Crosspoint Strategic Network
Crosspoint Strategic Network is the working arm of the regional team in the three Classes of the greater Chicago area. Each Classis has two representatives, and there are a few part time staff persons. Meetings are held quarterly throughout the year. Recently, the team was subdivided into a group that is focused on serving the churches well and another group that focuses on starting new ministries.*
Peter Kelder - Regional Leader, Central U.S.*
Peter has been a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church since 1978, serving churches in New York, Wisconsin, and Iowa. As Regional Leader since 2005, he has served the Central US region, which includes churches in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Peter is available for consultations in church planting, leadership development, and other ways to partner with the churches of the region.
Ruth Kelder - Ministry Developer
Ruth has been employed by Christian Reformed Home Missions as a Ministry Developer since 1995 and has been a part of the Crosspoint Strategic Network team since it began. Her particular focus is to coach ministry leaders as they develop an intentional discipleship strategy for their church community. Whether it’s through small groups, accountability triads, mentoring relationships, or a specific leadership development tool, churches need to be intentional about developing reproducing disciples. As a certified StrengthsFinder individual and team coach, Ruth is able to help individuals and ministry teams understand their unique identity in Christ, areas of greatest potential, and ways to capitalize on these strengths in both ministry and daily life.
Tim Hoekstra - Metro Cluster Developer /Coach*
Tim Hoekstra is mentoring/teaching leader for Suburban Life Community Church, a church he planted 20 years ago that is devoted to partnering with underserved communities, primarily in Chicago, and works to learn about and live a life of racial reconciliation and diversity. Along with his church work, he also served seven years as the chaplain at Trinity Christian College, one year as the director of church relations for World Vision Chicago, taking leaders to several countries in Africa, and one year as the developer of a running/walking/mentoring program for kids and adults in underserved communities for the Steps Foundation. Tim’s passion for his daily work spills over into his work for the Crosspoint team with which he has served for three years as a coach/mentor in the areas of urban church planting, ministry development, and leadership training. He is passionate about seeing churches and ministries developed that are ethnically diverse, that honor those who are impoverished and marginalized, and that seek to unite people across lines of location, socio-economic position, denomination, and giftedness. “I believe that everything begins with the development of quality relationships where those who have been in positions of power submit to those who have lacked power in our culture. It is slow, steady work that requires a long obedience in the same direction.”
Pedro Aviles - Leadership Development Leader*
Pedro Aviles brings to his Crosspoint role his experiences as an urban church planter, an inner city pastor and resident, and a Latino by origin. His work within the Network these past several years has involved bringing up concerns and laying out strategic plans related to indigenous leadership development, the inner city and church planting, and ethnicity. This, coupled with his day-to-day work teaching in the Church and Ministry Leadership department at Trinity Christian College and as director of the Chicago-area Leadership Development Network, draws on Pedro’s passion for raising up local lay leaders to become key leaders, within their churches or in starting new churches. He is also passionate about seeing new churches planted in the city. Pedro and other Crosspoint members, Rev. Tim Hoekstra and Rev. Bethany Dudley, are creating a new ecumenical cluster of lay leaders interested in starting new churches in the city and are also creating a new, non-traditional church planting training program for the city.
Dr. Bethany Dudley - Church and Community Consultant
At the age of eight Bethany declared that she would become a “missionary in the city.” What this exactly was or what it meant she was not sure; she only knew this was what God was calling her to do. Over the next many years she had the privilege of working with numerous non-profits, churches, and city agencies focusing on urban ministry and community development. Bethany has her undergraduate degree in Urban Ministry from North Park University, her Masters of Divinity in Urban Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Boston, and Doctorate in Transformational Leadership for the Global City with a concentration in Community Development from Bakke Graduate University. She is a member of Communities First Association and served as the Executive Director of Requip NFP. Bethany is currently serving as the Education & Curriculum Director and Chicagoland Regional Director for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).
Kris Vos - Classis Illiana representative*
Harley VerBeek - Classis Illiana representative
Fred De Jong - Classis Northern Illinois representative*
Kyle Haack - Classis Northern Illinois representative
Tim Bossenbroek - Classis Chicago South representative
Roger Lefers - Classis Chicago South representative