Dr. Donald Bruggink

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Donald began his tenure as Senior Research Fellow at the Van Raalte Institute in 2004. A principal part of his research involves the editing and publication of historical works relating to the Dutch in North America, Europe, and throughout the world.

As founding editor of the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America since 1968, 42 titles have been published by the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, often in cooperation with the Van Raalte Press, Jacob Nyenhuis, editor, and Origins Studies in Dutch-American History.


  • Ph.D., New College, University of Edinburgh, 1956
  • BD, Western Theological Seminary, 1954
  • BA, Central College, 1951


Why Hope?

Donald loves Hope’s Christian commitment, its academic excellence and its commitments to diversity and to the Holland community.

Outside Hope

Donald has enjoyed creating, organizing and leading a total of 57 international seminars for Western Theological Seminary; the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture; Faith & Forum; and the American Institute of Architects. He is interested in architecture, and published Christ and Architecture in 1965.

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Dr. Donald Bruggink

Phone Number616.395.7097

Theil Research Center-Room 123 9 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423-3513
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