Contact Pastor Church Resources

Cecil VanNiejenhuis, Co-Director
cvanniejenhuis@crcna.org
800-730-3490 x2746
616-224-0746

  • Consultation: providing assistance to pastors and churches in times of transition, crisis, and discernment.
  • Regional Pastors/Mentors: providing support, encouragement, and oversight to these denomination-wide programs and those engaged in them.
  • Church Order: providing assistance to pastors, councils, and classis functionaries in navigating shared protocols and collected wisdom.
  • Learning Events: providing appropriate training opportunities for congregations and their leaders in specific contexts.

Lis Van Harten, Co-Director
lvanharten@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2805
616-224-0805

  • Administration: providing administrative leadership for Pastor Church Resources.
  • Grant Opportunities: administering Peer Learning Grants for pastors and Continuing Education Grants for pastors and ministry staff.
  • Care and Development for Pastors: providing opportunities for pastors such as peer groups and resources related to well-being; resourcing and supporting Regional Pastors.
  • Communication: sharing ministry news and resources with congregations, pastors, and ministry leaders.

Al Postma, Classis Renewal
apostma@crcna.org
800-730-3490 x4563

  • Strategic Coaching: assisting classis leaders who are discerning and re-aligning their regional ministry and/or structure for health and renewal.
  • Leadership Development: ensuring that training is available to those who serve in various classis roles.
  • Support: walking alongside regional leaders who are facing challenging situations that intersect with classis.
  • Convening: creating space for classis leaders across the denomination to connect with one another.

Dave Den Haan, Ministry Consultant
ddenhaan@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2712
616-224-0712

  • Consultation: providing assistance to pastors and churches in times of transition, crisis, and discernment.
  • Healthy Church Discernment Process: overseeing the initiative to help churches strengthen their lives with God, deepen their connections with members, and sharpen their senses of mission.
  • Learning Events: conducting seminars and training events for pastors and church leaders.
  • Mentoring: helping to connect newly ordained ministers with mentors.

Kim Rankens, Administrative Coordinator
krankens@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2837
616-224-0837

  • PastorSearch Process: providing information and support to churches and pastors involved in a pastor search process.
  • Administrative Coordination: providing administrative assistance and coordination to PCR staff.
  • Event Planning: overseeing and organizing PCR events for churches/pastors/ministry leaders - including the Pastors' Wives' Conference.
  • Regional Functionary Support: assisting PCRs Regional Pastor, Mentoring, Church Visitor, and Classis Renewal ministries.

Margie Brenner, Administrative Coordinator
mbrenner@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x 2173

  • Thriving Together: providing administrative support for the Thriving Together program
  • Classis Renewal: administrative coordination for classis renewal initiatives
  • Better Together: participate in the implementation of the Better Together Project recommendations
  • Event Planning: overseeing and organizing PCR events

Samantha DeJong McCarron, Ministry Assessment Consultant
sdejongmccarron@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2267

  • Consultation: providing vocational ministry assessment options and guidance to pastors, chaplains, and seminary students.  
  • Birkman Assessments: engaging individuals in the Birkman assessment including one-on-one debrief of results.
  • Assessment Processes: collaborating and developing assessment processes with CRCNA ministries and institutions.
  • Procedure Development: creating procedures for assessing vocational needs and plans of those exploring ministry careers or career changes.


If a staff member cannot be reached, please contact pastorchurch@crcna.org.