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Aboriginal Ministries

The CRCNA’s Aboriginal Ministry in Canada supports healing, reconciliation, and restored relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Canada Contact Info

Shannon Perez, Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer ([email protected], 204-254-3699)

Aboriginal Ministries - Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee (CAMC)

CAMC has the specific role of educating, mobilizing, and resourcing CRC members and congregations to live in reconciled relationships as covenant (treaty) people before our Creator, with much of the focus on reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Please contact us for ways to engage your church.

Canada Contact Info

Christina De Vries, CAMC Chair ([email protected], 647-203-5510)
Shannon Perez, Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer ([email protected], 204-254-3699)

Aboriginal Ministries - Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer

The Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer provides resources and ways to engage congregations on reconciliation, and collaborates closely with other agencies such as Urban Aboriginal Ministries, the Centre for Public Dialogue, Race Relations, and the Office of Social Justice on areas of common justice concerns.

Canada Contact Info

Shannon Perez, Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer ([email protected], 204-254-3699)

Aboriginal Ministries - Urban Aboriginal Ministry

The CRCNA has Urban Aboriginal Ministries in Edmonton, Alta.; Regina, Sask.; and Winnipeg, Man., that seek to respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Aboriginal peoples in those communities.

Canada Contact Info

Indigenous Family Centre (Winnipeg, MB) Michele Visser, Director ([email protected], 204-586-8393)
Indian Metis Christian Fellowship (Regina, SK) Bert Adema, Director ([email protected], 306-359-1096)
Edmonton Native Healing Centre (Edmonton, AB) Harold Roscher, Director ([email protected], 780-482-5522)

Administration - Immigration

If you are a U.S. pastor considering a call to Canada, or a Canadian pastor considering a call to the U.S., the denomination's Human Resources office and Pastor Church Resources have information to help you with this transition.

Canada Contact Info

Michelle De Bie, Director of Human Resources ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2838)
Jeanne Kallemeyn, Staff Ministry Assistant ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2152)

US Contact Info

Michelle De Bie, Director of Human Resources ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2838)
Jeanne Kallemeyn, Staff Ministry Assistant ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2152)

Administration - License to Solemnize Marriages

One of the joys you will have as a pastor is to officiate at wedding ceremonies, and in that capacity you will require a "marriage license" to solemnize marriages. In Ontario, the denominational office assists with this process. In all of the other provinces or territories you should contact the stated clerk of your church's classis.

Canada Contact Info

Dorothy Vandersteen, Executive Assistant ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext.4245)

Back To God Ministries International (BTGMI)

Back to God Ministries International is the media ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. Our mission is to proclaim the gospel, grow disciples, and strengthen the church. Together with local churches we minister in 10 major world languages, using every kind of media, to share the story of Jesus. We also have various resources to assist the local church, including discipleship resources, litanies, videos, and more.

Canada Contact Info

Paul Vandersteen, Church Advancement ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4313 (office) or 289-668-5612 (mobile))
Annette Vander Heide, Donor Development Officer ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4228)

US Contact Info

Jeffrey Schra, Director of Advancement ([email protected], 800-879-6555)
Karla Soule, Church Advancement ([email protected], 800-879-6555)
Ann Zacek, Administrative Assistant ([email protected], 800-879-6555)
Deanna VanSwol, Office Manager ([email protected], 800-879-6555)

Back To God Ministries International (BTGMI) - ReFrame Media

ReFrame Media produces a family of discipleship resources including print, websites, social media sites, and on-air programming that your church can use with people of all ages. Widgets are available to enhance your church’s website.

Contact Info

Steven Koster, Director ([email protected], 800-879-6555)
Robin Basselin, Associate Director ([email protected], 800-879-6555)

Back To God Ministries International (BTGMI) - Today devotions

Daily devotions available in print, by email, via mobile app or web; an audio version is also available.

