Our Interim Pastor

Rev. Don Heringa, D.Min.

The Rev. Dr. Donald J. Heringa is an ordained Minister in the Reformed Church
in America. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from Trinity Christian College,
Palos Heights, Ill., his Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) from Western Theological
Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min.) from
McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, with emphases in counseling and
management. Dr. Heringa is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) in the Association of
Professional Chaplains, and a Clinical Member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral
Education.
After serving as Chaplain at Bethesda Psychiatric Hospital, Denver, CO, and
Pastor of the New Hurley Reformed Church, Wallkill, New York, Dr. Heringa became
the Director of Pastoral Care / Chaplain of Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mt.
Kisco, NY, in 1985 where he served for 30 years until retiring in 2015.
While his full time ministry has been specialized in chaplaincy, Rev. Heringa has
served 9 congregations as part-time Interim Pastor during the 30 years. He then served
as part-time contract pastor with Elmsford Reformed Church (11 years) and Hyde Park
Reformed Church (7 years) until retiring at age 70 from the Classis of Rockland-
Westchester.
He has served as a Stress Management Trainer for hospital and community,
Clinical Pastoral Trainer for clergy and Commissioned Pastor as well as an organizational
consultant and lecturer for churches, synagogues, business and community organizations.
Dr. Heringa self-published a curriculum book for congregational stress reduction groups
entitled Rest for Recreation: Stress Relief for God's People, and is co-producer of a 3
video set of relaxation and stress relief entitled “Beat Stress Now: 9 Steps to Positive
Living.”

Dr. Heringa is married to Ruth (Henry) Heringa, with whom he has two children,
Stefan, married to Heather, and their son, Grant (age3) living in Vermont; and Spencer,
married to Ashley with their children, Kellan (age 4) and Kieras (age 1 ½), living in
Pendelton, SC.

 

 

 

 

St. John's Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Road North, Red Hook, NY 12571 Phone: 845-758-1184
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