Synod Staff

Serving the 7 Classes of the Synod of the Heartland
Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Synod of the Heartland Ministry Coordinator

Serves as a leader, encourager and team-builder for our congregations and staff. Each month Tom sends out an informational email. You can read some recent editions here. If you would like to receive these emails, please use the contact tab in the top menu.

Dale Assink

Dale Assink

Classis Leader for Central Plains

Helps Classes, congregations and leaders focus on mission, health, effectiveness, and church multiplication. Works in the areas of Leadership Development, Pastor Networks, refocusing ministries and new ministry development.

Chris Godfredsen

Chris Godfredsen

Classis Leader for East & West Sioux Classis

The E/W Sioux Classis Leader is pastor to pastors; facilitates a variety of pastor networks; and works with search teams to ensure that congregations and pastors find the best fit in times of pastoral transition. The Classis Leader is also a catalyst for multiplication, focusing on discipleship and multiplying ministries.

Seth Sundstrom

Seth Sundstrom

Regional Minister for Dakota Classis

Helps Classes, congregations and leaders focus on mission, health, effectiveness, and church multiplication. Works in the areas of Leadership Development, Pastor Networks, refocusing ministries and new ministry development.
Michael Brost

Michael Brost

Classis Shepherd

The Shepherd of Pleasant Prairie Classis fans the flame of ministry in the ​twenty-one congregations, their pastors, consistories,​and ​search teams, ​and encourages anyone that God may send his way. This​ fanning is always directed toward the vision of the Classis,​That every congregation would be a thriving representation of Gods Kingdom in our communities and beyond!

Carl Boersma

Carl Boersma

Classis Leader for Central Iowa Classis

Equips and empowers pastors, churches and staff to live out their unique calling by providing encouragement, prayer and support. Mobilizes church leaders to implement effective structures, cultivate healthy decision making, and advocate for a Transformed and Transforming missional impact.

Marlin Meendering

Marlin Meendering

Interim Classis Leader for Minnesota Classis

Supports, resources, mentors, and coaches pastors to exercise their gifts for ministry and deploy their best strengths. Provides leadership and guidance to churches in crisis. Works with churches currently without called ministers to assist in the search process.

Bob Cleveringa

Bob Cleveringa

Director of Youth ministry

Serves as Director of Youth Ministries; provides leadership training and resources for youth sponsors, youth events and service projects; provides personal leadership and consultations for youth groups.
Kristin Oordt

Kristin Oordt

Youth Ministry Event Coordinator

Coordinates Synod youth events such as Middle School Retreat, HIS Work Camp, Power Connection, PC Work Camp and Rocky Mountain High.
Works on promotions, registration, youth pastor communication, volunteer staff communication, and event site logistics.
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Youth Ministry.
Alicia Beaver

Alicia Beaver

Clerk-Treasurer

Responsible for all the crucial details of record-keeping and the finances and functioning of the Synod of the Heartland. For any questions please contact her through a phone call or email.

Tim Poppen

Tim Poppen

Media Specialist

Helps with all forms of communications for the Synod. Produces videos, website, newsletters and writes articles for RCA Today about various ministries throughout the Synod.