Calvary Carpet Care is ‘all about God’s Kingdom’

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

Calvary Carpet Care235(l to r) Jeff Hoos is the president and Paul Klokkert the vice president of Calvary Carpet Care.Three years ago, Jeff Hoos and his wife, Sarah, moved from Illinois to Holland without completely knowing what God had in store for them. Jeff was certain, though, the Lord was leading him in far different direction from the one he knew as the owner of Classic Carpet Care, in Arlington Heights, Ill.

"We were discerning God's leading," said Hoos. "The Lord said to move out here to Holland. We didn't know exactly what we would do. We thought maybe we'd enroll in a Bible college."

Today, Jeff is a student at the Reformed Church in America affiliated Western Theological Seminary where he's enrolled in its Master of Divinity program.

New business launched

Hoos had another heartening revelation last July when he and Paul Klokkert decided to launch Calvary Carpet Care, a professional carpet and upholstery residential and commercial cleaning business that uses an all-natural and safer cleaning process. Hoos is the business's president and Klokkert is vice president.

Hoos, 36, met Klokkert when he had an internship this past summer with ESCAPE Ministries that's offered through Western Theological Seminary.

ESCAPE works with at-risk youth and their families, providing safe spaces, job training, a free gym, tutoring services, mentorship and discipleship classes. Its holistic approach to ministry is based upon love and second chances. Hoos was a mentor to a handful of young people who did cleaning at Holland Christian High School, where Klokkert, 34, is the head custodian.

Following a different path

Hoos said wants today's youth to follow a different path than his.

"My whole life prior to meeting the Lord was difficult," said Hoos. "I see a huge dichotomy of the way my life was prior to now, which is why I attribute my life to the Lord's work."

Klokkert has experience with short-term missions. He's helped to rebuild demolished buildings in Baton Rouge, La. following Hurricane Katrina and co-lead Bible studies in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Meanwhile, back at Holland Christian High School, Klokkert remembers Hoos asking him a question he initially had no answer for.

"Jeff asked me how much carpet do we have here at the high school?" recalled Klokkert. "I had no idea. I asked him why and he told me he used to be in the carpet-cleaning business. We started talking, meeting, praying and reflecting on what God was wanting us to do."

Soon after, the two men felt a strong conviction to return to a business Hoos had mastered, and Calvary Carpet Care was launched last July.

"God really blessed the business," said Klokkert. "When you start a business, you never know how busy you'll be."

Priorities are key

Priorities — having the right ones — is the reason Hoos said it was right to launch Calvary Carpet Care.

"It goes back to being all about God and His work," said Hoos. "We've surrendered everything to His hands. When you stay within God's will, you can't go wrong."

Hoos said he would eventually seek ordination through the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

"My wife and I down the road feel called to foreign mission evangelism," he said. "My brain is wired for the Kingdom. In my brain, whatever I'm doing, I see it's all about God's Kingdom."

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Paul R. Kopenkoskey
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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