Canada Contact Info

Annette Vander Heide, Donor Development Officer ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4228)

US Contact Info

Ann Zacek, Administrative Assistant ([email protected], 800-879-6555 ext. 3100)

Calvin College

Calvin College is a post-secondary educational institution and ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) that challenges students to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly. It was founded in 1876 and named for 16th-century Reformer John Calvin. The historic creeds and confessions of Reformed Christianity guide the college’s understanding of Scripture and inform its mission. The award-winning January series, offered 15 weekdays in January and in 48 remote locations, is one of the leading lecture and cultural arts series in the country.

Contact Info

([email protected], 800-688-0122)

Calvin Theological Seminary

Calvin Theological Seminary prepares leaders to nurture disciples and serve the church while offering various resources to the local pastor. Resources available include preaching, growing your church, pursuing continued learning (via distance education--which means people can live, work, and minister where they are while still receiving a Calvin Seminary education), and mentoring.

Contact Info

(800-388-6034)

Calvin Theological Seminary - Center for Excellence in Preaching

We cultivate a high standard of excellence in preaching and serve as a resource by providing mentorship programs, booking discussion groups and conferences, offering preaching scholarships, and offering other preaching resources like lectionary or evaluation tools.

Contact Info

Scott Hoezee, Director ([email protected], 616-957-6085)

Calvin Theological Seminary - Dig - Uncover Your Future

Dig is a three-week summer program for high school students who have just completed grade 11 or 12. Dig is designed to help students uncover their future as they explore how a calling to ministry can be lived out in any vocation.

Contact Info

Aaron Einfeld, Director of Admissions ([email protected], 616-957-7154)

Calvin Theological Seminary - Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers practical resources for planning worship as well as a number of events including the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship. Additionally we are able to provide funding through the Vital Worship Grants program, which focuses on projects that connect public worship to intergenerational faith formation and Christian discipleship.

Contact Info

John D. Witvliet, Director ([email protected], 616-526-6088)

Centre for Public Dialogue

The Centre for Public Dialogue is a place of conversation, advocacy, and action on God’s call to justice, peace, and reconciliation. Through dialogue with citizens "in the pew," with marginalized people, with elected leaders, and with partner organizations, we encourage churches and citizens to seek justice and speak hope.

Canada Contact Info

Mike Hogeterp, Director ([email protected], twitter.com/mikehogeterp, 613-686-6298)
Danielle Rowaan, Justice Communications and Education Coordinator ([email protected], twitter.com/DanielleRowaan, 800-730-3490 ext. 4296)

Chaplaincy and Care Ministry

Enlisting...endorsing...encouraging...enfolding! We’re here to help individuals who feel called into chaplaincy to find their way through the training and endorsement process. We also visit colleges and seminaries to talk with students about chaplaincy and provide grants for those involved in chaplaincy training. We then offer support to chaplains (through newsletters, visits, an annual conference, etc.) and encourage them to remain connected to and serve in their local church while encouraging the local church to remain connected to them.

Canada Contact Info

Sarah Roelofs, Director ([email protected], 800-279-9994 ext 2733)

US Contact Info

Sarah Roelofs, Director ([email protected], 800-279-9994 ext 2733)

Christian Reformed Home Missions (CRHM)

CRHM gives leadership to the CRC with the task of bringing the gospel to the people of North America. Working through regional teams, CRHM supports a diverse group of church planters, pastors, campus ministers, and others who are called to renew communities together. Some of those renewal resources include the Ridder Church Renewal program and access to leadership coaching.

Canada Contact Info

Moses Chung, Director ([email protected], 800-266-2175 ext. 2760)
Loise Githinji, Administrative Coordinator ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4287)

US Contact Info

Moses Chung, Director ([email protected], 800-266-2175 ext. 2760)
Lori Worst, Office Coordinator ([email protected], 800-266-2175 ext. 2766)

Christian Reformed Home Missions (CRHM) - Campus Ministry

The CRC hosts campus ministries on over 30 university and college campuses in Canada and the U.S. The flavor of each ministry is different, but all provide a welcoming space for students, staff, and faculty to join in God’s mission on the campus as disciple makers, justice seekers, caretakers, and educators. Campus chaplains are available to speak at local churches on a variety of topics.

