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Elders, Trent

Rev. Trent Elders has been working as a Pastor of San Jose CRC since August of 2018. He graduated from Calvin College majoring in Psychology, then Calvin Theological Seminary for his Masters of Divinity. Trent is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree with the Detroit Ecumenical Seminary. Trent got his start in Ministry as a hospital chaplain working at UCLA health. Chaplaincy work gave Trent a deep respect for all people and he is now passionate about removing the barriers that the church has built up between people and God. In his spare time Trent enjoys hanging out with his wife Kelly, spending time with friends, fly fishing and backpacking. 

Rachel Vander Veen
Children's Program Director

Rachel currently serves as the City of San José Housing Department’s Division Manager for the Rent Stabilization Program and has served the city for over nineteen years. She began with the City in 1999 as the Housing Department’s Budget Analyst in the Administration Division just one month after graduating from College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Psychology. She then moved on to the Policy Division for two years and the Executive Office for an additional two years. This led her back to the place she began, as the manager of the Administration Division for both the Housing Department and Finance Department. She always strives to balance her career with her family – Husband Scott, two sons Geoffrey and Aaron, and daughter Alexis.

In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at church where she leads the Kid's Life program and serves wherever she is needed. She enjoys outdoor activities including camping, wakeboarding, and visits to the ocean.  Something you may not know about her is that she has lived in seven states including: Washington, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Indiana, and California (in that order).