CRC appoints first non-ordained executive director

CRC appoints first non-ordained executive director

Dr. Steven Timmermans, former executive associate to the president at Calvin College, has been nominated as executive director of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC).

He will be the first non-ordained executive director of the CRC. Synod 2013 approved an exception to the standard rule that requires a clergy nominee for the position.

While at Calvin, Timmermans also served as associate dean for instruction, interim director of the Service-Learning Center and director of academic services. He currently serves as president of Trinity Christian College.

Jan Heerspink, former associate director of student academic services (SAS), said Timmermans was her first colleague at Calvin, and he remains a close friend.

She said she is excited about his recent appointment, applauding his ability to cast a strong vision and inspire hard work. She worked with him to expand the mission of SAS, specifically through strengthening the Entrada Scholars program.

“Steve is always taking what is and thinking ahead to what it can be,” Heerspink said. “And above all, in all of the roles and programs he worked in at Calvin … he always stayed connected and supportive.”

Sharolyn Christians, executive assistant to the president, also applauded the nomination. She worked with him for a year when he served as executive associate to the president.

“He is an excellent choice to lead the denomination, and a representative of higher education.”