Drew Van’t Land is studying social and political philosophy with a focus on the intersection of ancient/classical rhetoric with postmodern political theology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach college. He is involved in the development of the Saxifrage School, a soon-to-be-launched Pittsburgh-based college combining the liberal arts with trades, such as construction and organic agriculture.
“Trinity’s philosophy department prepared me well by offering intimate mentoring, a broad range of classes, and a pair of in-depth senior seminars. Not only did my professors write recommendations for me when I applied to graduate school, but they helpfully suggested schools that would be a fit.”
Dr. Justin Cooper ’72, executive director of Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) and recently retired president of Redeemer University College; and Rev. Julius Medenblik ’82, pastor of New Life Christian Reformed Church in New Lenox, Illinois, and president-elect of Calvin Theological Seminary, recently reflected on their years as Trinity students, their past work and new callings, and their ideas on leadership. In regard to their time at Trinity, both Cooper and Medenblik stressed the influence of great professors and the importance of being involved in the campus community. Becoming involved through clubs, work study positions, and service projects help students to “engage in a wider world,” said Medenblik.
Chris Yonkman ’97 first became interested in working for the federal government while attending Trinity. Yonkman, a history and philosophy major met with history professor Dr. Bob Rice to seek advice about possible career paths. The professor suggested work with the federal government. Yonkman said that conversation, as well as reading an alumni update from Aaron Tambrini ’97 (who was then working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service) laid the groundwork for his eventual career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “I believe God was working through these experiences and calling me to service in the federal government,” he said.
Matthew Lanser ’05 stands at a small wooden table, a Bible open in front of him, as he teaches Nigerian villagers who have gathered beneath the generous shade of a tree to hear the gospel. He and his wife Laura ’05 currently serve in Nigeria with Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM), the world missions agency of the Christian Reformed Church of North America.
The Lansers live in a fairly remote and undeveloped area and spend much of their time engaging with the people they live among and taking care of daily needs, such as getting food and water.