Introducing New President Rev. Jon Opgenorth

Claudia Elzinga Presidential Update, Worldwide

jonphoto-smallWords of Hope is excited to introduce Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth as the ministry’s next President. Rev. Opgenorth succeeds Rev. David Bast as President. “I am confident that God has called Jon to this role,” says Rev. Bast. “I am excited to see how God will use him to lead Words of Hope in new and wonderful ways to advance God’s kingdom and build Christ’s church in the world’s hard places.”

Rev. Opgenorth comes to Words of Hope from Orange City, Iowa, where he served Trinity Reformed Church for 18 years as Senior Pastor.

“My heart has been part of the Words of Hope family for many years,” says Rev. Opgenorth. “When I was ten I had a providential encounter with former Words of Hope President Dr. Bill Brownson. On a sabbatical I travelled to Uganda with Rev. David Bast. And recently I served a number of years on the Board. Through these things, I sensed God’s preparation for this new chapter. I look forward to leading Words of Hope’s next chapter in the great work of proclaiming salvation in Jesus in the hard to reach places of the world.”

Rev. Opgenorth received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has a proven track record in fundraising, team-building, and vision casting. He has also traveled extensively, most recently to Uganda, where he ministered with Words of Hope Uganda’s Rev. Titus Baraka.

Rev. Opgenorth is married to Ann, and together they have four children. We welcome Rev. Opgenorth and uphold him, his family, and the greater ministry of Words of Hope in prayer.

Here’s a message from Jon: