For churches and diaconates in our Classis that have had the opportunity to get to know and support Ernst de Vries, you may know that we celebrated with him recently in his retirement from that roll. So we welcome Gary Roosma aboard the good ship of God's Ministry on the west coast and wish him all the peace and blessings that he will experience. If your church and deacons want to get to know and support Gary, here is his bio. His phone number is on the Facebook page and I would be happy to pass on his email if you want to get in touch.
Gary is an ordained minister in the CRC, currently serving as chaplain in the Port of Vancouver with the CRC Ministry to Seafarers and in partnership with the Anglican Mission to Seafarers. This ministry involves visiting cargo ships in port and serving seafarers in the ministry centres in Vancouver and at Roberts Bank.
Missions has been the primary focus for most of Gary’s ministry life, especially leadership training. Previously he and his wife, Jennifer, with their three children, worked with OMF International for 10 years in East Malaysia, with a focus on training local pastors for ministry. He spent another 7 years working as Regional Director with OMF in BC. He also served as pastor at Emmanuel Christian Community from 2010-2013. Preaching and teaching continue to be another big part of his ministry.
Following are some links to find out great information about the Seafarer ministry.