Contact Info

Mark Wallace, Catalytic Leader for Campus Ministry & Leadership Development ([email protected], 519-836-3298)

Christian Reformed Home Missions (CRHM) - Regional Mission Leaders

Regional Mission Leaders, along with the Local Mission Leaders on their teams, are the presence of our mission agency in local contexts where they passionately help congregations and leaders develop vision and strategy to join God in his mission in their community. In today’s North American contexts, which are increasingly post-Christian and ethnically diverse, learning to see where God is working in the local community requires learning new postures, new behaviors, and new processes in which RMLs and LMLs can guide congregations and leaders. Regional Mission Teams also help to bridge local contexts with missional work globally, developing partnerships that enhance mission through learning, sharing, and giving.

Canada Contact Info

Rich Braaksma, Western Canada Regional Mission Leader ([email protected], 403-797-4455)
Kevin DeRaaf, Eastern Canada Regional Mission Leader ([email protected], 905-979-4845)

US Contact Info

Marco Avila, Eastern US Regional Mission Leader ([email protected], 551-238-5469) 
Ben Katt, Western US Regional Mission Leader ([email protected], 206-595-4160)
Peter Kelder, Central US Regional Mission Leader ([email protected], 815-690-2408)
Amy Schenkel, Great Lakes Regional Mission Leader ([email protected], 800-266-2175 ext. 2774)

Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM)

Through partnership with CRWM, Christian Reformed churches help missionaries and on-site partners multiply believers and churches, equip and connect leaders (church and community), reach teachers and students with a biblical worldview, train and partner with Christian educators and schools, and strengthen churches and organizations, increasing their ability to apply the gospel to their context. Through CRWM you are partnered with churches and other CRC denominations in almost 200 countries globally! "For God. With You. Among the Nations."

Canada Contact Info

Steve Kabetu, Canada Director ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4239)
Liz Busuttil, Office Coordinator ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4248)

US Contact Info

Gary Bekker, Director ([email protected], 800-346-0074 ext. 2718)
Dorothy Wallinga, Office Coordinator ([email protected], 800-346-0074 ext. 2706)

Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) - Salaam 2.0 (Muslim Ministry)

Salaam 2.0 is available to your congregation to help you learn more about Islam and to reach out in love to your Muslim neighbors.

Canada Contact Info

Greg Sinclair, Ministry Leader ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4231)

Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) - Volunteer Opportunities

CRWM provides opportunities for both teams and individuals to go on short-term mission trips lasting from two weeks to two years. This includes two special programs: Momentum, a ministry with a focus on discipleship geared toward young adults who have recently graduated from high school, and the Cohort of Missioners program, a yearlong experience in which participants are immersed in a new culture (Latin America) by serving with local mission organizations at the grass-roots level. crwm.org/about-us/programs

Contact Info

Lisa Sochacki, Program Coordinator ([email protected], 800-346-0075 ext. 2750)
Bill Thornburg, Group Coordinator ([email protected], 800-346-0075 ext. 2848)

CRC Communications

CRC Communications supports the ministries of the Christian Reformed Church by facilitating communication with and among the denominational offices, agencies, congregations, and members, in North America and the world at large. We do this by means of our website (crcna.org) as well as through a variety of e-newsletters, the "Together Doing More" section in The Banner, other publications, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
Connect with us to subscribe to publications, find out what is happening around the denomination, and get involved with programs and events.

Contact Info

Kristen Vanderberg, Director ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4306)

Congregational Services

The needs of CRC congregations and the people who serve in them drive the ministry we do together. The “specialized ministries” of the CRC have banded together under the umbrella of Congregational Services with a commitment to meet those diverse needs. As a denomination, we are committed to meeting the needs of people doing local ministry; listening better and hearing more from our churches; and following the leading of God in the work we do together. Each ministry is tasked with addressing a very important part of the five ministry areas the CRC has identified as our collective calling: Faith Formation; Servant Leadership; Global Mission; Mercy and Justice; Gospel Proclamation and Worship.

Connections Project

The Connections Project is a three-year, grant-funded project to help CRC congregations in three regions explore and connect with resources for ministry. Utilizing local leaders equipped to resource and network congregations and classes in any area of ministry, the project hopes to develop and test new models for regional resourcing in the CRCNA. The project currently serves congregations in 12 classes in Southern California, Southern Ontario, and the US Midwest.

