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Sandy Johnson joins CRC leadership team

The Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church has appointed Sandy (Faber) Johnson to be the Director of Denominational Ministries (DDM). Johnson (’87) has worked in the banking industry for thirteen years, after which she spent several years as a self-employed consultant in strategic ministry planning and organizational behavior.

“I have often said over the last five years that I’ve discovered my gifts are in business but my heart is about ministry,” Johnson said. “I love being part of ministry, watching how God is working through his people. I love equipping ministry to happen by creating the systems and processes.”

Born and raised in the Christian Reformed Church, Johnson grew up on a farm in Iowa. She now lives in Hudsonville, Michigan, with her husband, Deloy ('87), and their three daughters.  “I grew up knowing God’s love as a child and wanting to serve him,” she said.

In her interview by the board, Johnson said her spiritual gifts are leadership, administration, and encouragement.  “I love people,” she added.  “A lot of leadership is loving people.”

As DDM, Johnson will be responsible for advancing the unified ministry of the Christian Reformed Church through strategic planning and coordination of goals of the seven denominational agencies and institutions.

Rev. Gerard (Jerry) Dykstra, the CRC’s executive director, said, “Sandy brings a fresh perspective and approach to our senior leadership team. Her business background and local church involvement provide a balanced approach to effective and efficient ministry. Her skills in team building and consulting will serve her and the denomination well.”

Johnson was chosen by a search committee following a lengthy process that included about thirty applicants, of whom eleven were interviewed.  Keith Oosthoek, who chaired the search committee, said that “While she brings unique gifts to the position as a woman, she was chosen for her skills and the match of those skills to the requirements of the DDM role.”

(from the CRC News Service)