Hope College and Western Theological Seminary
Make Joint Appointment on Dean of the Chapel Post
Posted April 30, 2001
HOLLAND -- Dr. Timothy Brown of Holland has been
appointed the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope
College while retaining his position as Henry Bast Professor
of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary.
Hope and Western, sister institutions of the
Reformed Church in America, affirm their shared heritage in
making this first-ever joint appointment. The one-year
appointment will become effective July 1. Brown has been
serving as interim dean of the chapel at the college since
the beginning of the spring semester, and has been a member
of the Western Theological Seminary faculty since 1995.
"There were several very qualified applicants both
from within and outside the campus community; but in the
final analysis, the search committee recognized the
exceptional gifts which Tim Brown brought to this position,"
said James E. Bultman, president of Hope College. "These
gifts were fully manifested this past semester, when he
served Hope as interim dean of the chapel."
Brown has held his interim appointment while on
sabbatical from teaching responsibilities at Western
Theological Seminary. He will hold his new Hope appointment
jointly with his continuing appointment as the Henry Bast
Professor of Preaching at the seminary.
"Tim Brown possesses preaching and pastoral gifts
which will positively affect the life of Hope's campus
ministry program," said Dennis Voskuil, president of Western
Theological Seminary. "We are hopeful that this one-year
appointment will be positive for both our sister
institutions as we seek to develop closer working
Bultman concurred. "The opportunity to partner
with the seminary in serving our campus communities and the
greater denomination is much appreciated," he said. "It is
envisioned that mutual benefits will accrue with this
"I am also deeply grateful to Dennis Voskuil and
Jim Brownson, academic dean at the seminary, for their
willingness to explore this model and to bless it for this
'season' of service," he said. "Obviously they have
generously looked at the good of the 'whole' rather than the
limitations of two halves."
Brown is a 1973 Hope graduate. From 1983 to 1995,
he was pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland. He has
also served the First Reformed Church of South Holland,
Ill., from 1980 to 1983, and Fellowship Reformed Church in
Hudsonville from 1976 to 1980.
Brown delivered the college's Baccalaureate sermon
in 1992. He has written several articles for "The Church
Herald," "The Reformed Review" and "Perspectives" magazine.
He holds an M.Div. and a D.Min. from Western
His wife, Nancy, is a 1971 graduate of Hope. They
have three children, all of whom attended Hope: Sarah,
Jonathan and Rebekah.