Kees (pronounced ‘case’) was born in Holland in 1947. His family came to Canada in 1951 and became Canadian citizens in 1964. After graduation from an Ontario high school, he began a successful banking career that spanned over sixteen years. In 1971, he met Faith. They were married in 1972 and have two adult children. Kees accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Saviour and received his call to the ministry in April of 1981.
Kees graduated from RHEMA Bible Training Center in Tulsa, OK in 1985. Unable to work secularly because of U.S. immigration laws, Kees and the family experienced first-hand God’s miraculous provision to meet their financial needs during the two years of training at RHEMA.
In 1990, five years after graduation, God’s apostolic commission upon his life became evident. Holy Spirit re-directed him to Matthew 9:35-38, one particular scripture given to him in 1981 to confirm his calling. Here we see that Jesus went from town to town teaching and preaching the Word of God to the people, looking upon them as sheep with no shepherd, and giving instruction that prayer should be presented to God for labourers. God’s apostolic calling to plant new churches became clear. Since then, eight churches have been pioneered, one in New York State, one in Michigan and six in Ontario. In addition to church planting, Kees is founder and president of a ministerial organization, president, dean and an instructor of a Bible school and is a speaker at ministerial conferences. He has also been a guest panelist in a live, open-line, Christian television program and an instructor at a Toronto Bible school. In August 2011, the degree of Doctor of Divinity was awarded to Kees by Dr. R. E. Anderson of the School of Bible Theology Seminary and University in recognition of his over twenty-six years of faithful apostolic service and ministry to the Body of Christ.