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Chaplaincy Gets New Director, New Name


Rev. Ron Klimp has been appointed director of the Christian Reformed Church’s Chaplaincy and Care Ministry by the denomination’s board of trustees.

Klimp, ordained in the CRC in 1977, has a decade of chaplaincy experience, in addition to more than 20 years in parish ministry.

Klimp told trustees that a big part of his work is to recruit more chaplains. “The opportunities [for ministry] are tremendous,” he said. “When people go through crises, that’s when chaplains are there.”

Klimp began his new role on March 1.

The office, formerly known as Chaplaincy Ministries, was renamed  Chaplaincy and Care Ministry, as its mandate includes facilitating care ministry in congregations and other mission agencies.

Klimp describes the additional aspect as the intersection of clinical care and pastoral care, taking the experience of chaplains and using it to help local churches and the broader church better care for people.

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