Meet Some of Church Leadership Center's Facilitators.

While CLC Facilitators are specialists in specific content and competency areas; they bring attentive listening, understanding, and a willingness to share their own experiences and points of view without imposing them. They ask questions, challenge assumptions, offer fresh perspectives, share resources, make requests (including assigning learning activities), and advise related to the degree to which learning goals are being accomplished.


Eddy Alemán

Eddy Alemán is the Director of Strategic Leadership Development and Hispanic Ministries at the Reformed Church in America. Hes has been an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America for 20 years serving in Canada, California and Michigan. He is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Fresno Pacific University and Biblical Seminary (M.A. in New Testament) and The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (PhD in New Testament).

COURSES: New Testament, RCA Government & Standards, Leadership


Andrew Bossardet

Husband to Heather, father to Micah and Addison, pastor and current executive for the Reformed Church in America. I also hold the distinction of being the only facilitator who once featured in a zombie movie. I have been facilitating online courses since 2013.

COURSES: New Testament, Old Testament, Church History, RCA Government & Standards, Sacraments & Liturgy, Theology 1, Theology 2.


Laura Osborne

Woman of God, wife, mother of 3 girls, pastor. I love leading courses for the Church Leadership Center! I am ordained in the RCA and serve in Kalamazoo, MI

COURSES: RCA Government & Standards, Pastoral Care, Sacraments & Liturgy, Theology 1, Theology 2, Spiritual Formation


Jim Heneveld

Jim spent 23 years in Chiapas, Mexico. He has taught most of these courses in Spanish here in the States for the new commission pastors.

COURSES: New Testament, Old Testament, Church History, RCA Government & Standards, Sacraments & Liturgy, Theology 1, Theology 2.


Paul Burmeister

Paul has been an ordained RCA pastor for 30 years. He also served as a Navy Reserve Chaplain for 27 years. He is currently a Specialized Transition Minister for the Regional Synod of the Great Lakes. He has mentored, trained, coached, and taught numerous Commissioned Pastors and emerging young pastors during his career.

COURSES: RCA Government & Standards, Leadership, Pastoral Care, Sacraments & Liturgy


Dale Slings

I have pastored three churches in Texas and Michigan. My focus has been on biblical studies and mentoring others into ministry.

COURSES: New Testament, Old Testament


Steve Petroelje

Rev. Dr. Steve Petroelje serves as the lead pastor of Woodhaven Reformed Church in Byron Center. He received his MDiv from Western Theological Seminary and his DMin from Covenant Theological Seminary. He and his wife have three sons. Prior to serving Woodhaven, he served as the pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Allison, Iowa.

COURSES: Leadership, Pastoral Care, Sacraments & Liturgy


Vic Folkert

Vic recently retired to Houston, after 37 years of ministry in the RCA. His Workbook on Biblical Interpretation was used in the early days of commissioned pastor training. He is currently working on a book of theology in the light of mathematics and quantum physics.

COURSE: Old Testament


Marc de Waard

Married to Kathy and have three adult children and six grand-children. Raised up commissioned pastors within our local church and in Zeeland Classis.

COURSES: New Testament, Old Testament, Church History, RCA Government & Standards, Sacraments & Liturgy


Mark Kraai

In 1974 graduated with my M.Div. from both RCA seminaries in a joint venture called the Bi-Level-Multi-Site Program. In 1990, I got my D.Min. from Princeton Theological Seminary. I served churches in Lombard, Ill., Kalamazoo, Mi., and Somerville, N.J. In 1998, joined the faculty at New Brunswick Theological Seminary as the Director of Supervised Ministry. I retired in 2008, and am presently a Professor of Practical Theology Emeritus with the Reformed Church in America.

 COURSES: Church History, Sacrements & Liturgy


Mike Hayes

I have served and started churches in California since 1986. A large part of my ministry has been encouraging and equipping leaders and pastors for ministry. I am new to the Church Leadership Center as a facilitator but have championed the center in my various roles and have greatly enjoyed helping students pursue the Lord's calling.

COURSES: RCA Government & Standards, Sacrements & Liturgy


Dr. Kent Van Til

Teaching Competency: Primary: Christian Social Ethics Secondary: Missions, Biblical Literature Courses taught at Hope College: Cross-Cultural Studies, Seminar on the Global Church, Cultural Heritage: History/Philosophy (Ancient), Introduction to Christian Ethics God and Money, Introduction to Biblical Literature, Christian Social Ethics, Science and Faith (Directed Study), 20th Century Political Theologies

COURSE: Theology 2