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A Vessel unto Honor

“He shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21    George Martin Ophoff was many things—a husband, father, pastor, preacher, teacher, writer, and professor. But above all, he was a servant of the almighty God. He was a quiet man with […]

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Rev. Cornelius Hanko

I was born on May 19, 2007. Exactly one hundred years before me, a great father of Reformed faith was brought into this world. His name is Cornelius Hanko. Not only do we share the same birthday, but we share the same belief in a God that is sovereign in all things. A God who […]

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Rev. David Engelsma

David Engelsma is an emeritus minister that goes to Trinity Protestant Reformed Church with me, which is why I had the chance to interview him.  When Adolf Hitler was preparing to storm Poland, on May 30th, 1939, Professor David Engelsma was born on a farm near the Grand River. His childhood was the life of […]

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Rev. Rodney Miersma was born on May 2, 1945, in Luverne, Minnesota. His parents are Henry and Ann Miersma. Rev. Miersma grew up on a farm in Edgerton, Minnesota, with his six younger siblings. For his first years of schooling, Rev. Miersma attended Free Christian School in Edgerton and then Southwest Minnesota Christian High School. […]

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Rev. Michael DeVries

God, the Good Shepherd, in His love for His sheep, sent another undershepherd to care for His flock. Michael DeVries was born on a farm in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was the first child of Vernon and Marilyn DeVries. Already as a young boy, Michael helped his father care for the family flock. He learned that, […]

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Rev. James Laning

Rev. James Laning was born on February 15, 1963, to Gerrit and Betty Laning. The second of four children, he has one older brother and two younger sisters. He was born in Naperville, Illinois, located about an hour west of South Holland, and continued to live there throughout his childhood until he went away to […]

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Rev. Nathan Brummel

I first saw the light of day on March 16, 1970 in the Pipestone County Hospital in rural Minnesota. I was the second child born to Allen and Sharon Brummel. I joined an older brother, Allen, who was a year and a half old. Later my parents were blessed with three daughters: Jodi, Shari, and […]

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Rev. Angus Stewart

On October 8, 1973, I was born the second child and oldest son of Ronnie and Lorna Stewart. Shortly thereafter I was baptized in the Church of Ireland. My time in the Church of Ireland left me with two indelible impressions. First, I found church very dull and boring, and indeed it was, for the […]

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Rev. Daniel Kleyn

Rev. Daniel Kleyn was born “down-under” in Tasmania, Australia on July 14, 1966. He is the second-oldest in a large family and has ten brothers and three sisters. His parents, Nicholas and Luberdina (Ina) Kleyn, have been in the USA for about three years. This is the second immigration they’ve made. In the 1940’s, while […]

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Rev. Martin VanderWal

On August 5, 1964, Rev. Martin VanderWal was born in Zeeland, Michigan. He is the son of Henry and Janice VanderWal. He lived in Jenison, Michigan until he was five years old and then moved to Zeeland, Michigan. Rev. VanderWal attended Borculo Christian School in Zeeland, Michigan, and then attended Allendale Public High School. He […]

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Rev. Richard J. Smit

Like many other second generation Dutch Canadians, my story would not be complete if I did not begin it with the immigration of my parents from “the old country.” In 1951, a young fellow of 17 years and his mother, left the island of Terschelling in Friesland, the Netherlands, to immigrate to Canada. These were […]

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Rev. Douglas Kuiper

I was born October 17, 1969, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Clarence and Janice (Lotterman) Kuiper, the second of eight children, and first of five sons. My father is a life-long member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan, and in that church I was baptized and raised. We lived in Wyoming, Michigan for the […]

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Rev. Allen Brummel

I was born on December 26, 1968, in the hospital at Pipestone, Minnesota just after a severe blizzard left behind snow piles that were higher than the telephone wires. Thankfully, my parents, Allen and Sharon Brummel who are members of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota, were able to get to and from […]

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Rev. Steven Key

I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 25, 1955, the first-born child of Roger and Florence Key, and was baptized in Wyoming Park Christian Reformed Church. As a toddler through junior high school I grew up in Jenison, Michigan. I went to Jenison Christian School through the eighth grade. When I was 13 years […]

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Rev. Jai Mahtani

In 1960, Rev. Mahtani was born on the island of Singapore in Southeast Asia. His parents, Murlidhar and Dhanwanti, had a Hindu upbringing in India and they moved to Singapore in the 1950s. As a boy, Rev. Mahtani remembers collecting butterflies and leaves as a hobby. He also was a Boy Scout and enjoyed hiking, […]

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Rev. Wayne Bekkering

I was born in 1942 in Wyoming, Michigan. My parents are George Bekkering and Julia Woodruff. My parents are divorced and are both remarried. I lived in Byron Center, Michigan until I was eight years old at which time my family moved to Howard City, Michigan, where I lived for the next ten years. During […]

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Professor Russell Dykstra

Professor Russell Dykstra was born on March 10, 1954, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Arnold and Donna Dykstra who are members of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Growing up in the Grand Rapids area near Hope Church, Prof. Dykstra attended Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School and Covenant Christian […]

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Rev. Ronald Hanko

Rev. Ronald Hanko was born in 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His parents are Prof. Herman Hanko and Mrs. Wilma (Knoper) Hanko. Until he was nine, Rev. Hanko lived in the house that is now the residence of the principal of Hope Christian School. He grew up in the area of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, […]

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Rev. Arie den Hartog (2)

During the last of the final year of our ministry in Covenant, in the providence of God, we came into contact with several young people from Singapore. We made the decision to sponsor one of these young people as a foreign exchange student. Johnson See stayed in our home for three months, and we learned […]

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Rev. Arie den Hartog (1)

I have probably lived in more places during my life time than most people. This has made my life exciting. Most of all, I am thankful to the Lord for His providence and the many things I have learned and experienced in all of these places. I was born in the Netherlands in a small […]

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Rev. Audred Spriensma

In October of 1954, Rev. Audred Spriensma was born in Zeeland, Michigan. He is the son of Thomas and Jessie Spriensma. When his parents came to the United States from the Netherlands in 1949, they were told they should join the Christian Reformed Church. In 1990, his parents left the CRC and became members of […]

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Rev. Steven Houck

Rev. Steven Houck, the son of Merton Hilmer Houck and Jessie Elizabeth Houck, was born on January 31, 1948. His mother’s maiden name was Line. He was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, and grew up in Cromwell, Minnesota, which is a country town about 40 miles west of Duluth, Minnesota. As he was growing up, Rev. […]

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Rev. Michael De Vries

Rev. Michael De Vries hails from “the tall corn state” of Iowa. He was born on July 31, 1953, during very troubled times in the Protestant Reformed Churches. He was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the first child of Vernon and Marilyn De Vries. He and his family were originally members of the Pella Protestant Reformed […]

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Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma

On December 12, 1953, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma was born in Lansing, Illinois. His parents are Wilbur and Dorthy Bruinsma. He grew up in his hometown of Lansing, although he lived for a few years in South Holland. He attended South Holland Protestant Reformed Church until he left to go to pre-seminary at the age of […]

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