Meet Cameron Van Kooten!
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Meet Cameron Van Kooten

Room for All Community Coordinator

With praise to God and in gratitude to our supporters for all the gifts and prayers that have made this possible, the Room for All Board is delighted to officially introduce our Community Coordinator, Cameron Van Kooten.   He joins RfA Executive Director, Marilyn Paarlberg, as a full-time staff member.

Cameron is originally from Pella, Iowa, and graduated in 2013 from Central College, where his concentrations included nonprofit management and writing.  He served as president and publicity coordinator for Central’s chapter of One Iowa, Iowa’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, and in that capacity, created a “Best Event of the Year” panel discussion and community dialogue featuring LGBTQ people and allies.  Other campus roles included responsibility for the Student Center’s social media presence.  Central College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA).

Prior to accepting this position, Cameron served as the first director of the Lunn Cooperative, a new community resource center for non-profit organizations created by the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, NY.  He has also been an active member of the RfA Board for two years, where his gifts and dedication have been demonstrated in a wide variety of our programming initiatives.  He understands and instinctively embodies RfA’s commitment to graceful engagement with those who differ.

Overall, RfA believes that Cameron’s combined experiences at Central and his subsequent professional and volunteer roles are a great match for the Community Coordinator’s responsibilities in reaching out to the congregations, campuses and regional groups that we seek to serve.
Of particular note, however, is Cameron’s personal faith story and his rootedness in the Reformed tradition and our particular denominational ethos.  He grew up in Reformed churches (CRC and RCA), and served as Central College’s corresponding delegate to the RCA General Synod for two consecutive years.  As such, he has a deep understanding of the RCA, and has confessed to being a “polity geek.”

Cameron’s grounding in the RCA was a crucial factor in our selection, as we heard in him a profound and mature sense of call to serve the church through RfA’s mission to support, educate, and advocate for the full affirmation of people of all sexual identities and gender expressions in the life and ministry of the RCA. 

Finally, for Cameron, this is not simply an intellectual, professional, or even vocational call.  He has a personal stake in RfA’s mission, as well:

“As a gay Christian, I have experienced both the bitterness of exclusion as well as the abundant joy found when all God’s children are faithfully welcomed. I envision the day when RfA’s commitment to the full inclusion of all people becomes the RCA’s commitment, and I’m eager to help play a role in this tremendous work.”

Cameron begins his work on Monday, January 12th, 2015.  He looks forward to hearing from you at or (201) 803-9738.

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