A.B. University of Michigan

M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary

Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary

 ron@westernsem.edu

 616.392.8555 x171

 CV for Ron Rienstra

Courses

  • MN101 Preaching Foundations
  • MN585 Issues in Contemporary & Emerging Worship
  • MN562 Liturgical Shenanigans: Ritual Theory and Christian Formation

Speaking Engagements

2018

  • July 22 & 29: Preaching at Church of the Servant CRC, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Aug 26: Preaching at 14th St. Christian Reformed Church, Holland, MI
  • Sept 26 (6:30pm) & Sept 30 (8:45am): “Training for Liturgists, Scripture Readers, and Intercessory Prayers” Adult Ed., Church of the Servant CRC

2019

  • Jan. 4-6: “Beer and Hymns: A Case-Study Presentation on Innovated Traditions,” North American Academy of Liturgy, Jan 4-6, Denver, CO.
  • Jan. 24-25: Calvin Symposium on Worship, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI:
    • January 24 (8:30am & 7pm): Leading WTS worship team at plenary worship services
    • January 24 (10:15am):  Panelist, “Multilingual Singing for English-Speaking Congregations”
    • January 24 & 25 (4:15pm): Leading WTS worship team at vespers services (features Dr. Tom Boogaart, the Hebrew class, and Chapel Stewards)

Ron Rienstra

Professor of Preaching and Worship Arts

Since his ordination in the RCA in 1993, Ron Rienstra has lived and ministered at educational institutions in Iowa (Central College), Michigan (Calvin College), and California (Fuller Seminary), pursuing his primary interest: helping preachers, congregations, worship teams, and individuals learn to deepen and enliven their gatherings with God. All the while he remained active in local church life as an interim pastor, preacher, worship leader and consultant.

His dissertation focused on the liturgical ecclesiology of Swiss reformed theologian Jean-Jacques von Allmen. His other research interests include exploring postmodernism and its affect on worship and preaching, mapping the place of corporate worship in seminary education in North America, and developing a homiletical pedagogy based on the Suzuki music method.

“I often tell my students that worship is like sailing: we work hard at preaching and presiding, but we aren’t in control of what happens. The Spirit blows where it will; our joyful task as preachers and worship leaders is to let out as much sail as we possibly can. When we trim the sails well – when we preach with clarity and vividness, when we celebrate the sacraments with richness and vitality, when we enact the church’s liturgy with authenticity and faithfulness – then we cooperate in God’s transforming work, bringing our full presence into the presence of the Triune God who meets us on Sunday and shapes us for Christian living all week long.”

Books