Director of Ministry Facilitators Dennis Pieper
Dennis Pieper is a retired Lutheran School and Special Education Teacher. He holds two master’s degrees, in special education and school administration. Dennis has led professional development workshops, and served as special education and faculty team leader, teacher advisor for student teachers, and a mentor for new faculty members. His original workshops include: The Balanced Classroom, Christ in the Balanced Classroom, Discipline with Love and Empathy, and Being a Servant Leader. Dennis’ wife, Valerie is a former Lutheran School teacher who now teaches 5th grade in a local public school. They have four adult children, two of whom are special education teachers, one a clinical counselor, and one a physical therapy assistant. Together, the Pieper family has run the Special Friends Camp in Fenton, Michigan, for over 25 years. The camp, sponsored by the Michigan District of the LCMS, is an annual summer camp for adults with developmental disabilities.
minister to families of people with special needs. He also desired to start such a ministry in his own local congregation. When Voice of Care came a knockin’ it didn’t take much for Dennis to realize that our Lord was calling him to work with a ministry possessing the same heart, desires, and goals as the Lord had instilled in him. “Frankly, I am still in a bit of shock seeing the plans the Lord has laid before me,” shares Dennis. “We plan, and God laughs. God plans, and we grow.”