Dordt College News

Leading off with the president

August 21, 2012

Sitting on the edge of my seat

I’m excited to serve as the fourth president of Dordt College. As the summer moved toward mid-August and it was time to welcome students back, I was like a little boy on the edge of my seat with anticipation.

“Wholeheartedly willing and ready to live for him”—that’s where my excitement comes from. I’ve always been energized by this last phrase of the answer to the Heidelberg Catechism’s Question 1, and I’ve always been comforted by the first phrase of the answer: “That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.”

In those phrases stands the heart of the Gospel: Christ paid it all and therefore we’re free through his precious blood to live for him—in anticipation of his promised return.

As I take up this new role as president of Dordt College, I don’t think I can sum it up any better than that. I lead in the comfort that God’s redemptive plan for the creation includes Dordt College and that God has it all, providentially, well in hand. I go forward knowing that he’s called me (and all of us together) to stand wholeheartedly willing and ready to serve here for him—equipping students with the biblical insight that will help them serve Christ’s kingdom purposes in all areas of life.

As you read this issue of the Voice, I hope you gather excitement and energy from the stories of what God is doing in the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Dordt’s supporting community.

As we begin this journey together, we need to stand back, giving thanks to God for the blessings we’ve been given, and then eagerly jump into the work of being “redemptively busy” in our daily work as an offering of thanks for those blessings.


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