Belinda accepted Christ at age 15 through the ministry of the Navigators. This transformation sparked her interest in music and she taught herself guitar and began to write songs.
Attending the University of Minnesota from 1973-1978, she competed on the women's volleyball team and graduated with a BAS in Education (Sports and Health). During her university years Belinda continued developing her musical talents, often performing in coffeebars and contributing to the worship teams in her church and Bible study groups.
In 1979 she completed a Bible School with Daystar Ministries and then made use of her teacher training in both primary and secondary school positions.
Belinda joined Youth With A Mission as a missionary in 1982, initially serving in Amsterdam with "Musicians For Missions" and later (1985 - present) serving as Worship Director at the YWAM-Heidebeek base. YWAM currently operates in more than 1000 locations in over 149 countries, with a staff of nearly 16,000. In August 2003 she was ordained as an intinerant minister (Assemblies of God) via her sending church, Sojourn Campus Church. Recently (2009) Belinda was invited to join the College of Arts and Sports faculty of YWAM's University of the Nations. The UofN offers training programs in over 2000 locations in 160 nations and in 90 languages and aims to combine traditional classroom learning with a discipleship atmosphere and practical mission-field experience.
Belinda's passion is to mentor and multiply worship leaders and teams in order to call the nations to worship God. With over 30 years of missions experience in Europe, Africa, America and Asia she travels extensively teaching on worship both from an inspirational as well as a practical aspect.
Together with the YWAM team, she produced a pioneering praise and worship series called "Muziek voor de Koning" ("Music for the King") in Holland. In addition to three albums of her own music, she has written two books, "Wanted: Worshippers" (worship teaching) and "The Words of Eternal Life" (a devotional) and continues to write articles, songs and a monthly devotional. Many of her songs of worship have been translated into Dutch and are sung in churches throughout the Netherlands.
In 2014 she relocated to her home country (USA) and bought her mother's house in Minneapolis with an inheritance her father left her. Belinda joined the YWAM staff in Rockford, MN and is an active member of this young and vibrant community of missionaries.
Amazingly, at 60 yrs of age she married a long-time family friend, Karl, and they make their home in Minneapolis. Karl is retired and is very supportive of Belinda's ongoing world travels and the missions she is called to. They have 2 dogs: Ebony and MacGuyver.