Synod 2014 elected an executive that represents the binationality of the Christian Reformed Church: half of the members are Canadian.
Rev. Scott Greenway is a delegate of Classis Thornapple Valley, where he serves as pastor of Caledonia (Mich.) CRC. This is his fifth synod but his first time serving on the executive. He is also vice chair of the denomination’s Board of Trustees.
“You’re here as servants of Jesus Christ, his bride,” he told delegates. “Let that thought carry you through the week. He loves his church. Now serve his bride well.”
Synod’s vice chair is Rev. Jake Kuipers, pastor of Ebenezer CRC in Trenton, Ontario, and a delegate from Classis Quinte. This is his 10th synod, and he has served on the executive once.
The clerks are Rev. John Tenyenhuis (first) and Rev. Jerome Burton (second). Tenyenhuis, pastor of Rehoboth Fellowship CRC in Toronto, Ontario, is a delegate from Classis Toronto; this is his seventh synod. Burton represents Classis Grand Rapids North, where he is pastor of Coit Community CRC. This is his second synod.
Greenway said he expects a smooth synod. “How we respond to overtures about the Banner will receive energy,” he said. For the rest, he does not see a lot of potential for conflict. Already, he said, he is enjoying spending time with the delegates to the Reformed Church in America’s general synod. “It in some ways feels like a family reunion.”
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