Candidates

Candidacy Committee

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Candidates

The following candidates for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church are declared eligible for call (however, those marked with an asterisk have not completed all candidacy requirements).

Candidates who need to submit changes for this page may send them by email to Karlene.

Matthew Ackerman

Matt has accepted a call from Ann Arbor CRC to be the Pastor for Worship and Community at the Campus Chapel, the CRC's campus ministry at the University of Michigan.

Michael Altena

Mic has accepted a call to continue serving as a hospital chaplain at Rush Oak Park Hospital along with my current Executive Director duties at L’Arche Chicago. My calling church is Loop Christian Ministries.

Bernard Ayoola

Contact:
616-827-2300
bayoola5@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degrees: Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
World Missions
US West
US Midwest
Illinois/Indiana/Michigan
US East
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Amanda Bakale

Language: English

Contact:
519-497-8654
amandabcara@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Sole Pastor
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
Canada East
US East
US Midwest
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Town/Village

Samuel Boldenow

Sam has accepted a call from Terra Ceia CRC to be a campus minster at North Carolina State University.

Ashley Bonnes

Ashley has accepted a call to Lafayette CRC, Indiana, to co-pastor with her husband, Mark.

Kevin Boss

Contact:
619-504-5383
kboss1@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
No Preference US
Suburban Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Kyle Brooks

Languages: Some Spanish and English

Contact:
kbrooksy@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Sole Pastor
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
US West
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Multi-Cultural

Derek Buikema

Derek has accepted a call as the Pastor of Preaching at Orland Park CRC in the south Chicago area.

Matthew D. Burns

Contact:
410-693-9981
mburns6@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div.Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
World Missions
No Preference in Canada
No Preference in US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Justin Carruthers

Justin has accepted a call from First CRC in Hanford, California, to serve the church in the capacity of Co-Pastor (Director of Congregational Life).

Yoon Chul Choi

Languages: Korean, Spanish, and English

Contact:
616-929-3349
ycc04@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Preaching
No Preference in Canada
No Preference in US
Urban (Metropolis)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural
Specific Ethnic Community: Korean

Andrew Chun

Andrew has accepted a call from Hillcrest CRC, Denver, Colorado, to serve on loan at the Korean Christian Church.

Josiah Chung

Josiah has accepted a call from Woodlawn CRC to serve as minister of the Word to the emerging church plant of Living Water in Grand Rapids, MI.

Ken deBoer

Ken has accepted a call from the Lucknow Community CRC, Ontario, as their bi-vocational interim pastor.

Douglas J. De Groot

Contact:
712-470-1039
djd23@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Sioux Falls Seminary
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
US Midwest
Rural (Country/Farming)

Cindy de Jong

Contact:
616-914-6039
cdejong0@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
No Preference in Canada
No Preference in US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Timothy Alan De Vries

Tim has accepted a call to be the Associate Pastor at New Life Christian Reformed Church in New Lenox, Illinois and called to serve as Executive Director of Vision 2:14.

James DeZeeuw

Jim has accepted a call to Moline CRC in Moline, Michigan.

Gina L. Dick

Gina has accepted a call from Westend CRC, in conjunction with the Board of Gold Avenue, to serve Gold Avenue as Associate Pastor.

Kyle Dieleman

Contact:
641-990-4575
kdielem2@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
No Preference in US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Town/Village

John Mark Douglas

Mark has accepted a call to be the pastor of Bravo Community Church and also been hired as a chaplain with Workplace Chaplains US.

Anthony Elenbaas

Anthony has accepted a call from Immanuel Christian Reformed Church of Hamilton, Ontario.

Joseph and Michelle Ellis

Joe and Michelle have accepted a call from Telkwa CRC in British Columbia.

Ruth Febriana

Ruth has accepted a call from Hillcrest Christian Church in Denver, Colorado.

Jonathan Fischer

Jonathan has accepted a call from New Hope Church in Bangor, Maine.

Richard France-Coe

Contact:
616-281-6812
richard.francecoe@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Western Theological Seminary
Senior Pasto (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
No Preference in Canada
No Preference in US
Urban (Metropolis)
suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Tyler Greenway

Contact:
616-240-5116
tsgreenway@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Sole Pastor
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Preaching
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
No Preference in US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village

Anthony (AJ) Gretz

Anthony has accepted a call to be the pastor of West Park CRC in Cleveland, Ohio.

Sam Gutierrez

Sam has accepted a call to serve as the CRC Campus Minister, Wellspring Christian Fellowship, at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan campus.

Brandon Lewis Haan

Brandon has accepted a call from Brookfield CRC in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Joseph L. Hamilton

Joe has accepted a call from First CRC in Thunder Bay, ON.

Katherine Hirschberg

Contact:
616-430-4558
katherine.hirschberg@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
West Michigan
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Joshua R. Holwerda

Joshua has accepted a call to be the senior pastor at Bethany CRC in Gallup, New Mexico.

Joseph Hwang

Languages: English and Korean

Contact:
616-916-5346
joeaug@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Preaching
No Preference in US
No Preference in Canada
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Shannon Jammal-Hollemans

Shannon has accepted a position as project developer and team leader at the CRCNA offices in Grand Rapids, with Oakdale Park CRC as the ordaining church. She will be serving two pilot projects for the denomination, the Faith Formation Initiative and LEAP (Linked Engagement Action Programs).

