The Rev. Dr. Ryan Boes accepted the call to Third Reformed Church in June, and we eagerly await his arrival. Ryan earned both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary, with his doctoral degree focused on liturgical theology. Ryan comes to us from the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, where he has served as the Pastor of Teaching and Leadership for the past decade. He has distinguished himself while there by being a joyful participant in Interfaith dialogue (particularly with the Muslim community) and has led his church in fully embracing justice ministries (especially with people facing housing challenges). Prior to that, he was co-pastor of the Rolling Acres Christian Reformed Church in Mason City, Iowa. Ryan and and his wife Megan have four children, Aspen, Elliot, Greyson, and Silas.
Pastors Angel and Janelle joined the congregation and ministry of TRC in 2017. They began with an invitation to foster ways for TRC to further engage with our local community, especially our Spanish-speaking neighbors, and help us grow our understanding of hospitality in our multicultural surroundings. Both of these pastors are bilingual, and each brings with them their own experience of moving to another culture,learning a new language, and finding belonging in a new place. They both also love to look for ways to build relationships and create space for people to connect, share their stories, and “do life” together. They lead a Bilingual Bible Study and Prayer Group at Third on Wednesdays throughout the year, as well as being regularly involved in pastoral and practical support for immigrant families, and TRC’s affordable housing ministry.
Angel and Janelle are both ordained ministers in the Reformed Church in America. Angel’s undergrad degree is in Anthropology, and Janelle’s in Religious Studies. They each have an MDiv from Western Theological Seminary here in Holland. They have been married since 2003, and have lived as a family in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. They have two delightful daughters and live just a short walk from church.