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Introducing Kevin Star
Greetings! My name is Kevin Star, and I am a Graduate of CRTS and Candidate in the Canadian Reformed Churches.
Allow me to begin this introduction by addressing the elephant in the room: Yes, my last name is Star. Not Staar or Starr or even VanderStar. And yet, I can sing the Genevan Tunes with gusto and make homemade croquettes with a passion. How can this be? Legend has it that a wayfaring British sailor once made his way to the fair shores of the Netherlands and, won over by the stamppot and stroopwaffles, decided to make his home there. Generations later, his descendants would immigrate to British Columbia, and that’s where my part of the story begins.
I grew up on Canada’s west coast in the city of Surrey BC, attending William of Orange and Credo Christian schools. As part of my post secondary studies, I attended the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of British Columbia. During most of my teenage years I worked in the fields of Two EEs farm. Planting literal vegetable seeds inspired me to pursue planting seeds of a more metaphorical kind and, in the summer of 2017, I packed up my trusty red Mazda and journeyed through the real mountains for “The Mountain” of Hamilton, Ontario.
Over the course of my studies, I have been able to participate in a number of internships (and somehow inherited a cat). My mission internship was spent with various ministers in the ERQ churches of Quebec. Although my French remains limited to four or five critical phrases, this experience opened my eyes to the immense need for the gospel in an increasingly secular and hostile culture. In the summer of 2020, I spent 10 weeks in Dunnville Ontario, working under the guidance of Rev. John VanWoudenberg.
After graduation I took on an additional internship under Rev. Winston Bosch in Ottawa, Ontario. I worked in that congregation for 6 months. A while afterwards I traveled back across the country to BC where a minister was taking a study break/sabbatical, I worked in the congregation of Willoughby Heights Canadian Reformed Church for about 5 months. I’ve certainly grown personally through these experiences and been reminded of the priceless value of the gospel of Jesus Christ – what a comfort and joy this gospel provides. Since passing my candidacy exam in September, 2022, I’ve now been declared eligible for call.
My time at CRTS and various internships has been a pleasure and I am grateful for the friends, professors, and mentors I’ve come to know along the way. I am also thankful for the support of the churches, and above all else the care of our Almighty and Loving Heavenly Father. Now, dv, I am looking ahead to whatever the Lord has in store for me. May it all be to His glory alone.