Associate Pastor Candidate: The Rev. Jonathan H. Reinink, D.Min., CFRE
After a year of reviewing over a hundred applications, numerous emails to many of them, several virtual zoom interviews and more zoom committee meetings than we care to remember, the APNC is thrilled to introduce you to our choice for your new Associate Pastor. Meet Rev. Dr. Jon Reinink in his own words:
Jon grew up in Central Huron, Ontario-almost certainly an hour away from any town you've heard of but located amidst the seasonally cold and relationally warm lifestyle that Canadian farm life has to offer. Growing up in this tightly knit community of Dutch immigrant farmers he learned the value of hard work, experienced the importance of family and community, and was shaped by a Reformed theological worldview.
After high school, Jon bid farewell to his parents and three younger sisters to study mathematics and French at Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario only to sense a call to ministry in his final months of undergraduate studies. Jon spent two years after college serving in the Canadian offices of the Christian Reformed Church and supporting various
local urban ministries as he felt out his call. That call eventually led him to graduate studies in New Jersey. While finishing his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div, M.A) Jon served and was eventually ordained at Newtown Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania. In 2015 Rev. Reinink entered a two year Lilly Endowment-affiliated
residency at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Upon completing his fellowship Jon moved to Louisville as the Associate for Church Support for the PCUSA Special Offerings at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. While in this role, Jon has continued to feed his passion for learning completing studies at Boston University (D.Min) and fund raising credentials through CFRE International. In October 2020 he became the Associate for Strategy for Mission Engagement and Support allowing him to continue supporting congregations but on behalf of all areas of Presbyterian Mission. Rev. Dr. Reinink's recent work has centered around traditional ministry and funds development, but his
interests and experiences are broad and include urban and low income family ministry, short term mission coordination and missionary training, summer camp ministry curriculum development and Adult Christian education development.
Jon and his partner, Bobby Brown, are excited for the opportunity to learn about Columbia Missouri and Mizzou and can't wait to live in a college town. When Jon isn't working for
Presbyterian Mission or reading about polity and the PCUSA, Jon and Bobby enjoy taking trips to explore new places near and far, board games and relaxing while watching one of too many TV series they follow. In the confinement of Covid 19 they've also developed a knack for using crafting/cutting machines to make unique gifts, cards and home decor for
the family they hope to visit again soon in Ontario, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Comments from APNC Members:
Steve Keller (co-chair)-I felt an instant connection with Jon when he
told us about his upbringing in the Dutch Reformed tradition (as my Mom
was). Jon brings a wonderful combination of empathy and intellect. He
will be a fantastic addition to our staff.
Brian Kinkade (co-chair)- Jon is a warm, thoughtful and intelligent
man. I was taken by how natural is was for our committee to engage Jon
in comfortable conversation. However, I was most impressed by the
passion for our Lord and the church that came through when Jon talked
with us about his experiences and ambitions. I believe the Spirit is
bringing Jon and FPC together. I am confident that Jon will serve our
congregation very well.
Bob Appuhn- There were numerous positives but I'll list three. His
experience for someone his age is off the charts. The way he answered
the questions we asked him and the questions he asked us showed he was
totally prepared. Then on the Sunday in September when he did a sermon
for us on living in a pandemic, I believe we were all in total agreement
this was the one.
Zoe O'Brien- I think our search has been very successful in bringing us
to Jon, who is an excellent candidate. I'm excited for our future with
him as Associate Pastor, and believe he will indispensable in helping to
guide us through such difficult times.
Joy Rushing - I am very happy with the great result with our search for
an Associate Pastor. Jon will win everyone over with his positive
attitude and energy. He is just what we need to join the FPC and move
forward in these challenging times.
Sally Swanson - You know how sometimes you can tell who the person you
are talking to is just waiting for you to stop so they can jump in with
something about themselves? Well Jon does not do that. He listens
intently and shows just the right mix of care, concern, joy and humor.
He's a keeper.
Terry Weston - Jon just makes you feel better when he greets you. He
has an easy smile and comfortable way about him. I have visited many of
our homebound members and they were foremost on my mind when we
interviewed candidates for Associate Pastor. Jon will bring that sense
of comfort and ease when he visits, either on the phone, on
Zoom/Facetime or in person when that is safely possible. He will be a
wonderful addition to our church family.