Synod president Rev. Bruce Persenaire invited Rev. Leonard Vander Zee to come to the podium with the words, “Come, sell yourself!” but added, “Len, you come with good credentials. Talk to us.”
A pastor in the Christian Reformed Church for more than 40 years, and a former theological editor for Faith Alive, Vander Zee admitted, “I’m nervous about it.” However, recognizing the vital place The Banner has in the life of an increasingly diverse church and world, he’s grateful for a “dedicated and competent staff.” He indicated his commitment to serve, and promised, “I’ll do my best to shepherd The Banner in this year of transition.”
He indicated he would appreciate “charitable criticisms . . . lots of ’em.” Synod’s laughter echoed their appreciation.
Vander Zee will assume his new role at the end of the summer when current editor Rev. Bob De Moor will retire from the job to return from half time to full time parish ministry. During Vander Zee’s interim year, a synodically-appointed committee will search for a permanent editor.
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