Redeemer Delft is led by a team of ‘elders’. We believe that this is what we see as the model set out for church leadership in the New Testament. The history of the early church (as seen in the book of Acts) shows apostles planting new churches and appointing local elders to continue the local work (e.g. Acts 14v23). These elders must meet clear strict requirements (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; Titus 2; 1 Peter 5), which can be summed up in the following definition:
“An elder is a man who is called and gifted by God, who together with the other elders has the responsibility for leading a local church, and is: shaped by apostolic ministry, able to lead himself, able to lead his family and able to lead his local church.” (PJ Smyth, The World Needs More Elders, God First, 2008, pp. 11.)
How are elders appointed?
The Biblical process is that God calls and equips them, then that calling and competence is seen by other people, and then they are recognized and set in place.
For this to happen:
- The person must recognize their calling and gifting to be an elder.
- Those who will be served by the new leader must confirm their gifting (Acts 6).
- Existing authorities (e.g. apostles) should confirm what others have seen (Acts 6; Galatians 2).
The Eldership Team ( A.K.A. Overseers / Leaders / Pastors / Voorgangers )
Dean & Tamar Wilding
Dean & Tamar are a Anglo-Dutch couple who lived in the UK before coming to the Netherlands. Dean currently leads the eldership team of Redeemer Delft. Dean holds a doctorate in physics, enjoys reading, cooking and dry humour. Tamar is a dramatherapist who works with children and adults. She enjoys people and rearranging the house. They have two sons Tristan & Finnian.
Pete & Elsbeth George
Pete and Elsbeth are an Anglo-Dutch couple. They have a son Jonathan. Pete has a Master’s in Biblical Studies and is into exegesis, hermeneutics, good wood and good coffee. Elsbeth is an oncology nurse and both have a passion for Jesus in the workplace.
Floyd & Man Lau
Floyd and Man come from Hong Kong. Floyd is working for a global IT company, and Man is a part-time piano teacher. They are excited how God does his life changing miracles; sharing and supporting life with people; telling his good news to all the people. Floyd and Man are responsible for the Prayer and Prophetic Team and Man is our Pastoral Care Coordinator.
The Leadership Team ( A.K.A. Deacons )
Rico van Onselen
Rico is a student at the TU Delft where he studies Applied Physics. He loves people and has a passion to see heaven become reality in Delft and for people to find fullness of life in God. At Redeemer he leads worship and is responsible for the worship team.
Wessel & Rhodé Zaagman
Wessel and Rhodé married in 2017 and love to invite you to board game nights. Wessel is mastering in Sociology and is responsible for the worship team. Rhodé is working for the church as relation manager and as a student worker for Navigators Delft.
Coos & Elisabeth van Ginkel
Elisabeth and Coos are a German-Dutch couple who have a heart for sharing the gospel with people from all nations and ages. Currently, Coos is working as a landscape architect, while Elisabeth is doing a Masters in architecture. Within the church they minister to kids and teens which they want to see becoming kingdom builders themselves.
Ivo & Judith van der Horst
Ivo and Judith are two Dutchies who are can’t get enough of Delft - including Redeemer! Ivo coordinates the Life Groups of the church, and Judith sings in the worship team. In his day to day life Ivo helps startups make positive impact in developing countries, while Judith works in the field of sustainability. They both love being with people and are very enthusiastic about seeing God at work in Redeemer.
The Apostolic Team
Chris leads the Leadership Team in Redeemer the Hague. Chris works full time for Redeemer. Chris and Karin lived in South Africa and the UK before moving to Holland in 2010. Together they have three children, Simon, Daniel, and Ella.
Henk Kersten is very happily married to Eunee. They enjoy time with their family, walking and cycling. They live in Maastricht – the only area with hills in the whole of The Netherlands, and are part of Redeemer Maastricht.