posted December 16, 1998

Dolores Nasrallah Named To New Endowed Chaplaincy

Dolores Nasrallah of the Hope College staff has been appointed to the college's new Leonard and Marjorie Maas Endowed Chaplaincy.

          The endowed chaplaincy was established by Leonard
  and Marjorie Maas of Grandville to provide on-going support
  of the campus ministries program at Hope.  Appointments to
  the endowed chaplaincy are for three-year terms.
          The college's chaplains work in pastoral and
  relational ministry with Hope students, helping the students
  to respond to personal and spiritual challenges and to grow
  in their faith.  Activities of the campus ministries office
  include weekday and Sunday evening worship services, small
  group Bible studies, and leadership and service
  opportunities for students, the latter including several
  spring break mission trips domestically and abroad.
          "The active, lively and vital chapel program that
  we have depends very much on the staff, and Dolores
  Nasrallah has been a very important part of the staff since
  the start of the new program in the fall of 1994," said Dr.
  John H. Jacobson, president of Hope College.  "She has been
  active with her colleagues in developing a relational
  ministry and in supporting the off-campus and out-of-town
  outreach ministry of the chapel program, in addition to her
  role in the services of public worship."
          "Having this endowed chaplaincy defrays a
  substantial portion of the cost of the chapel program, and
  it gives assurance that in the future the college will be
  able to continue to have a good level of staffing for the
  program," he said.
          Leonard and Marjorie Maas are long-time supporters
  of the college.  Leonard was a member of the college's Board
  of Trustees from 1979 to 1993, serving since as an honorary
  member of the board.  Marjorie was active in the Women's
  League for Hope College, which raised funds for many years
  to enhance Hope's residence halls.  They are members of the
  Reformed Church in America, which is the college's parent
  denomination.
          Their sons Tom and Stephen are both Hope
  graduates, members of the classes of 1978 and 1981
  respectively.
          Together with their sons, they donated the
  college's Maas Center, which was dedicated in 1986 and
  stands on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.  In addition to
  supporting numerous other projects, Leonard and Marjorie
  Maas have also established the Kelder-Maas Scholarship, in
  honor of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kelder and Mr.
  and Mrs. Lambert Maas.
          Leonard Maas worked in the construction business
  with his uncles and eventually took over the business, which
  became Gillisse Construction Co.  Through the years his
  entrepreneurial spirit has led him into a variety of
  business ventures.
          Nasrallah joined the college's campus ministries
  staff during the summer of 1994.  She was previously women's
  ministries pastor and adult ministries assistant with
  College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, Calif.  She had
  been with College Avenue Baptist Church since 1987, and had
  also been women's ministries director and leadership
  training director at the church.  Her work experience also
  includes having been a speech communications instructor at
  Christian Heritage College during 1990-91, and a graduate
  teaching assistant at San Diego State University during
  1987-88.
          She holds a master of theological studies, with an
  emphasis in pastoral care and counseling, from Bethel
  Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of arts in journalism
  and speech communications from San Diego State University.