Calvin Theological Seminary

Calvin Theological Seminary is a seminary affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, and closely tied to Calvin College, though each institution has its own board. Rev. Julius Medenblik is currently president of the school.

Coordinates: 42°55′39.3″N 85°35′11.94″W / 42.927583°N 85.5866500°W

Calvin Theological Seminary
Calvin Theological Seminary logo
MottoMy heart I offer to you, Lord, promptly and sincerely
TypePrivate Christian graduate school
AffiliationChristian Reformed Church
PresidentJulius Medenblik
Academic staff
United States
Campus1-acre (0.405 ha), suburban
TaglineA community of faith. A center of learning. A life of ministry.
AffiliationsCalvin Theological Seminary, Calvin College, MIAA, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
MascotJohn Calvin


The seminary primarily prepares students for ordained ministry within the denomination through the Master of Divinity degree, but also grants master's degrees (M.A., M.T.S.) in other subjects including worship, education, missions, and theological studies.

The seminary also offers a Th.M. with concentrations in Old Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Philosophical and Moral Theology, Pastoral Care, Church Polity and Administration, Preaching, Worship, Educational Ministry, and Missions, as well as the Ph.D. degree in historical, systematic, and philosophical theology, and in ethics.[1]

In addition to formal degrees, the seminary offers continuing education, including courses that are open to visitors, lectures, book discussion groups, and conferences for clergy and those in the community.[2]


The seminary was founded in 1876 with the purpose of preparing ministers for the Christian Reformed Church.[3] Originally it met on Spring Street in Grand Rapids, but in 1892 it was moved to Madison Avenue and Franklin Street. In 1917 it made the move to the Franklin Street location. It began holding classes on the Knollcrest Campus, its current location, in 1960.

In 1894 the seminary began to offer eight literary courses for the preparation for seminary studies. In 1900 these courses were expanded and made open to non-seminary students. The school enrolled its first four female students in 1901. In 1908 the school expanded to include a full four years of high school education and two years of college, and in 1914 this was expanded to three years. In 1919 and 1920 respectively, a college president and a fourth year of college education were added, which led to the formation of Calvin College.[4]

Previous Presidents

Notable alumni and faculty


  1. ^ Degrees and Programs
  2. ^ Continuing Education
  3. ^ Calvin Theological Seminary - Christian Reformed Church
  4. ^ History
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Anthony A. Hoekema

Anthony Andrew Hoekema (1913, in Drachten – 17 October 1988) was a Calvinist minister and theologian who served as professor of Systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, for twenty-one years.

Barend Klaas Kuiper

Barend Klaas Kuiper (July 16, 1877-July 21, 1961) was a history professor and author who wrote about Dutch Calvinist church history and the Protestant Reformation.

Calvin Theological Journal

Calvin Theological Journal is an academic journal published by Calvin Theological Seminary.

Churches That Abuse

Churches That Abuse, first published in 1992, is a best-selling Christian apologetic book written by Ronald M. Enroth. The book documents cases of churches and other organizations said to be spiritually abusive and the effects these groups have had on their members. The author says that "spiritual abuse can take place in the context of doctrinally sound, Bible-preaching, fundamentalist, conservative Christianity".Enroth outlines the backgrounds of the leaders of these groups and explains how the groups evolved to the point of becoming spiritually abusive. The book has been praised by Margaret Thaler Singer; Michael D. Langone, director of the American Family Foundation; and Paul R. Martin.Ruth Tucker, former professor at Calvin Theological Seminary, objected to the research methods used by Enroth.

Cornelius Plantinga

Cornelius "Neal" Plantinga, Jr. (born 14 February 1946 in Jamestown, North Dakota) was president of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2002 through 2011.Plantinga received an A.B. from Calvin College in 1967, a B.D. from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1971, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1982. He is the brother of philosopher Alvin Plantinga and musicologist Leon Plantinga.Plantinga has written several books, including Not the Way It's Supposed to Be (Eerdmans, 1995), the Christianity Today "Book of the Year" in 1996 and Engaging God's World (Eerdmans, 2002), a Christianity Today "Book of the Year" in 2003.He taught systematic theology at Calvin Seminary from 1979 to 1996. He became Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College in 1996 and was President of Calvin Seminary from 2002 to 2011. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College.

