Western Theological Seminary

President

Timothy L. Brown

Timothy L. Brown

President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching
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Timothy L. Brown

Timothy L. Brown

President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching

A.B. Hope College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
D.Min. Western Theological Seminary
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tim.brown@westernsem.edu

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The theme of my inauguration as the 11th President of Western Theological Seminary was drawn from Psalm 1: “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in season, and their leaves do not wither.” God has richly blessed WTS to be a place where men and women are like trees planted by living streams of water. We are a Christ-centered community of pastors and scholars, fed and nourished by the Word of God, and you are invited to learn and grow here.

Background

Timothy Brown brought twenty years of preaching and pastoral experience to the task of teaching homiletics when he arrived at Western Theological Seminary in 1995. After 13 years of inspiring and teaching the next generation of pastors to preach the Word, he accepted the call to lead the seminary as president, starting in July of 2008.

Prior to coming here Tim was the senior pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan, from 1983-1995. During that time the church became one of the fastest growing congregations in the United States, as well as one of the largest in the Reformed Church in America. In recent years Dr. Brown held a joint position with Hope College as the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel. While at Hope College Tim participated in a highly charged student spiritual renewal movement that gained national acclaim.

Dr. Brown is a frequent speaker at pastors conferences, college campuses, and church renewal events. He has served on the Reformed Church in America's Board of Theological Education; the Hope College Board of Trustees; and the executive committee of Words of Hope, a worldwide radio ministry; and is currently a General Synod Professor.

Courses
Are you looking for an instructor to teach your Sunday school class? See adult education courses offered by WTS faculty for your church.
CM103 Seminar in Congregational Studies
CM548 Keeping and Talking the Word
CM555 Seeker Sensitive Preaching
CM567 Spirituality for Preaching
TF104 Introduction to Theology and Worship
Publications
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Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Leanne Van Dyk

Leanne Van Dyk

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Reformed Theology
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Leanne Van Dyk

Leanne Van Dyk

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Reformed Theology

B.A. Calvin College
M.A. Western Michigan University
M.Div. Calvin Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary
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leanne.vandyk@westernsem.edu

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"Theology is articulating the faith of the church for each new age. When it is grounded in scripture, responsive to the needs of the church, and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, it fulfills its task as a servant of the church. My own call to ministry is to help students see the great beauty, drama, and strength of the gospel—and then, how to express the gospel for the church today."

Background

Leanne Van Dyk combines her love of teaching with a passion for the work of theology and a conviction that the teaching theologian must always keep in mind the present needs of the church. Her years in San Francisco, where she served on the faculty of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, sharpened her focus on the issues of cultural diversity that face the church today. She brings to Western an excitement for the rich resources within the Reformed tradition for speaking theologically across cultural and religious boundaries.

Dr. Van Dyk has also served as a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California; as a member-in-residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey; as a member of the Wabash Center's Consultation on Theological Education; and on the Catechism Committee of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives, the Journal of Reformed Thought and the Scottish Journal of Theology.

Courses
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TF104 Introduction to Theology and Worship
Publications
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Faculty

Biblical Field

Carol Bechtel

Carol Bechtel

Professor of Old Testament
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Carol Bechtel

Carol Bechtel

Professor of Old Testament

A.B. Hope College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Yale University
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carol.bechtel@westernsem.edu

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"The Bible is more than just a collection of ancient stories about strange people in faraway lands. It is, in a very real sense, our story. Watching students come to that realization is one of the most exciting things about teaching the Bible."

Background

Before joining Western's faculty in 1994, Carol Bechtel taught at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. She has also served as a teaching fellow at Yale Divinity School and as interim pastor of Turn of River Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut. Dr. Bechtel preaches and teaches widely and is a General Synod Professor of Theology in the Reformed Church in America. She served as President of the RCA’s General Synod from 2009-2010.

Dr. Bechtel grew up on a farm in Fulton, Illinois. She attended Hope College, Western Theological Seminary and received her Ph.D. in Old Testament from Yale University in 1992. She now lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, Tom Mullens. They have four children: Elyssa, Andrew, Ian, and Ellen, and a grandson, Michael. Her hobbies include singing, cooking, gardening, and the Celtic harp.

Courses
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BF103 Old Testament Life and Ministry
BF110 Biblical Hebrew
BF111 Hebrew Translation and Interpretation
BF514 Seminar in Psalms
BF515 The Earth is the Lord’s: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible
BF517 Wisdom Literature of the Bible
BF520 Esther
BF524 Ruth
BF525 Jonah
BF614 Hebrew Reading
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Dawn Boelkins

Dawn Boelkins

Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages
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Dawn Boelkins

Dawn Boelkins

Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages

B.A. Michigan State University
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
D.Min. Western Theological Seminary

dawn.boelkins@westernsem.edu

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"Generally, students approach the biblical languages with some trepidation. I beckon them past their uncertainties into the humbling, exhilarating, and spiritually-rewarding discipline of biblical translation and interpretation."

Background

Ordained to the gospel ministry within the Reformed Church in America in 1987, Dawn Boelkins has ministered in local congregations. She also has taught biblical languages for over 15 years at Western Seminary to those who desire to be pastors themselves. That balance between parish and classroom—which informs and engages each other—has proven rich ground for illustrations and contemporary issues to help students wrestle with the power of the Gospel for the church today.

Most recently, Dr. Boelkins served the Second Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan, for seven years with her husband, the Rev. Dr. John Schmidt.

Courses
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BF100 New Testament Greek
BF101 New Testament Translation and Interpretation
BF110 Biblical Hebrew
BF111 Hebrew Translation and Interpretation
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Tom Boogaart

Tom Boogaart

Dennis & Betty Voskuil Professor of Old Testament
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Tom Boogaart

Tom Boogaart

Dennis & Betty Voskuil Professor of Old Testament

A.B. Calvin College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Ph.D. University of Groningen

tom.boogaart@westernsem.edu

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"I help students recover the sacred in the scriptures; that is, its power to bless them and energize their ministries. Together we explore the ways Western culture has silenced the scriptures, and together we listen again to its song of peace."

Background

Tom Boogaart has spent a lifetime immersed in the scriptures, as a student and teacher in the Netherlands and in England, and later at Central College in Iowa and at Western Seminary. He was ordained into the ministry of the Reformed Church in America in 1982.

In all his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Boogaart is committed to helping the church recover the Scriptures as a spiritual resource. He tries to show his students how delving deeper into Scriptures brings them closer to God. Most recently he has worked on writing a new curriculum for teaching Hebrew in which students take the words into their hearts through various practices, such as singing, memorization, and enactment.

Dr. Boogaart helps his students to see the world through the lens of Scripture and to see more clearly God working for peace and justice. His own vision for peace and justice is seen in the ministries he has initiated at Western Theological Seminary: The Bridge, a fair trade store on 8th Street in Holland, and the Community Kitchen, a hot meal program served at noon in the Commons of the seminary.

Courses
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BF103 Old Testament Life and Witness
BF110 Biblical Hebrew
BF111 Hebrew Translation and Interpretation
BF509 Conflict in the Created Order
BF513 Studies in Prophets
BF522 Old Testament Narratives
BF523 Old Testament Theology
BF614 Hebrew Reading
BF615 Advanced Biblical Hebrew
Publications
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James V. Brownson

James V. Brownson

James and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament
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James V. Brownson

James V. Brownson

James and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament

A.B. University of Michigan
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary
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jim.brownson@westernsem.edu

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"I try to teach the New Testament in a way that helps students understand the gospel more deeply. That means understanding both the central message of Christian faith and the different ways in which that faith was lived out in the New Testament church. Understanding the unity and diversity of the New Testament is critical to understanding how Christians are to minister today."

Background

What is the gospel, and how does it address and transform our lives? This is the question that has shaped Jim Brownson's academic and theological work. Jim's teaching and thinking tends to move between close and careful readings of the biblical text and wide-ranging exercises in theological imagination that bring the biblical text into conversation with life in the modern and postmodern world.

His passion is to equip students to understand the gospel both in its stunning simplicity and in its incredibly diverse applications to our lives. His scholarly and teaching interests include the Gospel of John, the Synoptic Gospels, biblical hermeneutics, contextual theology, and theology in service to the church. Dr. Brownson served Western eight years as Academic Dean and has contributed significantly to recent revisions in Western's M.Div. curriculum.

