The staff and leadership here at Graafschap Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org
My connection with Christ’s Church goes all the way back to my growing up years, when my father was a minister in various Christian Reformed congregations. My personal call to pastoral ministry came during my final two years of college and especially following my college graduation, as I was able to much more fully involve myself in the life of my local congregation. I enrolled at Calvin Theological Seminary in 1994. Following my graduation in 1998 I was called to serve Prairie Edge CRC in Portage, MI. After having served that congregation for nearly 21 years, my wife and I, along with our three daughters, discerned the call to serve Graafschap CRC. My particular passions in ministry revolve around worship, preaching, and teaching. It is such a joy bringing God’s Word to God’s People and inviting them to bring that Truth into God’s World!
I came to Graafschap in January 2017, shortly after graduating from Western Theological Seminary. I grew up in Holland, and became a worship leader in some of Holland's churches, first as a volunteer; then a lay leader; and then paid staff. There are others, but the congregations I served most recently are Pillar Church, Rose Park Reformed Church, and the seminary itself in its daily chapel services. I love it when a church comes together to worship the Triune God. As I partner with the people of the Church, it is my constant goal to provide worship services that are beautiful and formational, and pleasing to God.
I have had the privilege to be involved in Youth Ministry since 2001, upon my graduation from Reformed Bible College. Ministry opportunities have taken me between Pella, Iowa and Holland, MI. Graafschap has been my church home for the past five years where I worship with my beautiful wife and my three children. Teaching the bible is one of my joys and passions, and I love doing this with middle school and high school students along with young adults. One of my life verses comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13, where God reminds His children that he has plans for their lives filled with Hope, and this is something I love to challenge my students to live by each day.