Energetic, humble and approachable, John Klomps lived life as an adventure. His love and compassion for people led him to be involved in many lives all over the world as a generous encourager. He had a particular passion for Palestinian Christians in Israel and traveled there more than 50 times, often taking tour groups with him. He wanted others to know these brothers and sisters who he felt are often overlooked. Klomps died June 12 at the age of 85.
After emigrating from the Netherlands to Canada on his own at the age of 18, Klomps worked his way through seven years of studies at Calvin College and Seminary, graduating in 1962. He then completed a two-year doctorate program at the Free University of Amsterdam. After ordination in 1964, he served Jennings Creek Christian Reformed Church in Lindsay, Ont. He went on to pastor three other churches in Ontario: Bethel CRC in Brockville, First CRC in Hamilton, and Clearview CRC in Oakville. He then worked for Christian Horizons (an Ontario-based ministry providing housing and other supports for people with disabilities) and ended his ministry as the executive director of The Bible League of Canada, where he was instrumental in the development of the Bible for Missions Thrift Store program across Canada. He retired in 1997.
Klomps caught the travel bug early in life and traveled extensively. He and his wife led many tour groups to various parts of the world. Until failing health prevented him, he continued to preach in area churches.
He will be lovingly remembered and missed by Rita, his wife of 59 years, four daughters and their spouses, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.