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Our Elders

Elder

Rudy Tolkamp

President - Class of 2021 

Parish 2

Biography

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Elder

John Hamstra

Class of 2022 

Parish 4

Biography

I grew up on a farm near Rensselaer, Indiana, and now live in DeMotte. When I was growing up my family attended a Christian Reformed Church, and I publicly professed my faith in the Lord as a young adult.

 

Since joining Immanuel URC in 2008 I have served on the fellowship committee and also as a deacon. One of my favorite roles here at church is teaching catechism to our covenant youth. The Immanuel URC congregation has been a blessing to me and my family, and I thank God that I belong to this church family.

 

Much of my time is spent coordinating bible studies and teaching for Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary at various correctional institutions within Indiana and Illinois. It is in this ministry that my Spanish language skills are especially useful!

I enjoy reading and doing projects around the home, and in the spring and summer months, I like to grow vegetables and flowers in my garden.

Elder

Dan Kingma

Vice President - Class of 2022 

Parish 1

Biography

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Elder

Howard Ridder

Clerk - Class of 2021

Biography

I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. When I married Brenda, we moved to Indiana and have made Demotte our home for over 30 years. My parents, and same for Brenda’s provided for us with a Christian education and raised us in the CRC church. We also had the privilege of giving our children a Christian education. Being part of a church family has been a lifetime thing for me and I’m still learning and growing in the faith, it’s a lifetime of learning.

 

We are charter members of Immanuel URC church and have enjoyed serving Christ church here in many ways. I have a great passion to teach Catechism to the youth, and I tell them I’m learning with you and how important it is that we know we belong to Him, body and soul… Lord’s Day Q & A 1. Being part of this church family here has been truly a blessing to me and my family, and I’m very thankful to God for choosing me and calling me to be part of it.

I have many hobbies which include fishing, cooking, woodworking, gardening, and enjoy having people over. Being a papa has been one of the greatest things I enjoy, I have nine grandchildren and treasure the times I have with them and I love to tell the story of Jesus to them, there is no better news to share with them then that!

 

Elder

Steve Ryken

Class of 2023 

Parish 3

Biography

I grew up in South Holland in a Christian family, attending Christian grade school and Christian High School. I had never experienced the world apart from a Christian context until I went to Lincoln Tech Trade School. It was there that I began to wrestle with the reality of a worldview and living that was so foreign to the world I grew up in. Authors such as Francis Schaeffer and C. S. Lewis helped me understand how to be more culturally aware and to better relate to non-Christian people.

When I am not working as a mechanic, I enjoy reading, working around the house, and spending time with family.