Jenny Siebring-deGroot has been a member of Willoughby CRC for many years. She has a BA in Education from Dordt College and is currently an Assistant Principal/Teacher Librarian at Langley Christian Elementary School. She has been a local Banner correspondent for the past six years. She and her husband, Dennis, have also been significantly involved in the British Columbia, Classes NorthEast and SouthWest, Sierra Leone initiative. They have taught in Sierra Leone and South Africa twice, one of those times for a six-month period. She has also been involved in visual arts ministry, children’s ministry and a teen outreach ministry in her home church. She serves on a community film board and numerous school committees.
Rev. Ed Jager has worked in the church for more than twenty years. Since his early teens, he has experienced God molding his heart toward a passion for worship and missions. Through events, people, and churches, God has continued to shape him into a missional leader for God's glory. Over the course of his ministry career, Ed has served on various boards and committees such as the Lacombe Ministerial, Dordt College, Camp Chestermere, and classis. Presently, Ed is the lead pastor of Emmanuel CRC in Calgary, Alberta where he desires to be part of what God is doing. He especially enjoys working alongside people in hosting community dinners, opening a food pantry for the neighborhood, and overseeing the fantastic community gardens on the church property.
Rev. Jacob Boer is a lifelong member of the CRC. He graduated from Redeemer College in 1999 and Calvin Seminary in 2003. In March 2004, he was ordained in First CRC in Montreal, Quebec. Serving in Quebec brings unique situations for ministry and outreach due to Quebec's francophone culture with French as its dominant language. Quebec is the largest mission field in North America and one of the most secular places in North America. First CRC is in the middle of this mission field, in one of North America's most culturally and ethnically diverse cities. Rev. Boer feels called to this culture because his heart’s calling has always been to reach out to those who either do not know Jesus or who have not yet accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Living and working in this culture helps him understand the long-term commitment missionaries and their families experience on the mission field.
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Rev. Derek Bouma is the pastor at East CRC in Strathroy, Ontario. He holds a B.A. from Redeemer College, a M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and has completed a Certificate program in Church Leadership and Conflict Management from Conrad Grebel University College. He served as chair of Classis Niagara's leadership team for six years. He has been a member of the Classical Interim Committee and chair of the 150th Anniversary Committee for Classis Niagara. Derek is diligent in his responsibilities and promotes and supports denominational ministries. He is well respected by other pastors and often brings thoughtful and reflective insights into discussions and deliberations.
Rev. Thomas Oosterhuis is a member of West End CRC in Edmonton, Alberta and a recently retired pastor. He is a graduate of Calvin College, Calvin Seminary, and received a Doctorate in New Testament Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. He served as a CRC campus minister at the University of Alberta from 1975 – 2007, and he taught courses on "Jesus in the New Testament" and "Epistles of Paul" for 11 years at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. He also served on the Christian Reformed Home Missions Board. In his college years, he had a one-year internship in Mkar, Nigeria. He started a graduate program in New Testament Theology after graduation partly in hopes of returning to Nigeria to teach and work on translation and writing projects for the Tiv Church. During his graduate study, he became convicted that his calling was to be part of the church's mission in contemporary culture and turned to campus ministry. He learned to speak Dutch as a second language and gained congregational ministry experience serving at the Gereformeerde Kerk in Weesp, The Netherlands while studying at the Free University. Following his retirement, Tom and his wife, Alyce, have served at a Dutch congregation in Alanya, Turkey for short-term stints.
Andrea Bootsma is a former World Renew missionary who provided consultation assistance to World Renew's Zambia church partners. She and her family returned to Canada in 2009. She is a stay-at-home mom and provides daycare for other children too. She and her husband live in Hamilton, Ontario where her husband works for EduDeo Ministries Canada. Andrea has strengths in development and planning and has the ability to look beyond problems and see solutions. She has a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Social Work degree.
Rev. Bomsu Kim is a pastor at Seattle Dream Church, an emerging church, in Mill Creek, Washington. Besides being a fulltime pastor, he reaches out to foreign students through his English education company. He is also a Coffee Break Korean leadership trainer. Rev. Kim was born in Korea and moved to the USA in 2000. He sees his family as tent-making missionaries in Seattle. He has a heart for outreach and knowledge of World Missions particularly as it relates to Korea.
Jay Sankey is a member of Alameda CRC where he has served as a deacon and currently serves as an elder. He is president of the Alameda Christian School board and has previously served on the CRC Mount Hermon Bible conference board. Mr. Sankey recently retired from the Port of Oakland (near San Francisco) where he was manager of debt compliance. .
Chuck is the President of The Timothy Leadership Training Institute. He has been in business in the Denver area for 35 years. He has served on the Board for Club 20 (a lobbying organization of the 20 counties of western Colorado) Denver Christian Schools, Christian Reformed World Missions and currently serves as the president of the council and is an elder at Third CRC of Denver.
