Charge to the Graduates, May 14, 2016
By Leanne Van Dyk, President
It is the long tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary for the president to send out the class of graduates with a series of charges from the words of Scripture. There are, of course, many charges in the pages of the Bible–from the sublime, “Let anyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Revelation 3) to the mundane, “You shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns. . .” (Exodus 28).
The charges that I have selected for today address specifically the character and quality of a leader–these texts charge us to act in ways that will honor God and do good to others. Listen to these words from Scripture… Continue reading Charge to the Graduates of 2016
The Board of Trustees and the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary recently invited Columbia Theological Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk to attend their Commencement this year to receive that seminary’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Just less than a year ago, Dr. Van Dyk was named the tenth president of Columbia Theological Seminary.
“You have been chosen to receive this award because your ministry stands out as an exhibit of grace and truth, and because it therefore brings glory to God and to your alma mater,” said Jul Medenblik, President of Calvin Seminary in a letter congratulating her. The Commencement Ceremony will take place on May 21, 2016 in the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center. Continue reading Calvin Theological Seminary Names Columbia President Leanne Van Dyk Distinguished Alumna
In response to the dangerous political rhetoric circulating from various campaigns, the media, and other sources, Dr. T. Erskine Clarke, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary as well as editor and publisher at the “Journal for Preachers” issued a letter to all Christians to “seek to be agents of God’s justice and reconciliation in the world.” Columbia Theological Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk was among the initial signers joining other PC(USA) seminaries in firm support, as well as many faculty and others from the Columbia Seminary community.
At this time, over 1000 people have signed their names to a growing chorus of pastors, elders and others affirming the letter’s call to “Christian commitments” to oppose a climate of fear, the stereotyping of racial ethnic persons, the proliferation of guns and gun violence, the demonization of refugees, and dangerous isolationism.
The full text of the appeal and PC(USA) seminary president signatories, as of press time, are contained below: Continue reading Columbia Joins “Appeal” for Change in Tone of U.S. Politics
The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary voted unanimously today to appoint Dr. Leanne Van Dyk to be the school’s tenth president. She is currently the Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Dr. Van Dyk’s appointment is effective July 1, 2015.
After a nationwide search, Dr. Van Dyk succeeds Dr. Steve Hayner who began as president in July 2009, but had to step down after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just one year ago. He died on January 31, 2015. Since that time, the seminary has been led by Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen, the Executive Vice President and Dean of Faculty who served as Acting President from April till October, and by William E. Scheu who has served as Interim President since October. Continue reading Dr. Leanne Van Dyk Named Tenth President of Columbia Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Stephen (Steve) A. Hayner, president emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary, passed away today at the age of 66 surrounded by family and friends in the Columbia community. Known by many throughout the world with love, affection, and gratitude, Steve was a person of many honors and degrees who refused to categorize others or himself by achievements. His goal was to always live to and for an audience of One, and his hope was to live life with wide open arms and relational integrity. His life was imbued with joy and freedom, which touched and changed many people along the way. Continue reading Steve Hayner, 66, Seminary President and Interdenominational Leader