About Pastor Church Resources

Synod 1982 approved the formation of Pastor Church Resources (PCR). The mandate for this ministry was that it provide programs of “healing and prevention” for ministers, staff, councils, and congregations. Almost 40 years later, PCR has significantly expanded its work. Today, our mission statement is:

Pastor Church Resources serves pastors, churches, and classes as they seek to promote healthy relationships, encourage one another in ministry, and discern next steps in seasons of growth, transition, or challenge.

Ministry Shares enable PCR to serve pastors and congregations in a variety of ways. Today, PCR offers:

  • Continuing education opportunities and grants
  • Vocational ministry assessments
  • Peer Learning grants
  • Resources and grants for pastors in transition
  • Direct consultation in seasons of transition and challenge
  • Resources for the pastor search and staff evaluation processes
  • Educational opportunities for councils, staff, and congregations
  • Specialized Transitional Ministers
  • Healthy Church Discernment Process
  • Support and training for Church Visitors, Classical Counselors, Pastoral Mentors, and Regional Pastors
  • Strategic coaching through classis renewal
  • Conferences for pastors and pastors’ spouses
  • Wellbeing tools for pastors

More information on each of these programs can be found in this website. You are invited to contact staff members for clarification or additional information about the work of PCR.

The values to which we aspire:

  • conversations with others, more than about them.
  • conversations which are both candid and graceful.
  • relationships which demonstrate hospitality and accountability.
  • a leader's health as essential for the wellbeing of a community.
  • the image of church as body of Christ, a systemic organism in which each member impacts, and is impacted by, every other member.
  • differences as a source of enrichment more than reason for conflict.
  • conflict as an arena in which God's presence and guidance may become known.
  • lifelong learning for the purpose of maturing as God's children.
  • the mystery of God's Holy Spirit at work in ways which we cannot fathom.
  • the power of God's presence accomplishing more than we might imagine possible.

Contact Pastor Church Resources

Lis Van Harten, Director
lvanharten@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2805
616-224-0805

  • Administration: providing administrative leadership for Pastor Church Resources.
  • Grant Opportunities: administering Peer Learning Grants for pastors and Continuing Education Grants for pastors and ministry staff.
  • Care and Development for Pastors: providing opportunities for pastors such as peer groups and resources related to well-being.
  • Communication: sharing ministry news and resources with congregations, pastors, and ministry leaders.

Al Postma, Classis Renewal
apostma@crcna.org
800-730-3490 x4563

  • Strategic Coaching: assisting classis leaders who are realigning their regional ministry structure for health and renewal and/or are facing challenging situations that intersect with classis.
  • Leadership Development: ensuring that training is available to those who serve in various classis roles.
  • Convening: creating space for classis leaders across the denomination to connect with one another.
  • Thriving Together: directing the Thriving Together program, which seeks to build collegial mentoring relationships for pastors at key transitional moments in ministry.

Dave Den Haan, Ministry Consultant
ddenhaan@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2712
616-224-0712

  • Consultation: providing assistance to pastors and churches in times of transition, crisis, and discernment.
  • Healthy Church Discernment Process: overseeing the initiative to help churches strengthen their lives with God, deepen their connections with members, and sharpen their senses of mission.
  • Resource Development: lead development of elder, deacon, and council resources.
  • Learning Events: conducting seminars and training events for pastors and church leaders.

elaine mayElaine May, Women's Leadership Developer
emay@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2476
616-287-1651

  • Consultation: assist congregations in developing a theology and practice for identifying, cultivating, and releasing women to use their gifts in the church.
  • Leadership Development: increase the leadership capacity and contribution of women at all ages and levels - local, regional, and denominational.
  • Networking: build a network of mentors, sponsors, and encouragers for emerging and advancing women leaders.
  • Advocacy: raise awareness and remove barriers for women to fully participate in the mission of the church.

Kim Rankens, Administrative Coordinator
krankens@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2837
616-224-0837

  • PastorSearch Process: providing information and support to churches and pastors involved in a pastor search process.
  • Administrative Coordination: providing administrative assistance and coordination to PCR staff.
  • Event Planning: overseeing and organizing PCR events for churches/pastors/ministry leaders - including the Pastors' Wives' Conference.
  • Specialized Transitional Ministers: coordinating the STM program—ministers who walk alongside congregations during times of transition.

kristin hoekstraKristin Hoekstra, Administrative Assistant
khoekstra@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2394
  616-224-0837

Margie Brenner, Administrative Coordinator
mbrenner@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2173

  • Thriving Together: providing administrative support for the Thriving Together program.
  • Classis Renewal: administrative coordination for classis renewal initiatives and assisting PCR in supporting classis functionaries
  • Women's Ministryproviding administrative support to the Women's Leadership Developer
  • Connections Project: supporting the Connections team in strengthening denominational ministry relationships with churches and classes

Nate Rauh-Bieri, Financial Shalom Program Manager
nrauhbieri@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2877
616-224-0877 

  • Financial Shalom: supporting pastors' and churches' financial wellbeing and sustainability
  • Bivocational Pastors: providing resources and support for bivocational pastors and their churches
  • Continuing Education: administering grants and curating offerings to form pastors in ministry
  • Accessibility: helping diverse pastors and churches utilize these resources for healthy ministry

Sean Baker, Ministry Consultant
sbaker@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2678
616-224-0848

  • Consultation: providing assistance to pastors and churches in times of transition, crisis, and discernment.
  • Mentoring: helping to connect newly ordained ministers with mentors.  
  • Specialized Transitional Ministers: providing leadership and oversight to the STM program—ministers who walk alongside congregations during times of transition.
  • Learning Events: conducting seminars and training events for pastors and church leaders.

elaine mayZach Olson, Ministry Vocational Consultant
zolson@crcna.org
877-279-9994 x2677

  • Consultation: providing vocational ministry assessment options and guidance to pastors, chaplains, and seminary students.
  • Birkman Assessments: engaging individuals in the Birkman assessment including one-on-one debrief of results.
  • Assessment Processes: collaborating and developing assessment processes with CRCNA ministries and institutions.
  • Procedure Development: creating procedures for assessing vocational needs and plans of those exploring ministry careers or career changes.


If a staff member cannot be reached, please contact pastorchurch@crcna.org.