Elders

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…

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…