I am retired and in the third year of service as an elder. Was a delegate to Synod 2013 and appointed Sergeant at Arms. Am an alumnus of Calvin College, class of '65, and taught German there for 4 years. I returned to the CRC fold after living many years in areas without a nearby CR congregation -- Springfield IL and Jefferson City MO. Was elected to Session (church council) at First Presyterian Church in Springfield, the Abraham Lincoln Family Church with its LIncoln family pew. My second career - after college-level teaching, involved many years as a legislative liaison, public policy analyst/research, and governmental relationship specialist in both public and private sectors.