Meet the Coram Deo Staff

Pastor Jim Lankheet, Executive Director

Jim’s call into the gospel ministry was defined by the words found in Ephesians 1:23 where it states that the Church is the Body of Christ, “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” This broad call of Christ to restore all things through his church led Jim toward education at Calvin College (B.A.), then Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and finally to Rutgers University (M.S.W.). He is an ordained minister of Word and sacrament in the Reformed Church in America.  He has served as associate pastor, pastor, church planter and lead pastor and has served in ministry in New Jersey, California, Florida and Michigan.  He has been involved directly and personally and also worked with others to plant churches in California, Florida and Michigan.  He has worked widely with denominational and church leaders to develop new organizations and strategies focused on reaching people for the Christian gospel.  Most recently he served as executive director of a leadership development organization that prepares pastors and ministry leaders for ministry.

Pastor Miguel Cruz, Coordinator of Training Programs
In 2004 Miguel received his Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as a minister in the Reformed Church in America. He has since served in several churches and ministries in West Michigan and upstate New York. He has been a solo pastor, an associate pastor of spiritual development, a worship leader and a program manager at a men’s sheltered housing ministry. In 2007 he completed a Master of Arts in Theology with a focus on Christian Spirituality. Since 2016 he has worked with Jim in leadership development and church multiplication. He pastors a house church, which meets weekly in his home. He also writes the weekly verse-by-verse commentary for the Sunday School Guide publication.  He and his wife Brien have been married almost twenty years and have three children. Miguel is passionate about raising up disciples of Jesus for the glory of God. He enjoys playing guitar and listening to music and is the “techie” of the family. His life prayer is from Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.”
Dr. Chuck Van Engen, Consultant for Ministry Formation
Chuck has served as the Arthur F. Glasser Senior Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission at the School of Intercultural Studies (formerly the School of World Mission), Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.  Born and raised in Mexico of missionary parents, Chuck and his wife Jean founded a seminary in Chiapas, Mexico.  From 1973 to 1985 they were involved in extension theological education, leadership formation and training evangelists for the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico.  In 1981 Chuck was awarded the Ph.D. in Missiology and Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam.  From 1980 to 1985 Chuck founded and administrated “Plan Hebron,” a refugee-relief program in southern Mexico that cared for and eventually relocated 80,000 refugees from Guatemala.  In 1997 he was elected President of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America.  In 2000 Chuck and Jean founded the Latin American Leadership Development Program, a Ph.D.-level graduate program dedicated to forming top leaders of churches, seminaries and mission organizations in Latin America.  Chuck serves as writer and ministry formation consultant for Coram Deo Association of Churches.
Dave Schutt, Formation Mentor
Dave is a retired Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America, living in Pleasant Hill, IA. Dave received his Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI in 1974. During his 42 years of pastoral ministry, Dave served as lead pastor in churches in Iowa, Minnesota and California. In addition, Dave planted a church in Aurora, CO and served as Executive Minister for the Great Lakes Region of the Reformed Church in America. In 2003 Dave was elected President of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America and served in that capacity for one year. Dave has served on a number of boards and commissions on a local, regional and national level for the RCA. Dave has a heart and passion for developing leaders and coaching and encouraging other pastors. His life verse is Philippians 1:20, which says, “My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially just now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die” (GNB). Recently, Dave completed an advanced Coach Training process and is looking forward to utilizing those skills and his gifts to develop leaders for the kingdom harvest through the ministry of Coram Deo. Dave’s wife, Barb, recently completed her training program in spiritual direction and is serving Christ as a certified Spiritual Director.

David Beelen
, Formation Mentor
David is a follower of Jesus, husband to Melanie, father to three children, and grandfather to two delightful grandsons. He is also a retired Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church in North America, living in Grand Rapids, MI. David received his Master of Divinity from Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI in 1982. During his 38 years of pastoral ministry, David served as lead pastor at Madison Church in Grand Rapids – a multi-site, multi-ethnic church. In addition, since 2014 David has served as a visiting instructor at Calvin Seminary and works in the seminary’s Vocation Formation Ministry as a Formation Specialist. David has a heart and passion for developing leaders and coaching and encouraging other pastors. His life verse is 2 Timothy 2:2 which says, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”