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Pipestone Christian Reformed Church Sunday
By Pastor Tim Ouwinga (April 21, 2010)
Pastor Tim Ouwinga Pipestone Christian Reformed Church
Minister: Pastor Tim Ouwinga
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Pastor Ouwinga takes the pulpit at CRC
Pipestone County Star Pastor Ouwinga 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. Ouwinga 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 said. "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. He 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 said. Ouwinga said he and his 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 said. 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. He and his wife are glad, he said, that their family is still close enough to make frequent visits. Now that they're here, Ouwinga said he 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 said. The Christian Reformed Church, he 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.
Pastor: Timothy Ouwinga
According to Pastor Tim Ouwinga, the church's Purpose-Driven Church Group formed the 10-foot by 20-foot in-ground garden plots last summer but it was "too late to open it up.
The church group did utilize the new plots last year by growing pumpkins, he said. Since then Pipestone CRC Community Garden was enclosed by a 60-foot by 125-foot chain-link fence and the plots are "pretty much ready to go" this spring, Ouwinga said. The church group will decide on a water source and because of the large area, two spigots may be available for the gardeners' use, he said. The church's large, sun-filled lawn located along state Highway 23 was one reason the church group decided to form a community garden and plus the project provides "a long-term commitment" to the group's mission to minister to the community, Ouwinga said. If demand for garden plots continues to grow, he said there is still plenty of church lawn available for additional plots.