Welcome From The Pastor

Welcome to Northland Reformed church. I am glad that you have found us and hope that we might be a blessing to you as you seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are a church who desires, above all, to proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ unto the glory of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We are a means of grace church. We believe that God has ordained the preaching of His Word as the primary means by which he will call, convert and comfort believers (Romans 10:14-17), and the sacraments as the visible testimony of the preached Word. Therefore, you will not find programs or performances at Northland Reformed Church. Rather, you will be fed by the rich and faithful preaching of God’s Word.

Of course, the best way to become familiar with a church is to gather together with the saints in worship on the Lord’s Day. I cordially invite you to join us this Sunday and experience the worship of the one true God and the fellowship with the caring people of Northland Reformed Church.

God's blessings to you,
Pastor Christopher Campbell

What We Believe

The Bible is Our Primary Standard and Final Authority

We are a church that believes in the Bible, studies the Bible, preaches and teaches the Bible, and seeks to obey the Bible. The Bible is central to all that we are and do. In it God speaks to us today concerning every area of life and thought. In a day when biblical authority is undermined or neglected in many churches, we seek to be faithful to the Word of God. We place our trust and faith in Christ alone: in his person, work, and Word. The Bible and it alone, as the Word of Christ, is our final standard for all that we believe and do. It is inspired of God and therefore the absolute authority as truth; inerrant and infallible in all matters, including history and science. The whole counsel of God in Scripture is our standard in every area of life and thought. We affirm that the Bible is the Written Word of God.

Subordinate Standards - Creeds and Confessions

We believe what faithful Christians have always believed. These beliefs are not secret or hidden or private, but clearly stated and openly taught. They proclaim the living faith of historic Christianity. They include the Apostles and Nicene Creeds of the early Church, and the creedal statements known as the Three Forms of Unity (consisting of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort). These three statements were formulated by leaders of the protestant reformation between 1560 and 1619 and have been adopted by faithful churches ever since as the standard or measure of "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). Before our pastor, elders and deacons can be ordained to serve in office, they must believe these creedal statements fully agree with the Word of God and promise to uphold and teach them accordingly. We believe they accurately summarize the truth of God's unchanging Word, the Holy Scriptures.

Leadership

After Christ ascended (Acts 1:9-11), He gave officers to oversee the spiritual welfare of His Church. The Apostle Paul describes this in Ephesians 4:11-13, "And He Himself gave some to be Apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ"

Our Pastor

Our pastor is a member of the Church, called by Christ to the ministry of reconciliation, and ordained and consecrated by prayer and the laying on of hands to preach the Gospel, to exercise pastoral oversight, to dispense the holy sacraments, in conjunction with the elders to administer Christian discipline, and to give himself wholly to the service of Christ in His Church.

Rev. Christopher J. Campbell

Pastor Christopher Campbell graduated from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in May 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree. Prior to being called as pastor of Northland Reformed Church, he served for many years as an elder in the congregation.

Christopher is married to Megan and they have four children: Elise, Noah, Lilliann and Ethan.

Christopher grew up in a Christian home, attending non-denominational, evangelistic, churches. During his teenage years, having never been truly converted, he walked away from the church, seeking to find his own version of the truth. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, Christopher returned to the mid-west to work in the Information Technology field. During this time God, in His infinite mercy, used various trials and difficulties to cause Christopher to return to the truth of God’s Word that he had learned in his youth. With a heart on fire for God’s Word and the gospel freedom in Christ which it brings to sinful man, Christopher begin to pursue the call which God has placed upon him.

Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife and children. When he is not doing that, you will most likely find him reading and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

You may reach Pastor Campbell at pastor@northlandreformed.org

Our Elders

Our elders are members of the Church chosen by a congregation and ordained to the office by prayer and the laying on of hands to assist and support the pastor in the spiritual affairs of the Church.

Michael Baas
Born in southern Illinois and a Dordt College (now Dordt University) alumni, Michael has been a member here at NRC since 2017. He and his wife Sharon were married in 1990 and have four children together. Michael currently works in consumer electronics and is always looking for new hobbies in his spare time! Currently, he enjoys woodworking and is a self-proclaimed piano player wanna-be. A fun fact about Michael, he is slightly infamous among tourists at Yosemite falls for falling into the water and needing to be rescued by his own children.


Marc Wiersma
Mark Wiersma has been a member at NRC since 2001. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent most of his childhood in Denver, Colorado. He and his wife Kellie have been married since 1992 and have three children together. Mark currently works in insurance but enjoys playing golf and softball, and watching movies in his free time. Fun fact about Mark: He once bowled with Hollywood stars Olivia Wilde, Jadon Sudeikis, David Koechner at a charity event.


