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Rev. Robert Heerspink, 57, died Oct. 1, 2011, in Grand Rapids, Mich., three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Heerspink was director of Back to God Ministries International, the Christian Reformed Church’s media ministry. He held that position for the last six years of his career. Prior to that he served four congregations after his ordination in 1979.

Rev. Peter Borgdorff, deputy executive director of the denomination, said, “Bob Heerspink was an outstanding leader, not only in the ministry of Back to God Ministries International but also in the denomination and the global church. Bob's relational sensitivity, his love for the CRC, and his friendship as a colleague and coworker will be sorely missed.”

Rev. Jimmy Lin has been named as interim director.


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