Scott Vander Ploeg

About Me: 

I am the pastor of Sunlight Community Church, a Christian Reformed Church in Port St. Lucie, FL. I am married to a wonderful wife with two daughters and a third on the way. Our family is very devoted to following Jesus Christ. I am personally passionate about studying, teaching, and preaching God's Word. My wife and I first felt called to the foreign mission field and served for a time in Nigeria, but God had other plans for us and called us to a wide open mission field in the state of Florida.

I really do believe that Port St. Lucie is one of the top mission fields in North America, so I have a strong evangelistic desire to reach people for Christ here. Since coming to Port St. Lucie almost six years ago, we have started several unique ministries including: Sunlight Christian Academy (a Christian preschool of about 170 students), Kingdom Builders (a ministry encouraging those who are transitioning into retirement to use their gifts, talents, and skills to further Christ's mission), the Sunlight Discipleship Center, and SunChurchTV


My interests include tennis, music (I am learning how to play the piano), digital media, spending time with friends and family, and missions.

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Pastors Supporting Pastors

When I was first ordained a little over seven years ago, I quickly came to realize that as a young pastor I knew very little about the practice of ministry. There were many situations that I was encountering that made me feel very uncomfortable and unsure. Our church is fairly isolated geographically in the CRC, which often left me feeling like I was alone when facing the realities of ministry. I think that having recently come from the peer-rich environment of seminary probably accentuated my feelings of loneliness in ministry.

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What Does All This Mean for Ministry?

Over the course of the past year, I was introduced to a series of YouTube videos entitled “Shift Happens.” According to the video’s wiki page this video series originally started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The presentation hit the web in February 2007 and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers.