The Voice: Winter 2001

The Voice

Six new members join the board of trustees

Terry Katsma feels privileged to be a Dordt graduate and looks forward to addressing the challenges of promoting Christian higher education at Dordt College. “Witnessing Dordt's commitment to critical Reformed thinking from the perspective of a trustee has already been rewarding,” he says after his first meeting. Katsma, who graduated in1980, has worked in banking since he left Dordt. He currently serves at the Oostburg State Bank and has been a member of church council and the local Christian school board. His family includes his wife, Nancy Brill Katsma ('80), a son who is a sophomore at Dordt, and two daughters.

Dan Kuiper ('82) believes it is not only important but a rarity today for institutions of higher learning to have a comprehensive Christian world and life view. He believes it is vital to train students in the light of God's Word as they are on the threshold of entering the work force, and he says he looks forward to being part of the board of an institution that stays true to its mission. Kuiper grew up only ten miles from campus, but today lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he teaches high school biology and human anatomy and coaches track and field and cross-country.

He also serves as an elder at Palm Lane Christian Reformed Church. Kuiper is married to Kathy (Bolkema, '83). They have three sons.

John Schutter lives in the scenic Gallatin Valley in Montana, where he grows seed potatoes, small grains, canola, and alfalfa. John and his wife, Karen, have been impressed with Dordt since they brought their oldest daughter to begin her college career here. Since then they've brought two more daughters and may bring the fourth in a few years. Schutter believes that since children are a gift from God we must shape them and prepare them for lives of service to his kingdom. He sees change and challenges as opportunities to grow. Dordt needs to remain committed to the task of consistently providing them with an excellent education so they can meet these goals, he says.

Carol Van Klompenburg ('70) was a student and later taught English at Dordt in the 70s. She has written for the public relations office, served on the alumni board, and is the parent of a senior. At present she owns The Write Place, a writing and graphic arts company, and does some creative writing on the side including a play titled “Wings: The Lindbergh Story,” which was produced last February in the Pella Opera House. Van Klompenburg says she looks forward to seeing Dordt from another perspective and serving Dordt in a new role. She lives in Pella, Iowa, with her husband, Marlo, and youngest son.

Ruth Verhoef ('71) is one of five siblings to have attended Dordt. Her husband, Will, and three of her children, also attended Dordt. She is the third person in her family to serve on the Dordt board following her husband, Will, and father, Bernie Van Ee. Verhoef presently works in staff support positions at Denver Christian Middle School and Second Christian Reformed Church in Denver. Verhoef says she looks forward to learning what she can as a board member so that she can be a better representative and promoter for Dordt in the Denver area.

  Rev. Robert Timmer's connection to Dordt was established while he was a pastor in Rock Valley, Iowa. During that time, he attended and participated in many events at the college. Timmer is currently the pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and serves as clerk of Classis Pella. He has served on many classical committees and the board of Hope Haven. Timmer and his wife, Carol, are the parents of a Dordt alum. Timmer says, “I look forward to being a participant in the continuing process of Dordt becoming a outstanding liberal arts college with a deep commitment to the Reformed world and life view. I wish I lived closer to the campus so I could enjoy interaction with students and faculty whom I have come to appreciate as deeply committed to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The new president of the Dordt College board of trustees is Ron Schaap, a 1970 graduate who now lives in Worthington, Minnesota. Schaap has served on the alumni council and is in his sixth year on the board of trustees. Schaap says he looks forward to seeing the Campus Center that is currently being built become a reality, and he's excited about helping board members use the gifts God has given them to help further the cause of Christian higher education in this new millenium. He expects some logistical changes, such as fewer meeting times and increasing the number of trustees serving on the board. Schaap, the former owner of Schaap Sanitation in Worthington, currently serves on his church council, the board of directors of the 1st State Bank of Pipestone, and the board of Global Partners, a prolife ministry in Eastern Europe. He and his wife, Diane, have three daughters.

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