Let’s help people’s escape

the cycle of poverty.

Servant’s Heart is a non-profit 501(c3) devoted to the community of Bergen County in Northern New Jersey. For over 20 years, we’ve been reaching out by building and restoring houses, homeless shelters, relief headquarters and rehabilitation centers.

Learn more about the History of Servant’s Heart.

for the past 6 plus years Wayne Tile Co. has been privileged to supply Servants Hearts with materials to be used on their projects. Through their efforts many individuals and organizations have been blessed to have renovated. Up to date spaces to better service the community in which they minister too.

—- Donald Westra JR. Managing Partner  |  Wayne Tile Co.

Servants Heart; Christian word and deed!
This is the type of Paterson rebuilding we need! Please pray,
support and encourage them.

— Ex. Director of Crossroads  |  Tom Henion

Servant’s Heart is an incredible ministry. Their professionalism, excellence, attention to details, flexibility, approach to work, and Kingdom-mindedness distinguishes their work. Easily one of my favorite ministries, both in terms of ministry model/framework as well as their practical work

— Jeremy Jacek Jerschina | New City Kids Ministry

Servant’s Heart is doing wonderful work in the north Jersey area. Kuiken Brothers is happy to support servants heart as they serve in the under resoursed sommunities doing awesome projects. Always wonderful to see our material used to help others.

— Ken Kuiken | Kuiken Brothers

As an organization, we strive to foster an atmosphere of fellowship, friendship, appreciation, love and caring. We empower our volunteers by helping them develop their skills, so they can serve themselves and their community. Become part of our team today!

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Meet the team

John Oostdyk

Executive Director - Works on projects with volunteers, sets up sites, office and administration work, fundraising.

Tim Braunlin

Project Manager - Works on sites, Setup sites, works with volunteers, picks up donations

Keith Von Glahn

Volunteer extraordinaire - Works on sites, gathers material, picks up donations

Christina Mendez

Executive Assistance - office manager, volunteer coordinator, staff support

Susan Dakekian

Finance Director - Manages books and billing


  • John Oostdyk, Executive Director
  • Erik Boe, Vice President
  • Willie Braun, Secretary
  • Keith VonGlahn, Treasurer
  • Jesse Vallaro
  • Rich Leentjes
  • Lu Su
  • Susan Dadekian
  • Matt Hagan
  • Angelo D’Urso

Unless the Lord builds the house, the

builders labor in vain.

Psalm 127: 1


Thirty years ago, a few North Jersey construction men started meeting weekly with a unified burden: They wanted to help the poor in their city. Week after week, they sought opportunities to put their faith into action and let God work through them. They felt there was no better way to worship God on a Saturday than by helping those who needed it most.


What started as a simple mission soon caught on like wildfire and Servant’s Heart was born. Weeks turned into years, and a few volunteers turned into dozens, and then hundreds. Today, the vision of those few brave men has turned into a bright reality.


In the last five years alone, we’ve had more than 300 volunteers from a variety of construction backgrounds join us to construct houses, homeless shelters, gymnasiums, churches, rehabilitation centers and a relief organization’s headquarters.


Servant’s Heart is stronger and even more determined to reach out! With the heart and soul of a local church behind us, we’re organizing better than ever to bless our community in tangible ways.


Drive through North Jersey or at least Passaic and Bergen County (we’ve worked in many of NJ counties) and you’re sure to pass a structure that Servant’s Heart built…and you’ll likely see more than one life that was reached because of the faithfulness of our volunteers. Join us today!

Basketball court Painted

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