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Ministers Coming and Going


Entering Ordained Ministry

Entry into ordained ministry in the Christian Reformed Church is governed by Church Order Article 6 (candidates who have the prescribed seminary training), Article 7 (those without seminary training deemed to have exceptional gifts), and Article 8 (ministers from other denominations).

Every person who enters ordained ministry in the CRC must be examined by a classis in the presence of synodical representatives (deputies). This fall, classes examined and approved the following:

Article 6: Charles Hong, Daniel Brown, Ruth Boven, Sharon Segaar-King, Zachary King, Ben Van Arragon, John Vanderburgh, Lisa Vander Leek, Mark Klompien, Nathan Kuperus, Pat Heenen, Benjamin Hulst, Norlyn Van Beek, Douglas Vandekamp, Greg Sinclair, Steven J. deBoer,  Ryan Braam, and Duane VanderLaan.

Article 7: Tom Van Engen, Brad Center.

Article 8: Rev. John Gonzales, Rev. Joseph Kim, Rev. Daniel Lloy, Rev. James Liebenberg.

On Loan

The following pastors were granted permission to serve non-CRC churches: Rev Randal Young, Rev. Matthew Kim, Rev. Erica Schemper.

Leaving a Congregation

When neither retirement nor discipline is involved, a minister can, for weighty reasons, be released from ministry in a specific congregation, at the request of the pastor, the church council, or both. Classes released the following ministers: Rev. Kirk MacNeil, Rev. Robert Price, Rev. Oscar Perdomo, Rev. Pieter Manuhutu, Rev. Ken Rip.

Leaving Ordained Ministry

Classes may terminate ordained ministry status for disciplinary reasons, because the minister has voluntarily left the CRC, or because a person who was released from ministry to a congregation did not receive a call to another church within two years. Those whose status as an ordained minister was terminated include: Rev. Charles Fondse, Rev. Elias Burgos, Rev. Jim Broekema.

—Banner News Correspondents

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