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Dr. Richard Mouw

Richard J. Mouw returned to teaching in the position of Professor of Faith and Public Life after 20 years as president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993–2013). A philosopher, scholar, and author, he served as Fuller's provost and senior vice president for four years prior to his presidency, and as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics beginning in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.

A graduate of Houghton College, Dr. Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His PhD in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.

Mouw served for many years as a panelist in the online forum “On Faith” offered by the Washington Post. In 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded him the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Mouw has also participated on many councils and boards, serving a term as president of the Association of Theological Schools. He served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue, and is a leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups.

 

Dr. Mary Vanden Berg

Mary Vanden Berg joined the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary on July 1, 2008. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Kuyper College, Western Theological Seminary, and Calvin Theological Seminary. Her graduate work focused on atonement theology. Mary’s goal as a professor is to not only help her students understand the truths of theology, which can often seem abstract and difficult, but also to help them understand that theological understanding and piety are intimately intertwined.

“My students will tell you that I always ask the ‘So what?’ question. When I teach a concept, no matter how abstract it might seem, I try to give my students an idea of why it’s helpful for ministry, for understanding God, and for moving through life…My kids have taught me that if it doesn’t touch them in some way, what good is it?”

Mary lives in Hudsonville, Michigan with her husband, Skip. She has three married children and three grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, camping and downhill skiing. She also writes on her blog: Life, God, and Other Mysteries.

Dr. Pildo Joung

Dr. Pildo Joung is the founder and Pastor Emeritus of Sooyoungro Church, one of the most influential gospel-based churches in Korea. Today, more than 30,000 people are worshipping God every Sunday at Sooyoungro Church, while sending more than 1,000 missionaries all over the world. Dr. Joung has been serving faithfully for over fifty years as a pastor for Sooyoungro Church and ministering to many churches in the world. His writings have now been translated into more than 15 languages, serving as catalysts to awaken church leaders worldwide. Dr. Joung graduated from Seoul National University and Chongshin Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, and further studied at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Pastor Jeffery Hough

Pastor Jeffery A. Hough is the founding Pastor and Servant Leader of Angel Community Church in Muskegon, Michigan, a union church planet of the CRC and the RCA planet in 2000.

After many years in Grand Rapids (MI) in which he was an entrepreneur, social activist, community planner and softball coach. He returned to Muskegon to pursue his call to the ministry. His road to the ministry has many detours in which he strayed from the call of God to seek contentment in the secular world. He was a well known DJ for many years and his story is that of the prodigal son of Luke 15. Reared in the Pentecostal Church (Church of God in Christ) his zeal for Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in him is exhibited in his preaching, and prayer life. Pastor Hough believes the combination of a Pentecostal rearing; infused with Reformed Theological training (He graduated from Western Theological Seminary in 2011 which he attended part time while still serving at Angel) has prepared him to be a Servant Leader.

 

Pastor Jeffery is fully convinced that God will restore the lives of those in the community he is privileged to serve. The church logo proclaims, “Angel Community Church: A House of Prayer, Changing our community one prayer at a time.”

Dr. Joseph Stowell

Joseph Stowell is the president of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI.

An internationally recognized conference speaker, President Stowell has written numerous books, including "The Trouble with Jesus," "Following Christ," "Simply Jesus and You," "The Upside of Down" and "Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders." His life is marked by a deep love for Jesus which is reflected in his desire to value people regardless of gender, race or class; to aid the poor and marginalized; to build a strong and vibrant community where the presence of Christ is evident, and; to govern and lead in ways that engender mutual confidence and trust.

Dr. Stowell has a distinguished career in higher education and church leadership. He served as senior pastor of Southgate Baptist Church (Southgate, Ohio, 1970-76); Bible Baptist Church (Kokomo, Ind., 1976-81); and Highland Park Baptist Church (Southfield, Mich., 1981-87). From 1987-2005, he served as the president of Moody Bible Institute, with oversight over the undergraduate and graduate schools, Moody Publishers, and the Moody Broadcasting Network. Following his time at MBI, Dr. Stowell served as a teaching pastor in suburban Chicago before he assumed the presidency at Cornerstone in early 2008.

President Stowell is a graduate of Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary, and was honored with doctor of divinity degrees from The Master's College in 1987 and from Huntington University in 2011. He serves on the Board of Wheaton College.

 

Mr. James Engen

James Engen is the president CEO of E5 Ventures.

Mr. Engen has founded several successful businesses in the last 45 years.   Engen founded a highly successful Technology Integration Company, which in 2015 had 435 employees with eleven offices in six states.  Leadership, strategic direction and a commitment to Christian values when building company culture has always been his focus, which has been a key to success in every business he has owned. 

 

Mr. Engen is currently semi-retired, although he still oversees three smaller companies and a management team at his family office. 

 

Jim currently resides in Byron Center, Michigan with his wife Nancy of 45 years. They have five married children and eighteen grandchildren. Jim is active with golf, skiing, boating, hunting and fishing.

 

Mr. Engen has served on various boards including school, foundation, and other charitable organizations.

Calvin College Gospel Choir

The Calvin College Gospel Choir has been labeled as the most diverse musical ensemble on campus. It is an enthusiastic, engaging, upbeat inspirational ensemble, comprised of persons from various locations, races, and creeds. The Gospel Choir offers musically talented individuals the opportunity to form an encouraging community reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the college community.

The choir’s mission is to proclaim the word of God and hope in song, uniting believers for this common purpose. While fulfilling this mission, the choir represents Calvin College and its varied worship styles. The repertoire consists of spirituals, African music, anthems, contemporary, jazz, and African-American gospel music. The Calvin College Gospel Choir also provides a forum in which gospel singers and musicians are able to transcend cultural differences. Along with American English, the choir sings in Spanish, Korean, and African languages. This choral ensemble draws from diverse academic programs and musical skills.

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