A House of Prayer for All Peoples

Pastor Lubber's Biography




Randy was raised about 140 miles down the road from Lake Crystal in Northwest Iowa—just three miles off Highway 60 in rural Orange City. He is the son of three generations of farmers. He was baptized and made his public profession of faith at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, where his great-grandparents and grandfather were charter members, and where his parents and grandmother still attend. Randy earned his Master of Divinity degree at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, graduating in May 2004. Randy is the husband of Carolyn; and the father of John (26), Elyse (12), and Luke (8). Randy, Carolyn, Elyse, and Luke moved to Lake Crystal in July 2004. Randy loves poetry, books, writing, crossword puzzles, hiking, theatre, music (especially classical), museums, and fixing breakfast for the family.

Prior to seminary, Randy served the church in a variety of ways; including deacon, elder, teacher, worship leader, lay preacher, care shepherd, and music director. During seminary, Randy commuted 180 miles each week from Pella to Dubuque while serving in a part-time pastoral position in Pella. Randy sees his primary gifts for ministry to be in the areas of worship leadership, pastoral care, preaching, communication skills, spiritual formation, and hospitality. Randy was the seminary choir director during the last two years of his three years of study at UDTS. Upon graduation, the seminary awarded him the VanDerZyl Preaching Prize awarded to annually to a UDTS graduating senior who has demonstrated the ability to relate faithfully a scriptural text to the contemporary situation, and who shows the greatest potential to excel in a preaching ministry. Randy’s pastoral priorities are prayer, teaching people to pray, preaching, listening, and empowering people for ministry.

Randy was ordained to the office of Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) on June 14, 2004, at First Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa. The RCA is a denomination in full communion with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has a long history of ecumenism with Presbyterians, including the joint publication of The Hymnbook in 1955. Randy is a proactive promoter of ecumenism. As a lay person, he coordinated and assisted in leading the community’s first ecumenical communion service recognizing the “Formula of Agreement” (PCUSA, RCA, UCC, and ELCA). That service was held on World Communion Sunday 1996 at First Reformed Church in Pella and was led by Randy Lubbers; Rev. Tom Trinidad (PC-USA), at the time, chaplain at Central College in Pella; and Rev. Mark Pries, Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA).