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Tom Van Engen

About Me: 

Hull Christian Grade School, Pella Christian High School, Dordt College, Married Rose Vander Plaats, Sons Matthew & Kim, David, and Jeremy & Kelly, Six grandchildren, Careers working with Handicapped Children and Adults, Chemical Dependency Counseling and Social Work, Minnesota House of Representatives, Insurance, Paint & Construction Sales, and Ordained CRC Ministry.

Interests: 

Snorkeling, Swimming, Movies, reading, children and grandchildren.

  • At Faith Presbyterian CRC (Guam) we have a time in almost all services where we have an open mic, people are invited to come forward to share praises and prayer requests.  A designated person,...

  • I still far and away prefer the NIV (84) Study Bible, had it a very long time and still love it.

  • Rob, I'm sorry, I wrote all of the following paragraphs before I realized you had already received answers from my friend Todd Zuidema (who signed my certificate of ordination) and someone else. ...

  • Hello Arthur.  I do not know why your question has gone unanswered for so long, but for me I just saw it for the first time late-yesterday and I would like to try to give you an answer.  I hope...

  • Hello Arthur.  I do not know why your question has gone unanswered for so long, but for me I just saw it for the first time late-yesterday and I would like to try to give you an answer.  I hope...

  • Good points all, Jim and Todd.  Thanks for a thoughtful discussion!

  • Interesting that this question indicates indirectly that the family had been attending another CRC for two years when they were 'declared lapsed in 2009', which raises the question why they were...

  • Thanks Ken and Scott, I remembered the part about charing the meeting and Roberts Rules of Order about ten seconds after I hit 'save'.

  • While it is possible too much is presumed, Article 35 B. a. in the church order simply says "In every church there shall be a council composed of the minister(s), the elders, and the deacons." ...

  • Your analogy is amusing and useful, but what if your friend was asked to be married to this guy instead of just a date, and she replied, "No, but we can be friends."  I was a delegate to Synod...