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Ministers Coming and Going


Entering Ordained Ministry

In 2008 the following seminary graduates were examined and approved for ministry in the CRC: Peter Armstrong, Brian Bork, Keith Buist, Chris Cassis, Scott De Vries, Eric Dirksen, Steve Dozeman, Craig Hoekema, Margaret Hummelman, Meg Jenista, Ladan Jennings, Chris Kostelansky, Layne Kilbreath, Bob (Seong Soo) Kim, Henry Meinen, Karen Norris, Peter Oh, Dominic Palacios, Dan Roukema, Joyce Suh, Nicholas Van Beek, Grant Vander Hoek, Chad Vandervalk, Jeff Vandermeer, Joshua Van Drunen, Craig Van Hill, Steve Van Noort, Mark J. van Stee, Bradley Vos, Aaron Walters, and Dan Zylstra.

Efren Echipare was declared eligible for call based on special gifts (Church Order Article 7).

Transferred in from other denominations (Church Order Article 8): Rev. Mark Gornik, Rev. Seong Soo Nam, Rev. Dongwon Na, Rev. Edward Rocket, Rev. Clarence Presley, Rev. Peter Chul Gui Yi.

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. The following pastors were released:

  • Rev. John Andrew Geleynse from Wolf Creek Community CRC in Lacombe, Alberta
  • Rev. Kyung Soo (Christopher) Kim from Hebron CRC in Fife, Wash.
  • Rev. Joan De Vries from ClearView CRC in Oakville, Ontario
  • Rev. Wayne Knight from CrossPoint CRC in Brampton, Ontario
  • Rev. Martin Benckhuysen from Willowdale (Ont.) CRC.

Leaving Ordained Ministry

Classes may end ordained ministry status of a pastor if the minister has voluntarily left the CRC, has taken up a non-ministerial vocation, or was released from a congregation and did not receive a call to another church within two years. Those whose status as an ordained minister in the CRC was ended include: Adrian Dieleman, Pieter Sinia, and James Liebenberg.


Classes may depose a minister for disciplinary reasons involving abuse or neglect of office, deviation from sound doctrine, or ungodly conduct. The following person was deposed: Albert J. Veltkamp.

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