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Welcome to the Religion Department at Hope College!

We are a community of teacher-scholars and students devoted to the study of Religion in a global society and in the context of the historic Christian faith.

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Tuesday, March 31 - 7:30 PM - Maas Auditorium

"MY LIFE IN PROSTITUTION and MY NEW LIFE BEYOND!" with Terri McFadden-Sieplinga, Executive Director, Kalamazoo Deacons Conference.

Wednesday, April 1 - 7:00-8:30 PM - Maas Conference Room


2015 Young Alumni Award Recipient Banquet - Thursday, April 9

Major Jeremy Latchaw '00 is a decorated U.S. Army officer, co-owner of two Orange Leaf franchises in West Michigan and strategic consultant who is deeply committed to community service.

Jeremy majored in business administration and religion at Hope. His activities as a student included participating in Army ROTC through Western Michigan University, and serving as a volunteer with Hope College TRiO Upward Bound and resident assistant. He completed an MBA at Baker College in 2008.

Following graduation from Hope, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed initially in Texas. During his active service he was deployed to Iraq, earning decorations including the Bronze Star, and he later served in Kuwait during 2007-08 while in the U.S. Army Reserve. Promoted across his time in the military, he continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve as a major, and is an associate professor of military science in the Army ROTC program at Western Michigan University.

He served with the Boy Scouts of America in Kansas as a district executive from 2005 to 2007 and as a senior district representative from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, he joined the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, which he continues to serve as a consultant. Also in 2009 he wrote the book “American Patriotism through the Eyes of an Eagle,” which won a Christian Choice Book Award.

Latchaw and his wife, Molly, relocated to Holland in 2013. They operate two Orange Leaf frozen yogurt franchises in the area, donating 20 percent of their profits to charity. His additional involvement in West Michigan has include serving as vice president of training for Cultivate Holland and as the ROTC Awards chair for the Michigan Sons of the American Revolution. His continued engagement with Hope has ranged from hosting Hope-Calvin rivalry satellite parties; to serving on his 10-year reunion committee; to volunteering with the Center for Faithful Leadership, Career Resource Network and Admissions program.

“Last Lecture” to Explore “Some Things That Really Matter”

Dr. Steven Hoogerwerf of the Hope College Religion faculty will present the address “Some Things That Really Matter (and a few complications)” on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium through the “Last Lecture Series” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the national Mortar Board honorary society.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Hoogerwerf is an associate professor of religion at Hope, where he has taught since 1992. He emphasizes service-learning in his teaching, developing resources to help students reflect on what they are learning as they engage in service to others. His scholarship focuses on sexual ethics, medical ethics, and religion and society.

Among other activities, he has been a leader in the college’s spring break immersion trip program and co-leads a May Term course on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where students learn about the history, culture and religion of the Oglala Lakota tribe partly in the context of direct involvement in service to reservation residents.

In February 2007, he received a Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. He received the Faculty Appreciation Award from the college’s Student Activities Committee and student life office in 2009; was chosen by the graduating class to deliver the Commencement address in 2008; was presented with the “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award by the graduating class in 2007; and received the college’s Janet Andersen Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.

Hoogerwerf has also served as an adjunct member of the faculty of Western Theological Seminary since 1996. Other appointments through the years have included serving as director of adult ministries at Second Reformed Church in Zeeland; spiritual care coordinator with Hospice of Holland Inc.; interim associate minister at Olin Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; associate minister of United Reformed Church in Somerville, New Jersey; and staff associate with the office of social witness of the Reformed Church in America.

His current community involvements include serving on the ethics committees of Holland Hospital, and as an ethics consultant to Freedom Village and Resthaven Patrons Inc.

Hoogerwerf graduated from Hope in 1977 with majors in religion and philosophy. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary in 1981 and his doctorate, in theology and ethics, at Duke University in 1991.

The title of the lecture series, which the chapter initiated during the 2008-09 school year to feature members of the college’s faculty and staff, is rhetorical. The lectures are not literally presented as the last that the speakers will deliver at Hope, but are meant to highlight the advice that they would most want to share if the event was indeed the final opportunity for them to address the college’s students. The speakers are asked to reflect on their careers and lives, and to think deeply about what matters to them and about what wisdom they would like to impart.

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Still wondering? Make an appointment with Dr. Tyler, Chair of the Religion Department (LH123), or for more information email or stop by the Religion Department office (LH111).

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