Canada Contact Info

Derek Atkins, Project Coordinator ([email protected], 800-279-9994 ext. 2815)
Ken Bosveld, Resource Catalyzer - Classes Hamilton, Huron, Niagara and Toronto ([email protected])

US Contact Info

Derek Atkins, Project Coordinator ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2815)
Tomas Ivens, Resource Catalyzer and Coach - Classes Greater Los Angeles and California South ([email protected])
Ron Chu, Resource Catalyzer and Coach - Classes Hanmi and Ko-Am ([email protected])
Trudy Ash, Resource Catalyzer - Classes Central Plains, Northcentral Iowa, Lake Superior, and Wisconsin ([email protected])

Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC)

Diaconal Ministries Canada exists to inspire, equip, and encourage deacons, churches, and their partners as you join in God’s transforming work in communities.

Canada Contact Info

Ron Vanden Brink, Director ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4141)

Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) - Engaging Communities

DMC walks alongside churches to listen, discern, and take action in your neighborhoods through a proven tool (Community Opportunity Scan) and by providing grants through Operation Manna to start a new ministry (e.g., divorce care) or to expand an existing ministry.

Canada Contact Info

Samantha Bondy, Administrative Coordinator ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4304)

Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) - Engaging Deacons - Coaching

Diaconal Ministry Developers are encouragers and coaches for deacons. They are experienced in diaconal work and ready to help your deacons understand their role and calling in your church and community. They are available to connect with the team of deacons in your church to provide coaching, equipping, etc.

Canada Contact Info

Tammy Heidbuurt, Regional Ministry Developer-East ([email protected], 905-543-0988)
Rachel Vroege, Regional Ministry Developer-West ([email protected], 604-845-2640)

Disability Concerns

"Everybody belongs. Everybody serves." Disability Concerns helps churches intentionally seek to end the isolation and disconnectedness of persons with disabilities and their families, to nurture the spiritual lives of people with disabilities so that they become professing and active members of their churches, and to encourage the gifts of people with disabilities so that they can serve God fully in their churches.

Canada Contact Info

Heather De Boer, Administrative Assistant ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4279)

US Contact Info

Mark Stephenson, Director ([email protected], 888-463-0272)

Ecumenical Ministries in Canada

Many opportunities for healthy ministry are possible through partnership with other churches. From justice initiatives, neighborhood engagement, and even worship resources, there is a lot to be gleaned by partnering with other family members of God's kingdom. Additionally, the impact you can have in your neighborhood or within the country also multiplies when we join together. Let us help you in making those local connections.

Canada Contact Info

Darren Roorda, Canadian Ministries Director ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4301)
Anthony Elenbaas, Pastor, Immanuel CRC, Hamilton, ON ([email protected], 905-385-8351)

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC)

The Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC) is appointed by synod to engage and participate in the life of the global church, particularly interacting with churches and ecumenical organizations that share the heritage of the Reformed understanding of the Christian faith.

US Contact Info

Steve Timmermans, Executive Director ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2832)

Faith Alive Christian Resources

Faith Alive Christian Resources provides high-quality, theologically Reformed resources. Sunday school curriculum, materials for youth, Bibles and Bible studies, hymnals and worship resources, leadership materials, and devotional resources, as well as various materials from CRC agencies, are available to individuals and the local church.

Contact Info

Customer Service Department ([email protected], 800-333-8300)

Faith Alive Christian Resources - The Banner

Established in 1865, The Banner is the official publication of the 289,000-member CRCNA. It seeks to inform, educate, challenge, and inspire members and leaders of the denomination. The Banner is sent at no charge to every CRC household. Advertising, such as job postings and church and family announcements, is available for churches and members through display and classified ads.

Contact Info

Classified advertising ([email protected], 800-263-4252)
Caroline Gitau, Display Advertising Representative ([email protected], 800-224-5882)

Faith Alive Christian Resources - Digital Library

The Digital Library gives free, online access for CRC churches and members to hundreds of Faith Alive Christian Resources titles.