Gary M. Burge

Gary M. Burge (born 1952) is an American author and professor. He is a New Testament scholar at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Henry Schultze

Henry Schultze (1893 – 1959) was an American academic and former president of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Having been born in Sully, Iowa, Schultze graduated from Calvin College in 1915. He also attended Calvin Theological Seminary and went on to study at Yale University and graduated in 1920. After his graduation, he taught Greek and education at Grundy College and in 1924 was ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church. In 1926 he was appointed a professor at Calvin Theological Seminary. Schultze served ten years as president of the National Union of Christian Schools, beginning in 1930. Because of his skill as a teacher and his long-standing support for Christian education, Schultze was appointed Calvin College president in 1940.

During Schultze's tenure, the enrollment at Calvin College sank as a result of World War II but rebounded quickly when the war was over. In 1949 Schultze oversaw the restructuring of the academic governance process and in 1950 he took part in the dedication of a new one million dollar science building on the Franklin campus. After resigning the college presidency due to ill health in 1951, he was appointed Professor Extraordinary at Calvin Theological Seminary. Today, the dormitory Schultze Hall at Calvin College is named in his honor.

Schultze married Jeannette Ophof in 1920 and they had three children.

Herman Hoeksema

Herman Hoeksema (13 March 1886 in Hoogezand – 2 September 1965 in Grand Rapids) was a Dutch Reformed theologian. Hoeksema served as a long time pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. In 1924 he refused to accept the three points of common grace as formulated which had then been declared official church dogma of the Christian Reformed Church, as an addition to its adopted creeds and confessions. The result of this controversy was that Hoeksema, and ministers George Ophoff, and Henry Danhof, were deposed by their respective classes before leaving the CRC with their congregations. These men then established the Protestant Reformed Churches. He also was professor of theology at the Protestant Reformed Theological School in Grandville, Michigan for 40 years.

Jeffrey A. D. Weima

Jeffrey Alan David Weima (PhD, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) is an American theologian. He has held the position of Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary since 1992.He was awarded a B.A. (Brock University, 1983), M.Div. (Calvin Theological Seminary, 1986), Th.M. (Calvin Theological Seminary, 1987), Ph.D. (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, 1992). Weima has concentrated his research and writing on the Pauline letters, particularly 1-2 Thessalonians.

John Bolt (theologian)

John Bolt is an American-Dutch Reformed theologian. He was a professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author and editor of several books. He translated Herman Bavinck's Gereformeerde Dogmatiek into English as Reformed Dogmatics. Bavinck influenced him into theological method.

John Euiwhan Kim

Dr. John Euiwhan Kim (November 19, 1933 - May 10, 2010년) was an American theologian and pastor. He was born in Korea but educated in the US. He graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary (B.D.), Westminster Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Temple University (Ph.D.). After pastoring a church in Los Angeles, he returned to Korea to serve as president of Calvin University and Chongshin University.

John H. Stek

John Henry Stek (March 7, 1925 – June 6, 2009) was an American pastor, biblical scholar and translator, and Old Testament professor.

Leanne Van Dyk

Leanne Van Dyk (born 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American reformed theologian and theological educator. She has focused much of her work on atonement theology and the development of theological education. She was recently named the tenth president of Columbia Theological Seminary.

Louis Berkhof

Louis Berkhof (October 14, 1873 – May 18, 1957) was an American-Dutch Reformed theologian whose works on systematic theology have been influential in seminaries and Bible colleges in the United States, Canada, Korea and with individual Christians in general throughout the 20th century.

Marten Woudstra

Marten Hendrik Woudstra (July 23, 1922 – October 3, 1991) was a Dutch-born evangelical theologian, biblical scholar, seminary professor, and minister of the Christian Reformed Church. He served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society and as chairman of the Old Testament committee for the translation of the New International Version of the Bible. Woudstra's most notable contribution to evangelical scholarship is the publication of his commentary on the Book of Joshua in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament.

Post-Reformation Digital Library

The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) is a database of digitized books from the early modern era. The collected titles are directly linked to full-text versions of the works in question. The bibliography was initially inclined toward Protestant writers from the Reformation and immediate Post-Reformation era (the later sometimes characterized as the age of Protestant Scholasticism). In its current development the project is moving toward being a comprehensive database of early modern theology and philosophy and also includes late medieval and patristic works printed in the early modern period.

