THE PEOPLE AND PLACES

Our Current Regional Learning Communities

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Big East

New York

New Jersey

Heartland

Iowa

Minnesota

South Dakota

Ontario

Great Lakes

Michigan

Ohio

Mid-America

Wisconsin

Illinois

Indiana

Florida

Western Canada

Alberta

British Columbia

In essence, CLC is what happens in each region. What happens "locally" is supported by monthly online meetings open to all regional leaders, as well as an annual in person meeting of representatives from every region called the Gathering.

The movement is sustained by the Sustaining Group; appointed by the leadership of each region, they serve on a year-to-year basis and oversee the part-time administrative staff and overall integrity of the movement among the regions.

The Gatherings

Leaders from every region gather online monthly, and annually in person to support the work of Churches Learning Change throughout North America. We share teaching resources for the Toolbox, tend to our relationships as a community of bold love, and show up authentically with courage and curiosity. At the annual Gathering, we add specific learning components to continue to grow our capacity for transformation that leads to faithful and fruitful missional living.

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Meet The Sustaining Group

Mike, Heartland

 Rev. Mike Hardeman is Pastor of American Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. 

Jim, At-Large

Dr. Jim Herrington co-founded The Leader's Journey based in Houston, Texas. He is an at large member.

Megan, Big East

Rev. Megan Hodgins is the Senior Pastor of First Reformed Church in Scotia, New York. She represents the Big East Region.

Chad, Mid-America

Rev. Chad Schuitema is the Administrative and Ministry Leader of the RCA Synod of Mid-America. He represents the Mid-America Region.

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Al, Western Canada

Rev. Al Plat is the Pastor of Athabasca Reformed Church in Athabasca, Alberta. He represents the Western Canada Region.

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Tom, Great Lakes

Rev. Tom Grabill is in Transitional Ministry for the RCA Synod of the Great Lakes. He represents the Great Lakes Region.

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Kevin, Ontario

Rev. Kevin De Raaf serves as the Director of North America Regional Teams for Resonate Global Missions, the mission agency of the CRC. He represents the Ontario, Canada region.

Meet The Staff

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Greg

Rev. Greg Town serves as Public Relations Coordinator for Churches Learning Change. He co-pastors an RCA congregation with his wife, Becky, in New York State.

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Edie

Rev. Edie Lenz serves as Communication Coordinator for Churches Learning Change. She is the Pastor of Hickory Hills Presbyterian Church in Hickory Hills, Illinois.

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Ken

Rev. Ken Eriks is the Fund Development Coordinator for Churches Learning Change. He is retired but continues to serve the church-at-large in a variety of ways.

Chelsey

Rev. Chelsey Harmon serves as Tech & Creative Coordinator for Churches Learning Change. She is an ordained minister in the CRC and is a ThM student at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.