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
September 1, 2014
Prof. Nancy Pearcey
Best-selling author Nancy Pearcey is a professor and scholar-in-residence at Houston Baptist University, where she also serves as director of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture. She has been hailed by The Economist as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.” Pearcey’s writing focuses on Christian worldview and apologetics. Her book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity (Crossway, 2004) is a Christianity Today Award of Merit Winner and an ECPA Gold Medallion Winner. Through her work with the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture students have unique opportunities to engage with her award-winning books and other resources on worldview and cultural engagement. Pearcey received her degree in biblical studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, with additional study at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario.
October 6, 2014
Sara Gerritsma DeMoor
Sara Gerritsma DeMoor graduated from Dordt College in 2006 with a degree in political science. Following graduation, she attended the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto where she completed an M.A. in philosophy in 2009. She became involved in Christian Reformed Campus Ministry at the University of Toronto as an intern at the beginning of her M.A. To her surprise, she was more interested in ministry with graduate students than further academic studies. Today, Gerritsma DeMoor is in her eighth 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.
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.