Andreas & Katharine van Wijngaarden
Andreas and Katharine van Wijngaarden, together with their sons Luca and Sem were all born in the Netherlands but also lived abroad for several years. For many years Andreas made a living by his entrepreneurial activities with setting up businesses, but that changed dramatically in 2018 when, by faith, they made the choice to follow the call for church ministry.
It is their biggest desire to be used by God to bring people to Christ and to help the ones that know Christ already to grow in their discipleship in all of life — a mission that is foremost relationally driven.
They believe God calls them to fulfill the mission by serving in a local community through being involved in church ministry in the United Kingdom. With the Lord's blessing, they do not only hope to see that many may come to and grow in Christ through the church ministry but also that they may be part of the restoration of a secular Europe. In particular, it is their desire that the main national centers of the reformed tradition (i.e. United Kingdom and the Netherlands) may once again be characterized by Christianity to the glory of God.
A Season of Preparation
As they are called for a lifetime of ministry, there was a need for preparation because Andreas' past professional experience and studies (i.e. degrees in economics, logistics and business administration) are so different than the environment of church ministry. They believe God led them to St. Louis, Missouri, in order to be prepared. A significant part of that has been the training of Andreas at Covenant Theological Seminary, pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies where he learned the biblical languages and theology. Andreas will have largely completed his studies by 2021, the year they hope to go to the mission field and start ministering to a local church community. A significant remainder of his academic studies will be a research on the mission field that may result in a thesis and a completed degree. This research will be focused on discipleship of Christ in life and church amid a secular culture.
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