Carolyn Jones van Heezik
A Spirit-filled worshipper at heart with a love of God’s wisdom, intercessor and teacher, Carolyn‘s ministry flows in the multi-cultural, multi-contextual landscape of Europe’s international Christian community. Carolyn puts her vision for the European English Aglow like this: “The unique bond I have seen the Holy Spirit create among us not only transcends our differences but creates a place for God’s Presence, where He equips and energizes us to meet the unique challenges of our day. Christ in us, the hope of glory!” A New Zealander by birth, Carolyn moved to the Netherlands at the age of 12. She lives in a new town just outside The Hague, called Zoetermeer, with her British husband, Mark. This is where they raised their three sons. Carolyn has more recently become a doting grandma! Carolyn and Mark are active members of St John and St Philip’s Anglican church of The Hague.
Charlane brings a wealth of experience, wit and wisdom as a Christian woman, leader, prayer warrior and intercessor. She believes in preparing herself and the women she serves for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in the continent of Europe and beyond. A great passion is to see the younger generation transformed for Jesus Christ and so she is not only a mother to her own children but “mothers” many other young people in her sphere of influence. She believes in a God of No Limits… A Jamaican national, Charlane was assigned in 1988 to work in Europe by the Jamaican Foreign Service. Shortly after her arrival, she became an active member of the English-speaking Aglow in Belgium and served on the Brussels English Aglow Board from 1991 to 1993. Resigning from the Jamaican Foreign Service in 2001 to focus on her young family and to answer the call to join God’s Foreign Service full-time, she later returned to Belgium, and got involved with Belgium’s French-speaking Aglow as intercessor and speaker. Then God shifted her back to the Brussels English-speaking Aglow where she served as President from 2007 to 2015. Charlane is married to Raphaël Maryns and has four children. She is an active member of the Vineyard Church in Brussels, Belgium.
Sharmila is a gentle woman of pure and effective prayer, heartfelt worship and vital, enduring service. Her stated aim is to impart her knowledge to the women and encourage them. She has a remarkable “With the Lord I can!” approach to all she puts her hand to – true woman of faith. Raised in a Roman Catholic family in her native Sri Lanka, Sharmila was introduced to a Catholic charismatic prayer group as a teenager. This was a turning point for her personal faith as she experienced the renewal of a Spirit-filled walk with the Lord. After marrying her Dutch husband, Martin, in Sri Lanka, she relocated with him to the Netherlands, where she discovered an English-speaking Aglow group in her neighborhood. Aglow became a spiritual home, a challenging training ground for Sharmila, and a place of great service and Christian ministry. Sharmila lives in Leidschendam with her husband Martin and three children. They are members of The Church of Our Saviour, International Catholic Parish, The Hague.
Sandra is not only a worshipper with an extraordinary freedom in the Spirit but also an accomplished singer-songwriter. As worship coordinator, Sandra is the ‘go-to’ person for training and resourcing worship ministry in the European English Aglow. Sandra formed At Breaking Ground (@BG) – an ensemble which aims to go to ‘dry places’ and release people into a refreshing, expansive worship experience of the Presence of God. Their worship style is characterized as free-flowing in prophecy and gentle, buoyant joy. At conferences, this already versatile group is expanded to support a variety of worship dynamics, from vibrant African proclamation and praise, to Messianic-style worship, to songs of tenderhearted and intimate worship. A Dutch national living in Holland, she has found a tremendous affinity with the international Christian community. Her versatility has been proven in a variety of venues and settings. The European English Aglow became her home base for personal growth in faith and worship ministry when her local Aglow group affiliated in September 2009. Sandra and her husband Johan live in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. They have two daughters, one son-in-law and one precious granddaughter. Sandra and Johan are members of Thousand Hills International Church, Hilversum.
Board of Trustees for Stichting* European English Aglow
- Carolyn Jones-van Heezik, chair
- Sharmila Geldermans, treasurer
- Charlane Edwards-Maryns, member
- Dianne de Jong , member
- Evelyn Black, member