Sarah Rinsema-Sybenga

Sarah is the Executive Director of Community enCompass, a Christian Community Development Organization in Downtown Muskegon, MI.

Sarah has lived in Japan and traveled Asia. She taught English to hundreds of Japanese students, slept on tatami mats and in Buddhist temples, ate sushi cross-legged, drank Asahi and green tea, biked hundreds of miles of back roads, and learned what being “in the minority” means. Lessons from that world seep constantly into experiences in this world. She is passionate about racial reconciliation and community development in communities of poverty and finds great inspiration and gift among the people she lives and works with.

“I love the community health vision that Hackley Community Care (HCC) has. This organization is a leader in our community, integrating traditional medicine with efforts that get to the broader, comprehensive social determinants that impact the health of our community and its residents. It’s an honor to be a part of this vision and implementation”.

In addition to serving on the HCC board, Sarah serves on the boards of Girl Scouts Shore to Shore, Presbyterian Church’s Self Development of People, Great Lakes Urban and World Renew Board of Directors for the Christian Reformed church and is member of Muskegon Rotary.

She lives, works, and plays in Downtown Muskegon with her husband Dan and two children, Micah (6) and Elias (3). Her world is small and centered and grounded and she loves it. She also plays violin with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, loves long runs and bike rides with her family, speaks Japanese, and writes poetry about the small stuff.