FIRST MONDAYS SPEAKER SERIES
The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to campus to challenge students, faculty, and staff to stretch their imaginations, to grow in understanding, to act boldly, and to re-creatively serve God's kingdom.
2014-15 Academic Year
October 6, 2014
Sara Gerritsma DeMoor
Sara Gerritsma DeMoor is a 2006 graduate from Dordt College where she earned a degree in political science. Following graduation, she attended the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto and completed an M.A. in philosophy. She became involved in Christian Reformed Campus Ministry at the University of Toronto as an intern. To her surprise, she discovered that she was more interested in ministry with graduate students than further academic studies. Today, Gerritsma DeMoor is in her 8th year of chaplaincy as one member of a four-person team of CRC campus pastors at the University of Toronto and remains grateful for the opportunity to witness the Spirit at work in the university context. Gerritsma DeMoor also serves as a member of the Christian Reformed Board of Home Missions and is on the Executive Committee of the Christian Reformed Campus Ministry Association. She has been published in Christian Courier, and as a “Millennial,” she remains interested in the trends, struggles, and joys of that generation’s connections to faith and church.
November 3, 2014
Rikk E. Watts
Rikk E. Watts is Professor of New Testament at Regent College. He earned degrees at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (B.S.), Gordon-Conwell (M.Div.) and Cambridge (Ph.D.). Initially trained as an aeronautical engineer, Watts worked for a number of years with IBM in large retail systems engineering while undertaking a degree in philosophy, art history, and sociology. He later joined a parachurch organization engaged in Christian awareness projects in public schools and in providing crisis accommodation and various rehabilitation programs for the urban poor. Watts is on the Board of Reference for Arocha (Canada), a highly respected Christian creation care organization, and is the founding member of Regent College’s Marketplace Institute, a theological research and design institute that works to help people think Christ-like in all areas of life. He was a founding member of On Being, a major Australian Christian magazine, and supported himself and his family as a professional drummer. Watts has served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell (Boston), Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Latrobe University (Melbourne), and the Bible College of Victoria (Melbourne).
March 2, 2015
Malcolm De Kryger
Malcolm De Kryger, president and part-owner of Belstra Milling Co., Inc., is a graduate of Calvin College and Purdue University Graduate School, earning a master’s degree in animal science. De Kryger works to decrease the disconnect between the producer and the consumer. Belstra Milling Company, in connection to Fair Oaks Farms, provides opportunities for consumers to see and experience a large-scale pig farm. Guests to the farm have the opportunity to perform a hands-on sonogram, become a farmer of a litter of piglets, and watch the birthing process. He is a member of the National Pork Producers Animal Health and Food Security Committee. He served on the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture Board and the Dean’s Advisory Council at Purdue Univ. He is on the board of Partners Worldwide, a Christian NGO that seeks to help develop small businesses in under-developed parts of the world. He and his wife are members of the First Christian Reformed Church of DeMotte.
April 6, 2015
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for overcoming cultural divisions in groups. Drawing from a vast body of research, she uncovers the underlying processes that affect relationships within and between groups and helps leaders understand how to promote an appreciation for diversity and build effective collaborations with diverse groups. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart (IVP, 2013), a Leadership Journal Book Award winner. Cleveland earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of California. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has published numerous scholarly articles and beginning in August 2014 will be an associate professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University. In addition to academic experience, Cleveland brings organizational experience to her efforts to build unity. She coaches pastors and organizational leaders on multicultural issues and speaks regularly.