On February 1, 2012, Steve Kabetu became Canada Director for Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM).
The position is a new one, replacing the director of CRWM for North America, a position held by Al Karsten, who retired in 2011.
While the role will be fairly similar to the previous one, it has more strategic concentration on Canadian churches in terms of geography and communicating the vision to local congregations.
For the last six years Kabetu has worked for the Christian Reformed Race Relations office in Canada. He feels there is a natural link between the work he was doing “building a church of many nations” and his new mission of making disciples of all nations.
Kabetu began his journey with CRWM by serving as a board member 14 years ago, where he says he was intrigued by the work of the CRC in global missions.
“Having the opportunity to be involved in the strategic planning and visioning process in this way got me really interested in the intricacies of the work being done by CRWM,” said Kabetu. “I was also deeply intrigued by the impact of our missionaries in bringing transformation around the world.”
Growing up in Kenya, Kabetu understands the effect of missions globally. His grandfather Stephano Kabetu and his family were involved in the work of missionary Cannon Leakey, helping to translate the Bible into their indigenous language in a culturally effective way.
Kabetu said, “I look forward to helping congregations really understand how critical it is to support the work of our missionaries overseas as they undertake, on our behalf, the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”