He is deeply involved in service to the Reformed Church in America, both in theological scholarship and in theological education. He is a long-standing member of the Gospel and Our Culture Network and a contributor to its ongoing research and publication. He often contributes to a variety of journals and magazines as well.

Courses
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BF100 New Testament Greek
BF101 New Testament Translation and Interpretation
BF102 New Testament Life and Witness
BF529 Gospel According to Matthew
BF531 Seminar in the Synoptics
BF532 The Gospel According to John
BF535 Interpreting the Parables
BF547 The Bible, Gender, and Sexuality
BF613 Greek Reading
BF617 The Ordination of Women: Exploring Biblical Authority and Church Order
Publications
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Robert E. Van Voorst

Robert E. Van Voorst

Professor of New Testament
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Robert E. Van Voorst

Robert E. Van Voorst

Professor of New Testament

B.A. Hope College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary (New York)
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bob.vanvoorst@westernsem.edu

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"The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ witnessed by the New Testament is the foundation of the Christian faith. The health of the church in every age, and the effectiveness of its ministers, is directly related to how well it builds on this biblical foundation in interpretation, teaching, and preaching. Teaching the New Testament to Western students preparing for various ministries is a high calling and a stimulating, rewarding experience."

Background

Ordained in the RCA, Robert Van Voorst served for twelve years as the pastor of Rochester Reformed Church in Accord, New York, while he pursued doctoral study. In 1989 he became a professor of religion at Lycoming College, a United Methodist liberal arts college, and served for three years as chair of its religion department. While teaching college, he was an interim pastor in four Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations, preached widely in north-central Pennsylvania, and was a visiting professor in Westminster College in Oxford, England.

At Western, Dr. Van Voorst researches and teaches primarily in New Testament language and literature, and secondarily in the relationship of Christianity and other world religions. He maintains an active schedule of preaching and teaching in Michigan churches of several denominations. He writes frequently on theology and ministry in a variety of scholarly journals and contributes articles to reference works, most recently The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. He is the author of ten books, including widely-used textbooks drawing on his teaching experience.

One of his research monographs, Jesus Outside the New Testament, examines traditions about Jesus from pagan, Jewish, and Christian documents before and after the New Testament and has been published in Italian. His Reading the New Testament Today textbook has been published in Chinese.

Dr. Van Voorst is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship, an international association of biblical researchers based in Cambridge, England. He has been named for more than fifteen years to Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World for his contributions to the field of religious studies and to the Christian ministry.

Courses
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BF100 New Testament Greek
BF101 New Testament Translation and Interpretation
BF102 New Testament Life and Witness
BF530 Letter to the Romans
BF533 Gospel According to Mark
BF534 Acts of the Apostles
BF541 Letters to the Philippians and Galatians
BF613 Greek Reading
TF632 Christianity and World Religions
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Travis West

Travis West

Instructor of Biblical Hebrew
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Travis West

Travis West

Instructor of Biblical Hebrew

B.A. Calvin College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Th.M. Western Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Candidate, VU University, Amsterdam
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travis.west@westernsem.edu

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"Learning Biblical Hebrew doesn’t need to give you an ulcer. Rather, I see it as an opportunity to discover more fully the depth, beauty, and nuance of the Church’s first Testament. I believe that the character of a Hebrew classroom ought to reflect the character of the Hebrew Scriptures. In other words, learning Hebrew should be a dynamic, interactive, image-rich experience that is thoroughly theo-centric and often surprisingly playful. My hope for graduates is that they will not fear their Bible, but will love it deeply, read it carefully, and interpret it faithfully."

Background

Travis West never expected to be teaching Biblical Hebrew in a seminary. When he enrolled in Western's M.Div. program in 2004, he had a commitment to studying the Scriptures and a desire to help people but no real clarity on God's particular call on his life.

The clarity came the first day of his Introduction to Biblical Hebrew class in the fall of 2005. After a riveting lecture covering the nuances of the syllabus, Travis knew he would spend the rest of his life studying and teaching Hebrew and the Old Testament. He spent the next two summers studying Hebrew in Israel and began teaching Hebrew at Western as a T.A. Upon graduation he returned to earn a Master of Theology degree and to continue teaching Hebrew in a more official capacity, first as an adjunct professor and now as an instructor.

Travis' research interests are in the oral history of the Bible in general and the performative history of the biblical narratives in particular. He wrote his master's thesis on performance criticism of the OT narratives and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where he is researching for his dissertation, preliminarily titled: The Art of Biblical Performance: Performance Criticism and the Genre of the Biblical Narratives.

In 2010 Travis was ordained as a Specialized Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America for his work teaching Hebrew at Western. Rev. West attempts to bridge the gap between the Church and the academy by offering multi-week courses to the community in which he makes the Hebrew Scriptures accessible to people who have never studied the language before.

Courses
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BF110 Biblical Hebrew
BF111 Hebrew Translation and Interpretation
BF522 Old Testament Narratives
BF614 Hebrew Reading/Performance
BF618 Advanced Biblical Hebrew
Publications
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Biblical Hebrew: An Oral Approach (published in-house, 2010)

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2014-15 Biblical Field Adjuncts

Nathan Johnson

Adjunct Instructor

Aaron Kuecker

Adjunct Instructor

Chad Pierce

Adjunct Instructor

Christian Ministry Field

John Brogan

John Brogan

Dean of Formation for Ministry
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John Brogan

John Brogan

Dean of Formation for Ministry

B.S. University of Dayton
M.A. University of Michigan
M.Div. Bethel Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Duke University
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john.brogan@westernsem.edu

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"Formation is central to the life of every Christian. God is transforming all Christians into the image of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18). I believe that formation for full time ministry and Christian leadership is essential through careful study, mentoring, and self-reflection. In my own formation, I remember those people, courses, and experiences that God placed in my life that helped form me into the person I am today. I am excited about the opportunity to work with women and men who are being formed by God for lives of mission and ministry."

Background

Dr. John Brogan was Dean of Students and Student Life at Northwestern College in Iowa for eight years before coming to Western the summer of 2013. He was a Northwestern religion faculty member from 1997 to 2005, department chair from 2002 to 2004, and held the Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Religion endowed chair. In 2000, he received Northwestern College’s Teaching Excellence Award. At Northwestern, he served in numerous administrative roles and on a variety of campus-wide committees. Before serving at Northwestern, Brogan taught at Calvin College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte, NC, and Meredith College. He also served as a visiting scholar at Regent College in Vancouver, BC in 2005.
 
Brogan has a doctorate in New Testament and Christian Origins from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota), and a Master of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. He is a published author and has made numerous scholarly presentations in the field of New Testament textual criticism.
 
Brogan loves the church and is excited to help form the next generation of Christian leaders through theological education and ministry experiences. The New Testament vision of the diversity and justice of God’s kingdom has led him to an abiding interest in racial reconciliation, social justice, and cross-cultural appreciation.

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Timothy L. Brown

Timothy L. Brown

President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching
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Timothy L. Brown

Timothy L. Brown

President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching

A.B. Hope College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
D.Min. Western Theological Seminary
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tim.brown@westernsem.edu

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"As a young man and a new convert in the late 1960s, I can still see the aging and ill Henry Bast ascending the pulpit to preach. I thrilled then, as I do now, to the gospel he preached. He spoke winsomely of the risen Christ, with the full authority of the Word of God. I've pledged myself to the task of raising up a new generation of preachers in the Reformed Church in America to do the same!"

Background

Timothy Brown brought twenty years of preaching and pastoral experience to the task of teaching homiletics when he arrived at Western Theological Seminary in 1995. After 13 years of inspiring and teaching the next generation of pastors to preach the Word, he accepted the call to lead the seminary as president, starting in July of 2008.

Prior to coming here Tim was the senior pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan, from 1983-1995. During that time the church became one of the fastest growing congregations in the United States, as well as one of the largest in the Reformed Church in America. In recent years Dr. Brown held a joint position with Hope College as the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel. While at Hope College Tim participated in a highly charged student spiritual renewal movement that gained national acclaim.

