Rev. Andrew Eenigenburg, West Sayville Reformed Bible Church (URCNA) in West Sayville, NY, preached from Isaiah 26:1-21 on “Pastor in Perfect Peace.” Rev. Richard Kuiken, Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church in Pompton Plains, NJ, gave the charge to the minister. Rev. Timothy Brinkerhoff, an ordained PCA minister who worships at Covenant, gave the charge to the congregation.
Rev. Verhoef is a 2007 graduate of Redeemer University College and a 2010 graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Following his seminary graduation, he spent seven weeks as pulpit supply at Doon URC in Doon, IA.
“During that time I received a phone call from the newly vacant Newton Covenant asking if I would be interested in spending six months filling their pulpit for them while they were without a pastor,” Rev. Verhoef explains. “I agreed, and my time there began the last week of September 2010 (one week after I got married to my wife Hannah). By the time my six months came to an end, there were signs that the congregation wanted to keep me around a while longer, which finally led into a call after I passed my candidacy examination in Pella, IA in September of 2011.”
Rev. Verhoef and his wife, Hannah, have an infant daughter, Natalie.
“The church in Newton is a nice fit for my wife and me as we begin our life here in Christ,” says Rev. Verhoef. “It is small but like a mustard seed, it has a lot of opportunity to grow in the Spirit’s power.”
Covenant Reformed Church is located at 23 Thompson St. in Newton, NJ. It has 55 professing and 31 baptized members. Three elders and three deacons oversee the needs of its 20 families. Sunday worship services are held at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Rev. Verhoef says, “It is my prayer that God would favor us to be a dynamic part of his ongoing mission to deliver his lost people from their sins in this area, and find comfort in the arms of Jesus.”
“Since I am still young and have a lot to learn,” he adds. “I hope to continue reading, growing in my prayer life for this congregation, and especially to continue in preaching the Word to encourage the sinner and to warn the hard-hearted of the truth we have in Jesus Christ.”
The above article by Glenda Mathes appeared on page 18 of the March 21, 2012, issue of Christian Renewal.