My name is Steven Berkenpas and I am the Interim Pastor at Living Hope CRC. My main responsibilities include preaching and visiting.
To introduce myself, I’d like to let you know that I am a volleyball playing, coffee roasting, theology reading, board game enthusiast. Of course, I am many other things as well but I think that serves as a good spectrum of some of my interests. Allow me to explain:
Volleyball playing: while I do not get out as often as I had in the past, I still play volleyball from time to time. It was my sport of choice once I got to the level where I had to specialize in sports. I played out at Dalhousie University in Halifax at one point in my life – ‘Once a Tiger always a Tiger.’
Coffee Roasting: after getting my own espresso machine, I discovered coffee beans could get expensive. They are less expensive if you get them ‘green.’ Not only that, but it is one place where I try to get a little bit closer to the source of the products I use and consume.
Theology Reading: I like to read theology with the hope that it is not just helping me to sit in a chair and concentrate on things, but that it helps in understanding how to live better. My formal studies come from Columbia Bible College where I studied missions, Jerusalem University College where I studied Biblical History and Geography, and Regent College where I completed my Masters of Divinity. My journey into theology has taught me a lot about what it means to read scripture, what it means to talk about God, and what it is to live out my faith in the midst of the church.
Board game enthusiast: I enjoy getting together with others with the goal of having fun. Board games are one of the ways that this happens in my life. There is a wild world of board games beyond the old classics of Monopoly and Yatzee. My family started to get further into the world of ‘games’ through games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders. Once we started my brother in particular took the mantle of gathering more and more games together. Now we have quite the collection. Current favourites include Azul, Viral, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Colt Express.
If you have any questions or want to contact me for another reason, feel free to email me.
Grace and Peace,