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General Synod 2012: Retired Ministers of Word and Sacrament

During 2011 thirty-seven RCA ministers of Word and sacrament retired from active service. Those who retired are being recognized by General Synod through its endorsement of appreciation for their years of faithful and dedicated ministry in the church.

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To adopt the following resolution:

These have loved Christ and fed his sheep. They have devoted themselves to spreading the Word and equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

Their contribution to a needy world is rich beyond measure; their record is on high.

The Reformed Church in America, with admiration, deep affection, and overflowing thanks to God, celebrates their lifelong service.

John Arnone, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
1981-1982
Assistant pastor, Middlebush Reformed Church, Middlebush, New Jersey
1981-1986
Professor, Monmouth College, Monmouth, New Jersey
1986-1990
Pastor, High Bridge Reformed Church, High Bridge, New Jersey
1996-2002
Pastor, Annandale Reformed Church, Annandale, New Jersey
 
James H. Baar, Holland, Michigan
1972-1981
Immanuel Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1981-2011
Fellowship Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan
"It was my privilege and joy to serve one congregation for more than 30 years."
 
James Beltman, Zeeland, Michigan
1969-1971
Assistant pastor, First Reformed Church, Denver, Colorado
1971-1977
Pastor, Family of Clairemont Church (RCA), San Diego, California
2002-2011
Minister under contract, Community Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
 
William Bengtson, Spring Hill, Florida
1966-1968
Field service, Elemendorf Reformed Church, East Harlem, New York (while attending New York Theological Seminary)
1968-1974
Contract pastor, Church of the Comforter, Bronx, New York
1974-1980
Pastor, Highbridge Reformed Church, Bronx, New York
1980-1995
Pastor, Woodstock Reformed Church, Woodstock, New York
1995-2011
Pastor, First Reformed Church, Tampa, Florida
"Elba and I had the privilege of serving five wonderful congregations!"
 
Peter W. Berry, Manchester, New Jersey
1970-1979
Knox Reformed Church in Knox, New York, and Thompsons Lake Reformed Church in East Berne, New York
1979-1998
Bloomingrove Reformed Church, Rensselaer, New York
1998-2010
Community Reformed Church, Whiting, New Jersey
"One of the highlights of my ministry was being involved in ecumenical services in Albany Classis. Those cooperative ministries continue to this day after 40 years."
 
David A. Bruininks, Kalamazoo, Michigan
1972-1978
Faith Reformed Church, Portage, Michigan
1979-1984
Maplewood Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan
1984-1994
Discipleship Ministries, Inc, Holland, Michigan
1994-1998
Grace Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan
1998-2000
Third Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan
2000-2008
Faith Reformed Church, Portage, Michigan
2008-2011
New Vintage Ministries, Kalamazoo, Michigan
"One of the highlights of my ministry was being able to plant a new church prior to retirement through the Mission Multiplication Team of Southwest Michigan Classis."
 
Tim Bush, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
1984-1998
Red River Reformed Church, West Fargo, North Dakota
1999-2011
Lakeview Community Church (RCA), Rochester, New York
"One of the highlights of my ministry was founding Red River Reformed Church."
 
John E. (Jack) Buteyn Jr., Plano, Texas
1970
Ordained, Lansing, Michigan
1970-1975
Immanuel Reformed Church, Lansing, Michigan
1975-1978
Abbe Reformed Church, Clymer, New York
1978-2009
The Reformed Church in Plano, Plano, Texas
2009-2011
The Protestant Church in Oman, Muscat, Oman
"One of the real highlights of my ministry was finishing my ministry in the Middle East, a part of the world where my dad served as a supervisor of missionaries."
 
Donald Collier, Riverside, California
1969-2011
Pastor, Faith Community Church, Riverside, California
"One of the highlights of my ministry was making a difference in people's lives for good and for God! Wonderful journey."
 
Thomas C. Danney, Nyack, New York
1981-1989
Bergen Point Community Church, Bayonne, New Jersey
1989-2011
First Reformed Church, Nyack, New York
2009-present
Synod area minister, Regional Synod of New York
"One of the highlights of my ministry was active involvement in local ecumenical and interfaith activities during pastorates in Bayonne and Nyack, receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Interfaith Advancement award from the Nyack branch of the NAACP."
 
