Dordt College News

Dordt professors attend IAPCHE conference

May 2, 2009

IAPCHE Conference

Four area professionals participated in a European conference at Biezenmortel, the Netherlands April 20-23.

Dr. Nicholas Lantinga, executive director of IAPCHE, and Anne Maatman, director of operations, were key organizers of the European regional conference, “Bridging the Gap: Connecting Christian Faith and Professional Practice in a Pluralistic Society.”

Also in attendance as delegates from Dordt College were Professors Pat Kornelis and Tim Van Soelen. Twenty-five countries were represented among the 138 registered participants.

The International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE) is headquartered on the campus of Dordt College. The purpose of the organization is “to serve Jesus as Lord by fostering, worldwide, the development of integral Christian higher education through networking and related academic activity.”

Throughout the conference European professionals contributed to workshops and served as keynote speakers, offering delegates the opportunity to expand their networks and dialogue.

Dr. Lantinga noted, “Many professional organizations in both Europe and the U.S. are secularizing their codes, and Christians must be better equipped to respond together. This conference helped us understand ways that Christians can resist and cooperate.”

IAPCHE was founded in 1975 during an international conference in South Africa. The association has members all over the world with a growing number of members in Africa, Asia and South-America.

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