rachel landed in Grand Rapids, MI where she is in her first year of UCO work. Rachel finds great joy in being active outside, creating pottery, and writing snail mail.

Sarah Williamson
Mission Supervisor

Sarah is an Ann Arbor native who graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English, French, and Secondary Education. But instead of teaching high school, she started working for UCO. When not doing UCO, Sarah loves to play Scrabble, speak French, cook yummy homemade food, and spend time with her wonderful husband David and adorable son Noah–the two great loves of her life.

 

Noel Delgadillo
Chapter Director

Noel Armando Delgadillo was born and raised in Miami. He received his B.S. in Liberal Arts from Florida International University. He has been serving and working for UCO since the Fall of 2006. He currently serves as the Chapter Director at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. After experiencing the deep and transformative love of Christ and wanting to give back to Him and others what he had freely received, Noel started doing mission work with a missionary brotherhood, the Servants of the Word. Interests: pushing the limits, soccer, coffee, building community, polar plunges, music, the Psalms, laughing, Founder’s breakfast stout…

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