My name is Stephen Nylen. I am a Full time Street Preacher and Veterans Chaplain in Grand Rapids, MI.
By God’s grace alone, I am a Christian.
Within that identity, I’ve been blessed with many roles. I am a husband to the beautiful Jessica Nylen, a father to 4 daughters (Leyanna DeVries, Cadence, Cora, Clara), a grandpa to 2 grandsons (Isaiah, Elijah), a member of Harvest Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a team member of the Reformed Evangelsistic Fellowship.
I’ve been engaged in street ministry for a decade. As a Street Preacher I lead the Lord’s work of Frontline Street Ministry in the streets of Grand Rapids, MI and as the Chaplain of Equine Assisted Developments Comanche Project I bring Veterans into contact with the Gospel through horse therapy.
At Frontline Street Ministry, we exist to worship the Lord, grow in faith, bless our community and equip the saints to witness to the world, with humility, in truth and in love with boldness and urgency, the Law of God, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the call for sinners to repent, believe and be born again to worship the Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit according to sound doctrine as we see in the Bible. (we believe that ‘sound doctrine as we see in the Bible’ is best expressed in the Westminster Confessions of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms, which are subservient to the Holy Scriptures).
One of our primary locations for ministry is on Burton and Eastern. It is an inner city intersection located on the SE side of Grand Rapids, where I grew up, that contains a melting pot of many different people, with urban culture backgrounds. Predominantly, it houses image bearers who are often considered poor and outcast. The Street corner serves as a primary crosswalk for this neighborhood which makes it a prime spot to proclaim the Good News in a variety of ways. We mainly do this through tract distribution, sign holding, one on one conversations, mercy ministry and street preaching.
Other regular street ministry locations include the 320F Abortion clinic, Annual Events in Downtown GR, the FSM Street Preachers Training Course and joint efforts with other evangelistic ministries.
Come see what the Lord is doing, Be encouraged to take a look at our Frontline Street Ministry Local Advisory Board and see who’s got my 6!
Acts 20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Soli Deo Gloria
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