The RCA is pleased to announce that Jill Ver Steeg has been appointed director of transformational engagement for the denomination.

In this role, she will work with RCA staff and church leaders throughout the denomination to help congregations develop discipleship plans that fit their contexts. As a member of the RCA’s Executive Leadership Team, she will also help provide vision and strategic leadership for the denomination.

Ver Steeg comes to the position with a passion for fostering discipleship and a background in pastoral ministry.

“I thrill to this important work,” said Ver Steeg, who previously served the RCA as the coordinator for transformational equipping. “I am eager to dream, pray, and partner with churches and leaders throughout the RCA. Together, we will seek to bring love, hope, and ultimately, life-giving change to our communities—and to the world—through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Ver Steeg is stepping into the role previously held by Ken Eriks, who also serves the RCA as the codirector of the Reformed Leadership Initiative. Since September, Ver Steeg has worked closely with Eriks to learn the position and gradually take on its responsibilities. Eriks will now be able to focus his time and responsibilities on the Reformed Leadership Initiative.

“I am thankful for all of the gifts that Jill brings to the denomination that have already blessed, and will continue to bless, those who work with her,” said general secretary Tom De Vries. “The partnership between Ken and Jill has been outstanding and the transfer of responsibilities has been seamless and effective.”

Ver Steeg earned her M.Div degree from Western Theological Seminary. She previously served as the chaplain at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and as the teaching pastor at Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

She is also working toward a D.Min. degree, with a focus on leadership development, at Fuller Theological Seminary; she expects to graduate in 2017.