John Vonhof is the author of The Pastoral Search
Journey. Over the years, he has served in many roles with the church body - clerk, deacon,
elder, chair of many committees, youth leader, Sunday School teacher, and representative to many
After serving as the secretary of the search team at his church, he saw the need for a resource about
the pastoral search process. His own denomination had limited resources to help search teams. Taking his notes and
correspondence from that search team experience, he wrote Managing the Pastoral Search
Because of the limited market for such a book, John published the book on his own. The first edition
was written to help churches of the Christian Reformed and Reformed Church of America denominations. This
version contains references to church order of both denominations, and speaks to way churches in both
denominations are governed.
The second edition was published by The Alban Institute, an interdenominational publishing house. For this revision, the
content was changed to be more applicable to nondenominational churches as well and churches affiliated
with other denominations.