Church Relations

We have a variety of church and community resources available. Some of these include access to more information regarding our pulpit supply, campus ministries, and other resources.

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In All Things

In All Things is a journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

In pursuit of these aims, In All Things hosts podcasts, essays, reviews, and devotional pieces that seek to explore the concrete implications of Christ’s presence in all facets of life.

In All Things is a publication of the Andreas Center.

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Pulpit Supply

For many years, Dordt has served as a resource for churches. Our capable staff and faculty include ordained ministers, licensed preachers, as well as those who have been asked by churches to lead worship and deliver a message. They are willing to fill in when your congregation has a need for pulpit supply.

Below you'll find a list of staff who would be happy to serve in a pulpit supply position. Feel free to contact the people listed directly. Their contact information is listed below. You may also contact Rev. Todd Zuidema, Director of Church Relations at 712-722-6081 or for more information or assistance in scheduling one of our staff.

We expect that each church that would like to make use of this list will follow the requirements of their own churches and denomination regarding who is eligible to lead worship. If applicable, the status of their ordination or licensure is listed with their contact information.

Name, TitleEducationOrdinationContact information
Rev. Aaron Baart, Dean of Chapel and Chief of Staff

B.A. Dordt University, formerly known as Dordt College; M.Div Regent College

CRCNAWork phone: (712) 722-6079
Home phone: (712) 722-4042
Dr. Scott Culpepper, Associate Professor of History

B.A. Louisiana College; M.Div. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A. Northwestern State University; Ph.D. Baylor University

Southern Baptist Convention

Work phone: (712) 722-6327
Mobile phone: (318) 541-6703
Dr. Kyle Dieleman, Associate Professor of TheologyB.A. Dordt University (Formerly known as Dordt College); M.Div Calvin Theological Seminary; Ph.D. University of Iowa

Work phone: (712) 722-6332


Dr. Gayle Doornbos, Assistant Professor of Theology

B.A. Redeemer University; Th.M and M.T.S. Calvin Theological Seminary; Ph.D. University of St. Michael’s College

Rev. Shirley Folkerts, Associate Adjunct Instructor for Business and Core Classes

B.A. Dordt University, formerly known as Dordt College; M.A. Viterbo University; M.Div Bethel Seminary

RCAWork phone: (712) 722-6292
Home phone: (712) 441-7397
Dr. Wayne Kobes, Emeritus Professor of Theology

B.A. Dordt University, formerly known as Dordt College; B.D., Th.M Calvin Theological Seminary; Ph. D. Florida State University


Work phone: (712) 722-6332
Mobile phone: ‭(712) 899-6692‬
Dr. Angela Perigo, Pastoral Care

D.W.S. Robert E Webber Institute for Worship Studies

One Focus Network

Work phone: (712) 722-6076
Dr. Jeremy Perigo, Director of Campus Ministry and Worship Arts

B.S. Purdue University; M.A. Regent University, D.W.S Robert E Webber Institute for Worship Studies

One Focus Network

Work phone: (712) 722-6071
Dr. David Westfall, Assistant Professor of Theology

BA Calvin University (Formerly known as Calvin College); M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Ph.D. University of St Andrews

Rev. Todd Zuidema, Director of Church Relations

B.A. Dordt University (Formerly known as Dordt College); M.Div Calvin Theological Seminary

CRCNAWork phone: (712) 722-6081
Mobile phone: (712) 441-4028

RightNow Media

Dordt students, faculty, staff, and alumni also have access to Right Now Media, an online library of video Bible studies. For access, please email Sam Ashmore.

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Faculty Resources

Dordt University has a wealth of faculty members who can speak, entertain, and answer questions on a variety of topics of interest to church groups, alumni, and interested constituents all over North America. We are happy to serve the greater community in this capacity.


Head Football Coach

Coach Penner recently co-published the book Coaching the RPO Offense, which provides a step-by-step guide to why and how to implement run/pass option concepts. Coach Penner is willing to speak on the following topics:

Philosophy and Theology of Competition
The RPO Offense
Team Building


Professor of Business Administration

Dale has 18 years of experience in accounting, cost management, manufacturing, sales, and distribution management, primarily at Pella Corporation. Professor Zevenbergen’s presentation is titled:

Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement


Associate Professor of History

Dr. Culpepper specializes in the fields of early modern Europe and the Americas with a particular emphasis on the interaction of politics, religion, and popular culture in human societies. He is the author of Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence. Dr. Culpepper has several series and sessions developed that he is willing to share:

The story of Christianity:

Salvation and Sacrifice: The Suffering and Triumph of the Ancient Church
The Mighty Fortress: Reforming Christendom
The Surprising Work of God: Christianity in the New World
The World in this Generation: Christianity in a Global Society

