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Ending a search that spanned more than seven months, the board of trustees formally presented Dr. Steve Timmermans of Grand Rapids, Mich., as the next president of Trinity Christian College to students, faculty, and staff in the Ozinga Chapel Monday afternoon, March 17. He will assume his official duties at the beginning of the academic year in July.

"My heart is filled with gratitude for Trinity," Timmermans said as he addressed the audience. "(The College) will continue to thrive while preparing students for Christian leadership in a world badly in need of restoration and reconciliation. I look forward to joining (this) journey of faithfulness."

Board Chairman Terry Vander Aa introduced Timmermans after the board gave its unanimous approval to appoint him as the seventh president of the College. The search committee, headed by Bill Weidenaar, received more than 60 inquiries about the position before finally selecting Timmermans, an education professor at Calvin College.

"God does what He has to do to keep the College moving forward," Vander Aa said. "It's a new season for Trinity, and we are pleased that God has brought us a leader who can sustain the positive momentum."

Timmermans recently held the post of executive associate to the president of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where he has served in varied capacities since 1989, including director of student academic services, professor of education, dean for instruction, and interim director of the service-learning center. After receiving a bachelor of science degree from Calvin in 1979, Timmermans continued his post-graduate education at the University of Michigan, where he earned a master of arts degree in psychology and an education specialist degree in education in 1983, and a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology and education in 1985. He spent the next four years at Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Grand Rapids as a licensed psychologist, eventually serving as both chief of pediatric psychology and director of pediatric programming and research.

Timmermans and his wife, Barbara, were accompanied by three of their four children: Becca, Paul, and Jessica. Their oldest daughter, Katie, was on spring break.

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