Search Team


Search Team

The search team members are:

Tim Blamer, chair
Erika Bridge
Beth DeBoe
Crystal Gabrielse
Jim Harkema
Kristin Hintz
Dave Mulder
Cory Smidt

The search team seeks and appreciates your prayers as they go through the process of finding a new pastor. Please specifically be praying for them at 6:15 PM on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, as they are working.

If you would like to contact the search team, please email

March 2018 Updates

The Search Team continues to interview candidates for RTC’s future Pastor of Preaching, Worship, and Pastoral Care. Please note that we are engaged in different stages of the discernment process with different candidates. We have been fully exploring doors that were quick to open. At the same time, we have been seeing if God wanted us to knock on others. This means that some candidates might be having a second interview, or even visiting with the Team, while we have yet to complete scheduled interviews with other candidates. Pastor Ken or other staff members may soon be aware about some candidates who are further along in the process, but that list may grow in the future. Clearly, although we are confident that God is guiding us through this process, pray that God reveals to us how he intends to weave together these various threads of the search process. We continue to thank you for your prayers, suggestions and words of encouragement. And we continue to request that you pray for that God’s Spirit guide and sustain the Team and all of are RTC as we continue to explore and discern God’s plan for our next Pastor of Preaching, Worship, and Pastoral Care.

February 2018 Updates

The Search Team met for the third time this year on Wednesday, February 7. We have started to conduct web interviews with prospective candidates and continue to review the files and sermons of applicants as they are submitted. Confident in God’s guidance from our past experiences, the Team is adjusting our discernment process timetable as fits each prospective candidate. Although we are conducting interviews with current applicants, we are still requesting nominations and suggestions for possible candidates. We also continue to covet your prayers for a clarity of heart and mind during this discernment process of God’s plan for RTC.

January 2018 Updates

In early January, Council re-posted the job announcement for our next Pastor of Preaching, Worship, and Pastoral Care on the CRC network ( and through ChapterNext. The Search Team met on Wednesday, January 17 and reviewed our evaluations of the files and sermons of the initial applicants. During that meeting Cory Smidt stepped down as Chair and Tim Blamer took over. The Search Team will meet again on Wednesday, January 24 to further review existing and new applications. Although we hoped our task was finished, the Team is encouraged by God’s guiding hand as seen through your prayers and words of support and the refreshing process of reviewing new applicants. We desire your continued prayers and words of encouragement as we discern who God wants us to consider for a call. We encourage you to email either the Search Team ( or Sam Hamstra ( with the names and information of any additional pastors you would like us to contact for possible consideration. You are also welcome to circulate a link to our announcement to friends and associates via social media or email. Thank you.