Seminary students are church leaders in training. As a student in Calvin's pre-seminary program, you'll take courses to prepare you for any number of seminary programs nationwide.

Overview

The pre-seminary program at Calvin is a series of classes in English, speech, philosophy, psychology, history, Greek and sociology designed for students who are interested in pursuing ordained ministry. This program can be paired with any major at Calvin, as most seminaries receive graduates from a variety of fields and academic interests. Recent graduates of Calvin's pre-seminary program have gone to some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Duke and Fuller.

Careers in Pre-Seminary

  • Religion Professor or Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Youth Minister
  • Author

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Attend the annual Seminary Fair to investigate schools from a wide variety of denominations and traditions; complete a 10-week internship as a Jubilee Fellow; join in department-wide events like lectures and seminars.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Julius and Sylvia Becksvoort Scholarship
  • amount of award: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • pursuing a pre-seminary course of study; planning to attend Calvin Theological Seminary
  • GPA 3.00+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior psychology major or pursuing a pre-ministry program
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • psychology students apply through the psychology department
    pre-ministry students apply through the Calvin Portal
Willis and Gertrude DeBoer Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.8+
  • financial need required; pre-seminary or pursuing religious studies
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore or junior education major, pursuing a pre-ministry program or missions
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Rev. Donald J. Drost Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first year
  • HS GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; first preference graduates of Western Michigan Christian High School
  • automatic consideration
Reverend Bernard Haven Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; child of missionary
  • submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • financial need considered; demonstrate an interest in pursuing studies that will lead to the ministry, teaching or business; demonstrate commitment to and evidence of volunteerism or student leadership
  • automatic consideration
Jacob and Kathryn S. Hekman Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; planning to attend Calvin Theological Seminary
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Lee S. Huizenga Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; interest in missions or service work
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required;demonstrate Christian character and involvement in extracurricular activities in the community and college
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Anna Vanden Bosch Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.70+
  • financial need required; have a record of being active in ministry in their local congregation or other Christian ministry; preference to those who plan to pursue ministry in the CRC
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John S. Vander Heide III Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • senior
  • GPA 2.67+
  • financial need not required; planning to seek ordination through Calvin Theological Seminary
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Todd Cioffi

Todd Cioffi
Assistant Professor
Department of Congregational & Ministry Studies
HL 315H
tvc2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7797

Lynn Elliott

Lynn Elliott
Youth Ministry Adjunct
Department of Congregational & Ministry Studies
HL 315G
lbe3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7628

Mary Hulst

Mary Hulst
Adjunct Professor, Chaplain
Department of Congregational & Ministry Studies
CA 144
msh4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7617

Matthew Lundberg

Matthew Lundberg
Associate Professor, on leave 2012-13
Department of Religion
HL 385
mdl4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8875

John Witvliet

John Witvliet
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Director; Professor (Worship, Theology, Congregational and Ministry Studies)
Professor
Department of Music
HL 389
jwitvlie@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6806

Talk to us

Matthew Lundberg Matthew Lundberg
Program Director
Department of Congregational & Ministry Studies
HL 385
mdl4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8875

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