Contact Info

([email protected], 800-333-8300)

Faith Alive Christian Resources - Libros Desafio

Spanish resources are available from Libros Desafío, the Spanish-literature imprint of the Christian Reformed Church.

Contact Info

([email protected], 800-426-8355)

Faith Formation Ministries (FFM)

Faith Formation Ministries supports CRC congregations as you carry out your callings in faith formation and discipleship. We recognize that each congregation has a unique identity, history, context, and calling. When you contact us, our team listens, asks questions, and suggests ideas and resources to strengthen your ministries. Coaching conversations with our regional catalyzers might range from a quick fifteen-minute phone call to a long-term congregational re-visioning journey. If you face a faith formation question or challenge, let's talk!

Canada Contact Info

Syd Hielema, Team Leader ([email protected], 289-239-9077)
Karen deBoer, Creative Resources Developer ([email protected])
Ron deVries, Regional Catalyzer AB ([email protected])
Liz Tolkamp, Regional Catalyzer BC ([email protected])
Lesli vanMilligen, Regional Catalyzer MB,ON & Maritimes ([email protected])

US Contact Info

Syd Hielema, Team Leader ([email protected], 289-239-9077)
Christine Dekker, FFM Office Administrator ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2814)
Jill Friend, Regional Catalyzer Iowa/Heartland ([email protected])
Sam Gutierrez, Regional Catalyzer California ([email protected])
Laura Keeley, Regional Catalyzer West Michigan ([email protected])

Faith Formation Ministries (FFM) - Youth Ministry Champions

Faith Formation Ministries oversees a network of Canadian Youth Ministry Champions, one for every CRC classis in Canada. Each champion works to empower and encourage those working on the front lines of congregational youth ministry across Canada. Champions listen, pray, connect, and serve as a voice on behalf of youth leaders at classis. Our desire is to strengthen youth ministry in the CRC through networking, sharing resources, and consulting. To see who your congregation's champion is, visit crcna.org/faithformation or contact us.

Canada Contact Info

Ron deVries, Youth Ministry Catalyzer ([email protected], 780-619-6566)

Faith Formation Ministries (FFM) - Youth Ministry Champions

Faith Formation Ministries will begin builidng a network of U.S. Youth Ministry Champions in the summer of 2017. As the network is developed, this directory will be updated. If you would like to learn more about this network building process, contact us.

US Contact Info

Ron deVries, Youth Ministry Catalyzer ([email protected], 780-619-6566)

Friendship Ministries

Friendship Ministries' mission is to share God's love with people who have intellectual disabilities and to enable them to become an active part of God's family. Friendship Ministries offers support and resources to local churches and Friendship Club leadership, including curriculum ideas and an orientation manual for Friendship mentors.

Canada Contact Info

Tom VanWingerden, Director ([email protected], 888-866-8966)
Heather De Boer, Canadian Representative ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4279) 

US Contact Info

Tom VanWingerden, Director ([email protected], 888-866-8966)
Lavonne Carlson, Administrative Specialist ([email protected], 888-866-8966)

Finance Services

The Finance Services team provides finance and administrative support to the ministries of the CRC and also serves as an administrative resource for Ministry Shares, gifts, and offerings. We also provide a number of value-added services to CRC congregations, including banking, group insurance, pension, preauthorized remittance (EFT donations), and property and liability insurance.

Canada Contact Info

Terry Veldboom, Controller ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4243)

US Contact Info

John Bolt, Director of Finance and Operations ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2889)

Finance Services - CRC Foundation

The CRC Foundation works on behalf of the CRC to fund ministry priorities and keep the church focused on its mission today, for generations to come.

Canada Contact Info

Peter Noteboom, Canada Finance Director ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4558)

US Contact Info

Jeff Bolt, Director of Advancement ([email protected], 877-272-6204 ext. 2817)

Loan Fund

The Loan Fund offers loans to Christian Reformed churches in the United States for the acquisition or construction of church facilities, parsonages, and land. Loans are also made for improvements and repairs to church property. These loans are usually made with rates and fees that are generally more favorable than those offered by traditional lenders such as banks and credit unions.

