Danielle is a lifelong member of Ottawa Reformed Church. She married Jared Thomas in 2015, also a lifelong member at ORC. Danielle and Jared love to go on hikes with their two dogs, a Bernese Mountain dog and a Siberian Husky. They also love to travel, and spend time with family and friends. Danielle loves music, playing her guitar, and singing on the praise team. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University while also volunteering to lead junior high youth ministry at Ottawa. After almost 4 years of volunteering, she felt the Lord’s calling to pursue youth ministry. In July 2019, Danielle came on staff as Ottawa’s Jr. and Sr. High Youth Director. She is excited for this opportunity and loves to teach students what it means to commit their life to Christ and to be His disciple. She also loves teaching students how to study the Bible, how to grow and deepen their relationship with Jesus, how to help them discover their spiritual gifts, and to learn how they can be a part of the body of believers. She loves spending time with students and being able to go on adventures with them and to share her stories of how Jesus has changed her life.