Dr. Brown is a frequent speaker at pastors conferences, college campuses, and church renewal events. He has served on the Reformed Church in America's Board of Theological Education; the Hope College Board of Trustees; and the executive committee of Words of Hope, a worldwide radio ministry; and is currently a General Synod Professor.

Courses
Are you looking for an instructor to teach your Sunday school class? See adult education courses offered by WTS faculty for your church.
CM103 Seminar in Congregational Studies
CM548 Keeping and Talking the Word
CM555 Seeker Sensitive Preaching
CM567 Spirituality for Preaching
TF104 Introduction to Theology and Worship
Publications
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Benjamin T. Conner

Benjamin T. Conner

Associate Professor of Christian Discipleship
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Benjamin T. Conner

Benjamin T. Conner

Associate Professor of Christian Discipleship

Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education
B.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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benjamin@westernsem.edu

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“I believe that in baptism every member of the Body of Christ is ordained to ministry—spiritually gifted and strategically placed to edify one another, to bear God’s love to a hurting world and to bear witness to the redemptive presence of the Triune God. Theological education is about forming people to participate in this calling and to inspire, encourage and equip them to do the same with others. “

Background

Dr. Benjamin T. Conner had been involved in youth ministry in some capacity for over twenty years before coming to Western.  He has served the Church in congregations and through Young Life staff.  He currently serves on Young Life’s National Capernaum Mission Wide Committee. 

Ben has earned his Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary (Virginia) and his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in Mission, Ecumenics and History of Religions.  His teaching and research interests include practical theology, youth ministry, discipleship and Christian practices, mission studies, evangelism, disability studies and Christian history.  His wife, Melissa, works in therapeutic horsemanship and together they have four children.  When he is not on campus Ben can be found playing with his family, in the weight room, on the basketball court or mucking stalls.
Courses
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MN102DL The Practice of Discipleship
MN573 The Practice of Youth Ministry
MN105 The Pastor as Person
MN581/MN581DL Ministry and Margins
Publications
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Chuck DeGroat

Chuck DeGroat

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling; Senior Fellow of the Newbigin House of Studies
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Chuck DeGroat

Chuck DeGroat

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling; Senior Fellow of the Newbigin House of Studies

Ph.D. Harold Abel School of Psychology, Capella University
M.Div. M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary
B.A. Dordt College
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chuck@westernsem.edu or twitter: @chuckdegroat

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"I am excited to see women and men formed for mission, and in particular the changing realities of our culture and world. Increasing secularity and complexity in the world presents us with an important 'missional' moment, and my own unique contribution is to the formation and health of the next generation of pastors and leaders. I bring to WTS a relationship with City Church San Francisco, a thriving urban center-city congregation whose partnership with WTS makes me hopeful for the future of the church."

Background

Chuck is committed to spiritual and emotional formation for the sake of mission.  His experience is represented in a fluid combination of pastoral ministry and seminary training for nearly 20 years.  He has served several church plants as a teaching pastor and has started two church-based clinical counseling centers.  Most recently, he was a teaching pastor at City Church San Francisco, where he co-founded Newbigin House of Studies, an urban and missional training center with M.Div. and M.A. offerings through Western Theological Seminary.  

His academic specialization is in the intersection of psychology and the Bible, represented best in his book Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places (Square Inch) - a narrative biblical paradigm for understanding counseling, care, mission, and formation.  His next book, The Toughest People to Love (Eerdmans), is due soon and will focus on caring for the most difficult people leaders encounter.  He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, a member of City Classis (the RCA's urban, missional classis), and he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.  

Chuck has been married to Sara for nearly 20 years and has two daughters - Emma and Maggie.  If you don't see him around campus meeting with students, he is more than likely spending time with his family throwing a frisbee, or traveling to new places, or finding a new extraordinary place to eat.    

Publications
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The Toughest People to Love:  Leading and Loving the Difficult People in Your Life (forthcoming, 2013)

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Kristen Deede Johnson

Kristen Deede Johnson

Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Formation
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Kristen Deede Johnson

Kristen Deede Johnson

Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Formation

B.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Scotland
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kristen.johnson@westernsem.edu

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Our gracious God calls us to live as God's children through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. In Christ and through the Spirit, we are able to respond to this gift with gratitude as we are formed more and more into the people of God. All that we want to do for God in ministry and through our different callings is motivated by love and gratitude to God for all that God has done for and in us and this world, and by the amazing realization that this God who lived, died, and rose again in the person of Jesus Christ continues to be alive and active in us and in this world.

Background

Before joining the faculty of Western Theological Seminary, Kristen Deede Johnson was the founding director of the Studies in Ministry Minor and the Center for Ministry Studies at Hope College, programs dedicated to upholding the significance of theological formation, spiritual growth, cultural engagement, and vocational discernment. Through her teaching and writing, Kristen seeks to help Christians become increasingly aware of the importance of theological formation and cultural discernment.  She has written Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge University Press) and an array of articles and book chapters.  She is currently working on a book with Bethany Hoang of International Justice Mission entitled,Justice that Perseveres.  

Kristen grew up outside of Washington, DC, with a few of her growing up years spent in Germany and England.  She met her husband, Tryg, at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland while in graduate school.  Together they have two young children, Trygve and Ella, and a big dog named Whidbey.  They are grateful to be able to serve God through their different callings at home, work, and in the community and to worship God through Christ and the Spirit at Pillar Church in downtown Holland.

Courses
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MN533 Justice, Discipleship and the Church
MN102 Christian Discipleship
Publications
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Forthcoming: Justice that Perseveres, Brazos Press, co-authored with Bethany Hanke Hoang (International Justice Mission)

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Theresa F. Latini

Theresa F. Latini

Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care
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Theresa F. Latini

Theresa F. Latini

Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care

B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary
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theresa.latini@westernsem.edu

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"The Body of Christ is the central context for pastoral care. As we participate in the inner life of the church, koinonia, we are connected to God, one another, and our truest selves. Transformed again and again, we are thrust into solidarity with the world as witnesses to this in-breaking reality. My own call to ministry involves equipping students to participate in and practice redemptive koinonia in their own lives and ministries."

Background

In 2014 Theresa Latini returned to WTS after teaching for six years at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) in pastoral theology and ministry as well as congregational and community care Leadership.  Dr. Latini taught at WTS from 2005-2007.  She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served as parish associate at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis, MN). Prior to becoming a professor, she worked as an associate pastor in a Presbyterian congregation and as a spiritual care coordinator serving adults with developmental disabilities. In all these settings, Dr. Latini sought to cultivate communities of compassion and care in response to God’s ongoing ministry of listening, healing, and reconciliation.

Theresa Latini is extensively trained in Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication, a set of life-giving practices for connecting to God, self, and others across differences and in transforming conflict. These skills of compassionate communication are vital to her own practice and study of pastoral care, and she shares these skills in the classroom as well as outside of the seminary.

In recent years, Dr. Latini has conducted social scientific research for multiple projects on vocation and vibrant congregational life. She has written many articles and two books: The Church and the Crisis of Community: A Practical Theology of Small-Group Ministry (Eerdmans, 2011) andTransforming Church Conflict: Compassionate Leadership in Action (Westminster John Knox, 2013). This most recent book, co-authored with Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger (Princeton Theological Seminary), interprets and applies Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication to a whole host of challenges in communities of faith.

Dr. Latini regularly preaches, teaches, and consults with non-profit organizations, congregations, presbyteries, synods, CPE (clinical pastoral education) sites, and seminaries throughout the United States. Her speaking and consultation are grounded in real-life experience.

Courses
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MN105 Pastor as Person
MN115-DL Practice of Counsel and Care
Publications
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Transforming Church Conflict: Compassionate Leadership in Action (Westminster John Knox, 2013). Co-authored with Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger (Princeton Theological Seminary)

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Ron Rienstra

Ron Rienstra

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship Arts
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Ron Rienstra

Ron Rienstra

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship Arts

A.B. University of Michigan
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Candidate, Fuller Theological Seminary
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ron.rienstra@westernsem.edu

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"I often tell my students that worship is like sailing: we work hard at preaching and presiding, but we aren’t in control of what happens. The Spirit blows where it will; our joyful task as preachers and worship leaders is to let out as much sail as we possibly can. When we trim the sails well – when we preach with clarity and vividness, when we celebrate the sacraments with richness and vitality, when we enact the church’s liturgy with authenticity and faithfulness – then we cooperate in God’s transforming work, bringing our full presence into the presence of the Triune God who meets us on Sunday and shapes us for Christian living all week long."

