To contact: Pastor DeGroot

Office email: ramseypastor@netins.net

Office Phone: 515-928-2061

We would like to WELCOME
Pastor Perry DeGroot
and his wife, Joyce
to the Ramsey Reformed Church!

Pastor DeGroot

Pastor Perry comes to Ramsey Reformed Church from the First Reformed in Orange City, Iowa, where he had served as the Shepherding & Administrative Pastor since 2006. He previously served as Senior Pastor at Hope Reformed in Spencer, Iowa from 1989 to 2006, Bethany Reformed in Des Moines from 1982 to 1989, and Newton Zion Reformed in rural Erie, Illinois from 1977 to 1982.

Pastor Perry grew up on a dairy & hog farm NE of Doon. He is the oldest of four children with two brothers and a sister. Pastor Perry is a graduate of Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City with a BA in history in 1973, Western Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 1977 and a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership Development from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2005. He is also certified in Prepare/Enrich Marriage & Pre-marital Counseling as well as in another counseling tool, which is the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis.

Joyce and Pastor Perry met at NWC. She grew up on a dairy, hog & cattle farm south of Orange City near Carnes. Joyce's home church is the Alton Reformed Church. She has substitute taught in elementary for a number of years and is excited about the opportunity to make use of her skills in the area schools. Joyce thoroughly enjoys gardening and tending to her many inside and outside flowers, refinishing furniture and antiquing.

Joyce and Pastor Perry both enjoy the blessings of God's creation and His Handiwork, especially the sunrises and sunsets that they have come to appreciate so much in the last several weeks. They also enjoy listening to Christian radio with its variety of Christian music. He has been influenced from a young age by his mother's love for music and her abilities. Pastor Perry & Joyce enjoy reading historical Christian novels, visiting old restored houses, traveling, camping, biking and especially relish the opportunities to spend time with their children and families.

Pastor Perry and Joyce raised four daughters. Rebecca and Andy Anderson with their four daughters reside between Forest City and Fertile. Rachel and Travis Popken with their two daughters and a son live in Lake Park, Iowa. Sara and Curt Sparks with their daughter live in Spencer. Two years ago, Susan graduated from NWC; she works and lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., working toward her MBA. Northwestern College in Orange City has had a significant influence in our families' lives for several generations.

Pastor Perry is looking forward to his ministry at Ramsey where he prayerfully desires to help the members of the congregation to understand and experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit through trust and loving dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Perry and Joyce are also looking forward to the friendships and spiritual blessings that they will share together with the congregation and the community.