Oldest and Youngest Delegates

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At age 78, William “Bud” Ipema is the oldest delegate at synod this year, and Miles Kuperus III, age 24, is the youngest. Perhaps the youngest delegate ever, Kuperus became a deacon fresh out of college. Ipema, an ordained minister, has never pastored a church—instead he has worked at “creating justice and building leaders” through nonprofit ministries in the Chicago area. Both are first-time delegates.


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Roxanne VanFarowe is a freelance writer who lives in the woods with her artist husband James and their five children in Hillsborough, North Carolina. They are members of Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham.