Reformed Church Leadership
According to the pattern described in Scripture, Reformed churches are led by a group of elders. The word elder means “shepherd,” and those appointed to this role must lead the church following the example of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. They are called to “care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). Elders are chosen by the congregation on the basis of their gifts and qualifications as described in Titus 1:7-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7. They subscribe to our confessions, promising not to teach anything that contradicts them, and they lead the church according to the policies in our Church Order. We hope to introduce you to our elders in the near future when, by God’s grace, we grow to the point where we are instituted formally as a church.
Pastor Tim Schouten
Currently, the leadership on the ground in Prince George is Pastor Tim Schouten. He received his Masters of Divinity in 2012, and then taught grades 11-12 in a Christian high school for three years. He and his wife Linnet and their four children moved to Prince George in April 2016, and he was ordained as a minister of God’s Word in May of the same year. If he is not in his office you might find Pastor Tim playing pick-up hockey at the local rink or exploring the beautiful Prince George outdoors with his family and a camera.
Student Iwan Borst
At the moment our church is joined by student Iwan Borst. He recently received a Master of Divinity from the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario. Enjoying his studies so much, he decided to continue to study at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. However, all of this study also needs to be put into practice, so Iwan accepted a year-long position as an intern at the Prince George and Smithers Canadian Reformed Churches. In September he moved to Prince George with his wife Debbi and together they have been enjoying starting their path to pastoral ministry in Northern BC.
Smithers Canadian Reformed Church
In order to guard the well-being of the congregation and the pastor, our church is supported, assisted and accountable to the elders of the Smithers Canadian Reformed Church. This congregation called and sent a pastor to Prince George and formally cares for the members here. They oversee the work of Pastor Tim through regular communication and visits, and assist him and the members wherever possible.
The Canadian Reformed Churches
Our church is not only related to the Smithers Canadian Reformed Church, but is part of a wider federation of churches, that is, the Canadian and American Reformed Churches. Working together, these churches provide one another with wisdom, counsel, and accountability in many matters, including a seminary in Hamilton, Ontario.