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Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church

Lead Pastor

Holland, Michigan

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Denomination: Christian Reformed

Weekly Attendance: 250 - 260

Location: Holland, MI

The role: The next Lead Pastor of Holland Heights will be a leader and a shepherd of the church,  a people person, first and foremost. He/she will lead a group of staff and volunteers who work together to love the church well and help it grow and be successful in its efforts to spread the gospel to the neighborhood and beyond.

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Meet Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church

Our church history began in 1951 with the growth of the Holland Heights area and evolved and grew into a typical suburban Christian Reformed church. In 1996 Sharon Hulst was hired as Ministries Coordinator and our church began to change. Sharon was able to involve a large percentage of our congregation in many new and existing programs as well as mold our music ministry. In 2001 our current sanctuary was completed. Before the tile and carpet were installed our congregation was encouraged to write scripture passages on the floor. We are always “standing” on the Word. Our style of worship through music and the spoken word evolved into a blend of traditional and contemporary style. Our style of studying and teaching the Word took a dramatic change when Pastor George took his first trip to Israel with Reverend Ray VanderLaan. Soon, he was serving as a facilitator; then he began leading his own tours through his ministry called Under the Fig Tree. We began to see a deeper meaning of the Hebrew text as passages were explained in a way that was a direct result of the many trips taken to Israel by our pastor and members of our congregation as well as participants from around the world. 

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About the Lead Pastor

The Lead Pastor will have a deep respect for the Text and desire to provide relevant teachings to people of all spiritual maturity levels, from nonbelievers to mature believers. 

The Lead Pastor will have the qualities of a coach and mentor, rather than a traditional administrator. She/he will be someone who has a strong vision for the church and can pour into people to achieve that vision. Instead of telling us how to get there, the Lead Pastor will be someone who can prepare us to do the work ourselves.

The Lead Pastor will be comfortable with a changing neighborhood and changing world. He/she will be someone who is comfortable experimenting with new ways of reaching the lost. 

She/he will be someone who can connect with a diverse body, both intergenerationally and beyond, including the Millennial and Generation Z cohorts. The previous generations need to be the shoulders this demographic stands on, who in return can pass the baton of leadership to these upcoming leaders.

What you bring: 


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and preferably a seminary degree. 


The ideal candidate will have 5-10 years of church leadership experience, and ordained in the CRC or similar background.  

Personal Characteristics

  • Person of God who is listening to the Holy Spirit

  • Prayer warrior

  • People person

  • Great communicator

  • Can connect across generations with Biblical truths

  • Shepherd

  • Leader

  • A great teacher who is expository in nature but also gives life application

  • Loves the flock

  • Can mentor the staff

  • Sociable

  • Can cast a vision and lead a congregation to accomplish it

Synced Sequence Replaced.00_01_17_21.Still008What it's like to live in Holland, MI: 

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, you will love the activities, the community, and the lifestyle that makes Holland a favorite Michigan destination. From the award-winning downtown to the white sandy beaches, you will fall in love with Holland's small-town charm and big-city amenities. Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan on Lake Macatawa, which is fed by the Macatawa River (formerly known locally as the Black River). As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,051, with an Urbanized Area population of 113,164.  The city and surrounding area is served by the MAX (Macatawa Area Express) transportation system, linking different parts of the city as well as commercial, medical and government locations outside the city. 

No matter what your interests, you won't be disappointed. Dine along the waterfront or at a local café. Hike to the top of a sand dune or climb to the top of a windmill! Shop for a paddleboard or a pair of wooden shoes. Visit one of the neighborhood art fairs,  enjoy a theatre performance, stroll downtown sidewalks, or tour a modern college campus. Sail the waters of Lake Michigan or hike the trails in one of the wooded parks. Watch a brilliant sunset over Lake Michigan. 

Holland, MI is conveniently located between Chicago and Detroit, each between 2-3 hours away, and Northern Michigan is an awesome place to vacation!

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