Portraits: Rev. Randall Klynsma

Randall Klynsma was born on October 29, 1962. He was the fifth of seven children born to his parents, Norman and Dorothy (Roghair) Klynsma of Hospers, IA. He was raised as a covenant child in the Hospers Christian Reformed Church and attended Hospers Christian Grade School. After this he attended Unity Christian High School in Orange City and the Dordt College in Sioux Center. He came to saving knowledge of the faith as a sophomore in college and a few months later sensed that he was called to the gospel ministry. While he viewed this “sense of call” somewhat tentatively, through the years of studying and preparation he became convinced it was from the Lord.

In the summer between his junior and senior year, he volunteered with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks at Death Valley National Monument. During his last year of college he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Julie Ten Haken. They were married after graduating from college and, after four years of teaching while Randy was in seminary, they had six children—three boys and three girls: Gregory, Anthony, Daniel, Carlene, Hannah, and Magdalyn. At the time of this writing the two oldest are working, two are in college, and two are still in high school.

After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Randy attended Mid‑America Reformed Seminary, and after a curious second year at Calvin Theological Seminary (in Grand Rapids), he returned and graduated from Mid‑America in 1989. After several summer preaching assignments (Inwood, IA; St. Catharines, ON; and Edmonton, AB) he accepted a stated supply and then a call from the Orthodox Christian Reformed Church in Ripon, CA. He labored there from 1989 to 1998. After a year without a call he was eventually called by the Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bridgewater, SD. He labored there from 1999 to 2009, when he was called to become the pastor of the Northland Reformed Church (RCUS) of Kansas City, MO. For the last year two years he has served as the president of Covenant East Classis.

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