BA Wheaton College

M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame


 CV for David Komline


  • Church History I
  • Church History II
  • Church and State in America
  • American Evangelicalism
  • Christianity in China
  • Summative Evaluation (for MA students)

Speaking Engagements


  • February 13, 20 and 27: Speaking at Thornapple Community Church.

David Komline

Associate Professor of Church History

David Komline has deep family roots in the RCA and is excited about teaching for a school that is evangelical, ecumenical, and Reformed. These three traditions have strongly shaped him, as one might infer from his educational background, which includes a BA from Wheaton College, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

David’s scholarship emphasizes international exchange, which he has been able to participate in firsthand through teaching.  Before moving to Holland, Michigan, he spent a year living and researching in Germany, where he taught a course at the University of Heidelberg. After college, he taught English at Yantai University in China for one year. Locally, he has also taught at Western’s neighbor, Hope College.

“History is about stories. What stories do our histories tell? What stories should they tell? How well do these stories account for historical evidence? Are there better ways to tell them? I hope students will wrestle with these questions in their church history classes at Western Theological Seminary, preparing them for a life of proclaiming the larger story of God’s redeeming love for the world.”


The Common School Awakening- Religion and the Transatlantic Roots of American Public Education