Vanden Heuvel comes with a passion to continue ReFrame’s long tradition of providing prayer and pastoral care for those who seek spiritual support through its family of media programs.
“I want people to know how much they are loved by God,” says Vanden Heuvel. “There are no issues or problems too great for God to address, or sins too big for God to forgive. There is no pain so dark and crushing that God's light cannot penetrate. God promises that we will never be alone.”
One of Vanden Heuvel’s main responsibilities is to coordinate ReFrame’s team of more than 5,600 prayer volunteers. Every week, this team prays for the hundreds of individuals who request prayer through one of ReFrame’s six programs. Emily organizes these prayer requests and sends about 15 requests to each prayer warrior.
Another part of Vanden Heuvel’s role is to equip these prayer partners with resources that will help them grow in knowledge and gain confidence for their prayer lives.
“Over the past five years, ReFrame Media’s Prayer Ministry has grown exponentially,” explains Steven Koster, director of ReFrame, “With over 5,600 prayer team members and hundreds of prayer requests each week, we knew this was an area the Spirit was guiding us to invest in. We’re excited about how Emily’s heart for people and commitment to excellence will play a big role in that.”
Prior to ReFrame, Vanden Heuvel worked for 12 years as a chaplain, where she cared for children and adults in crisis and trauma recovery.
She also has experience in providing pastoral care and spiritual support in church, hospital and workplace environments. She regularly preaches and teaches in churches and schools, and offers training on faith formation, compassion fatigue awareness, and creating a trauma-sensitive culture.
Vanden Heuvel graduated from Kuyper College before earning an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, she was endorsed as a chaplain with a particular focus on crisis care and counseling.
Would you like to share a prayer request? Or would you like to join our ReFrame Media Prayer Team? Visit ReFrame’s prayer page.