Luther Witt
A west coast native, Luther spent most of his childhood in the southern California area. He and his wife, Geni, have been married since 1980 and have three children. They have been members of NRC since 2019 and enjoy being involved in many aspects of church life. Luther used to run a family business making and selling Bentwood Furniture up and down the California coast (a skill he learned from a local Native American) but currently works in real estate investment and industrial water treatment. In his spare time, Luther enjoys hobbies like hiking, biking, American history, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Our Deacons

Our deacons are members of the Church chosen by the congregation and ordained to office by prayer and the laying on of hands to aid in securing the funds necessary for the support of the Church in its various activities, and to foster the principles of stewardship, thereby cultivating the spirit of liberality and cheerful giving.

Wes Blank
Wes Blank was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in Smithville, Missouri. He has been a member of NRC for almost his entire life. Wes and his wife, Hali, whom he married in 2018, now live in Platte City, Missouri, and Wes spends his days working in agricultural processing. In his free time, he enjoys watching football and cooking.


Chris Fisher
Chris Fisher has lived in Missouri and been a member here at NRC for almost his entire life. He married his wife, Alison in 1998 and they live in the Kansas City area with their three children. Chris co-owns a laundry and dishwasher company with his brother Matt (also one of our deacons) and in his free time enjoys golf, boating, and cooking – especially BBQing.


Matt Fisher
Matt Fisher has been a member at Northland Reformed for over 46 years. He was born in the Kansas City/Smithville area, where he still lives with his wife, Tracy – whom he married in 1994 - and their four children. When he’s not working as a distributer to the commercial chemical industry, Matt enjoys golfing, watching his kids play sports and singing.


Mark Griess
Mark Griess has been a member at NRC since 2005. He was born in Sutton, NE and grew up a farm kid. In 2015 he married his wife, Ashley, with whom he has three young children. Mark currently works in architecture and engineering and in his free time enjoys games with family and friends and building and flying RC planes, competitive games with family and friends, and solving a Rubik’s cube.


Ernie Termorshuizen
Ernie Termorshuizen is a Canadian native and was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. He has been a member at NRC since 1995. He and his wife, Melanie – whom he married in 1994 – have four grown children and one grandchild. For 21 years, Ernie worked in the Kansas city area as a firefighter but now works in parts fabrication. In his spare time, Ernie enjoys fishing and woodworking and yes, still enjoys playing hockey.


Sam Termorshuizen
Sam was born and raised in the Kansas City area. He went to college at the University of Missouri, Columbia where he met his wife. They both moved back to the Kansas City area after graduating from school and were married in the spring of 2019. They currently have one son, Barron, who was born in 2021. Sam has been a member of Northland Reformed Church since the day he was born, 1996. His great grandfather, Jacob Fisher, was one of the founding members of Northland Reformed Church. Sam currently works for his family's business, TCD Parts where he specializes in the sales of commercial warewash parts. Sam enjoys spending quality time with his extra large family and friends, but especially loves just being with his wife and son. He also enjoys the challenge of home renovation projects and getting to see plans come together.

Ministries

Children's Ministry

Children are a vital part of the church as they are the next generation who will be tasked with proclaiming the life-giving Word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, we take our responsibility to partner with parents in training them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. To that end, we have Sunday school classes for children age three through high school. Additionally, we offer classes on Christian doctrine, church history and the creeds and confessions of the church weekly throughout the school year.

Men & Women's Study Groups

At Northland Reformed, our passion is the Word of God, for it alone has the power to change lives. Therefore we make it a priority to offer regular study groups as opportunities for fellow Christians to gather together and grow in both their knowledge of the Word and fellowship with others in the body of Christ.

Community Life Team

Northland Reformed Church’s Community Life Team fosters community within the congregation by planning social activities and opportunities for fellowship. Examples of activities include coordinating general fellowship opportunities – e.g., fellowship meals, small groups, church picnics, holiday events, baby/wedding showers, church newsletters, vacation Bible school and summer camps. They may also take part in assisting with Sunday school and nursery volunteering and other general volunteer opportunities.

Congregational Care Team

Northland Reformed Church’s Congregational Care Team meets the needs of our congregation by organizing efforts to serve our members. Examples of activities that members of the Congregational Care Team are involved with include reaching out to members through cards, meals, visits, and phone calls. Volunteers will also serve through providing transportation, care packages, meals, and flower arrangements to those in need, military, college students, etc., or during special seasons (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.). Congregational care also involves recommending expenditures of all benevolence funds to aid the poor, widows, orphans, or any other persons and benevolent causes.

