CHARLEEN JONGEJAN HARDER
Charleen is a transplant into the Mennonite tradition. She was raised in a Dutch ethnic community within the Christian Reformed Church and joined the Mennonite church as an adult. At various times and places she has studied French, English literature, Systematic Theology, Postmodern Philosophy. She acquired a Masters of Divinity at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana in 2007. She enjoys reading and discussing literature, particularly fiction. She is an avid canoeist, camper and hiker. She enjoys playing with her children Tobias and Mattea, cooking and baking, and canning local food from her garden and from London’s fabulous markets.
Charleen and her husband Kendall Jongejan Harder began as co-pastors of Valleyview Mennonite Church in September, 2007. With Kendall she served as an interim pastor at Harrow Mennonite Church (Harrow, ON) in 2006. Before seminary, she served in Toronto at the Yonge Street Mission in the Women/Family Department and with the Graduate Christian Fellowship at the University of Toronto as an assistant chaplain while living in an intentional community. Charleen also spent two years volunteering with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Saint Paul, MN.
Charleen loves to share her experience of God’s expansive love with her community at Valleyview, and honours the many ways she sees God at work in our world even in the midst of difficult experiences.
KENDALL JONGEJAN HARDER
Kendall began his ministry at Valleyview together with his wife Charleen in September of 2007. Kendall is excited to be part of this vibrant and energetic congregation. Some of the things he appreciates about Valleyview include the way Valleyviewers support each other in difficult times, the rich theological diversity of the congregation and the emphasis on peace and justice.
Before coming to Valleyview, Kendall spent two years studying at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary where he completed a Masters of Divinity Degree. Kendall also holds a Masters of Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. In the summer of 2006 Kendall and Charleen spent a summer pastoring at Harrow Mennonite Church (Harrow, ON) as sabbatical replacements. Kendall has experience teaching ESL in both Toronto and Cairo, Egypt and has also worked with refugees in Cairo.
Kendall and Charleen have a son, Tobias, and a daughter, Mattea, who bring them great joy and challenge them to see things from the perspective of a child. Kendall’s other interests include camping and canoeing, reading, playing games, and baking and eating cheesecake. He also enjoys music and takes particular pleasure in leading congregational singing.