Kevin DeRaaf, acting Canada director of Resonate Global Mission, who was nominated as mission agency’s director in February, was appointed to that position by Synod 2023, to begin July 1. DeRaaf is replacing interim director Joel Huyser.
DeRaaf said, “I didn't accept the job easily—I don't need to tell you why someone needs to hesitate to become a church ministry director over a time like this.” He referenced how church membership decline, ministry finances, theological division, and politics all impact the challenges in a role like this. Yet, he said, “I stand here with deep conviction that God has led me to this place” and that he enters the role with “excitement and anticipation.”
Several delegates and observers wore yellow shirts from Resonate, found on their tables, that read, “The Future Looks Bright,” to show their support.
“I dare, in faith declare: the future is bright,” DeRaaf said, noting he “cannot believe how much good work is done by good people across the world under the Resonate banner across the Christian Reformed Church.”
After his message, DeRaaf received a standing ovation and another standing ovation once he was officially appointed. Huyser, who is retiring June 30 after 28 years of serving the denomination, also received synod’s applause.
Synod 2023 is meeting June 9-15 at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Find daily coverage from The Banner news team at thebanner.org/synod. Visit crcna.org/synod for the synod schedule, webcast, recordings, photos, committee reports, and liveblog. Synod is the annual general assembly of the Christian Reformed Church.