2012 Candidates for the Ministry

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It’s clear in the New Testament that everyone in God’s family has spiritual gifts, and that those gifts vary widely from person to person. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work” (1 Cor. 12:4-6). And all of these gifts are given “for the common good” (v. 7).

Pastoral ministry is one those gifts. On the following pages you’ll meet the 43 men and women approved by Synod 2012 as new candidates for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church.

Those who interviewed them on behalf of synod and the CRC were impressed by the dedication of these candidates, who embody a wide range of spiritual stories. God is doing a wonderful thing in calling such a diverse group to serve in CRC ministry: young men and young women, first career and second career, “CRC-rooted” and transplants from other traditions who have found a home in the CRC.

Any curious church member would have an enjoyable time engaging in conversation with the folks on these pages. It has been the privilege of Calvin Seminary faculty to walk alongside each of them. Many of these candidates have engaged in their entire seminary education at Calvin; others have completed the required denominational orientation process. All are ready to serve the church.

The “gifting” of the men and women on these pages is no more remarkable than the gifting of others among us who are completing a season of academic and vocational study. Yet these people, through their call to ministry and by the grace of God, will be used to serve the rest of us “as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Pet. 4:10). Let us receive them with thanks and offer them our prayers and support in the journey ahead. For more detailed information on any of the candidates, visit the Candidacy Committee website at crcna.org/pages/candidates12.cfm.

Andrew Aukema
Contact:
250-301-2796
andrewjaukema@gmail.com

Mark Bonnes
Contact:
708-899-9040
mrkbnns@gmail.com

Kevin Boss
Contact:
619-504-5383
kboss1@calvinseminary.edu

David Bosscher
Contact:
616-821-4548
dbossch3@calvinseminary.edu

Benjamin Scott Browneye
Contact:
616-581-1954
beye20@me.com

Jon R. Bushnell
Languages: English, some Dutch and Spanish

Contact:
559-805-0015
jnbshnll@gmail.com

Wesley Collins
Contact:
289-362-0177
wes.collins1@gmail.com

Julie DeGraaf
Languages: English and Spanish

Contact:
616-723-6154
jdgraaf3@calvinseminary.edu

Michael De Witt
Languages: English and Spanish

Contact:
616-901-8664
miked26@gmail.com

Bryan Dick
Contact:
231-577-8352
pastorbryand@gmail.com

Gina L. Dick
Contact:
616-334-7071
ginadick2@gmail.com

Kyle Dieleman
Contact:
641-990-4575
kdielem2@calvinseminary.edu

John Mark Douglas
Contact:
616-786-2918
mdougla3@calvinseminary.edu

Ken Douma
Contact:
204-668-4566
kdouma@mymts.net

Joseph Ellis
Contact:
907-351-4804
jde022@calvinseminary.edu

Michelle Ellis
Contact:
907-351-4804
michelle.ruth.ellis@gmail.com

Shaun Furniss
Contact:
616-325-0264
shaunmfurniss@aol.com

Matthew Alan Haan
Contact:
715-441-6930
mhaan7@calvinseminary.edu

Katherine Hirschberg
Contact:
616-430-4558
katherine.hirschberg@gmail.com

Nicholas Hopkins
Contact:
616-589-1459
nicholas.d.hopkins@gmail.com

Joseph Hwang
Languages: English and Korean

Contact:
616-916-5346
joeaug@gmail.com

Lee Khang
Languages: Hmong and English

Contact:
616-719-7319
leekhang1@gmail.com

Allan Kirkpatrick
Contact:
905-438-8046
ark011@calvinseminary.edu

Braden Kok
Contact:
360-815-1530
bradenkok@gmail.com

Pëtr Kornilov
Languages: English and Russian

Contact:
616-808-6676
petrakoff@gmail.com

Jeff Kroondyk
Languages: English and Spanish

Contact:
616-460-4634
jeff@kroondyk.com

Lisa Meyer
Contact:
616-975-2939
lmeyer8@calvinseminary.edu

Kurt Monroe
Contact:
505-717-6595
kurt.a.monroe@gmail.com

Roelof Peereboom
Languages: English and Dutch

Contact:
705-435-5038 (home)
705-890-1294 (cell)
rpeere2@calvinseminary.edu

Kory Plockmeyer
Contact:
517-763-9494
kory@campusedgemsu.com

Katrina Schaafsma
Languages: English, French, and Spanish (intermediate)

Contact:
519-674-0458
kschaaf8@calvinseminary.edu

Alex Snider
Contact:
616-430-0758
snideral@gmail.com

David Ten Clay
Contact:
712-348-3177
dtenclay32@hotmail.com

Aaron Thompson
Contact:
519-337-5055
athomps8@calvinseminary.edu

Hitomi Urushizaki Kornilov
Languages: English and Japanese

Contact:
616-432-4525
hitomi.urushizaki@gmail.com

Kelly Vander Woude
Contact:
253-653-7029
kelly.1.vanderwoude@gmail.com

Adam Van Gelder
Contact:
515-402-9325
avgelde3@calvinseminary.edu

Bryan Van Soelen
Contact:
641-780-4707
bryan.vansoelen@gmail.com

Caitlin Visser
Contact:
616-401-2125
ccisek2@calvinseminary.edu

Richard W. Visser
Contact:
616-401-9073
rvisse7@calvinseminary.edu

Kristopher Walhof
Contact:
616-432-1119
kristoph6@gmail.com

Phillip Westra
Contact:
616-808-7685
pwestra4@calvinseminary.edu

Douglas Wood
Contact:
616-538-9350 ext. 13
doug@gracebiblegrandville.org

About the Author

Rev. David Koll Director of Candidacy for the Candidacy Committee of the CRC and the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary

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