Check out the list of regions below to locate the Regional Catalyzer who serves your congregation. Then just send an email to introduce yourself and request a meeting by phone, videoconference, or in person. (If your region is not represented on this list, contact us at [email protected]) We look forward to talking with you!
Midwest (Minn, Iowa, Wisc)
Trudy is our regional catalyzer in the Midwest Region (Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin). She lives in Minnesota, and feels blessed to also work for the CRC’s Connections Project. In 2017 she opened up a coffee and ice cream shop called King Sparrow Coffee & Soda Shop in her hometown of Milaca, Minnesota. Trudy has a deep passion for local churches and loves to hear their stories over a cup of coffee! Learn more about Trudy in this interview.
Ron has been working to strengthen youth ministry for more than 20 years. He serves as FFM’s Regional Catalyzer for Alberta and also as Youth Ministry Catalyzer for the CRC and Canadian SERVE director for Youth Unlimited. His work focuses on supporting and equipping youth leaders. Read more about Ron in this CRC News article and this interview.
Kristen and her husband Tim, a retired US Army chaplain, have been married for 27 years and have 4 children and a lovable dog named Lady. Kristen has a deep love for connecting people in meaningful ways and served for 10 years as a small groups and leadership development consultant for local churches near military installations. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. In her free time, you’ll find her listening to bluegrass, reading fiction and eating a York peppermint patty. Her greatest joy is listening to people share their stories about life, love and the eternal search for meaning.
Liz is FFM’s Regional Catalyzer for British Columbia, Pacific Northwest, Columbia and Yellowstone. She also serves as an ordained commissioned children’s pastor at her home church, Willoughby CRC in Langley, BC. She’s especially passionate about faith formation with children/families and involving children and youth in the life of the church. Learn more about Liz in this interview.
Lesli is FFM’s Regional Catalyzer for Eastern Canada-Winnipeg to Halifax. She is ordained in the CRC and has co-pastored in both Canada and the US with her husband, Tom. Along with supporting local congregations in strengthening their cradle to grave faith formation practices, Lesli is passionate about building into the next generation of leaders through leadership workshops for youth, young adults, and church councils. Learn more about Lesli in this interview.
The following Faith Formation team members specifically support CRC churches in their commitment to children’s ministry and youth ministry.
Children's Ministry Catalyzer
Mimi Larson is FFM’s Children’s Ministry Catalyzer. One of Mimi’s greatest joys is being with people, learning with them, and encouraging them on their ministry journey. For over 25 years, Mimi served in local church ministry in both small and large churches and has written curriculum for Faith Alive Christian Resources, Big Idea/Veggie Tales, and the 50-Day Spiritual Adventure. Get to know Mimi in this short video. If you have questions or challenges about faith formation in children, choosing curriculum, equipping volunteers, and more, reach out to Mimi.
Ron has been working to strengthen youth ministry in the CRC for more than 20 years. As Youth Ministry Catalyzer for the CRC, his work focuses on supporting and equipping the denomination’s youth leaders. Read more about Ron in this CRC News article and& this interview. Ron is also FFM’s Regional Catalyzer for Alberta, and serves as Canadian SERVE director for Youth Unlimited. Ron can help your church with strengthening faith formation with teens and youth, reaching today's young people, connecting with Classis Youth Ministry Champions, and more.
Jill Benson is the Dwell Curriculum Coordinator. She has previously interacted with Dwell as a teacher, parent and Children’s Ministry Director and is passionate about bringing the big story of the Bible to kids of all ages. Jill enjoys in-depth study of God’s Word and holds degrees in Biblical Languages and Old Testament from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She lives just outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Steve and their two children. Jill fills her spare time with reading, drinking coffee, knitting, writing and enjoying God’s beautiful creation with her family. If you have any questions related to Dwell curriculum contact Jill.