My name is Stephen Nylen. 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, Cadence, Cora, Clara), a grandpa to 2 grandsons (Isaiah, Elijah), a church member of Harvest Orthodox Presbyterian Church, an army veteran (DV), a veterans horse therapy chaplain and a street preacher. I’ve been engaged in street ministry for a decade. 7 of those years, I have been open air preaching and leading a small team as I accomplish the Lords work of Frontline Street Ministry, in the streets of Grand Rapids, MI. I have recently begun my official Candidacy as a full-time, non-ordained, Evangelistic Worker with Reformed Evangelistic Fellowship; a sending and housing agency for evangelists who hold to the historic reformed faith.
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/contexts include the GR Abortion clinic, Crisis Response (local murder/crime scenes), annual outreach events, the Comanche Project and partnerships or collaborations with other evangelistic ministries.
Be encouraged to take a look at our Frontline Street Ministry Local Advisory Board and see whos got my 6!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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.
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