Transformed & Transforming: Staff Descriptions

Meet the initiative leaders who are helping the RCA live into the mission of Transformed & Transforming.


Eddy Alemán, director of strategic leadership development and coordinator of Hispanic ministries

Eddy is on our executive leadership team and oversees the leadership ("Equipping Emerging Leaders of Today and Tomorrow") part of Transformed & Transforming. That includes the Emerging Leaders and Thriving Leaders, Thriving Churches initiatives.


Ken Eriks, director of special projects

Ken is on our executive leadership team and co-leads the Reformed Leadership Initiative with the CRCNA. His work has a special focus on developing a culture of generosity in churches.


Eliza Cortés Bast, coordinator for Local Missional Engagement

Eliza leads the Local Missional Engagement initiative, which helps congregations bring reconciliation, justice, and hope to people in their communities.


Andy Bossardet, coordinator for equipping thriving congregations

Andy oversees the Thriving Leaders, Thriving Churches initiative, which supports leadership teams of RCA churches in ongoing spiritual transformation. This includes Ridder Church Renewal, coaching, first-call pastors, and pastoral transitions.


Terry DeYoung, coordinator for Disability Concerns

Terry works with congregations to find ways to fully involve people with disabilities in the life, ministry, and mission of the church.



Randy Weener, coordinator of Church Multiplication

Randy and the Church Multiplication team offer resources, training, and support to church planters, regional synods, and parent churches across North America.


Earl James, coordinator of Cultural Agility and Advocacy

Earl leads the Cultural Agility and Advocacy initiative, which helps the RCA improve its cultural agility and advocate for compassionate justice.


Stephanie Soderstrom, coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Stephanie runs the Volunteer Engagement initiative, which engages all generations of volunteers in service for Christ, both locally and abroad.


Liz Testa, coordinator for Women’s Transformation and Leadership

Liz works with congregations to recognize and empower the gifts of all women in the life, ministry, and mission of the church.


Jill Ver Steeg, director of transformational engagement

Jill is on our executive leadership team and oversees the discipleship (“Cultivating Transformation in Christ”) part of Transformed & Transforming. This includes Faithwalking, VantagePoint3 and Sticky Faith.