Canada

As John Kapteyn nears his retirement as the executive secretary of the Regional Synod of Canada, he reflects on his work, his calling as a minister, and his life as a follower of Christ.

By Gregory Girard

The Synod of Canada sent three young adults to a recent learning event for church leaders.

I stepped out of the van and walked the dusty, dry path into the midst of the joyous, energetic singing of the children. I felt anticipation. I had visited here 18 months ago and was eager to see these children. I wondered if I would recognize any familiar faces. 

News from the Regional Synod of Canada, as published in the winter 2015 edition of RCA Today.

Grace Dyksterhuis passed on to glory on September 9, 2014. Her life story is one of faith and serving the Lord! 

The Pan American Games will be held in Toronto and the surrounding areas in July 2015. A new partnership is working to build awareness of sexual exploitation at the games. 

My name is Sandra Dancer. On January 15, 1961, I was born into a dysfunctional family. I was to be the third daughter. My mother was a factory worker. My father worked for my grandfather in the sanitation department and was a practicing alcoholic, so I was quite familiar with yelling, screaming, and violence.

In August 2009, Monarch Reformed Church celebrated its centennial anniversary. Following the celebration the congregation wanted to keep the momentum going. 

Before taking Vantage I was in the group of people who had done church for a long time. I was growing but felt it was no longer enough. There had to be more…but I didn’t know what that was or what it looked like or how to get there. My Vantage experience has been an awakening experience.

By investing two years in weekly homework, readings (Bible and other books), meetings, and talking to a mentor, my eyes were opened and so was my heart.