Background

Since his ordination in the RCA in 1993, Ron Rienstra has lived and ministered at educational institutions in Iowa (Central College), Michigan (Calvin College), and California (Fuller Seminary), pursuing his primary interest: helping preachers, congregations, worship teams, and individuals learn to deepen and enliven their gatherings with God. All the while he remained active in local church life as an interim pastor, preacher, worship leader and consultant.

He is currently finishing his dissertation while advancing a number of diverse research projects: exploring postmodernism and its affect on worship and preaching, mapping the place of corporate worship in seminary education in North America, and developing a homiletical pedagogy based on the Suzuki music method.

Courses
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CM101 Introduction to Preaching
CM124 Worship: Theology and Practice
CM585 Issues in Contemporary and Emerging Worship
CM592 Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry
CM596 The Church's Common Chord
TF104 Introduction to Theology & Worship
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Sue A. Rozeboom

Sue A. Rozeboom

Assistant Professor of Liturgical Theology
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Sue A. Rozeboom

Sue A. Rozeboom

Assistant Professor of Liturgical Theology

B.A. (Music) Calvin College
M.T.S. Calvin Theological Seminary
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
CV for Sue A. Rozeboom

sue.rozeboom@westernsem.edu

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"In worship, God gathers us to reorient us as children of God, Christ meets us in Word and Sacrament to nourish our souls, and the Spirit renews us in our hope for the renewal of all things. It’s a gift to participate in such worship, and a high and holy calling to prepare it and to lead it. Courses on worship allow students to unwrap God’s gracious gift of worship, and to explore their calling to open it to others."

Background

Sue Rozeboom grew up in a rural region south of Holland, Michigan. Upon graduating from Holland Christian Schools, she pursued a degree in music from Calvin College, then an MTS from Calvin Theological Seminary while working in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College, and finally a PhD in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She is the co-author, with Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., of Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking about Christian Worship Today (Eerdmans, 2003) and an essay on John Calvin's doctrine of the Lord's Supper in Calvin's Theology and Its Reception edited by J. Todd Billings and I. John Hesselink (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012). In general, Sue's reading, research, and teaching interests are in the areas of the history of Christian worship, the work of the Spirit and Christian worship, and enriched sacramental theology for refreshed sacramental practice.

Sue, her husband, Paul, and their two young daughters, Liesl and Annemarie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Together they enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, the arts, and museums. On Saturdays in the fall they "cheer, cheer for ol' Notre Dame," and on Sundays throughout the year they worship with those who gather at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church. There Sue currently serves as an elder, a liturgist and Children & Worship leader, a study group leader, and a sometime organist.

Courses
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TF104 Introduction to Theology and Worship
CM124 Worship: Theology and Practice
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Kyle J. A. Small

Kyle J. A. Small

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Church Leadership
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Kyle J. A. Small

Kyle J. A. Small

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Church Leadership

B.A. Augustana College
M.Div. North Park Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Luther Seminary
CV for Kyle J. A. Small

kyle@westernsem.edu

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"The Church is calling for leadership that lives at the intersection of the Word and the World through the power of the Holy Spirit. The formation of leadership prepares students to interact at these theological and sociological intersections in such a way as to encourage and mobilize God's people toward the Kingdom of God."

Background

Rev. Dr. Kyle J.A. Small is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Alongside his work at Western Theological Seminary, he is co-pastor with his wife Lindsay at Harbert Community Church in Sawyer, MI. They have three children. Kyle enjoys life most fully at the intersection of father, pastor, and teacher.

Kyle earned his Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago) and his Ph.D. from Luther Seminary. He has served congregations in South Dakota, the Chicago Suburbs, Minneapolis, MN, and Michigan. His life as pastor and teacher find resonance as he explores the church as a socio-theological community. Kyle's teaching and research focus on leadership, formation, and social research. His focus within these disciplines emerges from a primary desire for the church to live as the community of God's people in the world. Kyle blogs semi-regularly a www.pilgrimshome.blogspot.com.

Courses
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MN120 Leadership
MN525 Power and Authority
Publications
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2014-15 Christian Ministry Field Adjuncts

Isaac Anderson

Adjunct Instructor
 

Tuck Bartholomew

Adjunct Instructor

Wayne Brouwer

Adjunct Instructor

Jon Brown

Adjunct Instructor

Matthew Van Maastricht

Adjunct Instructor
Adjunct Instructor
 

Johnny Lalonde

Adjunct Instructor


Jeff Munroe

Adjunct Instructor

Theological Field

J. Todd Billings

J. Todd Billings

Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology

J. Todd Billings

J. Todd Billings

Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology

B.A. Wheaton College
M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary
Th.D. Harvard University Divinity School
CV for J. Todd Billings

todd.billings@westernsem.edu

"In a time when churches are pressured to become pragmatic and self-centered in the face of many challenges, Christian theology can mediate a rich theological heritage that is deep enough to nourish the church and dynamic enough to be open to God's ongoing work. For the church, the study of the Bible and theology is not just an academic exercise, but a part of a transformative encounter with the triune God who is shaping people into the image of Christ by the Spirit’s power."

Background

Dr. Billings approaches the discipline of theology with a commitment to the ministry of the church. His varied experience in Christian ministry includes work in community development in Uganda, teaching theology in Ethiopia, working on staff at a Boston-area homeless shelter, and serving his local church in various leadership roles. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.

Dr. Billings' special interests include Reformed theology, the sacraments, salvation, and theological hermeneutics. His first book, Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union with Christ (Oxford, 2007) won a 2009 Templeton Award for Theological Promise, awarded internationally for the best first books of scholars in theology and religious studies. His second book, The Word of God for the People of God (Eerdmans, 2010), won the 2011 Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue Book Prize. His third book, Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (Baker Academic, 2011), is a 2012 Christianity Today Book Award winner. He is also co-editor of Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities (Westminster John Knox, 2012).

Dr. Billings has lectured in Europe, South Africa, and the United States, and has published in a variety of journals, including Modern Theology, Harvard Theological Review, Missiology, and International Journal of Systematic Theology, as well as periodicals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Sojourners.

Courses
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TF114 Systematic Theology II
TF124 Credo
TF528 Theological Hermeneutics
TF568 Calvin's Theology and Its Critics
TF580 Theology of the Lord's Supper
TF582 Theology of Salvation
CM121 Church Governance and Denominational Standards (J-Term)
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Bernard

Bernard "Chris" Dorsey

Assistant Professor of Theology and Preaching
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Bernard "Chris" Dorsey

Bernard "Chris" Dorsey

Assistant Professor of Theology and Preaching

M.Div. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Grad. Cert. in African Studies, Northwestern University
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago

chris.dorsey@westernsem.edu

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“In my endeavor to serve the present age, I am firmly committed to church, academy and society. For me, ministry is about engaging in faithful stewardship of Christ’s church; reflecting intellectually on the nature, conditions and contexts of our faith; and working with all of humanity to create a more just and peaceable society. It also my fervent belief that God calls us not to silos, but to open pastures where we might encounter, and be formed by, the multivalent expressions of God’s creation.”

Background

Professor Bernard "Chris" Dorsey first came to Western as the 2011-12 Faculty Fellow, teaching in the areas of theology and urban ministry. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Graduate Certificate in African Studies from Northwestern University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in theology at the University of Chicago, where he is completing his dissertation on traditional medicine in Senegal with a focus on exploring the hermeneutics of healing.

Professor Dorsey has served in a variety of ministerial capacities including: VP of Development and Marketing at Chicago Theological Seminary; University Chaplain at Clark Atlanta University; Senior Pastor of Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Youth Pastor at Park Manor Christian Church and Lead Chaplain for a Cook County clinic servicing patients affected by HIV/AIDS. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Dominican University, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Clark Atlanta University. His teaching experiences have included Theology, History of Christianity, African American Religion, Homiletics, Religion & Medicine, African Studies, and Intro to World Religions, to name a few.

