Discipleship Matrix

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Colin Grant

Colin Grant is a pastor serving the Wollongong CRC in NSW.   Colin represents Classis NSW and serves the TRAIN Workgroup as a link among the many churches in the state of New South Wales.Colin Grant

Bernie Cane

Bernie Cane

Bernie Cane pastors the Good News Christian Church in Hobart, Tasmania, a congregation closely linked with the Kingston CRCA network of churches in southren Tasmania.   Bernie serves the TRAIN Workgroup as a link among the growing number of churches in the state of Tasmania.

Leo Douma

Leo Douma

Leo Douma currently serves the Hope in the Hills congregation in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne, Victoria.   Previous to this Leo served the Sydney congregation and a number of other CRC churches.  Leo has extensive experience and training in the area of Pastoral Care and effective church leadership.   He serves on the denominational Leadership Development committee and as presiding chair of the 2015 Synod also serves as chair on the denominational Synodical Interim Committee.  

Anita de Witte

Anita de WitteAnita de Witte currently serves on the denominational children's and youth committee, RCYC.   Anita and her husband Jim currently serve the Redlands CRC in Queensland.   Prior to this they served the Dandenong CRC in Victoria.  Outside of her family and church commitments Anita works in the health care sector in Brisbane.

Clinton Berends

Clinton Berends

Clinton Berends is the pastor of South Barwon CRC on the south side of Geelong in Victoria.   Previously he served the Redlands CRC in Queensland.   Clinton also serves the CRC denomination on the Candidacy Committee which oversees the process of men becoming ordained ministers of the Word and Sacrament in the CRCA.     


Dave Groenenboom

Dave GroenenboomDave Groenenboom is the pastor at Gateway Community Church, a growing  CRCA church south of Perth in WA.  He describes his work as ‘the best job ever’. Before moving to Gateway in 2011, Dave served congregations in Queensland (Redlands), Victoria (Cobden, Doveton) and Tasmania (Hobart). Dave is passionate about effective Gospel ministry which sees churches become contexts where followers are well nourished, equipped and empowered for God’s mission. The words of Paul are profound and inspirational “we put up with anything rather than hinder the Gospel of Christ” (1 Cor 9.12).

Jack De Vries

jackJack De Vries was hired on by the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia and began his work as Ministry Training Coordinator in January 2008. In 2012, Jack took on the role of Ministry Development coach.

Jack came from Canada where he pastored three Christian Reformed churches:  Alliston CRC, Alliston, Ontario(1983-87), a church plant: New Life Community Church, Pickering, Ontario(1987-95), and Bethel CRC, Listowel, Ontario (1995-2007). Jack is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity - 1983) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry - 2003)  Jack and his wife Jeannie currently live in Petrie, a northern suburb of Brisbane in Queensland.  They make their church home at Bray Park Community Church. They have four children and six grandchildren living in the USA and Canada.

In Isaiah 58:11 we read: "The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."  Australia has seen times of drought and floods.  There is another type of drought in Australia; there is a spiritual drought.   But God promises to provide refreshing rain, a never ending supply of refreshing water.  The water he provides will satisfy the needs of all Australians.  As we take up the missional vision God has given us we extend the life changing invitation of Jesus: "Come!  Whoever is thirsty, come, and take the free gift of the water of life!" (Revelation 22:17)