William J. De Boer, Surprise, Arizona
1971-1982
Cook Christian Training School, Tempe, Arizona
1983-1993
Ch'ol Presbytery, National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, Chiapas, Mexico
1994-2012
Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church, Dulce, New Mexico
"I'll never forget making a two-week trip on muleback visiting Ch'ol Indian churches. We attended sixteen worship services in thirteen days."
 
John H. DeKam, Holland, Michigan
1986-1991
Emmanuel Reformed Church, Morrison, Illinois
1991-1992
Christ Community Church, Blue Springs, Missouri
1992-1993
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, Kansas
1994
Crossroads Church, Overland Park, Kansas
1995-1996
Peace Community Church, Frankfort, Illinois
1996-1998
First Reformed Church, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
1998-2000
Haven Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan
2000-2001
Hager Park Reformed Church, Jenison, Michigan
2001-2002
First Reformed Church, DeMotte, Indiana
2002-2003
Christ Community Church, Palos Heights, Illinois
2003-2005
Second Reformed Church, Grand Haven, Michigan
2006
Orchard Hill Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2007
Remembrance Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2008-2009
Trinity Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan
2009-2010
Coopersville Reformed Church, Coopersville, Michigan
2010-2011
Olivet Reformed Church, Grandville, Michigan
2011
Peace Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
"The majority of my ministry was serving as a specialized transition minister (STM) and providing pastoral leadership to churches going through a time of pastor transition. Repeatedly, I witnessed the Spirit of God transforming, healing, and guiding the lives of individuals and congregations in unexpected ways. I praise God that he has used me in this special ministerial calling."
 
Fred R. Doidge, Scottsdale, Arizona
1969-1979
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming; Death Valley National Monument, California; and Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona)
1984-1989
Longview Community Church (RCA), Phoenix, Arizona
1990-1993
Federal halfway houses in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona
1994-2004
Chaplain, Eloy Detention Center, Eloy, Arizona
2005-2006
Prison Fellowship Arizona, Program Director
2000-2010
Hope Community Church (RCA), Scottsdale, Arizona
"One of the highlights of my ministry was conducting sunrise services at the south rim of the Grand Canyon from 1974 to 1979."
 
Jack Doorlag, Hudsonville, Michigan
1975-1985
Trinity Reformed Church, Grand Haven, Michigan
1986-1998
First Reformed Church, Byron Center, Michigan
1998-2011
Specialized interim/transitional minister; served First Reformed Church, Portage, Michigan; Oakview Community Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Standale Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Coopersville Reformed Church, Coopersville, Michigan; Peace Reformed Church, Middleville, Michigan; Ottawa Reformed Church, West Olive, Michigan; RiverTree Community Church, Wyoming, Michigan; Fourth Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan; and First Christian Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
 
Wes Granberg-Michaelson, Kentwood, Michigan
1984-1988
Specialized ministry, New Creation Institute and Community Covenant Church, Missoula, Montana
1989-1994
Director, Church and Society, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland
1994-2011
General secretary, RCA
 
DuWayne Hanke, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
1975-1979
First Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
1979-1985
Emmanuel Reformed Church, Morrison, Illinois
1985-1990
Emmanuel Reformed Church, Springfield, South Dakota
1990-1998
Community Reformed Church, Newton, Iowa
1998-2004
Bethany Reformed Church, Canton, South Dakota
2004-2008
Bethel Reformed Church, Chicago, Illinois
2009
First Christian Reformed Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
2009-2011
St. John's U.C.C., Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
"One of the highlights of my ministry was how the Holy Spirit brought together a ministry to 60+ neighborhood youth in Chicago in an aging congregation, which the Classis of Illinois decided to close in 2008."
 
Orville J. Hine, Fonda, New York
1973-1977
Mount Pleasant Reformed Church, Hudson, New York
1977-1989
Fonda Reformed Church, Fonda, New York
1989-present
Various interim and supply positions in Mohawk Valley Reformed churches
"One of the highlights of my ministry was beginning preschool programs in both churches and watching them be sustainable to this date."
 
