Candidates for the Ministry

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In these pages you will find the annual presentation of candidates for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church. They represent, in a very concrete way, God’s answer to our prayers for “harvest workers” (see Matt. 9:36-38). They each have their own story and gifts for ministry, and they each will live into the pastoral calling of God on their lives.We thus receive these men and women with great joy. This is a time of joy for them as well, as they have finished a significant and rigorous period of preparation. It is also a time of joy in the lives of the Calvin Theological Seminary staff and faculty, who have poured their lives into these candidates. Together they join the CRC’s Candidacy Committee and Synod 2009 in recommending these candidates to the churches.Most of the people pictured here earned their master-of-divinity degrees from Calvin Seminary, the CRC’s official theological school. Some earned their degrees elsewhere and completed the CRC’s Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy, administered by the seminary. For more detailed information on these candidates, see the entire Christian Reformed Church, one small part of the body of Christ, we can look confidently to the future. We know that the Lord of the harvest will be there to provide. To use the other metaphor of Matthew 9:36-38, we know that the Good Shepherd will guide us. May we remain sensitive to him until his kingdom comes and his will is done on earth, as it is in heaven! —Rev. David KollDirector of CandidacyJonathan AverillLanguage: EnglishContact:6 Hobbs Rd.North Hampton, NH 03862603-918-0411javeril0@calvinseminary.eduSean Baker*Language: EnglishContact:6379 Old Log TrailKalamazoo, MI 49009231-878-4256baker.sean@gmail.comJoshua BentonLanguage: EnglishContact:3513 193rd St.Lansing, IL 60438616-516-0265, 708-474-9526jbenton8@sbcglobal.netG. Ben Bowater IVLanguage: EnglishContact:RedArrow Ministries31133 E. Red Arrow HighwayPaw Paw, MI 49079269-779-7338benbowater@redarrowministries.orgNathaniel Bradford*Languages: English and some SpanishContact:300 Calkins SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506616-454-9483nbradf34@calvin.eduSteve BussisLanguage: EnglishContact:551 E. Riverside Dr., Apt. 126Ontario, CA 91761616-886-4039pwstevo72@yahoo.comSimon CunninghamLanguage: EnglishContact:1211 South 15 Rd.Harrietta, MI 49638231-878-3392simoncunningham@gmail.comAnthony J. CurranLanguage: EnglishContact:W313 S2596 Penny LaneWales, WI 53183616-350-8414tonyjcurran@gmail.comSamantha DeJong McCarron*Language: EnglishContact:1721 Ridgemoor Dr. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506708-203-0937SamanthaDeJongMcCarron@gmail.comJoel DeMoorLanguage: EnglishContact:3250 Jervis CrescentAbbotsford, BC V2T 4R6CANADA604-870-9959annajoeld@yahoo.comJeff Dephouse*Language: EnglishContact:8800 Dorchester Rd. #2604North Charleston, SC 29420616-241-5274dephouse@gmail.comJason De Vries*Languages: English and some SpanishContact:3326 Pine Meadow Dr. SE, Apt. 201Grand Rapids, MI 49512503-781-7347jdevrie0@calvinseminary.eduBryan Dick*Language: EnglishContact:1120 Crosby St. NWGrand Rapids, MI 49504616-366-6219dick.stephanie@gmail.comJonathan W. FlikkemaLanguage: EnglishContact:1647 Southampton SEGrand Rapids, MI 49508616-828-7100JFlikkema@gmail.comChelsey Harmon*Language: EnglishContact:527 GeminiTulare, CA 93274559-786-2408chelsey.harmon@gmail.comMark HofmanLanguages: English and basic SpanishContact:2421 Okemos SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506616-498-2631meh4@calvinseminary.eduLinda A. R. JohnsonLanguage: EnglishContact:1660 Montague Ave.Muskegon, MI 49441231-755-2885linda.johnson153@verizon.netRebecca Jordan HeysLanguage: EnglishContact:355 Apache Dr.Fremont, MI 49412609-924-7856rebecca.jordanheys@gmail.comJames C. KirkLanguage: EnglishContact:706 Hill St.Madison, WI 53705608-770-4624jmskrk@gmail.comAllen Kleine DetersLanguage: EnglishContact:c/o Richard Hoekstra113 Jerrett PlaceDunnville, ON N1A 3E6CANADA616-802-8161allen@ragamuffinvoice.comwebsite: www.ragamuffinvoice.comBrad KnetschLanguages: English and basic American Sign LanguageContact:1414 Sigsbee St. