If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then Kuyper College's Pre-Seminary Program may be a good fit for you. And with Kuyper College's unique focus on field education, which gives students the opportunity to engage in meaningful and supervised ministry opportunities in churches and communities, you will be well on your way to being equipped for ministry.
The Pre-Seminary Program is for men and women interested in in-depth biblical and theological studies to take a deeper and longer look at God's Word and world, whether for personal enrichment or preparation for seminary graduate studies. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
Dr. Douglas Felch began teaching at Kuyper College as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 1978. He was appointed to the faculty in the fall of 1999. For over 17 years, prior to his work at Kuyper, he served in two pastorates in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. From 1992-2005 he was engaged in graduate studies at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, completing two advanced degrees in philosophical and systematic theology. Professor Felch teaches Christian Doctrine I and II, History of Christianity, Principles and Practices of Reformed Worldview, Christian Ethics and History of Philosophy I and II, and Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith. He is especially interested in issues related to theology and science. His doctoral dissertation engaged ideas of God’s relationship to time.
Professor Lisa Hoogeboom joined the faculty of Kuyper College in the fall of 2006 to teach introductory Greek as well as advanced Greek, which focuses on reading portions of the New Testament. Since then, Professor Hoogeboom has also taught various biblical studies classes. In 2010, she added the role of program director of the Intercultural Studies program to her role at Kuyper. With that change, she also began teaching classes in the area of intercultural studies. Previously, Professor Hoogeboom was a teaching assistant for the introductory Greek program at Calvin Theological Seminary. Lisa and her husband, Rev. Mike Hoogeboom, spent 6 years in the middle-east in cross-cultural missions to Muslims.
Dr. Daniel Kroeze came to Kuyper College in 1999, teaching the freshman core courses in the Bible curriculum: Old Testament and New Testament Survey. He also teaches upper level electives in both Old Testament and New Testament, including Pentateuch (a study of the first five books of the Old Testament), Wisdom Literature (a study of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon), and Major Prophets (a study of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel). Some of the New Testament courses include The Gospel of John, Acts, and Pauline Epistles II (a study of Galatians and Romans). Dr. Kroeze has also led overseas trips to Russia and Israel during spring sessions. An ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, Dr. Kroeze served as pastor of Decatur First Reformed Church in Decatur, Michigan, prior to coming to Kuyper College. He has been a speaker at many area churches, retreats, adult education classes, and the Grand Rapids extension of the nationally offered class, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.
Professor Jessica Maddox began teaching at Kuyper College as an adjunct instructor in 2000. She joined the faculty in 2004 as a professor of theological studies and has recently completed her Ph.D. at Calvin Theological Seminary, focusing her dissertation on Scottish theologian, John Baillie. Professor Maddox teaches Introduction to Philosophy and a variety of courses for the Bible and theology department, including Christian Doctrine I and II, Creeds and Confessions, Spiritual Formation, and Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Branson Parler began teaching adjunct at Kuyper College in the fall of 2007. He was appointed to the faculty for the fall of 2008 and has recently completed his Ph.D. His dissertation and focus of research is Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder. Dr. Parler teaches a variety of Theology, Philosophy, and Bible courses, including Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Introduction to Philosophy, the doctrine survey courses, and the capstone theological course, Principles and Practices of Reformed Worldview. He has also taught courses in Bible, Theology, and Christian Worldview at Calvin College and Cornerstone University.