Phillip Westra

About Me: 

I pastor the congregation of Champlain Valley CRC in Vergennes, Vermont. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife and two curious children. I spent most of my life in central Iowa where I worked in the IT field and did lay ministry for several years before attending Calvin Seminary. My journey in ordained ministry has just begun and my aim is to never stop learning.

Interests: 

leadership, ethics, gardening, art, tea, and weight lifting

  • This family does not want a hand out but the dignity that comes with getting over this hurtle in a way they can manage with the church's assistance. I don't know what Bill Vis means by "help them...

  • This seems like a rabbit trail to the real issue that I have not found very helpful. I have actually read everything Augustine wrote about Genesis 1-3 and wrote a paper about it in my ThM studies...

  • I want to speak in favor of Zylstra's freedom to begin a discussion like this about church discipline in the forum. He posted a question and offered what I understand is his belief about what the...

  • I am saddened by the polarization that happens on online forums like this. Discipline requires a process that would involve face to face communication and ample opportunities for those being...

  • Hi Terry.  Will you be at classis ANEin March?  I must not be clear as to what exactly the article 77 change is meant to accomplish or why it is part of deacons being delegates to synod.  I...

  • We have read the report and are getting ourselves ready to discuss this at classis in a couple weeks.  I speak for most people in my church and classis when I say that we endorse sending deacons...