James Bultman Contributes Essay
To Book on Faith Experiences
Posted July 26, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope
College, has an essay included in "College Faith: 150
Christian Leaders and Educators Share Faith Stories from
Their Student Days."
Published by Andrews University Press, the book
brings together the personal faith perspectives of scores of
leaders in Christian higher education, including more than
60 college, university or seminary presidents. The
testimonies are presented to cover a wide range of issues
faced by any Christian student in any age: academic
struggles, financial crises, satisfying or frustrating
personal relationships, opportunities to witness and the
call to follow Jesus.
Dr. Timothy George, executive editor "Christianity
Today" and dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford
University, said, "Aptly arranged like a special collection
of precious stones--beautiful gems of grace--these stories
of personal faith bring us all closer to Christ. A book of
encouragement for students everywhere, as well as for those
who teach them, and all those who love and pray for them."
Bultman's essay, "A Few Godly Men," reflects on
the positive influence of his coaches while he was a student
at Hope. He reflects on the way that they taught through
their coaching, emphasizing excellence in sport while
keeping the activity in perspective, and through the way
that they lived out their faith.
"These godly men did not wear their religion on
their sleeves," he wrote. "Rather, it was an inherent part
of the fabric of their lives. They lived their faith every
day, and it was experienced by those of us who had the
privilege of coming under their tutelage."
Bultman, president of Hope since 1999, is a 1963
Hope graduate. He played football and baseball during each
of his four years as a student, and captained both teams.
His coaches in football were Gordon Brewer, Russ
De Vette and Dr. Ken Weller, and his baseball coach was Dr.
Daryl Siedentop. Others he cites in the essay include the
late Larry "Doc" Green, who was the college's athletic
trainer, and former football coach Al Vanderbush, who was
continuing to serve on the college's political science
Brewer and De Vette are both retired from Hope and
living in Holland, and Vanderbush is retired from the
college and living in Bloomington, Minn. Weller went on to
become president of Central College in Pella, Iowa, retiring
in 1990. Siedentop lives in Westerville, Ohio, and is a
member of the faculty at The Ohio State University.
After graduation, Bultman taught and coached in
the public schools in Portage. He was on the Hope education
faculty from 1968 to 1985, and served as an assistant
football coach from 1970 to 1985 and head baseball coach
from 1971 to 1985. He was president of Northwestern College
in Orange City, Iowa, from 1985 to 1999.