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“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed”

                                                               ~Hebrews 12:12-13

While living in Jenison Michigan, John and Marcia Evans opened their home to adults’ with mental disabilities; for no other reason than to share their company. As time went on it be came apparent that this wasn’t just about sharing company… but about filling a need. Five years later they bought a small farm in Allendale to continue this desire to serve.  John and Marcia have responded to the calling God has given them and as of June 2016, John left his company to work fulltime at Bethesda Farm.

Every once in awhile, God graces me with the friendship of some of His very best, folks that love Him dearly and have given their lives to serve Him.John and Marcia Evans are such friends.They have left the world of corporate success for a world of dependency on God and to serve some of the most precious people on the planet.

~Rachel Bruuersma

We offer activities that uncover potential.  Our programs are designed to “enjoy the challenge” of gaining ground.  The program is over seen by John and Marcia and supported by very qualified volunteers.  These are people who know their calling and have chosen to serve here at Bethesda Farm. They are a big part of the farms respected reputation.


Marcia's Bio

Marcia attended California School of Health Sciences and pursued work with adults and children with mental disabilities. She has over 22 years of experience working directly with the students. Through her career, she has been involved with Spectrum Health

Mental Development, Jenison Special Ed. and Harbor House Ministries. Her gift of compassion and patience allows God to touch deeply without the clutter of words.

John's Bio



In 1998, John founded Storytelling Pictures, a video production company in Grand Rapids Mi. serving clients as Family Life Today, World Orphan, Wycliffe Associates and many international foundations. He is the director of the documentary “The Reckoning” that highlights the heroic acts of the Dutch Resistance during WWII.  John has worked in 28 different countries giving him first-hand experience working through language barriers.  John and Marcia have responded to the calling to do this fulltime and on June of 2016, John left his company to join his wife in working fulltime at Bethesda Farm.

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