Piet discovered his love for speaking when he joined the forensics team in college. Excelling in oratory, he majored in communications and completed graduate school while serving as a part-time associate pastor. Obtaining masters degrees in business and theology, he learned to speak to both the head and the heart. He is as adept at a business conference as he is a pulpit on Sunday morning. It doesn’t matter if he is speaking before a small group or a large crowd, he is always creative, practical and inspiring. He has served on the boards of both United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. Piet and his wife Carol have been married for more than 30 years and have three grown children. They have made their home in Columbia, Missouri since 1994.
Piet served as the lead pastor of a contemporary interdenominational church for 22 years, reaching several thousand people throughout Mid-Missouri.
Piet speaks on topics such as team building, conflict resolution and leadership development, working with University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics, State Farm Insurance, and Veterans United Home Loans.
Piet is a published author on the subject of team-building, and his articles have appeared in Columbia Business Times magazine among other publications.
“Piet Van Waarde is simply the best at what he does. His meticulous preparation and relaxed presentation make his message a meaningful, enjoyable experience that is uplifting and relevant. The art of using humor and thought provoking subject matter is truly his gift. Piet’s communication skills and delivery are the very best – none better.”Wally Bley, Attorney, Bley and Evans LC