For Churches


A new training tool called More Than a Search Committee, designed for use by search committees, councils, and pastors, is now available. An electronic copy of the tool is available here. Hard copies are available through Faith Alive Christian Resources. The tool identifies helpful protocols, healthy etiquette, and significant resources.

Create a church profile.

A video the church's leadership can use to inform the congregation about their time of transition can be viewed here.

If you are considering calling a candidate, please refer to the article "Thinking About Calling a Candidate." The following two forms will be used during the calling and installation of a new pastor:

  • Letter of Call - US (pdf) (Word)
  • Letter of Call - Canada (pdf) (Word)
  • Ecclesiastical Credential for a Minister (pdf) (Word)
  • Transfer of Supervision for a Retired Minister (pdf) (Word)

New Approach to Finding a Pastor

A new process for pastors and churches to find each other is now in place – it is called PastorSearch. Components of the new process include:

  • Availability of minister profiles to Pastor Search Committees
  • A place on the CRCNA website, called Church Positions where churches can post their open positions, as well as the church profile, job descriptions, etc.  This is a place where pastors can see which churches are looking for a new pastor.

To begin your search for a pastor you are invited to email for more information and guidance by staff of Pastor Church Resources.

 For more information see this article


Specialized Transitional Ministers* are experienced pastors trained to help congregations deal with challenging times of transition. These pastors provide strategic assistance when churches need help with both regular pastoral duties and the processing of key systemic dynamics in preparation for calling a new pastor. Pastor Church Resources supports this work through endorsing qualified STMs, assisting with placement, providing continuing education and by strengthening the protocols around the contracting process between a congregation and an STM.

Additionally, congregations who are financially challenged but who desire the services of an STM are invited to apply for financial assistance from PCR. Although modest in amount, these grants can help a congregation obtain this vital ministry at a crucial time in their history.

*Note: The name “specialized transitional minister” has been introduced to identify those who are trained and endorsed for this work. The generic use of the term “interim minister” has contributed to a situation in which congregations are not always aware of the level of training or expertise that a minister does or does not bring to the transitional situation facing a congregation.

Here are the current STMs:

Rev. Bernie Bakker (905)626-1829
Rev. Dan Brouwer (641)629-6544
Rev. Don Byker (616)325-6385
Rev. Neil Jasperse (615)964-7006
Rev. Doug Kamstra (616)534-8425
Rev. Larry Meyer (920)918-9343
Rev. Bruce Persenaire (209)985-4183
Rev. Tom Pettinga (641)660-2230
Rev. Harvey Roosma (616)402-1342
Rev. Larry Slings (616)209-7389
Rev. Stan Sturing (845)741-9749
Rev. Thomas Swieringa (616)443-3805
Rev. Pete VanderBeek (604)936-4198
Rev. Kasey Vander Veen (204)396-6332
Rev. Martin Vellekoop (905)809-2644
Rev. Harold Veldman (616)610-0047
Rev. Case Vink (403)281-8106
Rev. Ed. W. Visser (905)317-2119