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 who are 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: Nicholas Blystra, Jacci Busch, Tineke Cornelison, Daryl DeKlerk, Steven Koster, Dale Melenberg, Joel Vande Werken, Julia Prins Vanderveen, Trevor Vanderveen

Article 7: Russell Boersma

Article 8: Revs. Sun-il Kim, Young Sik Kim, YoungMan Kwon, SungJae Park, Jong Pil Oh, Jae Kil Yang

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: Revs. John Koster, Ricardo Orellana, and Xavier Suarez.

Leaving Ordained Ministry in the CRC

Classes may end the ordained ministry status of a pastor if the pastor 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 Abraham Lee and Steven Van Eck.

—Banner News Correspondents