Courses
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CM501 Multicultural Ministry: Theory and Practice
CM599 Theology and Social Movements
MN547 Preaching in the Urban Context
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George R. Hunsberger

George R. Hunsberger

Professor of Missiology
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George R. Hunsberger

George R. Hunsberger

Professor of Missiology

B.A. Belhaven College
M.Div. Reformed Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary
CV for George R. Hunsberger

george.hunsberger@westernsem.edu

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"Recovering what it means to be a body of people sent on a mission is the hard and necessary challenge facing today's church. This requires leaders who know God, who teach with insight, who form genuine Christian community, and who can lead congregations into their missions."

Background

George Hunsberger came to Western in 1989. He was the coordinator of the Gospel and Our Culture Network in North America from its beginning in 1987 through 2010, and has served as both secretary-treasurer and president of the American Society of Missiology.

Dr. Hunsberger is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has been a campus minister; a pastor; a missionary team leader in Nairobi, Kenya; and a teacher at Belhaven College. He has also contributed many articles and reviews to missiological, Reformed, and Presbyterian journals.

Courses
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DM810 Doctor of Ministry Orientation Seminar
TF111 Missional Church
TF576 Lesslie Newbigin’s Theology for the Church in a Pluralist Society
TF583 Public Theologizing: The Way of the Church in the World
Publications
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Han-luen Kantzer Komline

Han-luen Kantzer Komline

Faculty Fellow
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Han-luen Kantzer Komline

Han-luen Kantzer Komline

Faculty Fellow

B.A.Wheaton College
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Notre Dame
CV for Han-luen Kantzer Komline

han-luen@westernsem.edu

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“And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground (Heb. 11:32-38, NRSV).” We don’t have time for all the stories, but we do have time for some. Life is short. Be like the author of Hebrews and do church history while you may.

Background

Han-luen Kantzer Komline is a faculty fellow at Western Theological Seminary for the academic year 2014-2015 while she completes her Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame.  Her dissertation is on Augustine’s conception of the human will.  Though Augustine’s thinking on will is often treated as just one page in the story of the history of philosophy, her dissertation makes Augustine’s conception of will the subject of a story unto itself, a story with changes and chapters of its own that are important to unpack if we are to grasp the complexity of Augustine’s thinking on this topic.  Ultimately, she argues, it is impossible to tell the story of Augustine’s thinking on will without reference to the story of Christian scripture.  Augustine is convinced that events like creation, fall, redemption and eschaton all have drastic consequences for how human willing works, and even what it “is.” 

When she is not busy with the Bishop of Hippo, Professor Kantzer Komline enjoys running in beautiful Holland, reading the New Yorker, listening to classical music and learning foreign languages.  Teaching English for a year at Yantai University upon her graduation from Wheaton College gave her an opportunity to reconnect with her Chinese roots.  After completing her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, she studied at the University of Tübingen in Germany on a Fulbright fellowship.  Last year she returned to Germany, living in an ecumenical community at the foot of the castle in Heidelberg.  She has also lived for short periods in Berlin, Paris and Siena.  Intercultural exchange is one of her passions.    

Courses
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TH100 Church History I (both in-residence and distance learning)
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David L. Stubbs

David L. Stubbs

Professor of Ethics and Theology
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David L. Stubbs

David L. Stubbs

Professor of Ethics and Theology

B.S. Stanford University
M.S. Stanford University
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Duke University
CV for David L. Stubbs

david.stubbs@westernsem.edu

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"Christian ethics and theology are about making connections—connections between the patterns of God's activity, the shape of our living, and the patterns of our thinking. What a privilege it is to help students at Western better discern those connections. Students must develop such discernment as they prepare to lead the people of God further into ways reflective of God—and as they learn to protest and strive against ways within our church and society that are not."

Background

A central interest of David Stubbs' scholarly work is the impact that different philosophies and cultures have had on the church's theological and ethical imagination. That interest finds particular focus in his continued work on the concept of participation in Christ and sanctification in the modern Reformed tradition and in making links between contemporary theology, our Jewish roots, and the early church in order to better understand both Christ and the life and worship of the Church.

His interest in theology and ethics has not been purely academic, however. David is ordained in the PC(USA), has worked in college ministries and worship leadership for many years, served as a construction manager for Habitat for Humanity, taught English in China, participated in and led several mission service projects in the U.S., Argentina, Mexico, and Guatemala, and works with Holland Restorative Circles to bring processes of restorative justice into the community.

Dr. Stubbs recently published a theological commentary on the book of Numbers with Brazos Press and is working on a project exploring the influence of Israelite worship on the Lord's Supper. He is also co-chair of the steering committee of the Christian Systematic Theology Section of the American Academy of Religion, a contributing editor of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, and a member of the Heidelberg Translation Committee of the PC(USA).  Dr. Stubbs has published and presented in areas such as sacraments, ethics, the theological ethics of Karl Barth, Christian views on war, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Jewish roots of Christian worship, and the impact of Anglo-American postmodernism on ethics and theology.

Courses
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TH113 Systematic Theology
TH121 Christian Ethics
TH544 20th Century Theology: Major Figures and Theological Currents
TH546 War, Peace, and Peacemaking
TF552 Karl Barth: Life and Thought
TH589 Theology of the Book of Numbers
MT240 Seminar in Theology and Its Contexts
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Leanne Van Dyk

Leanne Van Dyk

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Reformed Theology
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Leanne Van Dyk

Leanne Van Dyk

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Reformed Theology

B.A. Calvin College
M.A. Western Michigan University
M.Div. Calvin Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary
CV for Leanne Van Dyk

leanne.vandyk@westernsem.edu

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"Theology is articulating the faith of the church for each new age. When it is grounded in scripture, responsive to the needs of the church, and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, it fulfills its task as a servant of the church. My own call to ministry is to help students see the great beauty, drama, and strength of the gospel—and then, how to express the gospel for the church today."

Background

Leanne Van Dyk combines her love of teaching with a passion for the work of theology and a conviction that the teaching theologian must always keep in mind the present needs of the church. Her years in San Francisco, where she served on the faculty of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, sharpened her focus on the issues of cultural diversity that face the church today. She brings to Western an excitement for the rich resources within the Reformed tradition for speaking theologically across cultural and religious boundaries.

Dr. Van Dyk has also served as a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California; as a member-in-residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey; as a member of the Wabash Center's Consultation on Theological Education; and on the Catechism Committee of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives, the Journal of Reformed Thought and the Scottish Journal of Theology.

Courses
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TF104 Introduction to Theology and Worship
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Suzanne McDonald

Suzanne McDonald

Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology
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Suzanne McDonald

Suzanne McDonald

Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology

B.A. University of Western Australia
M.Phil. University of Oxford
M.A. University of Cambridge
Ph.D. University of St. Andrews
CV for Suzanne McDonald

suzanne@westernsem.edu

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"I’m passionate about teaching theology because of the powerful ways that the Holy Spirit has used studying theology to deepen my relationship with the Triune God and transform my life in Christ. I pray that this will be true for every student, too, so that by doing theology together, we may grow in knowledge and love of the Lord, our ability to share that with others, and our desire to reflect more fully in our lives what we learn of God’s promises and purposes for us and all of creation."

Background
Suzanne McDonald was born and brought up in Australia and came to faith as an undergraduate through studying English 16th & 17th century literature. After postgraduate studies in literature at Oxford, she lived in the UK from 1998 until 2007. While there, she began training for ordained ministry in Cambridge, but an inspiring professor and mentor encouraged her to consider whether she might have a calling to theological teaching and writing. He was the catalyst for Suzanne to discover that this is indeed the calling that holds her deepest joys and best gifts together. She did her Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews on the doctrine of election and then taught for a year as an interim professor of theology at her former seminary in Cambridge before joining the Religion Department at Calvin College in 2007. She taught there for seven years until joining WTS in 2014. She is the author of two books and several essays and articles on topics in systematic and historical theology. 
 