From Reformation to Awakening: How the Reformed Tradition Came to North America
Calvin Goes European: The Expansion of Calvin’s Reformation to England and the Dutch Republic
Pilgrims and Cities on Hills: the Puritan and English Separatist Influence
The Surprising work of God: Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and a Reformed Awakening

Single Sessions

Martin Luther: A Life and a Reforming Legacy
John Calvin: his Life, Thought, and Legacy
Ulrich Zwingli: The Neglected Tale of Switzerland’s First Protestant Reformer
The Rise and Influence of Contemporary Christian Music in America
Why We Need Abraham Kuyper in America: A Dutch Model for Christian Political Discourse in the United States


Adjunct Emerita Instructor in Music

Dr. De Mol’s areas of expertise include music theory, music literature, music appreciation, and music and worship. She is the author of the book Sound Stewardship. De Mol is able to give the following talks:

Music and Worship
Christian Foundation for our Engagement with Music


Instructor of Social Work, Mental Health Therapist

Tara Boer is able to speak on the following topics:

Child abuse Prevention and Treatment
Child and Family Safety
Parenting Strategies and interventions
Mental Health and Trauma


Associate Professor of Psychology

Professor Christians leads a workshop called the Boundaries of Parenthood: Saying “YES” and “NO” in Love. The goals of this workshop are to:

Understand the biblical themes for parenting
Learn how our parenting is impacted by healthy and unhealthy boundaries
Learn the basics of setting clear boundaries
See the benefits of communicating clear boundaries


Professor of History

A historian of ethnicity and immigration, Professor Fessler places today’s hot topics of immigration and bilingual education within a historical context – comparing today’s immigration issues to those of the past 200 years. His presentations include:

Melting Pot or Exploding Kettle? Immigration, Bilingual Education, and American Politics
What’s Wrong with Multiculturalism?: a Christian critique


Associate Professor of Social Work

Professor Foreman’s areas of expertise include social work, social policy and management in non-profit and public organizations. She is passionate about hunger issues and protecting and nurturing healthy families and kids. Professor Foreman is willing to speak on the following topics:

Hunger and Poverty
Trust in Organizations
Community Health/Development
Healthy groups and civility


Associate Professor of Social Work

Professor Olsen is willing to give talks on the following topics:

Marriage and family
Parenting adolescents and high school age children
Foster parenting
Healthy body image
Safe church policies
Church/non-profit relationships
Calling and Vocation


Instructor of Communication

Kae Van Engen is a certified listening professional and is passionate about sharing strategies and techniques for effective listening and communication.


Associate Professor of Psychology

Prior to teaching at Dordt, Dr. Vermeer served as a psychiatrist at an independent practice in Michigan. Vermeer is willing to speak on topics such as:

Neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease
Neuropsychological assessment


Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Breems’ research aims to understand the impact of computer technology on humans and society, and how computer technology can fit in with the development of God’s shalom. Dr. Breems has several different topics that he can speak on:

Technology in Worship
Managing Screen Time
Being Intentional in our Technology Use


Digital Media Production Coordinator and Instructor of Communication

Volkers has a DVD curriculum that he has produced that can be part of a six-week or 12-week adult education class. It is titled Cultures and Religions from Around the World. This curriculum uses award-winning documentary films to explore issues like the persecuted church in china, Islam and Christianity in Mali, Voodooism and Syncretism in Haiti, the dusty trails of tradition in Nigeria, Catholicism in Mexico, and more. Volkers is also willing to give talks entitled:

Mass media Effects on Culture
Film History
Christian Response to Media


Co-Dean for Natural Sciences/Associate Professor of Engineering

Dr. Brue’s research interests include biomass gasification and combustion, solar energy engineering, and the history of technology. Dr. Brue has several different topics on which he can speak:

Energy Conversion and Conservation: The Bigger Picture
The Future of Biofuels and Biobased Products
Seeking Sustainability in a World of Boundaries and Limits


Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Eppinga is passionate about exploring the intersection between science and faith. He is available to speak on the following:

Energy stewardship within our churches
Climate change

Campus Ministries

To learn more about Campus Ministries at Dordt, including Chapel, worship opportunities, pastoral care, and the traveling worship team, click the button below.

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Contact Church Relations

My name is Todd Zuidema, and I serve as the Director of Church Relations at Dordt University. I previously served in congregational ministry for 20 years, and now continue to regularly connect with churches, pastors, and families.

I hope to encourage deeper relationships between Dordt and local churches. I'd love to hear from you—send me a quick email, or give me a call at 712-722-6081, and we'll stay in touch.