By Debra Downey
Rev. Rita Klein-Geltink is thrilled to assume the helm of Ancaster Christian Reformed Church.
The former Redeemer administrator recently took up the pastorate of Ancaster Christian Reformed Church, a vibrant congregation of 700 whose spacious home is located on Garner Road East.
“I would be something less than honest, if I didn’t admit that I am thrilled to be given such an opportunity,” said Rev. Klein-Geltink. “It is a privilege to serve God in any church, large or small. I am humbled and honoured to be assigned such a major undertaking.”
Rev. Klein-Geltink was called to the ministry in mid-life. She took her first year of seminary at McMaster Divinity, then transferred for two years to Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she graduated with her master of divinity.
Her first post was at a church in Lucknow, Ont., whose congregation grew by about 30 per cent during Rev. Klein-Geltink’s five-year tenure.
Rev. Klein-Geltink said her emphasis in preaching has been to present the scripture in a winsome and interesting way.
“Nineteenth century author Dorothy Sayers has quipped that the worst sin we can commit as Christians is to make the gospel boring,” said Rev. Klein-Geltink. “That sentiment sums up both my preaching emphasis and my worship style. The gospel is good news – it had better sound like it.”
She admitted there are some in the community of Christian churches who believe ordination should be limited to men. While she respects the opinion, Rev. Klein-Geltink said the official stance of the Christian Reformed Church is that there is room in the denomination for both male and female pastors.
“…I don’t want to be identified as a woman pastor, but a pastor who is a woman,” she said. “If that causes people to re-evaluate their views on women’s ordination, great. And if their curiosity brings them to a church where they will hear the gospel preached, better yet.”
Rev. Rita Klein-Geltink said she doesn’t have any specific goals in mind for Ancaster Christian Reformed Church, just the time-honoured tradition of worship, outreach, social activism and discipleship.