May 18, 2012 — John Suk, editor of The Banner, from 1993 to 2003, announced he is resigning from ministry in the Christian Reformed Church.
His announcement states, “I have long struggled with my doubt and uncertainty about Christian Reformed teachings. For many reasons, this struggle has become very intense over the last year, and especially the past few months. I have come to the conclusion that I can in good conscience no longer serve as a pastor in the CRC.”
Suk wrote freely about his journey to this point in his recent book Not Sure: A Pastor's Journey from Faith to Doubt.
Reaction to Suk’s resignation poured in on a Facebook page for CRC pastors. Bryan Berghoef wrote, “We will be losing a strong and needed voice.”
Bonny Mulder-Behnia noted that Suk challenged the borders of [CRC] thinking and beliefs in an intelligent and respectful way and that Suk joins a long string of exits that hurt the church.
Herman Keizer wrote that Suk has been a healthy voice in the CRC and spoke with prophetic courage.
Following his time at The Banner, Suk taught theology in the Philippines, served as president of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, and most recently served as pastor of Grace CRC in Cobourg, Ontario.
He noted that he hopes to receive a call for ministry in the United Church of Canada.
“I leave with a lot of love for the CRC and thankfulness for the time I’ve been able to serve as a pastor in the CRC,” he said.