James Belstra ’91
Vice President for Finance & Administration
B.S., Trinity Christian College; CPA
A 1991 Trinity graduate and certified public accountant, Jim Belstra came back to Trinity in the role of vice president for finance and administration in January 2011 from the public accounting and banking industries.
Belstra brought years of experience at institutions such as KPMG, ABN AMRO Bank and Palos Bank and Trust to his position as chief financial officer of the College. Belstra represents the divisions of the College that include the business office, human resources, information technology, physical plant, bookstore, and dining services.
His interest in finance even found an outlet during his Trinity education when he served as treasurer of Student Association. As a graduate, he later served on Trinity’s Alumni Board.
Belstra says he graduated from Trinity as a well-educated accounting major who had been taught the technical skills needed to succeed in very competitive industries while the Reformed Christian liberal arts foundation prepared him for the real life situations not addressed in textbooks.
“A liberal arts education prepares one to proceed through life as a well-rounded critical thinker and problem solver. The world needs people with such qualities,” says Belstra. “The added value of a Trinity education is the Reformed Christian worldview that permeates everything we do here and everything a student will learn here. A Reformed Christian worldview is a powerful mindset, because it declares that everything is God’s.”
Belstra has been a member of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church for over 20 years, where he has taken on roles as a youth group leader, deacon, and elder. He also currently serves on the board of Southwest Chicago Christian Schools as treasurer and on the investment committee of the Barnabas Foundation.