Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. — 2 Timothy 4:2 (ESV)
Our pastors have a large task. The pastors in our church are very busy during the week preparing and preaching sermons, visiting members, teaching classes, leading meetings and much more. Their ministry can be summarized with the following four roles:
- The first task of the pastor is to proclaim the entire counsel of God – His entire Word. The goal of the Minister of the word is to preach Christ-centred sermons so that the members might find their salvation in Him and in no other.
- Second, he must administer the sacraments of baptism and the Holy Supper in faithfulness to the instructions of Christ.
- Third, our pastors are called to pray in public worship services, bringing petitions, intercessions, and thanksgiving to the Lord on behalf of the congregation.
- Finally, they also administer the leadership of the church, together with the elders, to make sure that all things are done in peace and good order.
It is a beautiful calling that the Lord, the Chief Shepherd has given them. Remember the pastors in your prayers and offer them encouragement in their work!
Doug Vandeburgt, M.Div, BA
Rev. Doug Vandeburgt has been a pastor of the Langley Canadian Reformed Church since September 14, 2014. Prior to accepting the call to Langley, he served as pastor of the American Reformed Church in Denver, CO, and more recently the Canadian Reformed Churches in Glanbrook, ON and Burlington, ON. He has a Master of Divinity degree from the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.
William den Hollander, M.Div, PhD, MA, BA
Rev. William den Hollander, Jr. is Professor of New Testament at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. He served as a pastor of the Langley Canadian Reformed Church from October 30, 2016 to April 30, 2020. He has a Master of Divinity degree from the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, a PhD in Ancient History from York University, a Master of Arts in History from York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from York University.
James Visscher, D.Min
Rev. James Visscher has been a pastor of the Langley Canadian Reformed Church since May 3, 1987. Prior to accepting the call to Langley, he served as pastor of the Canadian Reformed Churches in Coaldale, AB and Cloverdale, BC. He officially retired from active service on May 6, 2012 but continues to preach and teach. He has a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.