FIRST MONDAYS SPEAKER SERIES

Upcoming Speakers

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. Professor Nancy Pearcey will speak in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College on Labor Day, September 1, 2014, as a part of the Andreas Center’s First Mondays Speaker Series.


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 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

Dr. Richard Mouw

Dr. Richard Mouw serves as professor of faith and public life (and president emeritus) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Mouw has a prestigious academic career having previously served the seminary as senior vice president and provost, as well as at Calvin College and the Free University of Amsterdam as professor. Mouw also has a broad bibliography of authored and editorial works on the Christian life including: Abraham Kuyper: A short and personal introduction (Eerdmans, 2011), Uncommon Decency: Christian civility in an uncivil world (IVP, 1992), and Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making connections in today’s world (Zondervan, 2004).


March 2, 2015

Malcolm De Kruyger

Malcolm De Kruyger, president and part-owner of Belstra Milling Co., Inc., is a graduate of Calvin College and Purdue Univeristy Graduate School, earning a Master’s degree in Animal Science. After spending time on the Purdue University staff as an Extension Swine Specialist and time in the feed and pharmaceutical industry, he joined the Belstra Milling Company, a family and employee owned regional feed manufacturer. The company business included feed production, pig production and agriculture tourism. Under his leadership the Belstra Milling’s pig production business has grown from 550 sows to nearly 15,000 sows producing 400,000 pigs per year.  Malcolm conceptualized and directed all phases of design, permitting, finance, construction and production in their six farms.  5,500 sows on three farms produce replacement gilts for PIC, and 9,500 sows on the other three farms produce commercial slaughter pigs and also weaned pigs for sale to regional farmers.  These highly productive farms have utilized many new technologies over the years and they were some of the first U.S. sow farms to reach the 30 pigs/sow/year level for long periods of time. Malcolm has been very involved in community and family activities.  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

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. Christena 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 August 2014 will be an associate professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University. In addition to academic experience, Christena brings organizational experience to her efforts to build unity.  She coaches pastors and organizational leaders on multicultural issues and speaks regularly.