Sully First Reformed Church

Meet Our Staff

Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor:  Pastor Wayne Sneller

Pastor Wayne was born in Montevideo, Minnesota, and grew up on a farm near Parker, South Dakota. He graduated from Northwestern College in 1978 with a double major in Religion and Christian Education. Following graduation from WTS with a M. Div. in Preaching and Counseling. Pastor Wayne has 36 years of pastoral experience. He has pastored churches in Sheffield and Maurice, Iowa and also Lynden, Washington. Pastor Wayne accepted the call as Senior Minister to First Reformed Church in Sully, Iowa in 2009. His primary responsiblilites as Senior Pastor include: preaching, administration, calling, and pastoral care of his congregation. 

He married Tamra De Neui in 1976. She is a 1977 Northwestern College graduate and is a substitute teacher in the Lynnville-Sully School System. She has been a faithful partner in their ministry together. The Lord has blessed them with three daughters, Kari who is married to Jason Dykstra, Jodie who is married to Paul Wielenga, and Jana who is married to Codie Zeutenhorst. They also have six grandchildren. 

Contact: or 641-594-2935 ext. 2




 Youth & Education Director - Jeff Knouse            

  My name is Jeff Knouse and I am the new director of Christian education and youth ministries at First Reformed Church here in Sully. I am originally from a small town in eastern Iowa called Wilton (Go Beavers!). My two loving parents, Mark and Lora, raised me along side my younger brother Erik who is a freshman at Simpson College this year. In high school I was very involved with athletics playing four sports (cross country, basketball, golf, and baseball) as well as being involved in both the band and choir. I attended the United Methodist Church of Wilton where I participated in both Sunday school and youth group. Throughout high school I was also heavily involved in a ministry called Young Life, which is an outreach ministry for high school students. Through Young Life I found a life in Jesus and it set me on a track to where I am today.

               I very recently graduated from Central College where I majored in exercise science. Throughout college I was involved in campus ministries as a worship leader, Intervarsity, the campus activities board, and the A Capella Choir. During my time in college I helped start a chapter of Young Life in Pella. Over the course of the past two years I, alongside other awesome college students, have been going to Pella High to build relationships with teenagers to tell them about Jesus. The Lord has blessed that mission and has provided immensely. My three and a half years at Central were definitely the best years of my life, and I absolutely loved my time at Central College.

               In my free time I really enjoy playing guitar, spending times with my friends and girlfriend, hiking/camping, and playing pick-up sports. My peak athletic ability has long passed, but I like to think hard work outweighs talent. One of the things I highly value in life is relationship; one of my favorite things to do is get together with people in coffee shops just to chat. I think every person has incredible gifts and insights and I love to get to see those in people. I have a strong passion for youth and I think that adolescent years are some of the most important years of a person’s life. So I think it’s only fit that I find myself in a job where my main role is to interact with youth. I am so excited to step into my role at FRC, and the members of the congregation have been so welcoming and supportive that I feel at home already. I’m ready to get to work and start this new chapter of life here in Sully. God bless!

Contact information:  641-594-2935 ext. 3 or 


 Children's Ministry Director - Julie Van Manen
      I am excited to join the church staff in the role of Children’s Ministry Director and look forward to working together with parents to grow lifelong followers of Jesus. For the last 30 years, I have been involved in teaching children through a combination of volunteer and paid positions. Before we had our own children, I shared the position of Christian Education and Youth Director at Community Reformed Church in Newton.            When our children were school aged I had the great opportunity to teach middle school at Sully Christian School. Throughout the years, I have also been involved in VBS and Sunday school. Looking back on God’s path for my life it is always humbling to see how God has called me to serve Him in each step of my life. A passion for Christ and children has led me to where I am today.
      I believe Children’s Ministry is a vital part of our ministry as a church. Children’s ministry was a priority for Jesus even when the disciples didn’t think it should be. He made time to minister to children. “Let the little children come to me…” Matthew 10:14. As the seed germinates underground we do not see it; however it grows as it nourished. I think we can relate this to children's ministry. Many times we do not think our children are "getting it" but from personal experience I can attest that young children retain more than we give credit. I can think of several times when my own young children surprised me with their own testimonies. (A story for another newsletter.) The early years are the most formative years. It is important to provide roots for children to develop their faith through scripture memorizing, prayer, personal Bible reading as well as opportunities to learn how to interact with others (both adults and other children).
      Speaking of seeds – I believe growing a garden is a fantastic way to experience God’s creation during the summer as a family!
As I begin this service, a large part of the summer will be spent on preparing for fall programming. Thank you to all who continue to share their talents in providing leadership and assistance in the many areas of children’s ministries.
      I look forward to working with families of the church and the community to assist in training the next generation for Kingdom service.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Contact information:  Office hours are Wednesdays, 8 - 5 pm and you can reach her at email: or 641-521-7951



Church Book Keeper: Sharla Van Wyk

Sharla began working as bookkeeper here at FRC January 2014.  She keeps busy with helping her husband, Rusty during tax season as well on the farm. They have two children, Ross and Shaleah.  They are involved in many different activities at L-S which keep them always on the move!

Contact:  or 641-594-2935 ext. #4


Church Secretary:  Deb Van Kooten

Deb started working at First Reformed Church as a custodian in 2003.  She began dual duties in 2007 as office secretary.   In 2013 she began full time secretarial duties.   She is married to Scott Van Kooten and has two children Matt, Megan & Becket Ross nd Ryan & Emilie Van Kooten. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, shopping and reading and playing with her grandson.

Contact: or 641-594-2935 ext. #1


Church Secretary/Custodian:  Deb Van Wyk

Deb started working at First Reformed Church as custodian in 2003.  She began double duties as church secretary in 2007.  In 2013 she began full time secretarial duties.  Deb is married to Jeff Van Wyk and they have three children, Courtney, Logan & Taylor Vos and son Kreighton, and Brady.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and spending time playing with her grandson.

Contact: or 641-594-2935 ext #1


Custodian - Rod Zuidema

Rod is our full time custodian.  He began his duties in April, 2013. Rod enjoys being outside landscaping and working in the timber. He enjoys using his musical talents by singing at area nursing homes.