Participant

Colin Vander Ploeg

About Me: 

I am a child of my Heavenly Father, a brother of His Son, my King, and a walking companion of His Spirit.

I am on a journey of growing in listening prayer and experiencing the presence of Christ in all things, whether painful or joyful.   

I was born in Sarnia, ON, grew up in Woodstock ON, have lived in Hamilton, Cambridge, Grand Rapids MI, Edmonton AB and Abbotsford, BC and now Fenwick, ON.

I am husband to a wonderful woman of God, Anita and am father to three gifts from the Lord, adult sons who teach me much.  After graduating from Redeemer University College I worked at a landscaping company and in a car manufacturing plant before being led back to school at Calvin Theological Seminary to train for ministry.

I am serving my third congregation since entering ministry. 

Interests: 

 I like history, historical fiction, old buildings with stories, good comedy and I am a science fiction fan and have always enjoyed the cinema.   

I walk or cycle in an ever needed attempt to be physically fit.  I enjoy the climate where-ever we have lived.  I like exploring cities , museums, and grand vistas of creation when on vacation with my wife and which ever son will come along.

I am interested in the "closer together than we think" reality of my brothers and sisters in the various Christian traditions. 

I like a Moravian saying of "In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love."

  • Along with James D. I wonder how prevalent this reluctance is?

    When I compare the ministry practices of my first pastoral mentor (now deceased) as he shared them with me, over against what...

  • Thanks John for the question.  I am thinking there was more to the story 50 years ago than a snowmobile ride on a Sunday followed by an excommunication.   If that was all there is to it, then yes...

  • I think this could be looked at an example of ministering in the vernacular (a Reformed principle?) 

    We too add "regional church body" to any printed mention of Classis in our...

  • Thank you for the article.  Much wisdom here which can be a challenge to follow through on given some contexts.  Pornography is one of those elephants in the room for the entire congregation,...

  • Willow leadership stated they failed in the accountability department.  I wonder what they will do differently moving forward?

    I think there is a need for pastors to have in place regular...

  • I read the sad news as well.  Learnings?  Someone else has said somewhere on this network(?) that it is amazing that persons who do counseling professionally always do so under the supervision of...

  • Thanks for sharing and starting this conversation.  I assume you are running a program right after the worship service? 

    I am sure our contexts will differ, however, I would think that...

  • Thanks Stan for getting this conversation back on the table. 

    In my experience the resistance to celebrating communion more frequently is often based in "the way we always have done it, so...

  • I once had a parishioner gently wonder to me if perhaps I could preach more like [so-and-so] whom they listened to regularly on line.  That preacher was the top preacher of the pyramid...

    posted on: Not Enough Time?
  • Over 18 documentary is also being shown in Smithville Christian Highschool, (6488 Townline Road, Smithville Ontario) on  Friday Oct 20 , doors open at 6:30pm, 7pm screening followed by panel...