The Rev. Dr. Trygve D. Johnson Is
Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel
Rev. Dr. Trygve D. Johnson is the Hinga-Boersma Dean
of the Chapel at Hope College.
Johnson, who completed his his doctorate in theology at the University
of St. Andrews in Scotland, assumed his
duties at Hope in January of 2005.
"Trygve possesses the full array of skills and gifts that
we were seeking," said Hope College President James E. Bultman. "He
is completing his doctorate in theology and homiletics, he has
experience as a college chaplain, and he has prepared himself for
spiritual life leadership in the academy."
"We believe he possesses the mind of a scholar, the heart
of a pastor and the courage of a leader," Bultman said. "We
on the search committee are unanimous in our belief that we have
sought and found the person of God's choosing, and that the record
of history will document that the Reverend Trygve Johnson was a
superb choice to lead the spiritual life of the college at this
important time in Hope's history."
completed his master of divinity at Western Theological Seminary
in 1999, serving as a chaplain intern at Hope from 1996 to 1998
and as a pastoral intern at Third Reformed Church during 1998-99.
"College is a unique season of growth," he said. "For
me there is nothing more satisfying than to walk shoulder-to-shoulder
with students as they integrate their faith convictions into a
larger vision for life."
"To be in a community of learning, where one of the fundamental
mandates is to explore the big questions - what it means to be
human, what is truth, what is justice - is at the heart of Christian
discipleship - where faith seeks understanding," Johnson said. "It
is in this action of discernment and integration where lives are
put on a trajectory for life. I love being a small part of that
"To be entrusted the honor to proclaim the gospel of Jesus
in this unique context and season is more significant than anything
else I can think of doing," he said.
As the dean of the chapel at Hope, Johnson leads the college's
spiritual life program. His responsibilities include administering
Hope's thrice-weekly and Sunday evening chapel program, preaching
regularly in chapel, speaking and writing, and nurturing relationships
with the college's students, faculty and staff. In addition, he
supervises the campus ministries program's six-member
professional ministry team.
The deanship was endowed in 1993 by Connie Boersma of Holland
and her husband, the late Max Boersma. Connie Boersma is a member
of the college's Class of 1949, and the daughter of the late Milton
L. "Bud" Hinga, who was at Hope for 29 years as a professor,
coach and dean. Max Boersma was a member of the college's Class
of 1946, and a longtime member of the college's Board of Trustees.
Prior to coming to Hope, Johnson served as chaplain at Northwestern
College, which like Hope is affiliated with the Reformed Church
in America (RCA), from
1999 to 2002. His responsibilities included organizing and facilitating
a daily chapel program; serving as resident preacher; co-supervising
the campus ministry staff and programs; providing pastoral care
to students, faculty and staff; and serving as a liaison to community
pastors and the RCA.
His professional activities have included membership in the Institute
for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) of St. Mary's College
at the University of St. Andrews, and appointment in 2002 as a
General Synod Chaplain by the RCA. His honors have included a 2002
Calvin Worship Institute Fellowship and a 2001 Henry Bast Preaching
Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern College in
1996 with a major in history. An NAIA Baseball First Team Academic
All-American as an undergraduate, he was also an assistant baseball
coach at Hope in 1996 and at Northwestern from 2000 to 2002.
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