Chuck DeGroat Named Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

DeGroat will be honored with award during Defender Days

Dr. Chuck DeGroat has received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Dordt Alumni Association. DeGroat is a professor of pastoral care and Christian spirituality at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan; he is also the author of several books, including Wholeheartedness and The Toughest People to Love.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in an extraordinary fashion, who give evidence of living out of a Reformational worldview, and who demonstrate exemplary service to the community and the world.

DeGroat graduated from Dordt in 1992 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He holds a master of arts in mental health counseling as well as a master of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, Florida. He also earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his current position at Western Theological Seminary, DeGroat specializes in pastoral training as well as the intersection of psychology and the Bible.

When DeGroat was a philosophy major at Dordt, one of the most formative experiences he had was learning from philosophy and theology professor Dr. John Vander Stelt.

“It changed the way I thought about the world, and it gave me categories for understanding myself,” says DeGroat. “Being at Dordt stretched me theologically. I remember when I went to seminary in the 1990s, I found seminary to be rather easy, and I remember telling friends that I was taught to think at Dordt College. I was challenged to think, to write substantial academic papers, to make good arguments. I was challenged to read things that were hard to read like Bavinck, Dooyeweerd, and Kuyper. I think the education I earned was spectacular.”

As the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, DeGroat will be honored with the award during Defender Days in October.