John and Jennifer are passionate followers of Jesus who have a desire to obey the commandment Jesus gives to his followers to go and make disciples. They have been called to go into the world bringing Jesus to the lost, hurting and broken. Rather than simply adding numbers to the local church, John and Jennifer have the passion and desire to make disciples who make disciples, causing an exponential growth throughout the church.
While in Michigan, which is where they originated from, John and Jennifer focus on making, teaching, training, and multiplying disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of simple house church gatherings and one-on-one discipleship relationships. John and Jennifer have also come alongside different local and national ministries teaching and training their staff and volunteers how to duplicate this within their own life and ministry context.
John and Jennifer, along with their three children; Blake, Dallas, and Bridger, have been serving as disciple-makers on the island of Puerto Rico since 2014. Poor, government subsidized, project communities are where they do most of their work. A large majority of which they minister to are either unchurched or de-churched. John and Jennifer have a strong desire to gain access into the most dangerous community on the island, La Perla. Access into La Perla has been a prayer since 2014 when they were told never to enter, by local church leaders. They also have started work on all three U.S. Virgin Islands. Their passion and commitment to the Caribbean people resides at the heart of why they continue to pursue the commission of disciple-making even in the midst of a natural disaster. The Hoogeveen family lived in Puerto Rico from 2014-2017 until Hurricane’s Irma and Maria hit causing them to lose most everything, forcing them back to Michigan for a short period. They rejoice at the ability to return once again living among the people they love, serve and disciple.
John and Jennifer’s heart is to see the entire Caribbean reached for Jesus, having communities of Christians who are making disciples of Jesus represented on every single island in the Caribbean chain. They plan on remaining in Puerto Rico, using the island as a base for their work throughout the Caribbean. As they travel to other islands, they will locate local persons of peace and train them up to be disciples who make disciples in their own culture.