Historically affiliated with the Reformed Church of America, Hope has an active Union of Catholic Students, small Bible study groups, youth ministry and immersion experiences across the country and abroad. Participation is entirely voluntary, but you’ll find the joy can be contagious.
Standing room only
Three times a week for 22 minutes, over 1,000 people fill Dimnent Memorial Chapel, and the pews are overflowing for our Sunday evening Gathering as well. Some students come here to grow in their faith, others discover the spiritual home they always wanted, and everyone feels connected.
Hope’s campus ministers work with 120 students to design worship services that invite all to participate in the Christian tradition. Students set up the gear for bands, take charge of multimedia, lead the Gospel Choir, perform liturgical dance and occasionally preach.
“I saw how excited people were about their faith and was curious if I could take steps toward that. There are so many opportunities that propel you to ask questions and be more intentional about your faith.” Chris Mattson ’12
Faith in action
Campus Ministries sponsors spring break immersions where students study social issues and serve others, from caring for orphans in Guatemala to working with food justice and urban farming pioneers in Detroit, and providing public health services in Nicaragua.
The bonds formed here through faith and service can inspire a lifelong passion. Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale ’97, co-pastors of the Reformed Church of Highland Park in New Jersey, have made their church a leader in its denomination in religious environmentalism. Hope eco-theologian Steven Bouma-Prediger has led their congregation on a retreat, exploring ways that Christian theology connects with care for creation—a topic that Hope students delve into on his May Term course in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.
For all these reasons, Hope is one of only 10 church-related institutions nationwide cited in Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully, and one of only 40 applauded by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope in Colleges That Change Lives.