Dean of Chapel
Phone: (712) 722-6079
I help provide spiritual direction and leadership on campus through oversight of Campus Ministries, teaching in the Theology Department, and serving as a fellow in the Andreas Center. Specifically, in Campus Ministries this means preaching weekly in chapel, coordinating missions programs (locally, nationally, and internationally), providing pastoral care for students, giving shape to discipleship opportunities like small groups, prayer ministries, service opportunities and more. I also help connect Dordt students to local church and parachurch ministries. In the Theology Department, I help teach Biblical Foundations (CORE 150) when needed and participate in department meetings and curricular planning. As a fellow in the Andreas Center, I coordinate the First Monday Speaker Series and assist with the planning and implementation of conferences on campus. Last year, I co-authored with Syd Hielema a new textbook called Vivid: Deepening Your Colors for CORE 100, the freshmen introduction class to discipleship and the Reformational distinctives of Dordt.
I am passionate about creating a stimulating environment for spiritual growth on campus that leans heavily upon the strengths and vision of our student body and that ties seamlessly into what is taking place via faculty leadership in the classroom. In other words, at Dordt, "extra-curricular" is like a four-letter word. We aren't creating living spaces, worship events, or life activities to kill time in between classes. It's not extra, its co-curricular. Together, we are shaping an entire community to create a purposeful, life-enriching, four-year experience of total life discipleship formation.
I also am an avid hockey fan and local rec league coach, have four vibrant kids, a little dog named Charlie, and a creative, ridiculously talented wife who writes novels (www.nicolebaart.com). Together, we are also highly involved in community redevelopment and church planting in Liberia via a small non-profit we co-founded in 2007 named, One Body One Hope. When there's still time left over, I enjoy speaking, preaching, golf, and travel.