For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

A listing of our church leaders and volunteers

Sam Van Leer

Church workdays (during the week): Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Originally from the US, I came to Europe for graduate study, but then fell in love with Coretta and the Continent, and was eventually called into pastoral ministry in the Church of England. I trained at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, in beautiful Durham, and have served in the Diocese in Europe ever since, first in Bern and Neuchâtel (Switzerland), then Arnhem, Nijmegen and Twente (the Netherlands) and now Groningen. Besides working with a terrific team of Christians to build up Grace Church Groningen, I am a University Chaplain, Area Dean for the Netherlands, and an Assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese in Europe, as well as being a husband and father of three lovely (and lively) children.

Berdine van den Toren-Lekkerkerker

I was born and grew up in a small rural community in the Netherlands. Since then I have worked and lived, together with my husband Benno and our three sons, in the Central African Republic for 8 years, in Vancouver for a year, and in Oxford, UK, for another 8 years. I have mostly worked in theological education, and the education of women in French speaking Africa is my passion.

Dragos Stefanescu

Dragos comes from the city of Galati, in South-East of Romania. He discovered God in the ‘Holy Trinity’ Baptist church in the same city. There he served the Lord in the video-projecting department, led a teenagers’ home group and translated sermons from English to Romanian when needed.

Derek Boocock

In November 2012 Derek finally decided to fulfil his dream of cycling around the world. That he is here at all defies everything the doctors prescribed, but his story is about much more than that. Along the way he finally found love again, and more importantly, the love of our Christ. If you don’t believe in miracles, come talk to Derek…

Joas Zuur

Being part of Grace church teaches me what it means to be a Christian community. I am happy to serve as a member of the music team, playing trumpet or guitar. It is great that Grace is more than a church service. I am excited how this church will develop and take its place in Groningen!

Krina Huisman

‘Grace Church, for me, has been a wonderful exploration into alternative ways of being a church in contemporary society. As a member of the Grace Worship Team (pianist), I seek to create spaces of worship and contemplation by experimenting with different genres of worship, ranging from traditional hymns to hill song.’