Pastor Ouwinga takes the pulpit at CRC
Pipestone County Star
takes the pulpit at CRC
Pastor Tim Ouwinga took over as the head of the Pipestone Christian Reformed Church Sunday, June 28 after he and his wife Deb moved to Pipestone from Orange City, Iowa on June 23.
brings to the church nearly 30 years of pastoral experience.
As the son of a pastor he felt led to follow in his father's footsteps at a young age and, after high school, attended Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in the late 1970s.
"I saw how my dad could have a positive impact in people's lives," he
"By the end of high school I felt led in that direction."
After graduating from the seminary, Ouwinga
took on his
first pastoral duties in Inwood, Iowa in the early 80s.
went on to lead congregations in Racine, Wisconsin from 1987 to 1997, Orange City, Iowa from 1997 to 2009 and now here in Pipestone
"After 11-plus years I was kind of ready for some new challenges and opportunities," he
wife are excited to have purchased their first house in Pipestone
after spending 28 years living in church parsonages.
"Our kids all get houses and finally we get a house," he
Their three children Jason, Tracy and Lisa all live in Iowa and they have three grandchildren.
Jason and his
wife have two children and Lisa has one.
wife are glad, he
said, that their family is still close enough to make frequent visits.
Now that they're here, Ouwinga
hopes to strengthen the faith of the congregation through teaching, preaching and pastoral care.
"I hope to bring a positive message of God's grace and draw people to a warm fellowship and a confidant hope as they live out their lives," he
The Christian Reformed Church
said, is a welcoming place where God's word is preached and people are loved.
While the Christian Reformed Church
is common in areas with large Dutch populations, such as Edgerton, Ouwinga
said the church has grown to encompass people of all backgrounds and nationalities.