The team

The foundation board, the volunteers in the Meditation Centre and the pastors together form the Airport Chaplaincy at Schiphol. Three pastors have been appointed at the airport, each with a different background. The pastors provide emotional and spiritual care and support to passengers and airport employees. They assist those who encounter difficulties during their journey, whatever difficulties that may be.

Marieke Meiring-Snijder

Airport chaplain

meiring_m@schiphol.nl

Pastor Marieke Meiring-Snijder is an active minister and since November 1, 2015, she is connected to the Protestant Schiphol Airport Chaplaincy Foundation.

Marieke has served several different parishes in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Between 2004 and 2007, she was affiliated with the English-speaking Presbyterian Church of Malaysia. In addition to her duties as a minister in Kuala Lumpur, Marieke taught at two theological seminaries. 

Her return to the Netherlands was followed by an appeal from the Protestant community at IJsselstein, with whom she was associated from 2009 to 2015. During that period she was also involved as a chaplain in the Johannes Hospitium at Wilnis. In 2017 she completed the postgraduate education in spiritual direction.

Marieke is officially associated with the Ecumenical Church Community De Ark at Hoofddorp and she is a resident of the city of Woerden.

Mark Hafkenscheid

Airport chaplain

hafkenscheid_m@schiphol.nl

Pastor Mark Hafkenscheid is connected to the Old-Catholic and Anglican Airport Ministry Foundation.

Gerard Timmermans

Airport chaplain

timmermans_g@schiphol.nl

Father Gerard Timmermans was dedicated on July 7, 1996. After having worked in Zambia for four years, he started in Amsterdam. He has worked for and with asylum seekers and refugees. Besides this work he was asked to give an impetus to the change in migrant communities. This is on a managerial level, nationwide and to a design by the diocese. 

Father Timmermans joined the Airport Chaplaincy on January 1, 2008, and is connected to the Roman Catholic Airport Chaplaincy Foundation Schiphol.

Joop Albers

Supporting chaplain

Pastor Joop Albers is connected to the Old-Catholic and Anglican Airport Ministry Foundation.