Classis Chatham

Christian Reformed Churches in North America

               Stated Clerk:

Ron Middel

 Classiscal Treasurer:
Harry Verburg


Classis Chatham is a family of Christian Reformed Churches and ministries along highways 401 and 402 from Windsor to Woodstock to Sarnia in Ontario, Canada. 

Representatives of this family of churches meet three times annually and carry on business between meetings through an appointed executive and a Classical Ministry Committee.



As Congregations helping each other to fulfill our
Calling to Serve God we are:  

elebrating our Reformed heritage and history
Preparing church members to develop and use their God given gifts
Fellowshipping ,
Meeting, sharing and praying for ministry joys, concerns and needs
Holding one another accountable as we fulfill Christ’s commands
Transforming the world by responding to needs locally and far away
Carrying the name of Christ through word and action
Caring for and welcoming the lost into our congregations
Through ethnic and cultural variety we show oneness in Christ

   Fruitland Special Needs SERVE

Special Needs SERVE is an opportunity for youth/young adult with a disability to be a part of a SERVE experience.
These youth/young adults will walk along side of a peer mentor for this5-day event that includes worship, small groups, volunteering at worksites, and community building events. It is a week for youth working together to serve God, and grow and develop in their faith. Special Needs SERVE is run through Youth Unlimited, and will be hosted in Fruitland with support from area churches.
This year we are hosting at Fruitland CRC the week of July 20-26, 2018 and we will be on a journey together learning to Love God, Love the World! Interested and want to know more?
Check out our FaceBook page Fruitland Special Needs SERVE, ask for the info flyer that was also sent to your church OR contact Amber Vanderhout OR Erica Howard

Mark your calendars ... Wednesday, October 17, 2018 ... is the date for our first annual Classis Chatham Administrator's Day.

This event is in the planning stage, and whether your a volunteer, part-time or full-time Administrative Assistant in Classis Chatham, you won't want to miss this event.

Note:  This is not an event for pastors or council members.  It is being designed specifically for our church administrative assistants.  The purpose is to equip, educate, network, information share, build community and to support our church administrators.
We hope to incorporate sessions (topics) that are specifically to assist you both administratively, as well as spiritually.  We also plan to have a time to share questions, suggestions and a general "Open Mic" session. 

We plan to hold this day somewhere central in our classis and we will send more details as we approach.

Your organizing committee consists of:
- Kathy DeKoter of Grace CRC, Chatham 
- Heather Feiten of Talbot Street Church, London
- Ron Middel, Stated Clerk

We are excited about this event.  Please feel free to contact any of us for further information or to make suggestions.  
We hope that you will plan to attend!

The ministry of the church includes all of the following:

  • Worship of God both publicly and privately
  • Seeing those who do not know Christ as Saviour and Lord
  • Disciple those who do not know Him
  • Christian witness; compassion and care for the needy
  • Guarding soundness of doctrine, unity in confession, qualifications for office
  • Support our joint ministries regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Training Christians to use their gifts in ministry                

Minutes of the May 22, 2018
Meeting of Classis

Classis Chatham is scheduled to meet in regular session, D.V., on:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. (registration beginning at 8:15 a.m.) @ Strathroy East CRC, 476 Metcalfe Street East, Strathroy, Ontario

Designated Officers  Chair: Rev. Willemina Zwart (London - Good News)  Vice-Chair: Rev. Phil Apoll (Mount Brydges - Hope Community CRC)  Stated Clerk: Ron Middel

Agenda Deadline  Please have all agenda materials submitted to the Stated Clerk by Tuesday, August 7 @ 5:00 p.m.

Credentials Deadline  The Classical Credential form is attached to this email.  Please complete and submit the completed and signed form to the Stated Clerk (electronically preferred) by Friday, September 14.

Info re Delegate Selection  "Classis shall consist of three delegates from each church, one minister, one elder and one deacon.  When a Church is vacant or a minister is unable to attend, an elder may be delegated as a substitute."  Please note that there is not a provision to send a second elder delegate if a deacon delegate is not available to attend, nor a second deacon if an elder is not available to attend.

Please consider hosting a future meeting of classis and notify the Stated Clerk (we require a host for our September 24, 2019 meeting and beyond).

Visitors since 
July 20, 2014




1. Youth

2. Training

3. Service

4. Sharing Good News

5. Being Reformed

6. Prayer

7. Love and Acceptance

8. Accountability

9. Working together


1. Nurture spiritual renewal of
2.  Stewardship as a way of living
3. Youth are part of the whole
4. Worship as one body
5. Provide formal Leadership
6. Provide coucil member training
7. Developing kingdom vision
8. Seeking and preparing young
 for today
9. Loving justice, being kind and
good to all.                

Faith and Academics:
   A FREE Student Dinner Conversation
If you’re a student, you’ve probably experienced the tension between Christian faith and academic expectations. London area students are invited to attend a free dinner (5:30pm) and conversation (7pm) on this important topic on Thursday, June 21 at Western University. Professor of Physics, Dr. Arnold Sikkema is the Chair of Mathematical Sciences at Trinity Western University and the past President of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation. He will be in conversation with Western campus minister and professor of theology, Dr. Mike Wagenman. This event will take place in the University Community Centre, room 38B. Space is limited and RSVPs are required - just send an email to with your name and contact number. If you have any questions or would like more information, you can also call/text Mike at 519-851-5845.