Pastor Renate Dau Klaassen

Renate’s Office Hours: Thursday & Friday mornings

Renate grew up at NUMC after her family immigrated from Uruguay. In 1984, she graduated from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now Canadian Mennonite University) in Winnipeg, with a Bachelor of Church Music. For the subsequent 13 years, she lived in Altona, Manitoba, participating with the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, where her husband Randy was pastor. Upon discerning a call to pastoral ministry herself, she attended the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for a year. In 1998, she & Randy took on a shared pastoral position at Bethany Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

In 2011, Renate pursued studies in floral design at Niagara College, and spent 5 years working as a floral designer in a retail florist business in the area. However, she felt God call her back to pastoral ministry when she was invited to serve at NUMC as associate pastor to the German worship services.

Renate is engaged in the music life of the Niagara Region through her involvement in Chorus Niagara, and enjoys spending time at her ancient Mason & Risch upright grand at home. She also loves to paint with watercolours and grow flowers. At certain times, like Valentine’s or Mother’s Day, she may still be found helping out at the flower shop. Her husband Randy is serving as associate pastor to seniors at the St. Catharines United Mennonite Church. As they engage in the faith journey of 2 area congregations, Randy & Renate share personal time with their son, daughter & son-in-law, and their absolutely adorable little grandson!