Paul Boersma Appointed to
Maas Endowed Chaplaincy
Posted June 5, 2001
HOLLAND -- The Rev. Paul Boersma of the Hope
College staff has been appointed to the college's Leonard
and Marjorie Maas Endowed Chaplaincy.
The endowed chaplaincy was established in 1998 by
Leonard and Marjorie Maas of Grandville to provide on-going
support of the campus ministries program at Hope.
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.
Boersma joined the college's campus ministries
staff during the summer of 1994. He was previously pastor
of youth and education at Community Reformed Church in
Holland, where he had been employed since 1983.
He graduated from Hope in 1982, and holds a master
of divinity from Western Theological Seminary. He and his
wife, Melody, live in Zeeland and have three children:
Aaron, Joel and Emily.
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
Their sons Thomas and Steven are both Hope
graduates, members of the classes of 1978 and 1981
Together with their sons, they donated the
college's Maas Center, dedicated in 1986. In addition to
supporting numerous other projects, they also established
the Kelder-Maas Scholarship, in honor of their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas Kelder and Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Maas.