Synod 2011 Elects Experienced Executive

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Synod 2011 elected Rev. James Dekker, Classis Niagara, as its president. Rev. George Vink, Classis Central California is vice president. Rev. Bert Slofstra, Classis British Columbia South-East, is first clerk, and Rev. Sheila Holmes, Classis Hackensack, is second clerk.

The executive of Synod 2011 (l-r): Rev. Bert Slofstra, Rev. James Dekker, Rev. George Vink, Rev. Sheila Holmes

Karen Huttenga

Dekker, Vink, and Slofstra have a lot in common: they are Canadians, and each has been a delegate at seven previous synods. All three were nominated to be officers at past synods but were never elected. “Until now it was a case of ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride,’” joked Vink.

Dekker said he was “stunned, honored, and humbled” at being chosen as chair, and later added, “I’ll have to get a tie.”

Dekker served on numerous advisory committees during past synods, as well as on the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA and the Board of Calvin Theological Seminary.

Vink has previously chaired synodical advisory committees and has served on many committees in his classis as well as on the Board of Calvin Theological Seminary.

Slofstra has chaired advisory committees at past synods and has served on the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA and the denomination’s Judicial Code Committee.

Holmes has been a delegate to synod twice and was vice president of Synod 2009. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA and has served on numerous denominational boards and committees, including the Diversity in Leadership Planning Group, whose report will come before this year’s synod.

About the Author

Roxanne Van Farowe is a freelance writer.

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Blessings on the conversations and deliberation at Synod this year. May the Spirit equip all to lead into new and challenging areas of ministry.

And as for the executive: "GO CANUCKS GO!!!"

Congratulations and God's blessings to each of the people elected to Synod's executive. May your gifts be used and recognized well. By the way, though Jim Dekker has done an admirable job of pretending to be Canadian, as far as I know he is still an American citizen. Either way, I think he will be a fine prime minister for Synod.

An executive of all ministers. When are we going to learn that to get more ownership from the pew we have to get more lay people involved in denominational governance. If 50% of the delegates are from the general membership of the church, then 50% of the executive should be laity. Synod should make this a rule. Also, are there any other minority persons other than Sheila that can serve on denomination committees?

Interesting that 'all' are Canadians: either Vink was born there or he served a church there.

Congratulations, George! And commendation on wearing a tie.!!

To Jim Pot: Thanks for the vote of confidence. I am a dual citizen: US and Canadian. No, make that triple citizen: Kingdom of God, which trumps and embraces the other two and all. They're all legal and the first two are often, if not always, honourable.

If synod elected an experienced executive, how come there was so much waffling at the end of Saturday's session. Maybe they had expected Joel Boot to take more time on stating his vision for the denominational office,or for Mark Vermaire to say something useful about the top brass departures.

Hello Pastor Jim,
Congratulations on being chosen as chair of synod 2011. For someone who is on a Sabbatical you sure are busy. Pick out a multi-citizen tie and remember. "Blest be the tie that binds". God bless you Jim!
Say hello to brother Jack, will you?
Prayerfully,
Klara Numan

Hello Pastor Jim,
Congratulations on being chosen as chair of synod 2011. For someone who is on a Sabbatical you sure are busy. Pick out a multi-citizen tie and remember. "Blest be the tie that binds". God bless you Jim!
Say hello to brother Jack, will you?
Prayerfully,
Klara Numan

Pastor Slofstra, congratulations on your appointment and may God continue to use the many talents he has given you in His service.

Abbotsford, B. C., CANADA

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