Delores (Dee) Kramer
Delores (Dee) Kramer is a member of Calvary CRC in Orange City, Iowa. She has had a lifelong interest in World Missions and is keenly interested in its mission. She is a retired Library Media Specialist. She recently authored two children’s books highlighting global issues and extreme poverty and gives school and library book talks. She has served on the Bible League Thrift Store Board, the Orange City Christian School Respect Policy Committee, and library and church committees.
Lois is a member of Bethel CRC in Lansing, Illinois. She has a BA from Calvin College with numerous courses related to development work. She was a missionary in Africa for 39 years. In her current role as a Missionary Transformational Development Trainer, she advises groups on sustainability and uses non-formal adult education principles. To train leaders, she uses biblically-based materials aimed at communities with limited literacy. She has served as a board member for several other organizations. She is still a full-time missionary with Mission to the World (PCA), and travels extensively to lead workshops and to consultant with groups. She also mentors people in the USA and Africa.
Rev. Ronald Meyer is a pastor at Lamont CRC, Lamont, Michigan. He is currently serving as Stated Clerk of Classis Zeeland (13 years as the Stated Clerk) and serves on the Classical Interim Team, the Classical Finance Committee, and the Lamont Civic Association. He has previously served on the Reformed Bible College Board, the Student Fund Committee, the Home Missions Committee, Youth Ministries Committee, Church Visitor, Rotary (eight years), and local ministerial associations. He previously served two terms on the CRWM Board (1998-2004, serving also as secretary and president), and has missed it ever since. Ron comes with organizational and administrative skills, a common sense approach and faithful and efficient work.
Kojo Quartey is an active member of the African Community Fellowship Church. He holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting, a Master's in economics, a Ph.D. in applied economics and post-doctoral fellowships in finance and leadership. Kojo is a highly respected individual within the African community and will bring his perspective to the board. He is a professional with great insights, and is dedicated, committed and devoted to the church. Presently, he is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer for City Colleges of Chicago. City Colleges is a seven-college system serving over 120,000 students. He has served on numerous boards and currently serves on Humanity for Africa, World Affairs Council, Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, World Community Service and STRIVE, a mentor program. He currently serves on the Youth Committee and is Fundraising-Committee chair of African Community Fellowship Church.
Colin Watson is a member of Madison Avenue CRC in Paterson, Nnew Jersey. He has a graduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and certificates in executive management from Columbia University and the University of Virginia. He has corporate management experience at two Fortune 500 companies and had also worked on the committee to bring the Olympics to New York City. Colin has served on a number of boards of community organizations and is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the New York City Partnership. He is an active member of Madison Avenue CRC leading the finance ministry, the men's ministry, and is the managing member (president) of Foundation Enterprises, LLC- a Real Estate Investment Company focused on community improvement. He is committed to reaching out with the gospel.
Craig Pollington is a member of Calvin CRC, Mc Bain, Michigan. He has worked in the tool and die industry and is currently a beef seed-stock farmer, working in sales for Beef and Dairy Semen. Craig also works with delinquent youth near Reed City. He has served as director of the Seed Time and Harvest Mission organization in Siberia, Russia, as well as various terms as an elder and deacon in his church. Currently, he is the Project Manager for Christian Reformed World Missions' and Pentecostal Assembly of God (PAG)'s College Dairy Farm teaching project in Mbale, Uganda. Craig has a heart for missions, is a solid prayer warrior and has traveled to Siberia and Uganda several times.
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Bill Svelmoe is a member of South Bend CRC and teaches at St. Mary's College in Indiana. His area of expertise is history of missions. He has published one book and several articles on the topic. His academic background focuses on American religious history and his undergraduate degree was in English literature and creative writing. He is a Wycliffe missionary kid who lived in the Philippines until he left for college. He has served as an elder at South Bend CRC. The title of his book is: A New Vision for Missions: William Cameron Townsend, the Wycliffe Bible Translators, and the Culture of Early Evangelical Faith Missions. His articles can be found in academic journals in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, and missiology.
Eduardo Gonzalez is a member of Sunshine Community Church in El Paso, Texas. He holds a BA in theology, an MA in missions from Calvin Seminary, a BS in Engineering and an MBA in Management. His present position is an Associate Pastor at Sunshine on loan to Juarez, Mexico as a Theology Professor to All Nations Seminary and San Pablo Presbyterian Seminary. He currently serves on the Form Of Subscription Revision Committee II which reported to Synod 2011. Eduardo volunteers twice a year as a missionary/teacher to Cuba with World Missions. For part of his career he served as a Plant Manager of two factories in Mexico.
Rev. Joseph Kamphuis is pastor at Chelwood CRC, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has his BA in Economics/Business from Calvin College and a M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary. He has served on the Classical Home Missions Committee/Classis Columbia, and Zillah Ministerial Association. He was a delegate at Synod in 2007. He is interested in the work of missions because he believes it is the whole church’s calling not just the call of a few missionaries. He is a spearhead for missions, both in foreign mission support and Home Missions support. He served two summers in the Philippines and that has given him a healthy insight on world missions issues and needs. He is a clear thinker in resolving problems and setting goals and a great team player. His quality of leadership is appreciated and held in high esteem.