Elders

Ida Richards

Term: 2018-2021 I have previously served as a deacon, but this is my first time serving God as an elder. My husband and I host a church small group in our home, and we participate in the 8:15 a.m. prayer time on Sunday mornings. I am part of the Worship planning team and enjoy planning…

Ev Kooistra

Term: 2018-2021 My husband, Lou, and I have been active members of this church body for over 40 years. I worked for many years in medical offices as an insurance biller/coder and receptionist. Six years ago, I transferred to a better job – full-time grandma to our seven grandchildren, it pays in hugs, kisses and…

Pastor Scott Roberts

My wife, Jennifer, and I came to Hope in Christ Church in December 2007 from five years of working with university students at two campuses in Colorado Springs, CO. We have 8 children and intentionally live a simple life that includes reading, farming, hiking and camping. We love cross-cultural missionary work and have served in numerous…

Clair Abee

Term 2019-2022   The children’s song asks: “Clair (insert your name here), why do you love Jesus?” The song then responds: “Because He first loved me!” Now I am living “retired” and can confirm (hindsight perspective) that gaining in one’s understanding of this truth, and allowing it to permeate all of life brings a hope…

Herman Laninga

Term 2019-2022 Herm and his wife Ali have been attending Hope In Christ Church ever since their wedding 50 + years ago ☺  They have three grown children and 9 grandchildren.  He is currently serving as an Elder and small group leader and assists Ali with Family Promise, a program serving homeless families.  He also enjoys serving…

Brian Koning

Term: 2020-2023 Positive, open, and full of enthusiasm, Brian has a zest for adventure and an easy-going manner that puts others at ease. Growing up on a small dairy farm in Idaho and fighting wildfires during the summers to put himself through school, he obtained his undergrad degree at Dordt College in Iowa. In 2004 he graduated…