Jack 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 attend and are members of Bray Park Community Church. They have four adult children 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)
His work at the College allows him to invest in the lives of people training for various areas of ministry. In particular, it gives him the opportunity to help the next generation of pastors, preachers, church leaders, church planters and evangelists to know God’s Word well and minister it with accuracy and urgency. It is God’s Word that changes lives. And when it is ministered faithfully it never returns void. Our vision for the advance of the gospel in Australia and beyond must be a vision for God’s Word to be spread – unleashed! We need a multiplication of Word-centered ministries and a great army of men and women who are mighty in the Word and effective in ministering it to others. We particularly need a new generation of Spirit-empowered preachers who know the Word and know the times in which we live, and can speak the former into the latter
Anita de Witte