Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Christopher Benczkowski - President

Christopher Benczkowski - President

Christopher.Benczkowski.FLC@gmail.com

Christopher (Chris) Benczkowski is the Senior Director of Estate and Gift Planning for the American Cancer Society, based out of the Grand Rapids office.  As a Planned Giving Officer, Chris gets to work with donors interested in combining their desire to give to charity with their overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. Chris reminds his donors that their planned gift gives them a special connection with the Society and those gifts will help those touched by cancer— now and for years to come. Chris first became aware of the Family Life Center (FLC) while doing research for a Sunday School class on local ministries for his church. In January of 2017 the Lord called Chris to begin serving on the board of the FLC, where he intends to bring his God-given talents of fundraising and leadership to glorify the Lord and serve the most precious of lives. Chris and his wife, Allison, celebrate the sanctity of life through the blessing of their two children Maxwell and Charlotte.

Tom Lothamer - Treasurer

Tom Lothamer - Treasurer

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Tom Lothamer began his ministry with Life Matters Worldwide when he was appointed to the board in 1985. In 1990, he became a staff member, serving as the Director of Finance and Development. And finally, on January 6, 2003, Tom was appointed as President of LMW. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BS degree in Secondary Education and an MA in Education Administration. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Life Matters Worldwide is an international pro-life ministry dedicated to helping the church address sanctity of life issues (from pre-born to end of life) through research, education, publications, training, and the development of biblically based, evangelistic, and compassionate outreach. It also provides support and assistance to pregnancy care centers through staff and board training, strategic planning, and regional conferences. Additionally, LMW partners with mission agencies to prepare missionaries and foreign national leaders to do pro-life evangelistic ministry throughout the world.

Sue Glashower - Secretary

Sue Glashower - Secretary

Sue.Glashower.FLC@gmail.com

My husband, Jeff & I, live in Allendale with our 6 children and attend North Blendon CRC. I work part time as a Property manager for my family's business. As an adoptive mom, I have a heart to support young women who choose LIFE for their child whether that's through adoption or parenting. I have been involved in the Family Life Center in various ways over the last 8 years as a board member (past & present) , transportation volunteer, and child care volunteer. The Family Life Center provides a vital need in our area to show Christ's love to young women in need. I have seen lives changed!

Melissa Bouma

Melissa Bouma

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Melissa Bouma is a Relational Ministry Program Leader at Love In the Name of Christ of SE Ottawa County and the City of Grandville. She has the honor to work with families and individuals who have raised their hand for a change and aid them on their transformative journey. Melissa works closely with volunteers who serve in the Life Skills Program -- empowering the volunteers and families to see the God-given dignity and gifts they have been blessed with is while helping them grow in their relationship with Christ.  With a Master's Degree in Social Work, Melissa desires to leverage her knowledge and skills to positively impact the programming for the mothers being served at the FLC. Melissa's work with other maternity homes has brought the FLC to her attention and during the summer of 2019, she felt called to act on the call to serve on the board. Melissa and her husband Daryl live in Grandville with their two children, Hunter and Hanna. 

Richard Prahl Jr. (JR)

Richard Prahl Jr. (JR)

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Richard Prahl Jr. (JR) is the general manager at JHP Fasteners, Inc. Previous to this he was in tool and die, a gunsmith and a houseparent for seven years at the Family LIFE Center along with his wife Rochell. JR and Rochell have four children. JR is currently serving on the board of directors at the FLC and Rochell is the program coordinator there.