Bill Kooienga, a warm, kind, gentle, thoughtful, joy-filled man of God, and a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church for 38 years, passed away peacefully on July 12. He was 82.
Bert Den Herder, having ministered in Christian Reformed churches from 1955 to 1989, died on June 30 at the age of 94.
Ralph Bronkema, church planter, chaplain, pastor, passed away on July 30. He was 88.
Ralph Baker, who served with Christian Reformed World Missions among the Tiv people in Nigeria for 35 years, died on June 29 at the age of 94.
As a chaplain, Bob Brummel was a listener, a comforter, and a guide to those who were suffering. He died in Grand Rapids on May 9.
Peter Borgdorff loved the Lord, his family, the Christian Reformed Church, and the church worldwide. He died May 21 at age 78.
Kraker was a big man with a big laugh, a wonderful sense of humor, and a love for adventure. He died April 9.
“My dad was an ordinary boy from an ordinary family from an ordinary neighborhood in an ordinary town called Muskegon,” said one of Howard Vanderwell’s sons at his memorial service.
Boer will be remembered for his kindness and understanding, for his unique sense of humor,
John Timmer came from a family that for generations had faithfully sown the seeds of the Word of God into the hearts of the next.
Having served more than 30 years as a pastor, missionary, chaplain, and counselor, Harry Van Dam, died on Feb. 4 at 86.
Albert Vanden Pol touched many people with his pastoral heart and gentle spirit. He died on January 24 in Surrey, B.C.
A humble man with an ecumenical spirit and a warm, welcoming smile, Vugteveen died on February 1, at the age of 84.
A man of prayer with a passion for spreading the gospel, Richard D. Sytsma was one of the pioneer missionaries to Japan in the early 1950s . . .
Seung Jai Kang, 80, was a dedicated and energetic pastor who lived his life in service to local ministries, church planting, and teaching...
Carl Reitsma was born on Reformation Day and loved the Reformed faith.
- Hal Bode had a love for people, especially those who were burdened by the difficulties of life. He devoted his time, energy, wisdom, and knowledge...
- Pastor, church planter, traveler, and family historian, Howard Spaan holds the record for longest-serving stated clerk of classis after serving 46 years in Classis Columbia.
Cal Niewenhuis was a quiet, humble, patient, and hard-working man.
Randy Baker was a humble man with a servant heart who preferred working behind the scenes.
Bible scholar, writer, editor, pastor, and theological librarian Harry Boonstra was a wise, gentle, caring man with a playful side and a dry sense of humor.
A visionary pastor, church planter, teacher, and mentor, Rev. Paul Hahn passed away in Korea on June 20 from cancer at the age of 84.
A New Testament scholar, professor, and accomplished author, Simon “Sam” Kistemaker was noted for his kindness, modesty, and gentleness of spirit.
Ken Verhulst ministered with a passion for social justice