Dr. Steve Bouma-PredigerLeonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology, Department Chair
Steve Bouma-Prediger ’79 joined the faculty at Hope in 1994 and is currently the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology. He served from 2006–2013 as chairperson of the Department of Religion and from 2013–2017 he was the associate dean for teaching and learning. He also oversees the Environmental Studies minor and chairs the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee, otherwise known as The Green Team.
- Ph.D., religious studies, The University of Chicago, 1992
- M.Div., theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1987
- M.Phil., philosophy, Institute for Christian Studies, 1984
- B.A., math and computer science, Hope College, 1979
Steve is an adjunct professor at Western Theological Seminary and teaches in Belize and New Zealand for the Creation Care Study Program. He has taught at North Park College in Chicago and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Awards and recognition
- Appointment to the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Endowed Chair in Reformed Theology, 2017
- Hope College nominee for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, 2010
- Chosen by Hope College Mortar Board Honor Society to give a “Last Lecture,” 2009
- Appointment to the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Endowed Chair, 2003–2007
- Award of Merit, For the Beauty of the Earth, in the Christianity Today Book Awards, theology/ethics category, 2002
- Hope College nominee for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professor of the Year, 2002
- Outstanding Faculty Award (selected by student body), Hope College, 2001
- Hope’s Outstanding Professor Educator Award (voted by seniors), Hope College, 1999
- Commencement speaker (selected by senior class), Hope College, 1998
- North Park College Student Service Award (selected by students), North Park College, 1994
- Chicago Tribune All Star Professor Team, 1994
Why I love Hope
Steve appreciates Hope’s high academic standards and its bright, hard-working students. He enjoys his friendly colleagues who are dedicated scholars and creative teachers, an ethos that combines a commitment to excellence in teaching with a strong emphasis on first-rate research, a caring college community located in a big small town and a robustly Christian college that takes its mission statement seriously and tries to welcome everyone.
Outside the college
Steve’s wife, Celaine, is a marriage and family therapist, a spiritual director and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. They have three girls: Anna lives in Brooklyn, New York, Chara is a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and Sophia is a recent Spanish major graduate of Hope. He and his wife live with their lively Boston Terrier, Lily, in a 125-year-old home surrounded by trees in downtown Holland.
Steve spends as much time as possible outside, including taking students whitewater rafting, flatwater canoeing and backpacking in the Adirondacks every May as part of a three-week Hope course, Ecological Theology and Ethics.