Facility Management Team

Northland Reformed Church’s Facility Management Team maintains and improves the church facilities in support of the ministries of the church. Members of the facilities team will be involved with overseeing exterior (lawn care, snow removal, parking lot) and interior maintenance (heating, cooling, plumbing, painting, cleaning, decorating), security, and organizing church workdays as needed. They may also oversee Sunday morning coffee, maintaining church linens, and wholesale purchases (kitchen items, paper good, etc.). Also under facilities management is technological support for our normal Sunday services and other church events – including audio/video needs, uploading sermons to various platforms, managing the church website, social media and graphics, as well as recommending and maintaining church technology.

Music Team

Northland Reformed Church’s Music Team maintains and oversees music and accompaniment in support of our usual Sunday services and other church events. Volunteers will prepare and provide music for public worship through accompaniment as well as serving during special seasonal services and/or programs the church may have throughout the year.

Heritage

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Northland Reformed Church is a member congregation of the Reformed Church in the United States (founded in 1748). The Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) is a church which stands in a tradition dating back to the Reformation in Germany in the 16th Century. Elector Fredrick III (1515-1576) received permission to teach the Reformed faith in his principality, know as the Palatinate, and, in 1563, comissioned Zacharias Ursinas and Casper Olivianus to author the Heidelberg Catechism, in order to do so.

In 1710, the first German Reformed worship services were held in America, and the church in America grew to roughly 300,000 members across 1,600 local congregations. However, in 1934, the RCUS decided to merge with the Evangelical Synod of North America, a move that shifted the focus away from the gospel and toward interfaith and social justice initiatives. Given this shift, a core group RCUS churches in the Dakotas (Eureka Classis) determined to remain as the RCUS, taking as their motto 2 John 9, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”

From this first group of churches, we now have over 50 churches planted in the United States, of which Northland Reformed is one. But the questions remain—when did Northland Reformed Church begin? How many names has the church had? How many locations? How many pastors? What trials and truimphs have been faced?

The history of Northland Reformed Church may be divided into four periods, each identified by the name of the church at the time—The Zion Reformed Chapel period, the Hope Reformed Church period, the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church period and the Northland Reformed Church period.

The Zion Reformed Chapel Period (1973 – 1975)

In the summer of 1973, Ray and Juanita Schnabel and their three children, Linette, Kathy, and Daniel, moved to Kansas City, Missouri. They began attending the Reformed Presbyterian Church in downtown Kansas City, where Jacob and Joanna Fisher and their son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Mary Ann with their six children, Michael, Amy, Matt, Chris, Melinda and Melanie also were attending. When the Reformed Presbyterian Church moved south of the river, these three familes decided to start a Reformed church in the northland. Since Ray Schnabel grew up in the RCUS, they contacted the denomination about starting a new mission work. The church officially began in 1974 as Zion Reformed Chapel, a mission work of Zion Reformed Church in Menno, South Dakota. The initial membership, comprised of these three familes, met at the Oddfellows Hall in Gladstone, MO for morning services and evening services were held in the families’ homes. Since the church did not yet have a pastor, various ministers from Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa travelled to Kansas City weekly to lead worship.

The Hope Reformed Church Period (1975 – 1991)

In the summer of 1975, Reverend Robert Grossmann was installed as the church’s first pastor and the church began meeting at the First National Bank of Gladstone on Antioch Road. Jacob Fisher played the organ and he was known for giving cherry Lifesavers to the children after every service. At the end of each morning service, while he was still playing the postlude, all the kids would make a mad dash to the organ and hold out their hands in anticipation.

At the first annual meeting, held in 1975, the church’s name was changed to Hope Reformed Church. Later that year Ray Schnabel was ordained as the first elder and Jacob Fisher, the first deacon. Jacob would later be ordained as an elder.

As the church continued to grow a decision was made to obtain a permanent building. A gas station, at I-29 and Parvin Road, was purchased and subsequently renovated as the new church building and, in June 1979, the first services were held at this new location.

