The Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown of Holland
has been appointed interim dean of the chapel at Hope
Brown, who is a member of the faculty at Western
Theological Seminary, will serve in the role during the
spring semester. The current dean, the Rev. Ben Patterson,
is leaving Hope to assume responsibilities at Westmont
College in Santa Barbara, Calif. Hope is in the process of
conducting a national search for his successor.
"We think that Tim Brown is a great choice for
this interim assignment," said Hope College President Dr.
James Bultman. "As an alumnus, member of the Board of
Trustees and a part-time faculty member, Tim knows our
institution and students well. We're very grateful to the
seminary for allowing us to have him on a part-time basis
during his planned spring sabbatical from Western."
In addition, during the interim period additional
responsibilities will be assumed by the Rev. Paul Boersma, a
chaplain at Hope since 1994. "We are pleased that we'll
have a person of Paul's caliber to assume more
responsibility during this time of transition," Bultman
Brown, who is a 1973 Hope graduate, is the Henry
Bast Professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary.
He joined the seminary faculty in 1995.
From 1983 to 1995, he was pastor of Christ
Memorial Church in Holland. He has also served the First
Reformed Church of South Holland, Ill., from 1970 to 1983,
and Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville from 1976 to
Brown delivered the college's Baccalaureate sermon
in 1992. He has written several articles for "The Church
Herald," "The Reformed Review" and "Perspectives" magazine.
He holds an M.Div. and a D.Min. from Western
His wife, Nancy, is a 1971 graduate of Hope. They
have three children, all of whom attended Hope: Sarah,
Jonathan and Rebekah.