Understanding Theological Education Colloquies Begin a New Year by Looking Back
In order to understand fully what we are doing and where we are going, we need to understand where we have been. A significant portion of the history of theological education in the RCA is wrapped up in the history of the denomination’s two seminaries: New Brunswick and Western. And so our first two Understanding Theological Education in the RCA colloquies, continuing last year’s successful series, will focus on those histories.
On Wednesday, November 3, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, we look at the history of Western Theological Seminary and theological education in the midwestern RCA, presented by Dennis Voskuil, president emeritus of Western Seminary and a Senior Research Fellow at the Van Raalte Institute of Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Dennis began his ministry pastoring several congregations in Michigan and Massachusetts, then served as professor of religion at Hope from 1977 to 1994, when he became president of Western. Retiring from the presidency in 2008, he returned to teaching church history full-time, then as an adjunct at WTS from 2014 to 2017, when he began two years of service as interim president of Hope College. His presentation to us will be followed by a response from John Coakley, and then a time of questions and discussion for everyone.