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).

Sam Van Leer

Weekday Church workdays: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  (Office hours usually 10-12:00 on those days)

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 and an Assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese in Europe, have served as Area Dean for the Netherlands, and am a research student and husband and father of three lovely (and lively) children.