Meet the Team

Joshua Schouten

Hi! My name is Joshua Schouten.

I am 24 years old, and I am in my third year at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. I have been on the Roots team for 3 years and I joined the team because I think it is so important for Reformed youth to spend time with one another and to discuss the joys and the challenges that they face. My desire is that ROOTS would be able to assist young people to become more firmly rooted in Christ, and have their hearts and minds shaped by his Word.

I look forward to meeting you at the next event!

Samantha Kiers


I’m Samantha Kiers. I’ve lived in Smithville my whole life and I attend Smithville Canadian Reformed Church. I have graduated from the Culinary Management Program at Niagara College and am currently taking the Baking and Pastry Arts Program. If I am not in the kitchen creating a delicious treat, you can find me reading a good book. 

I am very excited for the opportunity to serve with the ROOTS team. 

Kevin Buikema

Hi, I’m Kevin. I live in Beamsville and work doing Greenhouse maintenance and making Pre-fab patio covers. I have been going to ROOTS events since 2010 and have always enjoyed them! I am looking forward to planning and creating events for youth nowadays to enjoy. Some of my hobbies include airsoft, biking, and basically any type of mechanical work. I am a member of the Faithworks committee as well and love going on Service and Learning Trips.

Laurenne Wattel

Hi, I’m Laurenne Wattel! I currently live in a rural town near London. I am currently at Word & Deed Ministries as the Administrative Assistant and the Sponsorship Program Coordinator. Some things I enjoy doing in my free time are spending time with my dog, Brinley, and playing or watching soccer. 

I have always enjoyed ROOTS events and can’t wait to be a part of planning them now! I am looking forward to meeting new people and praising God with youth all around Southwestern Ontario 🙂 

Hello, I’m Shane Janssens. I have been going to ROOTS events since 2022. The best part about ROOTS is that young adults can come together and study the Word and discuss key issues. The conferences are also very nice to go to as you have the chance to meet other young adults. In my spare time, you can find me on my parent’s chicken farm or working at the Home Hardware in Watford.

It is my hope and prayer that we may grow closer to the Lord and look forward to the day when Christ our Saviour will come back. 


Do you like ROOTS events? Are you passionate about Christ’s church? Maybe you’re being called to join us!

If you think you may be interested in joining the team, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you! You can talk to any team member at a ROOTS event or contact us online.