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Award win and new board member.

CC welcomes new Board member
The Reformed Faith Witness Board that publishes Christian Courier warmly welcomed a new member this spring: Peter Elgersma. Peter and his wife Evy live in Thornhill, Ont. They have three children, two currently attending the University of Waterloo, and a third attending Toronto District Christian High School. Peter currently serves on Council at Community Christian Reformed Church in Richmond Hill, where he has been a member for just over 20 years.

Peter says he’s “delighted to join” Reformed Faith Witness, and “looking forward to assisting the Board to ensure a bright, growing and strong future for Christian Courier.”

Christian Courier is an independent Canadian publication, now in its 73rd year of Reformed journalism ministry. As a non-profit with charitable status, CC operates on the income from subscriptions, advertising and donations. The Board is still looking for both nominations and applications for new Board members.

Board members must be familiar with CC’s vision and readership, and committed to a Reformed world and life view. The Courier is a national paper with readers from B.C. to Nova Scotia, so the Board warmly invites applicants from across Canada. Board meetings by phone or video conferencing are encouraged to reduce the burden of travelling. We seek to have a Board with a variety of gifts – academic, business, development, pastoral and others. Please direct questions to Syl Gerritsma at ac.reiruocnaitsirhc@draob.

Send your nominations and direct applications to the same address, and share this note with anyone you think who might be a good fit!

CC Writers on Word Awards shortlist
Three of CC’s talented columnists are on the 30th annual 2018 Word Awards shortlist, which honours Canadian Christian Writing from 2017. Recognized in the Column Single category are Emily Cramer for “Image Crafter or Image Bearer?” (May 21, 2017) and Derek Schuurman for “Weapons of Math Destruction” (July 9, 2017).

Columnist Robert Bruinsma is also an award contender for his short story “Chasing Butterflies,” along with Editor Angela Reitsma Bick for her Feature article “God’s Infinite Love: Speaking up After a Son’s Suicide” (Jan. 23, 2017) and Christmas editorial “Joy to the World! The Lord is come” (Dec. 9, 2017). The winners will be announced during a gala on June 15.  


  • Angela became Editor of CC in 2009, having learned English grammar in Moscow, research skills in grad school and everything else on the fly. Her vision is for CC to give body to a Reformed perspective by exploring what it means to follow Jesus today. She hopes that the shared stories of God at work in the world inspire each reader to participate in the ongoing task of renewing his creation. Angela lives in Newcastle, Ontario with her husband, Allan, and three children.

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As an independent publication, we simply cannot produce award-winning, Christ-centred material without support from readers like you. And we are truly grateful for any amount you can give!

CC is a registered charity, which is good news for you! Every contribution ($10+) is tax-deductible.

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