Gonzalo Venegas

UPDATE: Gonzalo recently finished training with CLC and  is now a Commissioned Pastor! Well done. Date: March 2017 Pastoral candidate Gonzalo Venegas was recently admitted for training by an area group of church representatives. He is being discipled by Jose Duran, who is himself a Commissioned Pastor candidate and the church planter of La Casa…

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Roger Bird

“No.” This was Roger Bird’s response when his pastor asked him if he’d be the church planter they’d done a nationwide search for, and hadn’t been able to find. “I don’t like church that much. I don’t want to be the main guy.” He was the “kid guy,” the one who was happy to leave…

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Eliza Bast

“What else can I build?” That was Eliza Bast’s response to completing the task of directing and designing the programming and infrastructure for The Point Community Center. She didn’t need the Commissioned Pastor program to help her be a “doer” – she’d always been that. In fact, it’s her “doer” personality that made the CP…

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Gene McClellan

After a twenty year career in the Navy as a lay chaplain, Gene McClellan returned to the Ludington, MI area and started HELP (Hands Extended Loving People) Ministry. This ministry provides furniture, appliances, and household goods to families and individuals in need of such. It assists clients with rent, utilities, medical bills, and transportation, in…

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Rodrigo Cano

Rodrigo Cano is pictured with his mentor and friend, veteran missionary to Mexico, Rev. Jim Heneveld. Rodrigo is the Hispanic church planter of Alas Conexion (Connections) Church, Grand Rapids, MI. Pastor Cano has a BA in Business Administration from San Diego State University. His ministry experiences include preaching, leading worship and Bible study, youth ministry,…

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Steve Martin

We do personalized training plans. Steve Martin of Fellowship Church, Hudsonville, MI is pictured with Rev. Shawn Hulst (Lead Pastor and classis representative) and, in the center, Rev. Earl Slotman (Mentor). Steve is in training for a position in pastoral care at fellowship church. Training plan meetings like this provide freedom to personalize and contextualize the learning…

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Troy Stansberry

Meet Commissioned Pastor candidate, Troy Stansberry. He is Director of Music, Worship, and Outreach at Rosewood Reformed Church, Jenison, Michigan. He reflects on ways in which God has directed his journey saying, “From 1987 until 1999 I went to college and instead of graduating, I began to travel as a musician. I was in several…

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