Rev. Adrian Van Giessen remembers the exact moment when he felt God calling him to be a church planter. It was 1994, and Van Giessen was attending his first day of a Home Missions-sponsored assessment center, an event which helps prospective church planters discern their strengths. “As I walked in the room, the song, ‘Here I Am, Lord,’ was being played,” recalls Van Giessen. “Right then, I immediately felt God telling me that this was what I was supposed to do.”
Today, as regional leader of the Home Missions Eastern Canada team, Van Giessen still feels passionate about planting new churches. “I want to see many people reached for Christ and many communities transformed,” he says.
Van Giessen, his wife Barb, and their three children, live in Kitchener- Waterloo, Ontario, where Van Giessen has been pastor of The Journey, a Home Missions-sponsored church plant, since 2003. The Eastern Canada team, following the lead of God’s Spirit, collaborates with partners to cultivate, renew, and multiply churches, campus ministries, and leaders that are missional, disciplemaking, intercultural, and community- transforming.
Currently, the team works alongside local partners to help support six local church plants. The team also works together with local and classical partners to provide funding for 10 campus ministries in the region, helping support campus pastors and their ministries as they become the presence of Christ in vital places of learning and influence in Canada.
EASTERN CANADA REGIONAL TEAM:
Meet the Team
Canadian Ministries Spring 2013 Newsletter
GLIMPSES OF GOD AT WORK
Seven years ago, the Home Missions Eastern Canada regional team helped form the Eastern Canada Leadership Network (ECLDN), which works in partnership with Christian Reformed churches from across Ontario to help identify, shape, and empower emerging leaders for the harvest. . . Read More