The Candidacy Director and Candidacy Committee oversee the processes of ordination in the Christian Reformed Church.
Andrew is currently serving as Lead Pastor of New Westminster CRC in the Vancouver area of British Columbia. Ordained in 2000, he served his first congregation, Fruitland CRC, Stoney Creek, ON, for 9 years, until moving to his current home in 2009. After graduating from the University of Waterloo (B.A.Sc. - Mechanical Engineering) he worked for Ford Motor Co. for 6 years then began attending Calvin Seminary graduating in 2000. Serving a vibrant and increasingly multicultural congregation like New West has been a great joy and privilege. Andrew enjoys hiking, tinkering, golfing, and movie nights with the family.
Ashley was ordained in the CRC in 2013. Prior to attending seminary, Ashley practiced social work in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, Ashley and her husband, Mark, are the co-pastors at Lafayette CRC in Lafayette, Indiana.
Although Deb was born and raised near Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a small town called Cedar Springs, she has lived on the Navajo Reservation for the past 36 years. Deb began a teaching career in Early Childhood in 1978, and then in 1984, received a BA in Elementary Education (K-8) from Calvin University and an MA in Education in 2006 from UNM. She moved to New Mexico in 1985 to teach first grade at Rehoboth Christian School where she taught for over six years. One of her favorite teaching assignments was teaching middle school science courses and holding after school science activities and competitions. In 2013 she received the NM Science Teacher award. Currently Deb is an Early Childhood instructor at the University of New Mexico in Gallup, NM. She received a license to exhort from the Leadership Development Network in Classis Red Mesa in 2014. After completing a Commissioned Pastor’s program for three years, she is a part-time pastor of Fort Wingate CRC. It is, and has been her great joy, to work and minister on the Navajo Reservation for the past 36 years.
Judy has a BA (Psychology) from Dordt College and an M.Ed in marriage and family therapy from the Univ. of Toronto. She has worked as a family therapist in various agencies since l986. The last 15 or so years before retirement she was the Clinical Director of Shalem Network (formerly Salem Chr. Counselling Services) in Hamilton, Ontario until retirement in 2010. She was certified as a Restorative Justice practitioner circa 2005, and helped to pioneer FaithCARE, one of Shalem's programs for churches. Judy has been an active member of the CRCNA since age 12.
Felix is the lead pastor of South Kendall Community Church in Miami, Florida. He has served as a contributor of the Discover God Study Bible (published in 2007), as a chaplain for the Atlanta Braves minor league team in Orlando, and as a church planter in Central Florida. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Felix spent many summers in New York City and the Dominican Republic. He has been married to his wife, Keri, since 2000 and God has blessed them with three children.
Mark serves as the Lead Pastor of Sunrise Community Church in Austin, TX, also known as "The Weirdest Little Church in Texas". He was ordained in the CRC in 2009 after previously serving in the Church of God (Anderson, IN). A graduate of Dordt University and Calvin Theological Seminary, Mark also serves as the Stated Clerk of Classis Rocky Mountain, one of the main leaders for YALT (the CRC's Young Adult Leadership Taskforce) and as the church planting leader for the Lone Star Cluster in Central Texas.
Moon B. Kim
Moon B. Kim graduated from Calvin Seminary and was ordained in 1995. Moon is the pastor of Korean Grace Church of Grand Rapids. Moon is married to Soonhwa, and they have two sons and one daughter.
Director of Candidacy
Susan LaClear currently serves as the Director of Candidacy for the CRNCA. Previous to taking this role, she served as the sole pastor of Maranatha Fellowship CRC in Farmington, NM for eleven years; and as the Discipleship and Care Pastor for Alive Ministries in Jenison, MI for five years. Susan is married to Michael LaClear, and they have two adult children.
Jul is a former attorney who entered Calvin Theological Seminary as a second career person. Upon graduation, he served for 16 years as the founding pastor of New Life Christian Reformed Church in New Lenox, Illinois. He also served for four years as the Church Planting and Development Point Team Leader for Christian Reformed Home Missions. On August 1, 2011, Jul took up the position of President of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Andrew Vander Leek
Andrew Vander Leek was ordained as a Christian Reformed Minister in 1986. Andrew has served as a pastor, Christian Reformed Churches in Edson, Alberta, Prince George, BC and Calgary, Alberta. He is currently the lead pastor of Trinity CRC in Abbottsford, BC. What Andrew enjoys the most about ministry is having a front row seat to witness God at work in people’s lives. Andrew enjoys running, cycling, kayaking, snowshoeing and being with people.
Colin P. Watson Sr. is the Acting Executive Director of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). He is a retired executive from two Fortune 500 Companies and has been a member of the Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Paterson, NJ since 1985. He has served the CRCNA in various capacities including as a member of the Synodical Committee on Race Relations (SCORR), a member of the Task Force Reviewing Structure and Culture and as a member of the board of Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) where he served as President (US and International). Colin and his wife, Freida, have been married for over 35 years and have three adult children.