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  RECENT GRADUATES

JANAE ARVIDSON will be working at the Dale House Project in Colorado Springs!

KARLEY BULLARD is seeking God’s discernment; possibly Interserve Mission; possibly overseas 1-2 years; missions is her passion.

ALEX DEWAAL is seeking a youth ministry position in West Michigan

KYLE DIPRE, beginning in June, I will pursue the M.Div. degree through a fellowship at Princeton Theological Seminary. I plan to dedicate these next three years to studying the debates over church-and-state relations in American religious history. Upon completion of the program, I intend to pursue law and doctorate degrees in the history of the First Amendment in the United States. My goal is to educate and conduct research with college students to develop frameworks for promoting the distinct contributions of the world's religions in America's public sector while also seeking avenues to affirm religious pluralism.

NICK JOHNSON, after graduating in Spring of 2014, I decided to take that next academic year off and pursue the options of youth ministry and discern whether more academic education or pastoral education was in my future.  I determined after much prayer and deliberation that an MDiv was not the right answer at this point in my life and that God was calling me for further education toward my Master's in more theological training.  I applied and was accepted to Wheaton College, and I am in my first year of the Master's in Systematic Theology program here at Wheaton.  

These first two semesters have shown me that the religion degree from Hope had quite adequately prepared me for graduate work and I am gracious for the religion department for the preparation needed to pursue further rigorous course-work.  However, as you know, graduate work is a whole different ballgame and the sheer quantity and depth of study has shown me that I still have a long way to go before I have a more comprehensive scope of the theological conversations taking place.  These two semesters have been filled with long days of research and reading trying to fill in gaps that I might have as well as increasing my knowledge in areas in which I feel most confident.  Although at times it seems like I am biting off more than I can chew by tackling these large doctrines or trying to understand the thoughts of theologians pertaining to historical or systematic doctrinal concerns, I have enjoyed the research process thus far and am always trying to find that one niche interest that I can focus on if a PhD is my next step after another year of study.  

BEN LANTING will be spending his summer home in Colorado and then pursuing golf in the fall in Florida; then possibly pursuing his MDiv

ANDREW PEECHER will be spending the summer in his hometown, Springfield, Illinois, and then heading off to Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall to pursue his M.Div.

DAVID PENNING, a 2011 Religion Major graudate, graduated May 2015 from Western Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. David will be moving to Kalamazoo and then getting married to Elisha Young on May 30, 2015.

KENDALL PHILLIPS will be with Teach for America in Milwaukee for 2 years.

MARIE SCHRAMPFER, beginning in August, will be in Syracuse, New York, with a program called FancisCorps - a year-long Franciscan service/volunteer program. She will be living with the rest of the volunteers, sharing meals together, praying together, etc., and working with a non-profit organization in Syracuse. She will be doing some kind of afterschool/youth/teaching/mentoring type of work with kids.

MADELINE TAYLOR will be pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Systematic Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. This is a two year degree starting in the Fall of 2015.

BEN WELLS for the summer will be part of Iris Global’s Harvest School Program in Mozambique and in the fall will begin his MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary

PAST GRADUATES

BETHANY SCHMALL (2014) will be attending Duke University in the Fall 2014 to pursue her Master’s Degree.

TRENTON SMITH (2014) works part-time at Faith Christian Church in Zeeland, Michigan, and will begin at Western Theological Seminary Fall 2014.

JESSICA KOZACK (2013) is pursuing a Master’s in Religious Studies with a concentration in Marian Studies at the University of Dayton. She is also considering obtaining a PhD and eventually becoming a college professor.

KARA (VanOORDT) LEPLEY (2013) is attending Western Theological Seminary. She will be pursuing both her M.Div and M.S.W. degrees and hopes to graduate in 2017 with both degrees!! She is also a youth director at 14th Street CRC.

DANIEL DeVRIES (2012): He was a camp director for TEAM effort summer 2012, a mission organization that partners with youth groups to repair homes and communities. Fall 2012 he will be attending Western Theological Seminary to pursue a Masters in Divinity.

TOM FIFER (2012): He will be attending Duke Divinity School Fall 2012 to pursue his Masters in Divinity.

C.J. NEWENDORP (2012): He is working at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, California as a discipleship and social media intern. He will be attending Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California part-time.

DAVID PENNING (2012): David spent the summer at home working at the Angels Crossing Golf course. Fall 2012 he returns to Holland to attend Western Theological Seminary to seek a Masters of Divinity.

ANDREW PETERSON (2012): He recently received the highest merit award scholarship at Princeton University, which he will be attending in the fall of 2012.

JESSA WARNER (2011) recently graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity in 2014. In her final year at seminary, she had an internship at the Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter and felt a call to work with people on the margins of society. She has accepted a position as a medical case manager with VOA where she is a case manager for people who have HIV/AIDS. While in seminary, Jessa joined Jeff Street Baptist Community at Liberty where she had a meaningful internship. Through her church, she is active in an ecumenical social justice organization called CLOUT, Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together.