Dennis Van Kampen was named President/CEO of Denver Rescue Mission in January 2024. Dennis joined the Mission after leading west Michigan’s largest agency serving individuals experiencing hunger and homelessness, Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) in Grand Rapids Michigan. He served as President/CEO for more than 10 years at MTM, where he was also previously VP of Programs.
Currently, as President/CEO, Dennis oversees the operations of Denver Rescue Mission, the oldest full-service, Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain region.
Founded in 1892, Denver Rescue Mission is a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, rehabilitation, and transitional housing to those experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Under Dennis’ leadership, MTM was able to expand shelter services and develop important wraparound services that included new medical, mental health and recovery resources, workforce development initiatives, as well as prevention and diversion programs that resulted in housing more people each year.
Prior to joining MTM, Dennis worked as an executive director for a camp and retreat ministry and served as a pastor. He also worked as a part-time deputy sheriff for 15 years, as well as taught as an adjunct faculty member at Cornerstone University. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in organizational/leadership from Cornerstone University.
He and his wife Kelly are proud parents of four young adult children.