US Contact Info

Dave Veen, Director ([email protected], 800-332-0012)

The Network

The Network is a website where you can find a variety of tools, ideas to use in your congregation, questions and answers, and a place to connect with other church leaders from across North America. Resources include blogs, discussion topics, ministry Q&As, webinar recordings, and more, covering almost every area of church ministry.

Contact Info

Staci DeVries, Online Content and Community Manager ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2842)

Office of Social Justice (OSJ)

OSJ educates CRC members, encourages and supports your engagement in social justice issues (especially in the areas of poverty and hunger), and occasionally is involved in direct advocacy.

Canada Contact Info

Danielle Rowaan, Justice Communications Team Coordinator ([email protected], 800-730-3490 ext. 4296)

US Contact Info

Reggie Smith, Director ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2883)
Kris Van Engen, Congregational Justice Mobilizer ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2236)

Office of Social Justice (OSJ) - Canadian Justice Mobilizer

The work of Canada's Justice Mobilizer is dedicated to supporting and coaching congregations in Canada as you live into God's call to do justice.

Canada Contact Info

Cindy Stover, Canadian Justice Mobilizer ([email protected], 647-444-4628)

Office of Social Justice (OSJ) - Congregational Justice Mobilizers

Congregational Justice Mobilizers encourage and support churches in your response to God's call to justice. We help you learn about biblical justice and about specific issues such as global poverty or immigration reform. We suggest readings, lead workshops, serve as guest speakers or preachers, suggest ideas for how to get started, and can help you figure out how to continue along the journey.

Contact Info

Kris Van Engen, Congregational Justice Mobilizer ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2236)

Office of Social Justice (OSJ) - Climate Witness Project

The CRC believes that the global church has a crucial and necessary role to play if the world is to begin adequately addressing the threat of climate change. It’s time that the church stands up and is heard, and the CRC has launched an exciting campaign to do that through advocacy and making your church building more eco-friendly. You and your church can become Climate Witness Project participants.

Contact Info

Kris Van Engen, Congregational Justice Mobilizer ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2236)

Ordination / Candidacy

The Candidacy Committee assists in and administers the processes for pastoral ordination in the CRCNA. We also offer guidance and resourcing in the uses of the office of commissioned pastor.

Canada Contact Info

David Koll, Director ([email protected], 800-272-5125 ext. 2779)

US Contact Info

David Koll, Director ([email protected], 800-272-5125 ext. 2779)

Pastor Church Resources

Pastor Church Resources supports congregations and their leaders in various capacities.These include resources for congregational health and pastor search committees, opportunities for continuing education grants for pastors, a mentoring program for ordained personnel, connections to specialized transitional ministers, ministerial information services, and consultation with Pastor Church Resources specialists.

Contact Info

Jeanne Kallemeyn, Staff Ministry Assistant ([email protected], 877-279-9994 ext. 2152)

Pastor Church Resources - Classis Renewal Coordinator

Classis Renewal helps classes to be as healthy and helpful as possible for the sake of local and regional ministry. Our emphasis is on creating a common understanding of the function of classis; facilitating gatherings of classis leaders for training; coaching classes through times of transition, restructuring, or difficulty; and supporting the role of classis functionaries for sustainable classis health.

Contact Info

Al Postma, Coordinator (apostma@crcna.org, 800-730-3490 ext. 4563)

Race Relations

Race Relations offers tools for churches to have more effective ministry in the diverse communities in which you serve.

Canada Contact Info

Bernadette Arthur, Coordinator (barthur@crcna.org, 800-730-3490 ext. 4325 or 289-527-6345)

US Contact Info

Reggie Smith, Director (rsmith@crcna.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2883)

Safe Church Ministries (SCM)

Safe Church Ministry equips congregations in abuse awareness, prevention, and response. We offer training and support to volunteer Safe Church team members throughout the U.S. and Canada who, in turn, are able to offer resources, learning opportunities, support, and consultation in their own congregations and classes. Our goal is to build communities where the value of each person is honored, where people are free to worship and grow free from abuse, and where the response to abuse is compassion and justice that foster healing.