Suzanne is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and is an elder and "theologian-on-tap" at Alger Park CRC in Grand Rapids, MI. In her spare time, she is likely to be out watching and photographing birds. She also loves reading, art, and music, is a life-long cricket fan (not an easy sport to follow in the US!) and has somehow become an NFL fan too.
Courses
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TH113 Systematic Theology I
MN121 Church Governance and Denominational Standards
TH518 Eschatology: Christian Hope and the Last Things
TH124 Credo
Publications
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2014-15 Theology Field Adjuncts

Wayne Brouwer

Adjunct Instructor

Eric Kuiper

Adjunct Instructor

Scot Sherman

Adjunct Instructor

David Komline

Adjunct Instructor

Dennis Voskuil

Adjunct Instructor

Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

Adjunct Instructor

Brian Madison

Adjunct Instructor

Kent VanTil

Adjunct Instructor

Monica Schaap Pierce

Adjunct Instructor
 

Additional Adjunct Instructors

Katy Sundararajan

Katy Sundararajan

Master of Theology Program Administrator and International Student Advisor
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Katy Sundararajan

Katy Sundararajan

Master of Theology Program Administrator and International Student Advisor

katy@westernsem.edu

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Jill Sanders

Adjunct Instructor (Doctor of Ministry seminar)

Emeriti and Retired Professors

George Brown, Jr.

George Brown, Jr.

G.W. and Eddie Haworth Professor Emeritus of Christian Education
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George Brown, Jr.

George Brown, Jr.

G.W. and Eddie Haworth Professor Emeritus of Christian Education

B.A. Central College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Michigan State University
CV for George Brown, Jr.

george.brown@westernsem.edu

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"For many people, Christian religious education is about Sunday school, classrooms, and children. However, the formation of Christians takes place in many ways, outside of classrooms, and involves all ages in learning. Adults, youth, and children grow as disciples and are equipped to participate in God's purposes for humanity and creation through worship, fellowship, service, and study. I am committed to preparing leaders for the church's teaching ministry who will be concerned about personal and social transformation, the empowerment of persons for mission, and the faithful transmission of the Christian tradition."

Background

As an ordained minister of Word and sacrament in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), George Brown spent nearly twenty years in parish ministry before joining Western's faculty. Whether serving as pastor of a small membership church, minister of Christian education on the staff of a larger congregation, or seminary professor, Christian religious education has always been at the heart of his ministry.

Dr. Brown has played an active role in denominational and ecumenical curriculum development, helped shape the RCA's Associates in Ministry certification program, led workshops and spoken at Christian educator conferences, and written numerous articles on Christian education for a variety of publications. In 1996, he was named RCA Christian Educator of the Year. Dr. Brown currently serves as Associate Editor of the RCA's Historical Series and is a member of the Religious Education Association and the North American Professors of Christian Education.

At Western Dr. Brown served as Associate Dean and Director of the in-residence M.Div. degree program. He taught courses in Christian education, congregational studies, and church government. He retired in December of 2012.

Courses
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CM121 Church Governance and Denominational Standards
CM122 Empowering Christian Education
CM123 Seminar on Teaching and Learning
CM450 RCA Polity
CM532 Equipping for Teaching and Leadership
CM534 Educating for Transformation
CM541 Equipping for Social Justice
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Donald J. Bruggink

Donald J. Bruggink

James A. H. Cornell Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology
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Donald J. Bruggink

Donald J. Bruggink

James A. H. Cornell Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology

donb@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555, x145

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Robert A. Coughenour

Robert A. Coughenour

Cornelius Van der Meulen Professor Emeritus of Old Testament

Robert A. Coughenour

Robert A. Coughenour

Cornelius Van der Meulen Professor Emeritus of Old Testament

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I. John Hesselink

I. John Hesselink

Albertus C. Van Raalte Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology
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I. John Hesselink

I. John Hesselink

Albertus C. Van Raalte Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

jhess@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555, x150

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Christopher B. Kaiser

Christopher B. Kaiser

Professor Emeritus of Historical and Systematic Theology
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Christopher B. Kaiser

Christopher B. Kaiser

Professor Emeritus of Historical and Systematic Theology

A.B. Harvard University
Ph.D (Astrogeophysics) University of Colorado
M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Ph.D. University of Edinburgh

chrisk@westernsem.edu

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I look at the scientific and technological framework of our culture and ask what the meaning of Christian faith might be for people at work in that world. The question leads me to an interest in the history of how our cultural framework developed and what its relation is to Christian theology - especially the doctrines of God, creation, and the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Background

Chris Kaiser began his professional life as a scientist and went on to become a theologian, and his teaching vocation has always included working to build bridges between his two disciplines. He has been part of Western's faculty since 1976. He has also served as lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and at Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been a resident member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. There, he conducted research on the interaction of science and theology during the Renaissance and the eighteenth century.

He is a frequent contributor to theological journals, and his 1991 book, Creation and the History of Science, was awarded a John Templeton Prize for Outstanding Books in Science and Religion.

Dr. Kaiser has served on the Theological Commission of the Reformed Church in America and is active in the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Gospel and Our Culture Network.

Publications
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Stanley A. Rock

Stanley A. Rock

Florence M. Charavay Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Stanley A. Rock

Stanley A. Rock

Florence M. Charavay Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Paul M. Smith

Paul M. Smith

Associate Professor of Theological Bibliography (retired)
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Paul M. Smith

Paul M. Smith

Associate Professor of Theological Bibliography (retired)

A.B. Hope College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Th.M. University of Toronto: Victoria University
M.A. University of Iowa
CV for Paul M. Smith

paul.smith@westernsem.edu

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"Theological education today occurs in what some have called 'the culture of the screen.' The electronic communications media have drastically changed the ways in which we intersect with and learn about our world. As director of Beardslee Library I seek to acquire and make available a variety of media—books, journals, computer programs, Internet connections—that will enhance our efforts to train leaders for the church. I also attempt to help students reflect theologically upon the effect computers have in our lives."

Background

Rev. Paul Smith is retiring after 28 years as Director of Beardslee Library, and in his "last meditation" at chapel on May 1 he reflects on the information age. Read it here.

During his tenure as director of Beardslee Library, Paul Smith has witnessed a gradual revolution of the role of the library in theological education, sparked by waves of new technology. He has led Western into familiarity with the new tools of the computer age while fostering an awareness of their theological implications. Rev. Smith also leads Western's intercultural immersion experiences in Central America.

Courses
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FM111 Intercultural Immersion Experience (J-Term)
DM820 Candidate Seminar
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Dennis Voskuil

Dennis Voskuil

Marvin & Jerene DeWitt Professor Emeritus of Church History
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Dennis Voskuil

Dennis Voskuil

Marvin & Jerene DeWitt Professor Emeritus of Church History

B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.D. Western Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Harvard University
CV for Dennis Voskuil

dennis.voskuil@westernsem.edu

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"If we are to effectively communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must be keenly aware of the contours of our culture. As we study the history of the church we learn how the gospel became rooted in particular cultures. This is why I find church history so relevant and exciting."

Background

Dennis Voskuil came to Western as president in 1994 after serving as a teacher, pastor, and student of church history. He was a professor of religion at Hope College before coming to Western and has also served as pastor of several churches. He has served on the Reformed Church in America's Commission on History, Commission on Theology, and as chair of its Ad Hoc Committee on Ecclesiastical Office and Ministry. He retired from the Western's presidency in June of 2008 and returned to teaching church history in January 2009. He retired from full-time teaching in June of 2014 and remains as an adjunct professor.

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Office of the President

Timothy L. Brown

Timothy L. Brown

President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching
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Timothy L. Brown

Timothy L. Brown

President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching

A.B. Hope College
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
D.Min. Western Theological Seminary
CV for Timothy L. Brown

tim.brown@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x137

"As a young man and a new convert in the late 1960s, I can still see the aging and ill Henry Bast ascending the pulpit to preach. I thrilled then, as I do now, to the gospel he preached. He spoke winsomely of the risen Christ, with the full authority of the Word of God. I've pledged myself to the task of raising up a new generation of preachers in the Reformed Church in America to do the same!"

Background

Timothy Brown brought twenty years of preaching and pastoral experience to the task of teaching homiletics when he arrived at Western Theological Seminary in 1995. After 13 years of inspiring and teaching the next generation of pastors to preach the Word, he accepted the call to lead the seminary as president, starting in July of 2008.