The database is a project of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary, and was produced in cooperation with the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, a joint undertaking of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

As bibliographical projects such as VD 16, VD 17, and English Short Title Catalogue, have a more narrow national or regional focus, meta-bibliographical tools such as PRDL and Early Modern Thought Online play a vital role in facilitating scholarship in the rapidly changing technological landscape.

Rienk Kuiper

Rienk Bouke Kuiper (January 31, 1886 – April 22, 1966) was born in Garrelsweer, in the municipality of Loppersum, in the Netherlands. His family moved to Grand Haven, Michigan in 1891 when his father accepted a call to be minister of the Christian Reformed congregation there. Kuiper graduated from the University of Chicago (A.B., 1907); Indiana University (A.M., 1908); Calvin Theological Seminary (diploma, 1911); and Princeton Seminary (B.D., 1912). He served as the pastor of several congregations in West Michigan, including one in the Reformed Church in America.

In 1928 he accepted a one-year appointment to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, as Professor of Systematic Theology, and later served there as a professor for the largest part of his teaching ministry.

The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church had persuaded Kuiper to accept the presidency of Calvin College in 1930. During his tenure the economic impacts of the Great Depression began to be keenly felt. Although enrollment did not decline, partly because a lack of jobs meant young people pursued education, the downturn forced the college to cut costs and expenses. Faculty voluntarily took pay cuts, as high as 40 percent. Kuiper also found it difficult to mediate the growing differences of opinion among faculty and between faculty and the Board of Trustees over the school's direction. In 1933 he took up the position of Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary. Retiring in 1952, he returned to Grand Rapids and then accepted the presidency of Calvin Theological Seminary for four years.

Kuiper married Marie Janssen in 1911. They had three children: Marietta Rolena Heerema, Dr. Klaudius Kuiper and Kathryn Junia Kuiper, who died at age two.

Kuiper's books include: As to Being Reformed, Not of the World, For Whom Did Christ Die?, God Centered Evangelism and The Glorious Body of Christ.

Sidney Greidanus

Sidney Greidanus (born 1935) is an American pastor and biblical scholar.

Greidanus studied at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary before obtaining a Th.D. from the Free University in Amsterdam. He served as pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and taught at Calvin College and The King’s College before becoming professor of preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary in 1990.Greidanus is best known for his emphasis on preaching Christ from Old Testament texts. He outlined his method for doing this in Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (1999) and followed this up with Preaching Christ from Genesis (2007), Preaching Christ from Ecclesiastes (2010), and Preaching Christ from Daniel (2012). His newest work in the series, Preaching Christ from the Psalms, came out in September 2016.

His other works include The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature (1989), Sola Scriptura: Problems and Principles in Preaching Historical Texts (2001), and The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job co-authored with Douglas Sean O'Donnell (2011).

He has been described as "one of the most important and influential authors today in the area of biblical preaching."

William Hendriksen

William Hendriksen (18 November 1900 – 12 January 1982) was a New Testament scholar and writer of Bible commentaries. He was born in Tiel, Gelderland, but his family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1911. Hendriksen studied at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary before obtaining an S.T.D. degree from Pike's Peak Bible Seminary, as was common for on-the-job pastors seeking doctorates in the 1930s and 1940s. It is there that he wrote the thesis More than Conquerors. This book has never gone off the market since it was then privately printed and Herman Baker issued it as the first publication of the new Baker Book House in 1940. He received a Th.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.Hendriksen served as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, including as Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary from 1942 to 1952. He started the New Testament Commentary, completing commentaries on more than half of the New Testament books. This series was published by Baker and completed by Simon Kistemaker after Hendriksen's death. Hendriksen was awarded a posthumous Gold Medallion Book Award for his commentary on Romans. He also translated the Book of Revelation for the New International Version. His granddaughter Dawn Wolthuis now serves as President of the Institute for Christian Studies.

In his influential work Israel and Prophecy, written a year after the 1967 war, and still in print, Hendriksen criticized the view, held by Restorationists and Christian Zionists, that the Bible prophesies the return and restoration of the Jews to the land of Israel. Hendriksen's work has been described as "a classic representation of replacement theology".Hendriksen has been described as "one of the leading and most respected of New Testament commentators."

Reformed seminaries in the United States

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