Contact Info

Bonnie Nicholas, Director (bnicholas@crcna.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2735)

ServiceLink

ServiceLink serves congregations through the promotion of North American volunteer opportunities, provides resources and training in volunteer ministry development, and is the bridge between Canadian local churches and the denomination to bolster local ministry.

Contact Info

Carol Sybenga, Program Manager (csybenga@crcna.org, 800-730-3490 ext. 4249)

ServiceLink

ServiceLink serves congregations through the promotion of North American volunteer opportunities and provides resources and training in volunteer ministry development for the local church.

US Contact Info

Carol Sybenga, Program Manager (csybenga@crcna.org, 800-730-3490 ext. 4249)

ServiceLink - Bridging Churches to the Denomination

ServiceLink serves local congregations through a customer service model connecting you to various resources including programs, consultants, websites, books, conferences, speakers, workshops, and more.

Canada Contact Info

Carol Sybenga, Program Manager (csybenga@crcna.org, 800-730-3490 ext. 4249)

ServiceLink - Mission Trip Opportunities

ServiceLink provides options for constituents to serve with meaningful North American partner ministries and organizations. We can assist your church or church members in identifying a suitable ministry, link you to the appropriate staff or ministry organization, and provide various resources to assist your congregation in your plans to serve, including the Changed For Life curriculum, team devotions, and commissioning litanies.

Contact Info

Carol Sybenga, Program Manager (csybenga@crcna.org, 800-730-3490 ext. 4249)

ServiceLink - Volunteer Ministry Development

ServiceLink promotes high-quality volunteerism for effective ministry in your church through consultation with church ministry leaders and the facilitation of workshops. Various resources are available on the ServiceLink website that will assist your church to effectively engage your members, helping them serve in meaningful and rewarding ways. These include ministry job descriptions, best practices for recruiting, a volunteer engagement strategy, and more.

Contact Info

Carol Sybenga, Program Manager (csybenga@crcna.org, 800-730-3490 ext. 4249)

Sustaining Congregational Excellence (SCE)

Sustaining Congregational Excellence seeks to foster health in congregations so that you can flourish. We specifically focus on the denominational priority to create and sustain healthy congregations and have a special concern for smaller churches.

Contact Info

Lis Van Harten, Operations Director (lvanharten@crcna.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2805)

Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE)

Sustaining Pastoral Excellence is a ministry of encouragement and support for pastors and pastors’ spouses. Programming includes grant opportunities, conferences, and learning events.

Contact Info

Lis Van Harten, Operations Director (lvanharten@crcna.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2805)

Timothy Leadership Training Institute (TLTI)

Timothy Leadership Training Institue works with international and local ministry partners to provide essential training for pastors, evangelists, and lay leaders, equipping them to advance the kingdom of God and enabling them to build viable and healthy congregations and communities in the spirit of 2 Timothy 2:2: "Entrust what you have heard from me to those who will be qualified to teach others." Contact us to find out how your church can partner with us.

Contact Info

Gary Bekker, President (gbekker@crcna.org, 616-647-5554)
Albert Strydhorst, Director of International Ministries (astrydhorst@tlti.org, 616-647-5554)
Jennifer Owens, Director of Finance & Administration (jowens@tlti.org, 616-647-5554)

World Renew

World Renew is the relief, rehabilitation, and development organization of the Christian Reformed Church. We respond on your behalf to the needs of people around the world who are suffering from poverty, hunger, disaster, and injustice. World Renew also assists churches in responding to the multitude of needs in our world through our Global Partnership Programs (below) and encourages churches to choose a strategy that fits their congregation.

Canada Contact Info

Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, World Renew Canada Director (imutoigo@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4303)
Peter Bulthuis, Associate Director Church Relations (pbulthuis@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4237)

US Contact Info

Carol Bremer-Bennett, World Renew US Director (616-224-0741)
Thomas E. McWhertor, Director of Constituency Relations (tmcwhertor@worldrenew.net, 616-224-5878)

World Renew - Global Partnership Program - Basic

The Basic Global Partnership Program is a great entry-level partnership opportunity in which we connect you and your church to World Renew's work in a specific country. You will be encouraged to learn about and pray for the World Renew staff there, for their partner organizations, and for the ministry going on in that country.