Prior to coming here Tim was the senior pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan, from 1983-1995. During that time the church became one of the fastest growing congregations in the United States, as well as one of the largest in the Reformed Church in America. In recent years Dr. Brown held a joint position with Hope College as the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel. While at Hope College Tim participated in a highly charged student spiritual renewal movement that gained national acclaim.

Dr. Brown is a frequent speaker at pastors conferences, college campuses, and church renewal events. He has served on the Reformed Church in America's Board of Theological Education; the Hope College Board of Trustees; and the executive committee of Words of Hope, a worldwide radio ministry; and is currently a General Synod Professor.

Courses
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CM103 Seminar in Congregational Studies
CM548 Keeping and Talking the Word
CM555 Seeker Sensitive Preaching
CM567 Spirituality for Preaching
TF104 Introduction to Theology and Worship
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Jeff Munroe

Jeff Munroe

Vice President of Operations and Advancement
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Jeff Munroe

Jeff Munroe

Vice President of Operations and Advancement

B.A. Michigan State University
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary

jeff@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x111

TERRITORIES: NW Michigan & Grand Rapids, MI, Alaska, Florida*, California, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virgin Islands *Selected constituents

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Rayetta Perez

Rayetta Perez

Executive Assistant to the President
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Rayetta Perez

Rayetta Perez

Executive Assistant to the President

rayetta@westernsem.edu

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C.J. Kingdom-Grier

C.J. Kingdom-Grier

Associate Director of Admissions and Assistant to the President for Racial Initiatives
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C.J. Kingdom-Grier

C.J. Kingdom-Grier

Associate Director of Admissions and Assistant to the President for Racial Initiatives

grier@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x190

We are here to assist you with the application process. Please call the Admissions Office (800.392.8554 or 616.392.8555 ext 135) with any questions. Admission Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Libby Pearson

Libby Pearson

Administrative Assistant
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Libby Pearson

Libby Pearson

Administrative Assistant

libby@westernsem.edu

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Academic Affairs

Leanne Van Dyk

Leanne Van Dyk

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Reformed Theology
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Leanne Van Dyk

Leanne Van Dyk

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Reformed Theology

B.A. Calvin College
M.A. Western Michigan University
M.Div. Calvin Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary
CV for Leanne Van Dyk

leanne.vandyk@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x126

"Theology is articulating the faith of the church for each new age. When it is grounded in scripture, responsive to the needs of the church, and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, it fulfills its task as a servant of the church. My own call to ministry is to help students see the great beauty, drama, and strength of the gospel—and then, how to express the gospel for the church today."

Background

Leanne Van Dyk combines her love of teaching with a passion for the work of theology and a conviction that the teaching theologian must always keep in mind the present needs of the church. Her years in San Francisco, where she served on the faculty of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, sharpened her focus on the issues of cultural diversity that face the church today. She brings to Western an excitement for the rich resources within the Reformed tradition for speaking theologically across cultural and religious boundaries.

Dr. Van Dyk has also served as a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California; as a member-in-residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey; as a member of the Wabash Center's Consultation on Theological Education; and on the Catechism Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives, the Journal of Reformed Thought and the Scottish Journal of Theology.

Courses
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TF104 Introduction to Theology and Worship
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Kyle J. A. Small

Kyle J. A. Small

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Church Leadership
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Kyle J. A. Small

Kyle J. A. Small

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Church Leadership

B.A. Augustana College
M.Div. North Park Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Luther Seminary
CV for Kyle J. A. Small

kyle@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x134

"The Church is calling for leadership that lives at the intersection of the Word and the World through the power of the Holy Spirit. The formation of leadership prepares students to interact at these theological and sociological intersections in such a way as to encourage and mobilize God's people toward the Kingdom of God."

Background

Adult Education Courses

Dr. Small is prepared to lead the following Adult Education courses at your church:

  • Reading the Bible as the Priesthood of Believers (1-2 Sessions)
  • Missional Spirituality (1-3 sessions)
  • Missional Church: The People, Pastor, and the World God Deeply Loves (1-3 sessions)
  • Principalities, Powers, and Polity: Creating Governing Structures for God's People (1-3 sessions)
  • Congregational Discovery: Facilitating Process for a Preferred Future (5-7 sessions)

Rev. Dr. Kyle J.A. Small is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Alongside his work at Western Theological Seminary, he is co-pastor with his wife Lindsay at Harbert Community Church in Sawyer, MI. They have three children. Kyle enjoys life most fully at the intersection of father, pastor, and teacher.

Kyle earned his Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago) and his Ph.D. from Luther Seminary. He has served congregations in South Dakota, the Chicago Suburbs, Minneapolis, MN, and Michigan. His life as pastor and teacher find resonance as he explores the church as a socio-theological community. Kyle's teaching and research focus on leadership, formation, and social research. His focus within these disciplines emerges from a primary desire for the church to live as the community of God's people in the world. Kyle blogs semi-regularly a www.pilgrimshome.blogspot.com.

Courses
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MN120 Leadership
MN525 Power and Authority
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Glenn Swier

Glenn Swier

Associate Director of Formation for Ministry, Director of the Dual Track MDiv-MSW Program and the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry Program
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Glenn Swier

Glenn Swier

Associate Director of Formation for Ministry, Director of the Dual Track MDiv-MSW Program and the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry Program

glenn.swier@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x165

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Pat Dykhuis

Pat Dykhuis

Registrar and Financial Aid Administrator
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Pat Dykhuis

Pat Dykhuis

Registrar and Financial Aid Administrator

pat@westernsem.edu

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Theresa Hamm

Theresa Hamm

Academic Office Associate and Assessment Coordinator
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Theresa Hamm

Theresa Hamm

Academic Office Associate and Assessment Coordinator

theresa.hamm@westernsem.edu

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Carol Ann Bailey

Carol Ann Bailey

Educational Design and Technology Associate and Student Support Coordinator
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Carol Ann Bailey

Carol Ann Bailey

Educational Design and Technology Associate and Student Support Coordinator

carolann@westernsem.edu

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James Vlisides

James Vlisides

Educational Technologist
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James Vlisides

James Vlisides

Educational Technologist

CV for James Vlisides

james@westernsem.edu

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Kathy Ehmann

Kathy Ehmann

Administrative Assistant for Educational Design and Technology
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Kathy Ehmann

Kathy Ehmann

Administrative Assistant for Educational Design and Technology

kathy@westernsem.edu

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Admissions

Mark Poppen,D.Min.

Mark Poppen,D.Min.

Director of Admissions
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Mark Poppen,D.Min.

Mark Poppen,D.Min.

Director of Admissions

admissions@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x132

We are here to assist you with the application process. Please call the Admissions Office (800.392.8554 or 616.392.8555 ext 135) with any questions. Admission Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. We look forward to hearing from you!

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C.J. Kingdom-Grier

C.J. Kingdom-Grier

Associate Director of Admissions and Assistant to the President for Racial Initiatives
616.392.8555 x190

C.J. Kingdom-Grier

C.J. Kingdom-Grier

Associate Director of Admissions and Assistant to the President for Racial Initiatives

grier@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x190

We are here to assist you with the application process. Please call the Admissions Office (800.392.8554 or 616.392.8555 ext 135) with any questions. Admission Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Jill English

Jill English

Associate Director of Admissions
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Jill English

Jill English

Associate Director of Admissions

jill@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x135

We are here to assist you with the application process. Please call the Admissions Office (800.392.8554 or 616.392.8555 ext 135) with any questions. Admission Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Jeanette Schipper

Jeanette Schipper

Administrative Assistant for Admissions
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Jeanette Schipper

Jeanette Schipper

Administrative Assistant for Admissions

jeanettes@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555, x189

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Student Services

John Brogan

John Brogan

Dean of Formation for Ministry
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John Brogan

John Brogan

Dean of Formation for Ministry

B.S. University of Dayton
M.A. University of Michigan
M.Div. Bethel Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Duke University
CV for John Brogan

john.brogan@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x192

"Formation is central to the life of every Christian. God is transforming all Christians into the image of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18). I believe that formation for full time ministry and Christian leadership is essential through careful study, mentoring, and self-reflection. In my own formation, I remember those people, courses, and experiences that God placed in my life that helped form me into the person I am today. I am excited about the opportunity to work with women and men who are being formed by God for lives of mission and ministry."

