Our faculty members combine keen intellect with enthusiastic experience in outreach and ministry. All CLI professors have advanced degrees and have international or intercultural mission experience.
Henry Reyenga, Jr., President and E-Professor
Henry Reyenga Jr. has more than twenty-five years of experience as a church planter and pastor of four new churches and one replanted church. He has authored three books. His latest book, Raising Up Revival Leaders outlines the Christian Leaders Institute vision and methodology. Order an e-book here or order a print Copy here. Henry Reyenga has traveled and spoken internationally. He founded Christian Leaders Institute in 2002. Christian Leaders Institute has grown from six new students in 2006 to over 25,000 students in 2013. With over 2,500 diploma seeking students, CLI is a world leader in online ministry training.
Henry Reyenga graduated from Dordt College in 1983 and Calvin Seminary in 1987. He is married to Pamela. They have five children and eight grandchildren.
Dr. David Feddes, Provost and E-Professor
Dr. David Feddes is Provost of Christian Leaders Institute. He pastored a church in Ontario, Canada, and helped plant Family of Faith Church, Monee, IL. For sixteen years, he served as broadcast minister for the Back to God radio program, reaching people in more than fifty countries. He also worked with Crossroad Bible Institute, providing biblical distance education to thousands of people in prison. David earned his Ph.D. in missions and intercultural studies from Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL. He has published a book called, Missional Apologetics. Order a print copy or a E-book here. He is married to Wendy and they have nine children (one in heaven) and one grandchild.
Dr. Ed Roels – E-Professor in Theology
Dr. Ed Roels has written outstanding material and much of it is being used at Christian Leaders Institute. He has a long ministry and ministry training career that spans five decades. Dr. Roels was educated at Calvin College, Calvin Seminary and the Free University of Amsterdam (Th.D.). At these schools and institutions of learning, Dr. Roels developed his Biblical and academic voice.
E-Professor Dr. Ed Roels Vocational Activities
Teaching Bible and Theology at Calvin College and Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL)
Pastor of Christian Reformed churches in Illinois and Minnesota
Civilian Chaplain for U.S. servicemen in Seoul, Korea
Director of Africa programs for the Bible League
Writer for the Bible League and Crossroad Bible Institute
President of Reformed Bible College
Occasional Teaching in India and Myanmar
E-Professor at Christian Leaders Institute
Dr. Ed Roels joined the faculty of Christian Leaders Institute in 2012. His book Christian Basics is a critical part of the Getting Started Class. The Getting Started Class includes thousands of students from over 150 nations. Students have commented that this book clearly and distinctly sums up thousands of pages of scripture passages and clearly spells out the essence of the Christian Basics that have been passed down through history. With the Bible as his base, Dr. Roels expertly brings students through topics such as God, the Trinity, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Death, the Second Coming and much more.
If you want to buy a print copy of the Christian Basics book, Click here to order one at the Tract League offered in single book or in bulk numbers. The Tract League is distributing this book throughout the USA. Click here for a Kindle Version.
Dr. Jeff Weima – E-Professor in Biblical Hermeneutics
Dr. Jeffrey Weima is Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he has taught for the past 21 years. He is a sought-after speaker who is able to communicate well the truths of the Bible in an interesting, contemporary and practical manner. Jeff is the author of numerous scholarly articles, academic essays and book reviews. He has published three books (Neglected Endings: The Significance of the Pauline Letter Closings ; An Annotated Bibliography of 1 and 2 Thessalonians ; 1 & 2 Thessalonians ) and has recently completed writing a major commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Baker Books: 2014). He has taught courses all over the world: Hungary, Greece, South Korea, Kenya, Taiwan, The Philippines, and South Africa. Jeff also is an active member of several academic societies, lectures overseas, leads biblical study tours to Greece, Turkey and Italy, conducts intensive preaching seminars for pastors, and preaches widely in the Christian Reformed Church as well as many other churches in both the USA and Canada.
Jeff and his wife, Bernice, have been married for 30 years. They have four children and some grand children.
John DeVries – E-Professor in Saturation Evangelism
John DeVries has written over 40 books on bringing the gospel to various people groups world-wide. He was an executive leader at the Bible League for many years. He founded Mission India. Click here to read about John DeVries’ role in founding Mission India. Currently, John DeVries is involved in leadership at Project Philip Ministries. Project Philip Ministries seeks to reach America county by county through a systematic and measurable way of placing the seed of the Gospel message in every home across America!
Some of John DeVries recent books include Why Give? and Why Pray? which can be purchased at Mission India. JohnDeVries has given presentations on Saturation Evangelism in the Church and Ministry Class here at CLI.
Brian DeCook, JD, is an attorney and Executive Director of Peacefire.net which seeks to apply Biblical principles to conflict resolution. He offers expertise in matters concerning the church and government law. He graduated from DePaul School of Law. He and his wife Andrea have four children.
Dr. Bruce Ballast – E-Professor in Missions
Dr. Bruce Ballast has been serving Churches in North America for over 30 years. Currently, Bruce Ballast is the senior pastor at Covenant Life Church in Grand Haven, Michigan, USA. Bruce Ballast has authored Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things: How God Brings Revival. Click here to buy the Kindle Version. This book focuses on revivals in the United States and draws lessons from those events. He is married to Pat and they have three married children with grand children.
