Meet The Team
Christian Leaders College Board of Trustees
Honorary Board Member
Honorary Board Member
My name is Henry Reyenga Jr. I am the last born of four children, I was born on May 14, 1961, to Henry and Anna Reyenga. My parents modeled a living faith and contentment to me, and at a young age I gave my heart to Jesus and received a calling from God to ministry.
In my teenage years, my faith was tested through “worldly” temptations, but I did not leave the path of moderation which kept me out of trouble. This did not make me any better than anyone, but those tests sparked me to the road of more surrender and a more fruitful walk with God. Different tests still come my way which keep me on that road of surrender and fruitful service.
The calling to the ministry came in my teenage years as I noticed that my friends at school were living with little hope. Many turned to drugs and sex but were really searching for God. I was seeking God and many times he placed urgency in my heart to proclaim the gospel.
Since I was dyslexic, I struggled at Dordt College, but God opened the door for me by raising up people and opportunities for me so I was able to overcome. I even was hired at a radio station called KDCR because no one else would take the late shift. This opportunity gave me valuable experience in overcoming my disability. I have attempted to bring my own struggle with dyslexia as an asset to develop sensitivity to different learning styles at CLI.
After I graduated from Dordt College in 1983 with a BA in Philosophy, I married Pamela Sue Feddema, the love of my life, on June 4, 1983. We moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan so I could attend Calvin Seminary where I graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1987. I thank the Lord for my wife Pamela, who read many of my class reading assignments to assist me in all the reading required at the seminary. I was ordained in 1988.
Pam and I planted our first church in 1988 near Chicago, Illinois. Then we went on to plant a church in Colorado and then Oregon. We returned to the Chicago area to found a non-profit with Steve and Marie Elzinga called LifeNet 21. LifeNet merged with the Bible League in 1998 where I worked until 2001. Christian Leaders was founded on September 20, 2001, after my experience in NYC on September 11, 2001. I started Christian Leaders to help local leaders and non-clergy type leaders to get the formal ministry training they needed. Pam and I bi-vocationally planted Family of Faith Church with Dr. David Feddes and his wife Wendy. Christian Leaders Institute was added in 2006 when the training went online. In 2008, we served at Eagle Rock Community Church as the bi-vocational senior pastor. Christian Leaders Institute continued to grow and in 2012 we moved to Grand Haven, Michigan so I could serve full time as president of CLI.
I love to help mobilize strong and bold Christian leaders to reach more people for Christ. I have a heart for every called Christian leader including the unlikely ones who would ordinarily never get ministry training but still need it and want it.
Pam and I have five children and eleven grandchildren. Our children are Haley Reyenga, Brianna Prince, Christina Harris, Ann Merkle and Abigail Dominiak.
My prayer is that CLI will raise up millions of Christian Leaders!
Experience: Don has been an Executive Partner with YourEncore, a life sciences consulting firm, since early 2014. Prior to that, he spent 26 years in the pharmaceutical industry, all with Eli Lilly and Company. He joined Lilly as a clinical research physician in the infectious diseases division, and subsequently held positions as medical director for infectious diseases research and the infectious diseases global business unit, director of infectious diseases discovery research and clinical investigation, and executive director of the US medical division. Following that he assumed a newly created role of vice president, global medical affairs, where he built a central organization that oversaw and coordinated the medical affairs resources and responsibilities across Lilly’s global affiliate offices. Following that he assumed the role of vice president, global patient safety, and bioethics, with responsibility for adverse event case management, safety surveillance, pharmacoepidemiology, periodic reporting, risk management/risk minimization, and health hazard evaluation. During that time, he also established the company’s internal bioethics program and chaired the bioethics advisory committee.
Education: Don received both a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He trained as an intern and resident in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and did a subspecialty fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Professional Awards: He has received several honors and awards including the Merck Award in Pharmacy, the Upjohn Award in Pharmacy, the Carl V. Weller Award in Pathology, and the William Dodd Robinson Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine, all at the University of Michigan. At Lilly, he was recognized with the Lilly Research Laboratories President’s Award, and in 2004, received the Chairman’s Ovation Award. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, the Rho Chi Society (pharmacy), and Phi Lambda Upsilon (chemistry).
Professional Affiliations: Don is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.
Distinguished Service For Co-Founding Christian Leaders, NFP.
Christian Leaders College and Institute praises God for the service Rich DeVos gave in the mentoring of our Christian Leaders Institute founder Henry Reyenga and co-founding Christian Leaders, NFP in 2001. Rich also served on the Board from 2001-2018. Rich was instrumental in making the Christian Leaders College and Institute a reality.