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504 Southern River Rd, Southern River WA 6110, Australia

Rev. Dirk Poppe

After completing my training at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, I was ordained as a minister of the gospel in October 2000. I am deeply thankful to God for the privilege of being allowed to preach the grace and kindness of the LORD in sending his Son, Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Knowing God and having a relationship with him where he recreates us into his image is the greatest gift in the world.

Prior to coming to Australia, the LORD allowed me to serve in two delightful congregations in Canada. My wife Amanda and I along with our two oldest children first moved to the Canadian Reformed Church of Houston, a lumber town in northern British Columbia. I was blessed not only with a patient and gentle congregation, renowned for helping candidates get well established in the ministry. They also demonstrated how Christ intended his church to function as a family. Along the way, we were also introduced to a stunning outdoor lifestyle filled with hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling in the mountains. God blessed us with two more children during this time.

After about five years, the LORD brought us to another sleepy little town, this time a farming community in Alberta, Canada. The LORD richly blessed us in allowing me serve in the Canadian Reformed Church of Coaldale almost nine years. There is a reason God often uses farming imagery in his Word. Farmers live close to the LORD. Daily they depend on him to bless their crops and herds. Lots of solid, dependable people who know their God and love his creation. Once again, God blessed us with two more children.

When I accepted the call to the Free Reformed Church of Southern River in early 2014, the LORD brought Amanda and me, along with our six children to the other side of the world. God surrounded us with a delightful congregation of his people with many diverse gifts. Lots of businessmen, cabinet makers, professionals. A faithful church that’s loves the Reformed heritage and where church life is well structured and organised. We are thankful to God for the many visitors that he brings us. It is a joy to preach the good news of all that Christ has done to us to many faithful members and guests.

Favourite hobbies: Hiking, wood working, reading about God’s creation

Favourite foods: Homemade pizza, Amanda’s marinated steak, fresh baguettes, smoked salmon

Favourite things in WA: pristine beaches, the big trees in Walpole, hiking the Cape to Cape and the Shell museum in Margaret River.