Rev. Henry Bartsch
Henry Bartsch was born on March 14, 1967, and raised in the Tillsonburg, Ontario area. Having only a nominal Christian background, he first heard the gospel at age nineteen. He came to understand that the essence of the gospel is deliverance from sin by the free grace of God, as opposed to the works of man. Joyfully embracing Christ, he was freed from the burden of seeking to make himself acceptable to God.
Motivated by reading the Scriptures (particularly I Timothy 3:1), he desired to enter the gospel ministry. He began his education at Faithway Baptist College and Seminary (Toronto), graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Theology, and later with a Master of Biblical Studies from the same school. It was there that he met his future wife, Tammy Eva Gratton, who had also been claimed by God and brought to Christ out of a non-Christian background. They were married on June 15, 1991.
Henry worked as an assistant pastor in Tillsonburg for three years and then moved to Liscomb, Nova Scotia in 1994 to work as the full-time pastor of the only evangelical church in that community. During his ministry there, and especially during an exegetical sermon series on the book of Hebrews, he became convinced of the historically Reformed position on salvation. As time passed, he moved with his family to care for a congregation in Antigonish, Nova Scotia; his studies showed more and more that he was growing in the Reformed faith.
In January of 2000, he moved to Moncton, New Brunswick and became a full-time student at Haddington House, a school of theology specializing in the Reformed and Presbyterian understanding of the Scriptures. He graduated on April 11, 2003 with a Master of Divinity degree, and was ordained into the gospel ministry in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Canadian Presbytery of the ARP and works in various capacities to advance the gospel in Canada.
Henry has been mission developer and pastor of Trinity ARP Church in Chatham since May 2003, providing faithful expository teaching and working together with a plurality of elders to give compassionate and wise pastoral care to Christ's church.
Mr. and Mrs. Bartsch have been blessed with six children, one daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Mr. John Moerman
John has been with Trinity Presbyterian Church since its inception in 2001, and has served as elder through most of those years. A lifelong resident of the local community, John, together with his wife Eileen, own and operate a farm in the Ridgetown area where they have raised a family of eight children. Currently, five are married and have blessed the entire family with 15 children towards the next generation. The remaining three have also moved from home, leaving John and Eileen as empty nesters. However, they are thankful for a faithful Christian testimony that issues from all of their lives.
John's keenest desire is to see a growing worshiping community that actively and joyfully serves our risen Lord. He firmly believes that the best catalyst for that is via a church that holds to the historic Christian Faith founded upon the Bible and whose sub standards are articulated in the 'Westminster Standards'.
John is eager to meet with committed believers as well as seekers and skeptics. John and Eileen's home is always open for hospitality, fellowship and friendship.
Mr. Henry VanTil
Henry has been a member of Trinity since 2005 and has served as an elder since 2007. He and his wife Joanne have been blessed with six children. They own and operate a turkey, hog and cash crop farm. Henry enjoys farming, reading, sports of all kinds as well as spending time outdoors with his family. Henry considers it a privilege to have been chosen by God and to have received the gift of salvation in our Redeemer Christ Jesus.