Pastors Called & Installed: Serving the Local Church

This past summer ChapterNext had the privilege of playing a role in the installation of three pastors, each serving a congregation within the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Out in the Central Valley of California, Justin Carruthers (pictured to the left) was ordained and installed as the Co-Pastor of the First Christian Reformed Church of Hanford, CA. Justin joins Pastor Lambert Sikkema. Together they provide pastoral leadership for this influential ministry. Just before coming to Hanford, Justin graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In nearby Visalia, Tom Dykstra was installed as Pastor of Congregational Life of the Visalia (CA) Christian Reformed Church. Tom joins Pastor Joel Renkema in providing direction for one of the fastest growing congregations in the CRCNA. Before coming to Visalia, Tom served as the Pastor of the Lake Worth (FL) Christian Reformed Church.

In the mid-western community of Lansing, IL,  just south of Chicago, Dan Roels was installed as the Pastor of New Hope Church. As a bi-lingual person (Spanish and English), Dan is uniquely qualified to service this multi-ethnic congregation, one which stands out as a model for others in the CRCNA. Reflecting on the process that led to the arrival of Pastor Roels, the Search Committee wrote these words:

We never hoped or even imagine that in less than nine months after we began our search for a new pastor that we would have found, called and received an acceptance letter from a young pastor and his family….


The process of searching for and calling a pastor for our rather unique church seemed daunting, so we were open to the suggestion of a member of the Search Team to contract Rev. Sam Hamstra as a Pastor Search Consultant. We can’t imagine how this process would have gone, and how long it would have taken, without him….


The synergy of the Search Committee and Sam was remarkable.  More than one committee member said that this was the most enjoyable experience they had ever had. This was, without a doubt, due in large measure, to the guidance of Sam Hamstra in the search process.

Perhaps you are about to begin a search for a new pastor or your current search has hit a snag or two. You may want to consider contacting ChapterNext, a small but growing church consultancy with an ever-deepening network of relationships with congregations and pastors.

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