Speakers and hosts

Arie de Rover

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Arie de Rover will lead the retreat.

Arie is a former businessman and writer of “Struck by grace”, a book about God’s answer to the problems of this world. In his daily life he is speaker, coach, trainer and leader of retreats. He will take all of us on a personal journey to truly find inner peace in God.

Arie de Rover (1961) started his professional career as a medical analyst with several hospital laboratories. After a number of years, he switched to a commercial career and worked as a salesman of medical laboratory equipment for well over ten years. When he was 37 years old, he made another career switch due to family circumstances. He started working as a personal coach/trainer for private enterprises, focusing on mentality and personality development. Arie grew up in church (Reformed Church Liberated), but truly discovered the meaning of grace at age 33, after listening to a sermon of Tim Keller. This experience profoundly changed his life.

Nowadays he offers help to people who endure great hardship in life. He is also a popular speaker at conferences and in churches. It is his deepest desire to start a ‘movement of grace’ in the Netherlands. Arie is married to Johanna and they have five children en three grandchildren. 


Frans van Santen

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Frans van Santen will host our retreat.

Frans is Europartners’ Coordinator and Trainer of the Young Professionals Academy. He is the former director of a large Dutch platform for young professionals known as the IMPACT Network. Before that he was a business professional. Over the years, he has become specialized in leading and hosting retreats. He is touched by God’s grace for the world, and passionate to help people getting (re)connected to this grace. He currently studies parttime to acquire a Master of Divinity. Frans is married to Erin and father of Estella and Moses.



Wilma Veen

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Wilma Veen will lead our Grand Finale on Saturday afternoon. 

She is an artist, inspirational speaker, TV host, creative writer and many other things. Wilma helps professionals to visualize their deepest calling, and to experience grace through artistic exercises. She has contributed to various TV shows in The Netherlands, which were highly valued. She has written multiple books, and is passionate about leading workshops for businesspeople.
Wilma is married to André and enjoys being mother of three sons.


Elise Mannah

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Elise Mannah will lead our Celebration on Sunday. 

She sings about faith, hope, love and about everyday life. She is more than just a singer. She writes stories, both for adults and for children. She loves to stir people’s emotions and make them smile. Elise has a beautiful voice, which she uses to worship God and to encourage her audience. She is a well-known artist in The Netherlands and has published multiple albums. Elise is married with Arjan and enjoys being mother of two daughters.


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Tiemen van Dijk 

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Tiemen is CEO at Visscher-Caravelle, a supplier of automotive floor mats and textile products for the automotive industry. The company has offices and customers in countries around the world, and production facilities in the Netherlands, Poland, Mexico, Australia and Asia. Visscher-Caravelle is a young and dynamic organisation which focuses on continuous improvement and expansion of its market share as a supplier of automotive floor mats and textile products for the automotive industry.

Tiemen will share a personal story about God’s voice amidst the turmoil of a busy business life and having inner peace.


Michael vom Ende 

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Michael is CEO at CiW. CiW (Christen in der Wirtshaft) is one of the oldest Christian business associations in Germany. CiW is a movement of responsible Christians from the fields of craft, trade, service, industry and society. With many experiences and a qualified network, CiW encourages people to implement Christian values in professional life and provides concrete guidance for their daily work.

Michael will share about his personal experience with the theme: In challenging circumstances, work hard with peace of mind, a personal story.