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Elder Gerrit DenHartog, aka “Sarge,” was serious about corralling delegates back to work after their coffee breaks.

The designated “sergeant-at-arms” sported a sash and whistle.

“People are very good-natured even when I do blow a whistle, which has been very loud at times,” said DenHartog. “I also quote Ecclesiastes 3:1—‘there is a time for everything’—in as loud a voice as possible.”

DenHartog recently moved to West Michigan and joined a Christian Reformed church after living in places without CRCs for 40 years. “I really felt that the Lord was leading me back,” he said.

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