Paul Boersma Holds
Rev. Paul Boersma of the Hope College staff holds the college's
Leonard and Marjorie Maas Endowed Chaplaincy.
The endowed chaplaincy was established in 1998 by
Leonard and Marjorie Maas of Grandville to provide on-going
support of the campus ministries program at Hope.
The college's chaplains work in pastoral and relational ministry
with Hope students, helping the students to respond to personal
and spiritual challenges and to grow in their faith. Activities
of the campus ministries office include weekday and Sunday evening
worship services, small group Bible studies, and leadership and
service opportunities for students, the latter including several
spring break mission trips domestically and abroad.
Boersma joined the college's campus ministries
staff during the summer of 1994. He was previously pastor
of youth and education at Community Reformed Church in
Holland, where he had been employed since 1983.
He graduated from Hope in 1982, and holds a master
of divinity from Western Theological Seminary. He and his
wife, Melody, live in Zeeland and have three children:
Aaron, Joel and Emily.
Leonard and Marjorie Maas have beenlong-time supporters
of the college. Leonard, who passed away in 2010, was a member
of the college's Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1993, serving
as an honorary
member of the board. Marjorie was active in the Women's
League for Hope College, which raised funds for many years
to enhance Hope's residence halls. They have been members of the
Reformed Church in America, which is the college's parent
Their sons Thomas and Steven are both Hope
graduates, members of the classes of 1978 and 1981
Together with their sons, they donated the college's Maas Center,
dedicated in 1986. In addition to
supporting numerous other projects, they also established
the Kelder-Maas Scholarship, in honor of their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas Kelder and Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Maas. They also
recently provided major support for the newly constructed Richard
and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse
and the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.
Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the college on a
permanent basis through the support of a faculty member. The gift is placed in
the college's endowment fund with investment income used to support the work
of the honored professor. In addition to recognizing faculty members for excellence,
endowed chairs provide funding for summer research projects as well as some salary
more about establishing an endowed professorship