From left to right: Mark Penninga, Bruce DeBoer, Lucas Holtvlüwer, Jon Dykstra, Aubrey Vandergaag, Sharon de Boer, and Marty VanDriel
Reformed Perspective began in January of 1982 as a 32-page monthly “Magazine for the Christian Family.” The purpose of the magazine, as stated in that first issue, was:
“to assist the Christian reader in evaluating the issues of life from a Biblical point of view, ever mindful of what the Lord God has revealed to us in His Word and as the church of the Reformation have summarized that in the three forms of Unity: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.”
Forty years and more than 400 issues later, the magazine remains, as does the mission statement, though more succinctly stated. Our mission is:
“To promote a Biblically Reformed perspective in all spheres of life by equipping and encouraging Christians to think, speak, and act in a manner consistent with their confession.”
More colloquially, we want to explore all that God is doing, not only Sunday, but the other six days of the week. It’s a fun job, and we’re grateful that God has allowed us to do this for four decades now.
Even as the mission remains the same, there have been some changes. Now, in addition to a now bi-monthly 64-page print publication that goes out primarily to a Canadian audience, we’re able to reach the four corners of the Earth via our website and social media platforms like Facebook, MeWe, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. The RP Roundup email newsletter reaches thousands each Saturday, sharing the 5-6 articles we’ve posted online that week. The RP App makes not only these articles, but our Real Talk podcast readily available on everyone’s smartphones. This is all done under the banner of the Reformed Perspective Foundation.
And it is all done for free. For 35 years Reformed Perspective was a magazine only available to subscribers. While subscriptions allowed us to pay for the production of the magazine, it also meant we were reaching only a small percentage of the people we could otherwise impact. So at the end of 2016, the decision was made to publish everything for free on our website and via social media, including online editions of the magazine and the print publication too. The result is we are now reaching many times more than we ever have before.
The Foundation is lead by Executive Director Mark Penninga, one of two full-time staff, the other being editor Jon Dykstra. Our part-time staff includes Administrator Joanne DeRuiter, and Web Guru Mark Coolen.
We operate under a Board made up of members from across North America that includes Bruce DeBoer, Lucas Holtvlüwer, Aubrey Vandergaag, Sharon de Boer, and Marty VanDriel.
Reformed Perspective is a registered Canadian charity, and you can make donations, and become a monthly supporter by clicking here. If you have questions, you can contact us here.