Synod 2010: Who Came to Synod-Mothers & Fathers, Sons & Daughters

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For Elizabeth Jennings, serving as a youth observer at Synod 2010 was a chance to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Rev. Ladan Jennings.

Ladan, Classis Pacific Northwest, became a Christian nine years ago. She now co-pastors Mill Creek (Wash.) Community Christian Reformed Church.

“When I was about 13, I was introduced to theology through my mom,” Liz said. “Her example in ministry has inspired me. I love theology.”

Liz plans to become either a pastor or a teacher of theology.

Ida Mutoigo and her daughter, Violet, both served at Synod 2010—Ida in her role as director of CRWRC-Canada, and Violet as a youth observer. However, they were so busy that they hardly saw each other, they told The Banner. Violet is pursuing international studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

Elder John Vander Wall, Classis Thornapple Valley, celebrated with his daughter Emily Vander Wall-Vanden Heuvel as she was declared a candidate for ministry in the CRC at Synod 2010. Emily said she felt the Holy Spirit directing her to ministry as a teen. That was when her father served on the committee at Synod 1995 that recommended women be allowed to become pastors.

Rev. Greg Schuringa, Classis Northern Illinois, got to hang out with his dad, Rev. David Schuringa, at Synod 2010. “We’ve always had a rock-solid relationship,” quipped David as they had their picture taken while seated on a rock. David serves on synod’s Faith Formation Committee.

About the Author

Roxanne VanFarowe is a freelance writer who lives in the woods with her artist husband James and their five children in Hillsborough, North Carolina. They are members of Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham.