Alumni Success Stories

Featured Alumni Success Story

Alex ‘09 and Emily ‘10 Rusticus

Alex (‘09), an accounting major, and Emily (‘10), a nursing major, Rusticus — both talented athletes who desired to play college sports — have their own stories about how God called them to Trinity.

Making a difference

Trinity Trolls do more after graduation than get a job. They build careers, become leaders in their fields, and leave ready to build lives for good, for God, and for the world. Below are just a few stories of the thousands of impressive Trinity graduates who are out there making a difference.

Valeria Gonzalez ’19

Valeria Gonzalez graduated with honors from the adult studies program at Trinity in May 2019. Getting to this point wasn’t easy, but with the support of her husband and her unwavering faith in God, Valeria set goals for herself and did whatever it took to meet those goals. 

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Trinity Magazine Spotlight: Miller ’17 Brings Trinity Education to CPS

With a graduate degree from Trinity, Erin Miller ’17 is working to make a difference in the lives of students and their families in Chicago Public Schools.

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Josh DeJong ’14

Josh DeJong is currently in his final year at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Josh has his heart set on pediatric hematology oncology -working alongside kids with blood disorders and cancer.

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Gary Bekker ’73

Gary Bekker ’73, Ph.D., is retiring after serving for many years in several roles for the Christian Reformed Church.

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Joe Velderman ‘04

Joe Velderman ‘04 has always thrived in the world of technology. When it came time to choose a college, he wanted to branch outside of his hometown of Holland, Mich. and decided to visit Trinity. “I felt at home within 10 minutes of being on campus,” Joe recalls.

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Alex ‘09 and Emily ‘10 Rusticus

Alex (‘09), an accounting major, and Emily (‘10), a nursing major, Rusticus — both talented athletes who desired to play college sports — have their own stories about how God called them to Trinity.

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Lisette Lopez

Lissette Lopez ‘12

Lissette Lopez ‘12 directs women’ programming projects at the Cook County (Ill.) Jail, specifically focused on substance abuse and trauma.

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Lloyd Wicker ‘97

Thousands of miles from where he grew up, Lloyd Wicker (‘97), his wife Heidi (Boeck ‘98), and their three children make their home in Sicily, Italy where Lloyd is stationed as a Navy Chaplain. His upbringing in the Church, impactful experiences at Trinity, and further education all led him to where he is today.

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