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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 winter, classes examined and approved the following:

Article 6: Bryan Berghoef, Paul Droogers, Ryan Faber, Beth Guikema-Bode, Kyle Haak, Ken Krause, Mark Roeda, Steven Schulz, Aaron Vriesman, Willemina Zwart.

Article 7: David Hornor, Randall Ledeboer, Kenneth Prol.

Article 8: Rev. Joseph Hun-Suk Bae, Rev. Arturo Olguin, Rev. Peter SangHo Pae, Rev. Phillip Scheepers, Rev. Tom Schemper, Rev.Terry Scholten.

On Loan

The following pastors were granted permission to serve churches outside the CRC: Rev. Lee Chul Jeong, Rev. Simon Kim.

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. Kyung Soo Jho, Rev. Kiwoong Kim, Rev. Mark Tidd, Rev. Ray Yeo, Rev. Robert Zomermaand.

Leaving Ordained Ministry

Classes may end ordained ministry status of a pastor if the minister has voluntarily left the CRC or has taken up a nonministerial vocation. A classis may also end ordained ministry status if a minister released from a congregation does not receive a call to another church within two years. Those whose status as an ordained minister was ended include Rev. Mark Beach, Rev. John Fisher, Rev. Doug Hunderman, Rev. Cornelis Venema.


Classes may depose a minister for disciplinary reasons involving abuse or neglect of office, deviation from sound doctrine, or ungodly conduct. The following persons were deposed: Samuel Sung, Chun Won.

—Banner News Correspondents

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