Dr. Wayne Brouwer of the Hope College religion faculty has been presented the annual “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award by the graduating Class of 2016.

Dr. Wayne Brouwer of the Hope College religion faculty has been presented the annual “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award by the graduating Class of 2016.

The H.O.P.E. award, first given in 1965, is presented by the graduating class to the professor who they feel epitomizes the best qualities of the Hope College educator.

Brouwer, who is an associate professor of religion, was named the recipient during the college’s Commencement ceremony, held at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium on Sunday, May 8, and it happened that he was already on the stage when the announcement was made.  He had previously been chosen to present the Commencement address, “Remember Whose You Are.”

Brouwer has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2000, and received the student-initiated Faculty Appreciation Award during Homecoming in 2014.  He is also an adjunct professor of theology and ministry at Western Theological Seminary, has a weekly radio program on local radio station WHTC, is a sought-after speaker and teacher in area churches and conferences, and serves as vice-president for curriculum development at the Church Leadership Center.

Across his career he has pastored congregations in Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and in Michigan, and he was senior pastor of Harderwyk Ministries in Holland immediately prior to joining the faculty. He also served as a missionary teacher in Nigeria, and has taught at several other colleges and seminaries in North America.

Brouwer has written more than 700 articles that have appeared in journals such as Leadership, Christianity Today, Preaching, Interpretation, Calvin Theological Journal and Vital Ministry, and has authored more than a dozen books, including the second revised edition of his best-selling Covenant Documents: Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (Cognella), as well as They All Were Looking for a King… (CSS), Being a Believer in a Non-Believing World (Hendrickson), Humming Till the Music Returns (CSS) and The Literary Development of John 13-17: A Chiastic Reading (SBL).

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dordt College, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree and doctorate from McMaster University.

He and his wife, Brenda, have three daughters: Kristyn, Kimberly and Kaitlyn.