Background

Dr. John Brogan was Dean of Students and Student Life at Northwestern College in Iowa for eight years before coming to Western the summer of 2013. He was a Northwestern religion faculty member from 1997 to 2005, department chair from 2002 to 2004, and held the Marvin and Derene DeWitt Professor of Religion endowed chair. In 2000, he received Northwestern College’s Teaching Excellence Award. At Northwestern, he served in numerous administrative roles and on a variety of campus-wide committees. Before serving at Northwestern, Brogan taught at Calvin College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte, NC, and Meredith College. He also served as a visiting scholar at Regent College in Vancouver, BC in 2005.
 
Brogan has a doctorate in New Testament and Christian Origins from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota), and a Master of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. He is a published author and has made numerous scholarly presentations in the field of New Testament textual criticism.
 
Brogan loves the church and is excited to help form the next generation of Christian leaders through theological education and ministry experiences. The New Testament vision of the diversity and justice of God’s kingdom has led him to an abiding interest in racial reconciliation, social justice, and cross-cultural appreciation.

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Stephanie Croom

Stephanie Croom

Associate Director of Formation for Ministry
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Stephanie Croom

Stephanie Croom

Associate Director of Formation for Ministry

stephanie@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x154

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Glenn Swier

Glenn Swier

Associate Director of Formation for Ministry, Director of the Dual Track MDiv-MSW Program and the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry Program
616.392.8555 x165

Glenn Swier

Glenn Swier

Associate Director of Formation for Ministry, Director of the Dual Track MDiv-MSW Program and the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry Program

glenn.swier@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x165

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Beth Smith

Beth Smith

Administrative Assistant for Student Services
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Beth Smith

Beth Smith

Administrative Assistant for Student Services

beths@westernsem.edu

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Melissa Conner

Melissa Conner

Friendship House Director
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Melissa Conner

Melissa Conner

Friendship House Director

melissa@westernsem.edu

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Beardslee Library

Ann E. Nieuwkoop

Ann E. Nieuwkoop

Interim Director of Beardslee Library
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Ann E. Nieuwkoop

Ann E. Nieuwkoop

Interim Director of Beardslee Library

ann@westernsem.edu

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Ben Boss

Ben Boss

Metadata and Cataloging Librarian
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Ben Boss

Ben Boss

Metadata and Cataloging Librarian

ben@westernsem.edu

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Hours: Mon & Thurs, 8am–5pm Tuesday 1-5pm Every third Friday 8am–5pm

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Allison Van Liere

Allison Van Liere

Circulations Supervisor
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Allison Van Liere

Allison Van Liere

Circulations Supervisor

allison@westernsem.edu

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Stephen E. Michaels

Stephen E. Michaels

Electronic Services and Systems Librarian
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Stephen E. Michaels

Stephen E. Michaels

Electronic Services and Systems Librarian

steve@westernsem.edu

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Maria Emerson

Maria Emerson

Technical Services Assistant
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Maria Emerson

Maria Emerson

Technical Services Assistant

maria@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555, x140

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Business Office

Norman Donkersloot

Norman Donkersloot

Vice President of Finance
616.392.8555 x107

Norman Donkersloot

Norman Donkersloot

Vice President of Finance

norman@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x107

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Kerry Eshenaur

Kerry Eshenaur

Bookkeeper, Student Billing, Payroll
616.392.8555 x106

Kerry Eshenaur

Kerry Eshenaur

Bookkeeper, Student Billing, Payroll

kerry@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x106

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Mary Huisman

Mary Huisman

Manager of The Sacred Page Bookstore
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Mary Huisman

Mary Huisman

Manager of The Sacred Page Bookstore

maryh@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x148

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Cherri Westhouse

Cherri Westhouse

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Cherri Westhouse

Cherri Westhouse

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

cherri@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x101

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Sara Russell

Sara Russell

Manager of The Bridge
616.392.3977

Sara Russell

Sara Russell

Manager of The Bridge

thebridge@westernsem.edu

616.392.3977

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Jan Nyhof

Jan Nyhof

Sales Associate at The Bridge

Jan Nyhof

Jan Nyhof

Sales Associate at The Bridge

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David Becker

David Becker

Superintendent of Building and Grounds
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David Becker

David Becker

Superintendent of Building and Grounds

david.becker@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x138

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Joe DeWeerd

Joe DeWeerd

Custodian/Maintenance Assistant
616.392.8555 x138

Joe DeWeerd

Joe DeWeerd

Custodian/Maintenance Assistant

joe@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x138

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Bill Tighe

Bill Tighe

Maintenance Assistant

Bill Tighe

Bill Tighe

Maintenance Assistant

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Office of Advancement and Communications

Jeff Munroe

Jeff Munroe

Vice President of Operations and Advancement
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Jeff Munroe

Jeff Munroe

Vice President of Operations and Advancement

B.A. Michigan State University
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary

jeff@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x111

TERRITORIES: NW Michigan & Grand Rapids, MI, Alaska, Florida*, California, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virgin Islands *Selected constituents

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Mike LeFebre

Mike LeFebre

Director of Development
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Mike LeFebre

Mike LeFebre

Director of Development

B.A. Calvin College

mike.lefebre@westernsem.edu

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TERRITORIES: Michigan (Hudsonville, Jenison, Zeeland), Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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Dana Daniels

Dana Daniels

Associate Director of Advancement
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Dana Daniels

Dana Daniels

Associate Director of Advancement

B.A. Northwestern College

dana@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x155

TERRITORIES: SW Michigan & Hamilton, MI, Alabama, Arkansas, Central Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee

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Andy Bast

Andy Bast

Associate Director of Advancement
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Andy Bast

Andy Bast

Associate Director of Advancement

B.A. St. Olaf College
M.A. University of St. Thomas

andy@westernsem.edu

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TERRITORIES: Michigan (Holland, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Northern/Eastern MI), New York, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Ohio

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Carla Capotosto

Carla Capotosto

Associate Director of Communications and Associate Director of the Lilly Economic Challenges Grant
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Carla Capotosto

Carla Capotosto

Associate Director of Communications and Associate Director of the Lilly Economic Challenges Grant

B.A. Hope College

carlap@westernsem.edu

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Megan Rice

Megan Rice

Communications Assistant
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Megan Rice

Megan Rice

Communications Assistant

B.S. Cornerstone University, Journalism - Visual Communications

megan@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x172

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LuAnne VanSlooten

LuAnne VanSlooten

Administrative Assistant for Advancement and Communications
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LuAnne VanSlooten

LuAnne VanSlooten

Administrative Assistant for Advancement and Communications

luanne@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x109

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Evonne Wernlund

Evonne Wernlund

Office Assistant
616.392.8555 x115 or 101

Evonne Wernlund

Evonne Wernlund

Office Assistant

evonne@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x115 or 101

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Journey (Continuing Education)

Steve VanderMolen

Steve VanderMolen

Director of Journey
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Steve VanderMolen

Steve VanderMolen

Director of Journey

stevevm@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x113

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Lindsay Small

Lindsay Small

Associate Director of the Bast Preaching Program
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Lindsay Small

Lindsay Small

Associate Director of the Bast Preaching Program

lindsay@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555, x178

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Pam Bush

Pam Bush

Associate Director of Discipleship
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Pam Bush

Pam Bush

Associate Director of Discipleship

pam@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555, x191

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Lee Ann Sotok

Lee Ann Sotok

Administrative Assistant for Ridder Church Renewal
616.392.8555 x128

Lee Ann Sotok

Lee Ann Sotok

Administrative Assistant for Ridder Church Renewal

LeeAnn.Sotok@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x128

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Tara Macias

Tara Macias

Administrative Assistant for Discipleship
616.392.8555 x133

Tara Macias

Tara Macias

Administrative Assistant for Discipleship

tara@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x133

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Lauren Eisnor

Lauren Eisnor

Administrative Assistant for Bast Preaching Initiatives
616.392.8555 x133

Lauren Eisnor

Lauren Eisnor

Administrative Assistant for Bast Preaching Initiatives

lauren@westernsem.edu

616.392.8555 x133

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