Canada Contact Info

Rhonda Elgersma, Program Coordinator (relgersma@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4344)

US Contact Info

Carrie Elzinga, Church Relations Associate (celzinga@worldrenew.net, 800-552-7972 ext. 2828)

World Renew - Global Partnership Program - Advanced

The Advanced Global Partnership Program facilitates in-depth relationships between churches in North America and churches in developing countries. Your church will participate in a reciprocal relationship that benefits both communities.

Canada Contact Info

Peter Bulthuis, Associate Director Church Relations (pbulthuis@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4237)
Iona Buisman, Program Coordinator (ibuisman@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4321)

US Contact Info

Wendy Hammond, Church Relations Manager (whammond@worldrenew.net, 800-552-7972 ext. 2892)
Mary Dykstra, Program Coordinator (mdykstra@worldrenew.net, 800-552-7972 ext. 2162)

World Renew - Global Volunteer Program (GVP)

World Renew’s GVP is your one-stop place for getting volunteers connected to international ministry partners. Whether you're interested in a one-week service and learning team, a tour to visit program sites, a six-month placement, or a multiyear internship, World Renew has a place for every volunteer.

Canada Contact Info

Iona Buisman, Program Coordinator (ibuisman@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4321)

US Contact Info

Mary Dykstra, Program Coordinator (mdykstra@worldrenew.net, 800-552-7972 ext. 2162)
Andrew Rienstra-Ehlers, Administrative Assistant (arienstra@worldrenew.net, 800-552-7972 ext. 2737)

World Renew - Disaster Response Services (DRS)

Volunteers can be involved with a North American disaster response team for one, two, or (usually) more weeks at a time, to rebuild homes and hope. Many skill levels are always needed.

Contact Info

Kellie Scholma, Communications Coordinator (kscholma@worldrenew.net, 800-848-5818 ext.1350)

World Renew - International Disaster Response

The International Disaster Response team assigns volunteer relief managers and leverages your gifts with other Christian organizations and government sources, to respond to natural disasters such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, and tropical storms, as well as human-caused wars and conflicts.

Contact Info

Kenneth Kim, Team Leader (kkim@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4240)

World Renew - Free A Family

Using representative families, Free A Family helps people overcome poverty through community programs in agriculture, health, nutrition, literacy, and more.

Canada Contact Info

Maria Rolim Campos, Administrative Specialist (mrolimcampos@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4282)

US Contact Info

Pam Knapp, Data Administrator (pknapp@worldrenew.net, 800-552-7972 ext. 2174)

World Renew - Refugee Sponsorship

If your congregation would like to consider sponsoring a family or individual, please contact World Renew’s refugee office for information and sponsorship resources.

Canada Contact Info

Rebecca Walker, Program Coordinator (worldrenewrefugee@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4232)

World Renew - Sea to Sea Ride for Poverty

Sea to Sea 2017 is a bicycling mission to fight poverty through fundraising and awareness and is a response to global poverty—we can and should be working toward solutions. The tour will go through Canada and parts of the U.S. this summer.

Canada Contact Info

Peter Bulthuis, Associate Director Church Relations (pbulthuis@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4237)
Sarah Brooks, Sea to Sea Intern (sbrooks@worldrenew.net, 800-730-3490 ext. 4508)

US Contact Info

Terry Barnes, Bike Tour Manager (tbarnes@seatosea.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2161)
Melissa Manlan (mmanlan@seatosea.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2146)
Ezekiel Kooyer (ekooyer@seatosea.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2348)

Worship Ministries - Worship Ministries

Whether you are a paid staff person or a volunteer in a large, medium, or small congregation, whatever your role in planning worship, we are here to serve you, learn from you, and share best practices from around the denomination. Check out Worship Ministries’ website for great resources as well as ways to connect with other worship leaders through a monthly e-newsletter and Facebook page.

Canada Contact Info

Joyce Borger, Director (worship@crcna.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2763 or 2313)

US Contact Info

Joyce Borger, Director (worship@crcna.org, 877-279-9994 ext. 2763 or 2313)