Dr. Bruce Ballast teaches a large section of the Missions and Revival Class based on his book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things: How God Brings Revival. In this book, Dr. Ballast outlines the great mission and revival movements that characterized the American scene.
Ren Broekhuizen – E-Professor in Evangelism
Rensselaer Owen (“Ren”) Broekhuizen graduated from Calvin College, Westminster Theological Seminary and Calvin Theological Seminary. Ren Broekhuizen served congregations of the Christian Reformed Church in the United States in Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan, as well as serving as a world missionary in Liberia, West Africa.
In 1993 Ren Broekhuizen was part of a group founding the Ridge Point Community Church in Holland, Michigan, a ministry that exists intentionally to bring lost persons to full life in Christ. He retired from the active congregational ministry in 2003.
In February-April 2013, Ren Broekhuizen recorded a new e-class at Christian Leaders Institute on “Evangelism Presenting Grace.”
The Late Dr. Francis Schaeffer January 30, 1912 – May 15, 1984
Christian Leaders Institute in partnership with Vision Video and Christian History Institute has integrated teachings from the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer into the Ethics class at Christian Leaders Institute. Francis August Schaeffer was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor. He is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L’Abri community in Switzerland. (Wikipedia)
Dr. Schaeffer had published 16 important books. Today the legacy of Dr. Francis Schaeffer continues to live on. In 1955 Dr. Schaeffer and his wife Edith started “Labri” (sheltering) places of study and rest. Click here to go to the Labri website.
Rev. Steve Elzinga – E-Professor in Preaching
Rev. Steve Elzinga, MDiv, a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary, is a pastor and church planter with ministry experience in the Philippines, Canada, and the United States. While serving with the Bible League, he traveled to various countries and authored a number of ministry training books. He is married to Marie and has four grown sons (three married and one in college) and three grandchildren.
Rev. Elzinga has published Being a Lifeboat Church in a Cruise Ship World. Click here to buy a copy.
Duane Nieuwsma – E-Chapels
Duane Nieuwsma: Following his graduation from Dordt College in 1971 and pursuing graduate studies in the History and Philosophy of Science at the Universities of Wisconsin and Toronto, Duane began his ministry career in 1973 as a Christian High School teacher and lay leader in the church. In 1986, responding to a special call of God, he returned to school to prepare for pastoral leadership. He subsequently graduated from Tyndale and Calvin Seminaries and pastored churches in Battle Creek and Dorr, Michigan. Rev. Nieuwsma has a special interest in cross-cultural ministry. He has taught in Liberia and Myanmar and led his churches in assisting refugee resettlement. He is married to Barb, and has two married children and three beautiful granddaughters.
Ken Dignan – E-Professor in Disabilities Concerns
Ken Dignan is an ordained minister and began his ministry education at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Pastoral Theology; he then attended seminary at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri where he received a Masters Degree for Biblical Studies and Christian Counseling; and then went on to study through Carolina University of Theology of Manassas, Virginia, where in 1999 he received a Doctor of Theology degree (Th.D.). He and his wife Joni have four children(one in heaven) and some grandchildren.
Ken Dignan presents in the Pastoral Care and Marriage class.
Dr. Drew Brown – E-Professor in Pastoral Care
Dr. Drew Brown is Pastor of Discipleship at Crossroads Community Church, Schererville, Indiana. He has more than 20 years of experience in ministry and church planting, serving congregations in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Jersey, and now Indiana. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, his Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Carrie, are the parents of five children.
Dr. Drew Brown presents in the Pastor Care and Marriage Class.
Joel Miller – E-Professor in Practical Theology
Joel Miller is planting The Summit, a church plant in North Dallas, Texas. Prior to the pastorate, Joel had a very successful business career with Marriott and Steelcase International. Joel has served as a pastor for 13 years. He was mentored by Alex Haley, the author of Roots. Joel studied in both Africa and Central America. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force. He did graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Joel is a national conference speaker and serves as a consultant to both businesses and churches alike. He has a proven track record of developing and cultivating cultures that multiply impact leaders. Joel also serves as a personal coach to church planters around the United States and abroad. Joel is a dynamic communicator, preacher, teacher and a gifted leader and evangelist. Joel has been married to his wife Michelle for twenty years. They have four children.
Pedro Aviles – E-Professor in Bible
Pedro Aviles earned his Bachelor’s degree from Trinity International University and his Master’s degree from North Park Seminary. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Rev. Aviles has pastored Grace and Peace Fellowship in Chicago for more than 20 years. He also serves as professor of church and ministry leadership at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois. He was previously a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Pedro and his wife, Diana, are the parents of three children. Pedro has presented lectures in the Bible Survey classes.
Dr. Voddie Baucham – E-Professor in Apologetics
Dr. Voddie Baucham is a graduate of Southwestern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. He also studied at Oxford. An author of two books, he has lectured at various seminaries and at many conferences. He pastors Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas, which he helped to plant. Along with his wife Bridget, he is deeply involved in the education of their four children.
Dr. Voddie Baucham has published books and tapes. Check out his ministry site.