Dordt College News

Dr. Zylstra inducted into Carl F.H. Henry Society of Fellows

August 24, 2006

Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College, was recently inducted into the Carl F. H. Henry Society of Fellows, an honor that only three other people have been afforded since the organization was established six years ago.
The induction ceremony took place Aug. 5, in Jackson, TN, where Dr. Zylstra was also the keynote speaker for summer commencement at Union University.

Dr. Carl E. Zylstra

Union University President David Dockery said it was a great privilege to honor Dr. Zystra both for his outstanding leadership at Dordt College and his influence among other leaders in the field of Christian higher education. “Carl Zylstra embodies and represents the kind of serious intellectual and cultural engagement for which Dr. Henry worked his entire life. And those who know Dr. Zylstra recognize that he does all of these things with a Christ-honoring spirit,” remarked Dr. Dockery.

The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Christian Leadership at Union University endeavors to be a source of biblical insight and moral guidance, equipping Christians with worldview tools and leadership skills. The name honors the noted evangelical theologian and founding editor of Christianity Today, who for a half decade preceding his death in 2003 was a leader in the defense of biblical theism, the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures, and the rational apologetic defense of Christianity.

To date four people have been recognized by the Carl F. H. Henry Center for their Christian leadership: Ed Moy, former special assistant to the President of the United States, current director of the U. S. Mint, and board member at Christianity Today; R. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY; Paul Corts, former assistant Attorney General of the United States and currently president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; and Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College since 1996.

Zylstra has served as a pastor (Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, Orange City, IA; and Hammond Christian Reformed Church, Hammond, IN), taught theology at Calvin Seminary, and taken leadership roles in many educational institutions and church agencies. He is currently the chair of the Iowa Campus Compact, a member of the Board of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, a member of the Tax Policy Committee of the National Association of Independent College and Universities, as well as a member of board of directors of the Iowa College Foundation, the Barnabas Foundation, and the United Christian College Fund. He is also known regionally as host of the weekly radio talk show, “Conversations” which discusses topics of contemporary social interest from a biblical point of view.

“I’ve always admired Dr. Henry’s example, so it’s a great honor to be associated with his work, representing authentic orthodox Biblical faith and active engagement of that faith with issues of contemporary culture,” said Dr. Zylstra after being named a Fellow in the Carl F. H. Henry Society.

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