Classis Chatham

Christian Reformed Churches in North America


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 hosted by Maranatha CRC, Woodstock


                            Rev. Daryl Meijer of Maranatha welcomed all and led in a time of reflection, praise and worship. We shared in a
                            time of prayer followed by the singing of Hail the Day 
 that Sees Him Rise.  Opportunity for prayer was taken
                            throughout the day.

·         27of the 28 churches of classis were present.  Windsor-Ambassador offered regrets.
     65 delegates were in attendance, including 5 first-time delegates.  All first time
     delegates signed the Covenant for Office Bearers.

·         Classis was declared constituted and Rev. Aaron Thompson of Essex and Rev.
     Norman Visser of Ingersoll were seated as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. 
     Mr. Ron Middel was seated as the Clerk.

·         Ron Baker, Lead Pastor of London-Forest City North Church shared some
     encouraging stories of how God is working at FC North.  Following Ron’s time of
     sharing, Rev. Rob Hogendoorn of London-Forest Community Church updated the
     delegates of the evolution of how FC North church plant started and how it
     functions today.

·         Chaplains Kelly Sibthorpe of Fanshawe College and Mike Wagenman of Western
     University reported on their ministries of the exciting opportunities occurring.

·         Patricia Van Reenen lead a presentation/workshop, on the topic of Clergy Mental

·         Mr. Gilbert Langerak, of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, gave a
     presentation on the topic of Government Compliance for Christian Charities.

·         Dr. Alida van Dijk, of London-Good News sustained an examination for
     Commissioned Pastor.  Alida serves as Chaplain at Parkwood Hospital in London.

·         Classis heard that the Classical Ministries Committee requires two non-clergy
     individuals to serve on the committee as members at large.  The involvement of
     individuals who are currently serving as elders or deacons, or who have held these
     offices in the past, is considered particularly meaningful.  Interested individuals who
     would be interested to serve on the CMC are asked to contact the Stated Clerk.

·         Classis heard that the CMC confirmed the selection of its officers.  Rev. Derek
      Bouma (Strathroy-East) as Chair, Rev. Josh Tuininga (Wallaceburg) as Vice Chair,
      and Rev. Willemina Zwart (London-Good News) as Vice All (pro tem, until the next
      meeting of CMC).

·         Rev. Peter Hoytema (Strathroy-Westmount) and Rev. Norman Visser (Ingersoll)
     have completed their terms on CMC and were thanked for their many years of

·         Classis received a report from representatives of CMC regarding the Classical
     Youth Consultant position. 
     Following recommendations from CMC, classis approved that this position be
     discontinued after August 2017.

·         Classis received and approved the audited 2016 Financial Statements.

·         Classis approved the request of Sarnia-Redeemer to grant emeritus status to
      Rev. Jim Poelman as he is retiring effective July 31st.

·         As Rev. William Koopmans (Chatham-Grace) has accepted a call to Hope CRC,
     Brantford, classis approved the recommendation of Rev. Dirk Miedema to be
     appointed as Synodical Deputy.

·         Both Rev. Koopmans and Rev. Poelman shared a few comments as they leave their
     respective ministries in our classis.

·         Classis was blessed to hear Church Counselor, Church Visitor and a number of
      other reports were throughout the day.

·         Classis adjourned at 4:07 p.m. to meet again at St. Thomas-Destination on
     Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., DV.

                                                 -- Questions should be sent to Ron Middel, Stated Clerk


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For Classis Chatham Minutes of the May 23, 2017 Meeting
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