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"The primary focus of the chaplain is to come alongside students with faculty and staff to encourage and equip them to cultivate a deeper and broader imagination for what God has planned for them," said Trinity's new chaplain Dr. Bill Van Groningen.

Van Groningen began serving in his new role on September 17, 2007. His personal and professional backgrounds are characterized by a man who has "lived and ministered broadly and deeply," the same practice he hopes to encourage in students as they discover who God created them to be.

Raised in Australia by missionary parents, Van Groningen, whose father Gerard later served Trinity as president (1980-84), explained that from his earliest awareness, he knew he belonged to Christ.

"The reality of this assurance has always been the framework of my life," he said. "It is so much more than mere assent to a proposition or creed, it is my way of being."

Moving beyond the borders of Christian education after his graduation from Dordt College with a bachelor's in mathematics and philosophy, Van Groningen knew this foundation would be tested as he pursued his master's degree in humanities at Western Kentucky University and his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

On Friday, October 19 Van Groningen will give his first chapel message, offering reflections based on John 1:14.

Click here for the chapel schedule.

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