Harrie den Boer has served as deacon of OHCC since 2011. He and his wife Sandra, and three girls: Pretoria, Erica, and Gabrielle (who are all now graduated from college and spreading their wings) have been members at OHCC since 2005. He was born and raised in South Africa before his parents and three brothers immigrated to California, where he met Sandra.
Outside of church, he is a VP of Finance, Technology and Engineering at Geisler Co, an industrial distributor. Other than work and church, he kept busy playing volleyball. He played in college for San Diego State University, and has been coaching teenage volleyball teams for over ten years. Knee surgery and the COVID pandemic put his volleyball play on hold recently. However, the pandemic gave birth to a quarantine side-hustle: Protea & Thistle Woodshop. He and Sandra enjoy spending their free time building wood serving products to help people celebrate food and family and gardening.
Harrie shared about his Christian walk, “I was raised in the church by God-fearing parents, and don’t recall a time when I didn’t believe Jesus Christ is Lord of all, including myself. The Lord is working on my heart and slowly making me into His own. I don’t deserve the grace of Jesus Christ, but I am so thankful for His sacrifice and for God’s patience with me. I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve at OHCC and truly appreciate the body of dedicated believers and leaders with whom I get to serve alongside.”
His favorite Bible passage can be found in Psalm 121.