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Baart named new Dean of Chapel at Dordt College

June 14, 2010

Dordt College has announced the hiring of Pastor Aaron Baart as its new Dean of Chapel. Baart is replacing Pastor Rod Gorter who recently announced his intent to leave the position to resume pastoral ministry in a church setting.

Baart, who is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Bridge of Hope Ministries in Sioux Center, has been engaged with the Dordt College campus through leading weekly chapel services during this past academic year. Bethany Schuttinga, Associate Provost of Co-curricular Programs at Dordt College said, “The scholarship, leadership experience and passion that Pastor Baart brings to ministry programs will be a tremendous addition to our campus culture. I am very pleased to have Aaron join Dordt College and we are looking forward to having him contribute to even more aspects of our spiritual development program.”

Baart’s duties will include coordinating and leading weekly chapel services along with planning and organizing several other regular worship experiences on campus. In addition, he will lead the planning and implementation of various faith development and discipleship programs across campus, coordinate student outreach and service opportunities, conduct student pastoral counseling, and serve as a faculty member in the Theology department.

Dordt College President, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra noted that, “As Dean of Chapel, Reverend Baart will contribute greatly to the Christ centered growth we desire in every part of our campus community. I am looking forward to his perceptive and visionary leadership toward helping Dordt College to live out our calling as the premier Christian residential college that we aspire to be."

Baart, a native of British Columbia, Canada, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dordt College in 1999 and his Master of Divinity Degree from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2005. He also completed the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC) at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2006.

Aaron and his wife, Nicole, reside in Sioux Center with their two children.

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