Ray Vander Laan is a Christian evangelist and Bible teacher who believes that to more fully understand the Bible, people need to be aware of the culture in which it sprang. That’s why he uses research from top scholars in archaeology and history to link that cultural information with the Biblical text. This helps readers see how God’s truth applies to our lives in very practical ways.
He is the founder of That the World May Know Ministries and creator of the Faith Lessons video series with Focus on the Family. He also serves as a religion instructor at Holland Christian Schools in Michigan and is an ordained minister with the Christian Reformed Church. He and his wife, Esther, have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
BRADENTON -- John Vanderlaan watched helplessly as his wife of 52 years was run over and killed Sunday by an SUV that backed out of a parking lot at Sugar Creek Country Club where the couple winters. The 79-year-old woman driving the SUV, Doreen Landstra of Palmetto, was returning from a church service and trying to park her vehicle when she lost control. She jumped a curb, hit a tree and wound up in a canal, according to police reports.
Vanderlaan, a retiree from Wallaceburg, Ontario, was good friends with another victim, Wilhemina Paul, 70, who was known to everyone at the Florida resort as Willi. They loved going to garage sales, talking about their hometown in Ontario and being with their snowbird friends from the Dutch Reformed Church.