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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: Aaron Baardt, Randy Buerne, Lora Copley, Mwaya Wa Kitavi, Mark Knetsch, Jose Anthony (Tony) Lara, Brian Ochsner, Joel Renkema, Joel Schreurs, Ron Smeding, Stephen Terpstra, Rob Toornstra, Ken Vanderploeg, Gene Vis, Stephen Wolma, Sidney Ypma

Article 7: Eduardo Gonzalez

Article 8: Revs. Joseph Chen, Joseph Hyoung Joon Chun, Andrew Woja Henry, NamJoong Kang, SeoKi Kang, Bomsu Kim, Eu Boem Kim, Sung Soo Kim, Eun Sung Lee, James Heun Rok Lee, Jae Seong Moon, Jonas Muljo, Henry Mogollon Reyes, Roger Rhu, Chris Schroeder, Colin Ward.

On Loan

The following pastors were granted permission to serve non-CRC churches: Rev. James G. Busscher, Rev. David Watson.

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. Steven Baarda, Tom De Does, Nathan Elgersma, William Zeilstra, and Carlos Samuel Flores.  

Leaving Ordained Ministry in CRC

Classes may end the 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 in the CRC was ended include: Calvin Bremer, Mark Hofland, Erica Schemper, Byron Van Kley.


Classes may depose a minister for disciplinary reasons involving abuse or neglect of office, deviation from sound doctrine, or ungodly conduct. The following minister was deposed: Charles De Ridder.

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