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506616-481-1291b_knetsch@hotmail.comJames H. KuiperLanguages: English and basic SpanishContact:c/o Lillian Kuiper2111 Raybrook SE #2004Grand Rapids, MI 49546 616-975-9893jkuiper2@calvinseminary.eduLucas Lockard*Language: EnglishContact:145 10 Mile Rd.Sparta, MI 49345616-581-3371llockar0@calvinseminary.eduNathan McCarron*Language: English and conversational SpanishContact:1721 Ridgemoor Dr. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506616-450-0239NateMcCarron@gmail.comMatthew McClure*Language: EnglishContact:12 Chestnut St.Douglas, MA 01516616-570-5139matt.c.mcclure@gmail.comNicholas W. MonsmaLanguage: EnglishContact:4452 38th St.Hamilton, MI 49419616-446-7792nmonsma1@calvinseminary.eduBonny Mulder-BehniaLanguage: EnglishContact:10603 Elgers St.Bellflower, CA 90706562-461-0725bmulderbehnia@hotmail.comMark Neymeiyer*Language: EnglishContact:8020 Sparta Ave.Sparta, MI 49345616-887-5031neyfamily6@juno.comZachary Olson*Language: EnglishContact:1933 Chateau Dr. SWWyoming, MI 49519616-240-0464z_i_o@yahoo.comAlbert Postma*Language: EnglishContact:4 Shawnee TrailChatham, ON N7M 6J7CANADA519-360-1072thepostmas@gmail.comPhilip RushtonLanguage: EnglishContact:35584 Tweedsmuir Dr.Abbotsford, BC V3G 2X8CANADA778-808-1169philip_rushton@hotmail.comDavid Salverda*Language: EnglishContact:1269 Birkdale CrescentSarnia, ON N7S 5H2CANADA616-827-7400dsalver8@calvinseminary.eduBrian SeifertLanguage: EnglishContact:862 Ottillia St. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49507616-475-6990brian.seifert@sbcglobal.netJonathan SpronkLanguage: EnglishContact:1593 16th St.Edgerton, MN 56128507-442-3800jspronk4@calvinseminary.eduBrittney Stelpstra SalverdaLanguage: EnglishContact:1269 Birkdale CrescentSarnia, ON N7S 5H2CANADA519-337-3815b.salverda@gmail.comMatthew J. StobLanguage: EnglishContact:201 W. Fulton, Apt. 1217Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-403-2172mattstob@yahoo.comBrian Tebben*Language: EnglishContact:1506 Cornell Dr. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506616-745-8472btebben1@calvinseminary.eduMichael J. Vander LaanLanguage: EnglishContact:1206 Edna St. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49507616-246-5236mikeandjana@att.netThomas VanderPloeg*Language: EnglishContact:3305 Parchmount Ave.Kalamazoo, MI 49004269-382-6529tom.vanderploeg@gmail.comKevin C. (K.C.) Vande Streek*Language: EnglishContact:7901 Lamplight Dr. Jenison, MI 49428616-706-7200kvandes0@calvinseminary.eduDirk VanEykLanguage: EnglishContact:1392 BeechwoodJenison, MI 49428616-635-7005dirkvaneyk@gmail.comPaul Van StralenLanguage: EnglishContact:6635 5A Ave.Edson, AB T7E 1Z3780-712-3220CANADApvanstralen@gmail.comJoshua VanTil*Language: EnglishContact:6298 Rapidfall Dr.Belmont, MI 49306616-447-0818josh@rrcworship.comAaron WinkleLanguage: EnglishContact:1243 Bates St. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506616-452-9733asw3@calvin.eduTimothy WoodLanguage: EnglishContact:W115 Oosty Ave.Oconomowoc, WI 53066608-312-4220twood5@calvinseminary.eduAnne Emile ZakiLanguages: Arabic and EnglishContact:1045 El Paso Rd.Kelowna, BC V1X 2S6CANADA250-491-0017aez2@calvin.eduHernan Zapata-ThomackLanguages: Spanish, French, and EnglishContact:266 North 7th St. Prospect Park, NJ 07508973-942-8646zapatathomack@aol.comAndrew ZomermanLanguages: English and DutchContact:C/O Len Weverink 9131 Carter Rd. RR#1 Aylmer, ON N5H

About the Author

David R. Koll is a retired pastor in the CRC. He lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., and is a member of Anaheim CRC. He was the director of candidacy for the CRCNA from 2008 to 2021.