Our congregation is governed by men who are ordained to serve in one of the three offices in the church, namely, that of pastor, elder and deacon. These office bearers serve as under-shepherds of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and provide pastoral oversight and care for the congregation. The pastor is ordained to office for life, and is fully supported by the congregation so that he may devote full attention to the duties of his office. The elders and deacons serve a term of about three years, and perform their duties in addition to their regular occupations. A portion of the office bearers retire each year, and ‘new’ office bearers are ordained. Having completed their term, the men who retire from office may be re-ordained to office after a time of rejuvenation.
During December 2014, our congregation has grown to approximately 270 members, and by the grace of God that number is continually increasing. We are served by 10 office bearers (our pastor, six elders and three deacons).
Pastor Able Pol from Canada has accepted a call to take the position of Pastor in our congregation. He is currently awaiting his Visa and once approved he, together with his wife Rosemarie and their two sons, Caleb and Joash, will migrate from Chilliwack, Canada to Mundijong, Australia.
Pastor Abel Pol was born in Zwolle, the Netherlands. He spent five and a half of his childhood years on the mission field in Sumba, Indonesia. He completed his undergraduate studies in English literature at the University of Manitoba and graduated with honours. After working and travelling for a year, he enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary and completed his studies there in 2011. He has pastored the Chilliwack Canadian Reformed church since October 14, 2012.
• Geoff Numan (Chairman)
• Henry Moesker (Vice Chairman)
• Rohan Wieske (General Secretary)
• Darren Bonker
• Jan De Jager
• Alan Vander Wal
• John Torenvliet
• Peter Posthuma
• Fred Bosveld
• Leon Maring
• Clinton Wells
• Alex Selles
OUR COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
While our office bearers are ultimately responsible for all aspects of church governance, they relieve themselves of the management duties that are associated with the material assets of the church, such as the church building and grounds, the manse, etc, so that they are able to focus on the pastoral care of the congregation.