Hi, I’m Pastor Verlan Van Ee. Verlan is a name grounded in green. Just like Vermont is the “green mountain” state, so Verlan is a name referring to “green land.” Green is my favorite color because it reminds me of my “roots” and “wings.”
My “roots” are in the green farmlands of south-central Iowa, a state referred to as “a place to grow” and “the field of dreams.” Indeed, my life grew out of that virile seed of adventure God planted in my Christian parents in 1958. I was born into a large farming family – the seventh of ten children – so fertility, growth, work, dirt, challenge, change, weather…lean seasons and fruitful seasons have marked my days and formed my character. But, above all I grew into a vital relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because from infancy God’s providence and faithfulness was taught and modeled to me through my parents and family, and the Christian church and community.
My “wings” are the missional calling God instilled in me at a young age to be a pastor…to lead His sheep into green pastures, feeding and growing the flock. As a pastor/missionary at work in God’s fields of dreams, I’ve underlined in green this signature scripture: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last” (John 15:16).
My primary field assignment is the fruitful family with which God has blessed me; my beautiful, wonderfully supportive wife Rebecca (Smit) Van Ee and our quiver full of children – Noelle, Nathan, Nicholas, Noah, and Justin. Becky and I met at Dordt College in Iowa and were married in 1980. Since June of 2011 we have celebrated three marriages, adding Rajan, Alison, and Tess to our family and in August of 2013 we’re expecting the arrival of our first grandchild.
The wings of ministry and mission have taken our family from coast to coast and around the world a time or two. We have served churches in Illinois, Michigan, California, New York, and Wisconsin. We have been overseas serving twice in Australia and most recently on the far flung Micronesian Island of Guam. Yes our family loves to travel. We believe life is an adventure and faith is a journey.
God’s wings of grace and guidance have now landed us back in Wisconsin at Kenosha Christian Reformed Church. With our missional wings once again refueled by gratitude we joyfully join with our KCRC family to aim high, living the vision: “To Glorify God in All Things.”
My wife Dawn is a graduate of Dordt college and Reformed Bible College, where we met. We have three adult children.
I attended Miami-Dade College, Miami Christian College and Kuyper College (Reformed Bible College), where I completed a Bachelor of Religious Education degree. I majored in Bible/Theology and Education and minored in New Testament Greek and Communications. I completed internships in Egypt and Miami.
I then attended the Police Academy and was sworn in as a police officer on my 23rd birthday. I completed numerous in-service trainings, was a faculty member at the Police and Corrections Academy and hold numerous specialized certifications in the field of law enforcement. I also attended Florida International University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Calvin Seminary and possess a Masters in Theology.
I have been privileged to serve the Church as a delegate to Synod on four occasions, as a multi-ethnic editor to the L.I.F.E. curriculum, as a member of the Denominational Multi-Ethnic Conference planning committee, as a DCE for Cadets, where I also authored the Law and Order Guide Trail and as a member of the Classical Home Missions Committee. I have pastored churches in Miami, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
I especially enjoy working with the youth, the Deacons, and the elderly.
Pastor Francisco and his wife Noemi have joined us to do a Hispanic church-plant under the partnership of two parent churches, Racine and Kenosha CRC (known as the RACKEN CRC church-plant). Pastor Golon, as Ministry Associate, will be busy developing new relationships and forming ministries during the next year. He and Noemi will be focusing their attention on the Latino communities of Kenosha and Racine, in particular – the 1st and 1.5 generations of Latino’s.