June 13, 2023
"I come into this role with excitement and anticipation," shared Kevin DeRaaf, Resonate Global Mission's new director.
Delegates at synod approved Kevin DeRaaf as the new Director of Resonate Global Mission, the mission agency of the Christian Reformed Church, on Monday, June 12, with a standing ovation.
Kevin’s appointment as Director is effective July 1, 2023.
“I come into this role with excitement and anticipation,” said Kevin. “Excitement for what God is doing now through Resonate and the CRC around the world, and anticipation for a new story God is writing in and for our denomination. I dare declare—the future is bright.”
Kevin said that he never imagined himself in the role as Director of Resonate. The past year has been personally difficult for him and his wife, leaving his heart “battered and bruised.”
He recognizes that the past few years have also not been easy for the CRC. He knows the challenges the denomination is facing, including declining membership and revenue, deep theological rifts, and political polarization.
“I am profoundly aware of the pain and personal impact that these issues have on many of our sisters and brothers,” Kevin said. “But I also stand on the firm foundation in the trust of our sovereign God. Pain is not antithetical to hope. We can hold all of that in one space.”
Kevin graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree and has served as a Christian Reformed Church pastor for more than 30 years. Kevin gives thanks for the previous leaders of Christian Reformed World Missions and Christian Reformed Home Missions, several of whom personally mentored and discipled him as he grew his own heart and capacity for mission.
The future is bright because we serve a missional God who calls us to surrender and receive the Holy Spirit so that every man and woman will be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Mission has been an integral part of Kevin’s ministry from the start, and a mentor encouraged him to apply for a job with Resonate.
He did—and joined the team in 2017. First, as Resonate’s Regional Mission Leader for Eastern Canada. Just a couple years later, he stepped up to serve as the Director of North American Regional Teams. Most recently, he has also served as the leader of the office in Canada.
In his six years working at Resonate, Kevin shared that he is encouraged daily by stories of God at work through CRC churches and Resonate’s missionaries, church planters, campus ministers, and regional teams.
“Resonate is tasked to give leadership to our denomination in mission,” he said. “We invite churches to join us. My dream and vision is that every one of our 1100 churches come to see Resonate as their partner on mission.”
Resonate walks alongside churches, families, individuals, and more as they serve God on mission. Missional leaders are ready and excited to work with churches, and Resonate offers a number of missional resources and programs.
Kevin is replacing Interim Director Joel Huyser, who is retiring after 28 years serving Resonate and the denomination.
“God is with us even if we might not know where we’re going,” shared Kevin. “The future is bright because we serve a missional God who calls us to surrender and receive the Holy Spirit so that every man and woman will be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."