Chaplaincy is a healing, reconciling ministry of God, an expression and extension of God’s activity and mission in the world. It provides pastoral ministry in specialized settings to people who are hurting or in crisis, uprooted or dislocated. Through the presence of chaplains, the very settings in which they minister become surprising places of grace.Chaplains are exceptional, well-trained ministers of the Word or commissioned pastors who serve in specialized ministries beyond the walls of the church. Chaplains are specially trained, called and ordained by the church, and sent by Jesus Christ to provide spiritual care to people in pain or spiritual distress.
Chaplains serve in a variety of institutions, such as:
Certified Educator for CPE
Long term care
Chaplaincy and Care Ministry supports chaplains through:
recruiting and identifying candidates who are fit for chaplain ministry
assisting chaplain candidates through their education and/or specialized training
endorsing chaplains for their ministry
supporting chaplains and their families by providing resources, visits, prayer, etc.
providing continuing education through conferences, ministry updates, and shared information
affirming the connection between chaplains and calling churches by way of a Covenant of Joint Supervision
promoting chaplaincy ministry in the church and community
participating in national/state/provincial chaplaincy organizations
educating the church about institutional ministry
a Chaplain Development Fund, which assists current and aspiring chaplains as they meet educational needs
Rev. Tim Rietkerk
Tim serves as the Director of Chaplaincy and Care Ministry. He enlists, endorses, advocates, trains, and supports the chaplains of the CRC as they carry out their ministries in a variety of settings. Tim is a graduate of Calvin University (BA), Calvin Theological Seminary (M.DIV), and Princeton Theological Seminary (TH.M). He is a retired US Army Chaplain, having also worked as a Chaplain Resident for the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and a Hospice Chaplain for Vitas Healthcare, San Diego County. Tim currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife Kristen.
Rev. Sarah Roelofs, BCC
Sarah graduated from Dordt University in Sioux Center, IA, and completed her Master of Divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. Sarah has worked as a chaplain in several acute care hospitals in Indiana and Colorado, and has served as a US Air Force Reserve chaplain. Sarah is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and has served on numerous certification and re-certification committees. She provides ministry support, assists inquiring students and pastors, plans the annual chaplains training, and connects with donors. Sarah resides in Grand Rapids with her husband, Justin, and two children.
Carol is the Senior Administrative Assistant of Chaplaincy and Care Ministry. She assists chaplains throughout the endorsement process, coordinates the annual Chaplains Training, and provides support to the Director of Chaplaincy and Care. Carol has served the ministries of the CRCNA in a variety of roles over the course of 15 years. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, Bob and daughter, Lidia.