Rev. Paul Boersma

The Leonard and Marjorie Maas Endowed Senior Chaplain
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Paul Boersma has served in the Campus Ministries office since 1994. His main responsibilities include supervising the Campus Ministries team, providing pastoral care, preaching and encouraging others in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. 


  • M.Div., Western Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Hope College

Personal Experience

Before coming to Hope, Paul served as associate pastor at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland, Michigan, for 11 years.

Why I Love Hope

Paul loves the students here. He loves walking alongside them and believes that college years are some of the most formative years of a person’s life. Huge decisions regarding faith, vocation and calling, and relationships are being forged during this season of life, and he gets the wonderful privilege to help students navigate through these “tricky waters.” When Paul began his work as chaplain at Hope College in 1994, he told everyone, “I have the best job in the world.” After 20+ years in his position, he still tells everyone the same thing.

Outside The College

Paul is married to Hope College alumna Melody Meyer ’83. Their three adult children have all graduated from Hope College: Aaron, 2010; Joel, 2012; and Emily, 2013. Paul and Melody fully enjoy the benefits of being empty nesters. They love to walk, attend Hope College events and spend time with family and friends. 

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Rev. Paul Boersma

Phone Number616.395.7145

van Andel Huys der Hope 110 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3515
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