In the officebearers of the church we see the love of Christ for his people. As the Lord of the church he appoints leaders and by his Spirit equips them, so that believers may grow in faith, develop disciplined Christian living, serve others in selfless love, and share with all the good news of salvation. He taught us the spirit of true leadership when he said, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave--just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20.26-28).
Kurt Monroe began his ministry at Valley Church in December of 2012. After earning his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, Kurt taught New Testament and choral music at Desert Christian High School in Tucson, Arizona and then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to earn his Master of Divinity degree from Regent College. He is passionate about bringing people into contact with the life-changing story of God's rescue of his people and his creation in the Bible, and he loves to see Jesus break through our brokenness to bring the abundant life he promised, making everyone agents of God's rescue in this world.
Kurt enjoys lively conversations and good food around the dinner table, hiking and enjoying the beauty of God's creation, and hanging out with his wife and four kids. You might also find him listening to a wide variety of music, running, biking, reading anything from 17th century poetry to adventure stories, playing any musical instrument he can lay his hands on (including the cigar box and license plate guitars he builds), singing harmonies in a high hillbilly tenor, or cheering on grown men riding bicycles on television during the Spring Classics and Grand Tours.
The form for the ordination of elders and deacons in the Christian Reformed Church can be viewed here.