Dakota Classis is an assembly and judicatory consisting of enrolled ministers and elder delegates who represent all the churches of North and South Dakota. The word, “Classis,” is a Latin meaning “fleet.” In many ways our Classis is like a fleet of ships, consisting of different sizes and unique personality. While our diversity makes our fleet colorful, it is our unity in mission that makes us strong.
We accomplish the work of Classis through various teams, offices, and staff. Our teams function around our values of Revitalization, Discipleship, and Multiplication. Team meet as needed through the year to do the work of CLassis in their respective area(s). Our Admin Team – officers, elders, and staff – meets as needed throughout the year to provide leadership and advance the mission of Classis in between stated sessions. Classis meets once per year in the Fall, alternating between North and South Dakota. Because our region is so large, we have created 4 Clusters within our Classis to increase regional connectivity. Clusters function like a mini-classis providing peer-to-peer and church-to-church support and companionship.
- Classis President Rev. Cody Raak, Pastor, Emmanuel Reformed Church, Springfield, SD
Provides leadership at any stated session of Classis, including the Admin Team.
- Vice President Dennis Olsen, Elder, First Reformed Church, Sioux Falls, SD
Serves along side the President.
- Stated Clerk Brenda Van Beek
Keeps record of all the proceedings of the body and furnishes official notices of classis activities.
- Treasurer Brenda Van Beek
Manages our Classis finances. Provides information related to denominational financial related issues.
- Synod Admin Member Rev. Clyde Teel, Community Reformed Church, Sioux Falls, SD
Serves as liaison between Classis and Regional Synod.
- Classis Pastor Rev. Seth Sundstrom
Works to encourage healthy pastors and healthy churches.