In August 1982, Reverend Grossmann took a call to the RCUS church in Mitchell, South Dakota and Reverend Norman Hoeflinger was called from Menno, South Dakota as the church’s second pastor. During this time the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort were added, along with the existing Heidelberg Catechism, to the confessional standards of the church. In the summer of 1987, Scott and Barbara Clark joined the church, having moved to Kansas City after Scott finished Seminary at Westminster Seminary in California. In January 1989, Scott was ordained as assistant pastor, and in April of that same year became a full-time pastor, working alongside Reverend Hoeflinger. Later that year Reverend Hoefliger took a call as the pastor in Mitchell, South Dakota, while Reverend Clark remained in Kansas City as the church’s third pastor.

The Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church Period (1991 – 1996)

At a special meeting in March 1991, the church’s name was changed from Hope Reformed Church to Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. The next year the church lost a dear saint, as Jacob Fisher, one of the initial members of the church, died in November 1992. The next year Reverend Clark was accepted to study at Oxford University, which required him to move to England, and Reverend Jan Dykshoorn was called as the church’s fourth pastor in October 1993. The following year was difficult time for the church. Reverend Dykshoorn resigned his position in December 1994, and consideration was given to closing the doors of the church. However, being reminded that faithfulness to the LORD will bring blessing from the LORD, the church remained hopeful.

The Northland Reformed Church Period (1996 – Present)

Reverend Wes Brice, the church’s fifth pastor, was called in August 1995 and moved to Kansas City from California. Following his arrival, the decision was made to purchase land in the Northland area, first at Woodland and Cookingham Road, then finally at 2901 NW Cookingham Drive. At this time the church’s name was changed to Northland Reformed Church. From 1995 to 1998 the church experienced continued growth. The last service in the renovated gas station, at I-29 and Parvin Road, was held in May 1998. After this services were moved to a temporary location in North Oak, at the White Oak Shopping area, until the new church building on Cookingham Drive was completed.

The groundbreaking for the new building occured in 2000, with a building permit granted in July of that year. The members of the church, led by Ernie Termorshuizen and Tom Whittar, did all the work on the new building. The first service was held in the new building on Christmas Eve, 2001, with much joy and thankgiving for God’s blessing.

In 2002, Reverend Brice was called to pastor the church in Rogers, AR and in 2003 Reverend George Syms was called to become the sixth pastor of Northland Reformed Church. Reverend Syms served faithfully for six years, after which time he took a call to an RCUS church in South Dakota.

The seventh pastor of Northland Reformed Church, Reverend Randy Klynsma, was called from an Orthodox Presbyterian Church congregation in South Dakota, to serve at Northland Reformed Church, in 2009. Reverend Klynsma served the church from 2009 to 2016. In January 2016, after many years of faithful service, Reverend Klynsma accepted a call to pastor an RCUS mission work in Omaha, NE.

The elders spent 2016 evaluating potential candidates for the next pastor of Northland Reformed Church. This was a year of transition, during which the elders were able to find preachers to fill the pulpit, morning and evening, each Lord’s Day, with the exception of one Lord’s Day evening, when a pre-recorded sermon had to be used.

In August 2016 the pastoral search committee approached Christopher Campbell, who was currently serving as an elder, and asked if he would be willing to serve as the next pastor. Mr. Campbell was finishing his studies at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and had served at Northland Reformed Church as an intern, under Reverend Klynsma. A special meeting was held in September 2016 and a call was issued to Mr. Campbell, which he accepted. Mr. Campbell began full-time work in January 2017 while finishing up his theological training, which he completed in May 2017. In October 2017, Reverend Christopher Campbell was ordained and installed as the eight pastor of Northland Reformed Church.

Northland Reformed Church continued to grow during this time, with new families joining the church and new visitors attending services. At the 2017 annual meeting, the decision was made to add a fellowship hall onto the existing church building. Construction began in 2017, and over the course of the year the new building was completed, with the first gathering for a fellowship meal happening in January 2018.

In 2021, Northland Reformed Church will celebrate its 47th anniversary. Although the church has been known by various names, met in various places, served by various pastors, witnessed various members come and go, and weathered various trials, one thing remains the same, the message we proclaim. Jesus is who we preach, Jesus is the one in whom we live, and Jesus is the end goal of everything we do. Remember, the church has only one foundation, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, the reason for our existence is to proclaim His gospel to the glory of the Triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While it is true that many individuals have been used throughout the history of this church, we must remember that it was God who used them. And while we do not know what the future holds, we do know the one who holds the future in His hand. God has been faithful to Northland Reformed Church for many years, and it is my prayer that he will continue to do so, and to use each of us, the members of His Church, as instruments in His hand. May God give each of us a heart for the salvation of the lost, the growth of the saints, and the glory of our God as we labor for him in Kansas City.