Marvin Jacobs, Mesa, Arizona
1976-1985
Faith Reformed Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
1985-1989
Hawthorne Community Church, Vernon Hills, Illinois
1989-2005
Desert Haven Community Church, Mesa, Arizona
2006-2011
Ottawa Reformed Church, West Olive, Michigan
"One of the highlights of my ministry was seeing God bless each of the congregations I served with growth, revitalization…and fun!"
 
Fernando Jensen, St. Cloud, Florida
2007-2010
Planting pastor, Comunidad Cristiana de Orlando, Orlando, Florida
 
Song Kuk Kim, House Springs, Missouri
1984-2004
Dong-Won Korean Church, Hyde Park, New York
"One of the highlights of my ministry was planting a Korean church."
 
Vicky Menning, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1989-2001
Copastor, Trinity Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2001-2003
Community Leadership Institute at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2003-2005
Journey, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan
2005-2011
Denominational staff, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"One of the highlights of my ministry was experiencing people become more like Jesus in all they think, say, and do."
 
Shirley Montanari, Monroe Township, New Jersey
2009-2011
Associate pastor, Pompton Reformed Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
 
Prior to her ordination, Shirley had a long career of service to the RCA in various secretarial positions. She served nearly ten years on the secretarial staff of Pompton Reformed Church in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. She also served a little over a year as the administrative assistant for the RCA's Office of Christian Discipleship, as well as five years as a secretary at Warwick Conference Center.
"One of the highlights of my ministry was when someone would say, 'That sermon was what I needed to hear today.'"
 
Dianne J. Wyngarden Mugg, Holland, Michigan
1981-1983
First Reformed Church, Holland, Michiga
1983-1993
Second Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
1994-present
Good Samaritan Ministries, Holland, Michigan
"One of the highlights of my ministry was relationships and serving God. If you know me, you'll know ministry has always been about serving God and having relationships with people."
 
Gene Poll, Orange Beach, Alabama
1979-1985
New Life Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1985-1993
New Life Community Church, Sayville, New York
1993-2000
Christ's Family Reformed Church, Davenport, Iowa
2000-2001
First Reformed Church, Oak Harbor, Washington
2001-2004
Hope Reformed Church, South Haven, Michigan
2004-2012
Union Reformed Church, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and Abundant Life Reformed Church, Wyckoff, New Jersey
"One of the highlights of my ministry was helping people have a better understanding of their faith and grow stronger in Christ."
 
Ronald Redder, Ada, Michigan
1972-1979
Pella Reformed Church, Adams, Nebraska
1979-1989
First Reformed Church, Denver, Colorado
1989-1999
American Reformed Church, DeMotte, Indiana
1999-2011
Specialized interim pastor, Synod of the Great Lakes (served 5 RCA and 5 CRC congregations)
"One of the highlights of my ministry was to see the joy of God's gracious salvation realized in people's lives and to see attendance and giving increase by God's generous mercy!"
 
Richard Rienstra, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1973-1980
Reformed Inner City Experiment (RICE), Muskegon, Michigan
1981-1992
Community Mental Health director for Muskegon County, Muskegon, Michigan
1992-1999
Elder and pastor, Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ, Muskegon, Michigan, and Director of Trinity Housing Corporation
2000-2005
Coordinator of urban ministries, RCA
2006-2011
Pastor/Developer of Celebration Fellowship Prison Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan
"One of the highlights of my ministry was working together with the RCA and CRC in developing the first 'prison congregation' in Michigan."
 
Richard Ruch, Metuchen, New Jersey
2003-2011
Metuchen Reformed Church, Metuchen, New Jersey
"One of the highlights of my ministry was that after a year of prayerful study and discernment, the church declared itself to be a welcoming and affirming congregation."
 
Kenneth Schmitt, Crete, Illinois
1971-1976
Assistant pastor, Church of the Good News, Chicago, Illinois
1972-1977
Specialized ministry, Ravenswood Hospital Community Mental Health Center, Chicago, Illinois
1977-2000
Specialized ministry, Grand Prairie Services, Tinley Park, Illinois
2000-2002
Specialized ministry, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
2003-2011
Specialized ministry, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Alsip, Illinois
"One of the highlights of my ministry was founding the South Suburban Cook County local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill."
 
