Dordt College News

Leading off with the president

May 24, 2013


Last month in Ontario, Canada, I met Rev. James W. Van Weelden, who mentioned to me that he’d been present in 1955 at the groundbreaking of Dordt College.

Van Weelden, who recently preached his last sermon, is now well into his 90s and shared some great memories about that day. Our conversation prompted me to look up the picture below on my laptop (that’s him in the dark overcoat behind the shovel lineup).

My conversation with Rev. Van Weelden made me reflect on “the great cloud of witnesses,” from Noah, to Moses, to Abraham, to Joseph who “went before,” as mentioned in Hebrews 11 and 12. It also brought to mind one of my favorite Q&As of the Heidelberg Catechism (#54):

Q:  What do you believe concerning the Holy Catholic Church?

A:  I believe that the Son of God through his Spirit and Word out of the entire human race from the beginning of the world to its end gathers, protects, and preserves for a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith.And of this community I am and always will be a living member.

As I travel, I continually hear alumni of the college use the word “community” to describe what makes Dordt College special. I recently met with a group of seniors in their last weeks at Dordt who also highlighted “community” as one of the characteristics that they valued highly about their time here.

At Dordt, our sense of community has its roots in Scripture and in our heritage in the Holy Catholic Church. This May, we sent out another 307 graduates from Dordt College—they leave this community, but they remain living members of a wider, and broader, and deeper community of believers.

Soli Deo Gloria!


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