Dolores Nasrallah of the Hope College staff has been appointed to the college's new Leonard and Marjorie Maas Endowed Chaplaincy.
The endowed chaplaincy was established by Leonard
and Marjorie Maas of Grandville to provide on-going support
of the campus ministries program at Hope. Appointments to
the endowed chaplaincy are for three-year terms.
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.
"The active, lively and vital chapel program that
we have depends very much on the staff, and Dolores
Nasrallah has been a very important part of the staff since
the start of the new program in the fall of 1994," said Dr.
John H. Jacobson, president of Hope College. "She has been
active with her colleagues in developing a relational
ministry and in supporting the off-campus and out-of-town
outreach ministry of the chapel program, in addition to her
role in the services of public worship."
"Having this endowed chaplaincy defrays a
substantial portion of the cost of the chapel program, and
it gives assurance that in the future the college will be
able to continue to have a good level of staffing for the
program," he said.
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 Tom and Stephen are both Hope
graduates, members of the classes of 1978 and 1981
Together with their sons, they donated the
college's Maas Center, which was dedicated in 1986 and
stands on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. In addition to
supporting numerous other projects, Leonard and Marjorie
Maas have also established the Kelder-Maas Scholarship, in
honor of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kelder and Mr.
and Mrs. Lambert Maas.
Leonard Maas worked in the construction business
with his uncles and eventually took over the business, which
became Gillisse Construction Co. Through the years his
entrepreneurial spirit has led him into a variety of
Nasrallah joined the college's campus ministries
staff during the summer of 1994. She was previously women's
ministries pastor and adult ministries assistant with
College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, Calif. She had
been with College Avenue Baptist Church since 1987, and had
also been women's ministries director and leadership
training director at the church. Her work experience also
includes having been a speech communications instructor at
Christian Heritage College during 1990-91, and a graduate
teaching assistant at San Diego State University during
She holds a master of theological studies, with an
emphasis in pastoral care and counseling, from Bethel
Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of arts in journalism
and speech communications from San Diego State University.