Robert H. Schuller, Orange, California
1950-1955
Ivanhoe Reformed Church, Riverdale, Illinois
1955-2012
Garden Grove Community Church/Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California
"One of the highlights of my ministry is to be a positive follower of Jesus Christ."
 
David C. Sikkema, Luverne, Minnesota
1973-1976
Peace Reformed Church, Eagan, Minnesota
1976-1987
First Reformed Church, Willmar, Minnesota
1987-1997
Meredith Drive Reformed Church, Des Moines, Iowa
1998-2011
American Reformed Church, Luverne, Minnesota
"One of the highlights of my ministry was leading American Reformed Church in building a new worship center and expanded fellowship hall."
 
Phillip Sneller, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1981-1988
Immanuel Reformed Church, Fennville, Michigan
1988-1997
American Reformed Church, Hull, Iowa
1997-2006
First Reformed Church, Fulton, Illinois
"One of the highlights of my ministry was serving as chaplain of the Fulton, Illinois, police department from 2002 to 2006."
 
Nancy Sorokoff, Hingham, Massachusetts
1990-1992
Greenville Community Church, Scarsdale, New York
1991
The Brick Church, West New Hemstead, New York
1991-1992
Second Reformed Church, Hackensack, New Jersey
1993-1995
Dayspring Presbyterian Church and First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Yonkers, New York
1995-2001
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Yonkers, New York
2001
First Reformed Church, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
"One of the highlights of my ministry was the bringing together of two tiny dying churches (Dayspring and First Westminster Presbyterian Churches) and watching them become a new congregation (Good Shepherd), having an impact on the neighborhood, and growing and flourishing together."
 
Norman Swier, Montague, Michigan
1977-1982
Vriesland Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
1982-1988
New Era Reformed Church, New Era, Michigan
1988-1997
First Reformed Church, Portage, Michigan
1997-2009
Fifth Reformed Church, Muskegon, Michigan
"One of the highlights of my ministry was a study trip to Israel where the history, geography, and culture of the biblical world came alive up close and personal, resulting in benefits for my preaching and teaching ministry."
 
Solomon J. Tivade, Chatham, New Jersey
1992-2003
United Reformed Church, Jersey City, New Jersey
2003-2009
Goodwill Mission, Newark, New Jersey
"While serving the congregation of United Reformed Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, and preaching the Word of God, I reached out for Christ and touched the lives of the least and the lost for the glory of God (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)."
 
Albert Vander Meer, Beecher, Illinois
1971-1977
Church of the Redeemer, Royal Oak, Michigan
1977-1991
Christ's Family (new church plant), Davenport, Iowa
1991-1994
Rolling Hills Community Church, Zellwood, Florida
1994-2005
Synod executive minister, Synod of Mid-America
2005-2010
Interim minister at First Reformed in South Holland, Illinois; Trinity Community Church in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; and Gibbsville Reformed in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
"One of the highlights of my ministry was planting a new church which has planted another church. Both mother and daughter are doing well. To God be the praise and glory!"
 
R. James Van Zetten, Chicago, Illinois
1984-1990
Fourth Reformed Church, Oshtemo, Michigan
1990-1999
Richmond Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1999-2004
First Reformed Church, South Holland, Illinois
2004-2012
Specialized transitional minister
2005-2006
Mt. Greenwood Reformed Church, Chicago, Illinois
2006-2007
Faith Christian Reformed Church, Tinley Park, Illinois
2007
Grace Community (Christian Reformed), Oak Lawn, Illinois
2007-2008
Our Lord's Community Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2008-2009
Reformed Church in Plano, Plano, Texas
2009-2010
Ebenezer Reformed Church, Morrison, Illinois
2010-2011
New Life Community Church, Iowa City, Iowa
2012
Washington D.C. Christian Reformed Church, Washington, DC
"The highlight of my ministry has been witnessing and leading the people of these churches in mission. They reached people for Christ, provided food and housing, built medical clinics, formed non-profit organizations, initiated major economic projects for the poor, touched the lives of children and youth, and performed countless acts of mercy, all for no personal reward, all in the love of Jesus."
 
Thomas Woudstra, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1982-1986
Minister of parish life, Thornapple Community Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1986-2011
Pastoral counselor, American Association of Counselors and Certified Social Workers, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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