Thomas Arendshorst, M.D, grew up in Holland. He graduated from DePauw University and the University of Michigan Medical School, practiced as an ophthalmic surgeon in Holland for twenty-seven years (retiring in 2004), earned a master’s degree in International Peace Studies at the Joan Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2006, and is currently a master’s student in creative writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Dr. Arendshorst presented Hope College’s 2007 A.J. Muste Lecture, and is now an educator, writer and community health clinic volunteer. He has served on the boards of five Holland non-profit agencies helping disadvantaged families and youth, has worked as part of many foreign medical missions and developed a wilderness experiential program for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland.
He is a member of Hope Reformed Church in Holland, husband of the Rev. Dr. Sharon Arendshorst, father of two sons and grandfather of three grandsons.