Sang Jin

Contact:
213-268-9959
syj37@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
World Missions
No Preference in US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural
Specific Ethnic Community: Korean

Daniel B. Jung

Contact:
916-990-5702
ddijung@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
No Preference in Canada
No Preference in US
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Lee Khang

Languages: Hmong and English

Contact:
616-719-7319
leekhang1@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor of (team)
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
US West
Canada West
US Midwest
Illinois/Indiana/Michigan
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Allan Kirkpatrick

Allan accepted the calling by Grace CRC of Cobourg, Ontario, to be their next pastor.

Simon Sang-Kyun Ko

Simon accepted the call of Word of the Cross CRC, Port St. Lucie, Florida, which is a church plant of Sunlight Community Church, Port St. Lucie, FL.

Dirk Koetje

Dirk has accepted a call to Prosper CRC in Falmouth, Michigan.

Jana Koh

Jana has accepted a call to Harbor Church, a church plant of Sanctuary CRC in Seattle, Washington.

Hitomi Urushizaki Kornilov

Hitomi has accepted a call at First Christian Reformed Church of Artesia, California, to serve as a chaplain at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

Susan LaClear

Susan has accepted a call from Maranatha Fellowship CRC in Farmington, New Mexico, to serve as their Minister of the Word.

Timothy Luimes

Tim has accepted a pastoral call to lead and serve Blenheim CRC in Blenheim, Ontario.

Suzanne McDonald

Suzanne has accepted a call to be Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Alger Park CRC, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the calling church.

Daniel Meyer

Contact:
604-317-4676
danmeijer@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Regent College
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
Canada West
Canada East
No Preference in US
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Lisa Meyer

Contact:
616-975-2939
lmeyer8@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Staff Ministry
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
World Missions
US Midwest
Illinois/Indiana/Michigan
Canada East
US East
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
suburban
Town/Village

Cedric Wayne Parsels

Cedric has accepted a call to serve as the pastor of Dorr Christian Reformed Church in Dorr, Michigan.

Victor M. Perez-Ballesteros

Victor has accepted a call to be an Associate Pastor of Third CRC in Denver, Colorado. The position is to lead a ministry in the Spanish community in the Front Range of Colorado.

Jane Porter

Jane has accepted a call to pastor First CRC in Orillia, Ontario.

Matthew Postma

Contact:
616-914-6332
mpostma2@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Pastor of Education
Staff Ministry
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
No Preference in Canada
No Preference in US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Jose Rayas

Jose has accepted a call from Valley Ridge Community Church of Socorro, Texas. Sunshine Community Church of El Paso, Texas, is the calling church.

Benjamin Ribbens

Ben has accepted a call from Elmhurst CRC to ministry in my position as Assistant Professor of Theology at Trinity Christian College.

Matthew Riddle

Matt has accepted a call to Noordeloos Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan.

Sue A. Rozeboom

Sue has accepted a call to be assistant professor of Liturgical Theology at Western Theological Seminary. Her calling church is Eastern Avenue CRC, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Benjamin Schaefer

Ben has accepted a call to serve as the chaplain at the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Third CRC is calling him to the position and will be holding his credentials.

Micah Schuurman

Micah is moving to Costa Rica this summer to work at Casa Adobe as a partner missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions. His calling church is Wheaton CRC.

Heather Stroobosscher

Heather has accepted a call as the pastoral resident at Brookside CRC, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Juli Stuelpnagel

Contact:
616-648-9546
jstuelp6@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Pastor of Congreagational Care
Chaplaincy
World Missions
No Preference in Canada
No Preference in US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Michael Ten Haken

Michael has accepted a call to serve the congregation at Pease CRC in Pease, Minnesota.

Marc Van Berkum

Marc has accepted a call to be the pastor of Phoenix CRC, Arizona.

Josh Van Engen

Josh has accepted a call to be the pastor of Cedar CRC in Cedar, IA.

Adam Van Gelder

Adam has accepted a call to Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Justin Van Zee

Justin has accepted a call from Sully CRC in Sully, Iowa, to serve in missions in Cambodia.

Henry J. Veldboom

Henry has accepted a call to Granum CRC in Granum, Alberta.

Caitlin Visser

Contact:
616-401-2125
ccisek2@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Pastor of Congregational Care
Chaplaincy
No Preference in US
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Richard W. Visser

Contact:
616-401-9073
rvisse7@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Pastor of Education
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Pastor of Youth
Co-Pastor
Canada East
Canada West
No Preference US
Rural (Country/Farming)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Caleb J. Walcott

Caleb has accepted a Chaplaincy position with Hospice of Holland in Holland, Michigan.

Kristopher Walhof

Contact:
616-432-1119
kristoph6@gmail.com

M.Div. Degree: Regent College
Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Home Missions
Chaplaincy
Pastor of Preaching
World Missions
Illinois/Indiana/Michigan
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Beverly A. Weeks

Contact:
616-691-8040
baweeks2@calvinseminary.edu

M.Div. Degree: Calvin Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor (of team)
Sole Pastor
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
Illinois/Indiana, Michigan
Other Geographic Area: Up to 5 hour driving time
from Belding, MI
Rural (Country/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
Suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village
Multi-Cultural

Jan Anthony Westrate

Tony has accepted a call from COS to be the Bible teacher at Rain Forest International School, in Yaounde, Cameroon. He is going as a partner missionary of Wycliffe Associates and CRWM.

Douglas Wood

Contact:
616-538-9350 ext. 13
doug@gracebiblegrandville.org

Senior Pastor (of team)
Pastor of Education
Sole Pastor
Pastor of Outreach
Staff Ministry
Co-Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor of Preaching
US Midwest
Illinois/Indiana/Michigan
Rural (County/Farming)
Urban (Metropolis)
suburban
Urban (Inner City)
Town/Village

Ferry Yang

Ferry has accepted a call from Neerlandia CRC, Alberta, Canada.