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An audience of more than 400 Trinity Christian College friends, faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Ozinga Chapel on Monday for the Heritage Science Center dedication. U.S. Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), the first research physicist elected to Congress, delivered the keynote address, which highlighted the significance of science in society, in the Christian faith, and at Trinity.

"It's unfortunate that there long has been a conflict between science and Christian beliefs," Ehlers said. "There can't be a conflict between the two-science is the study of God's world, and theology is the study of God's Word.

"We need Christian scientists, researchers, and nurses who are faithful to God's Word while studying God's world. Students must learn more about His Word while synthesizing the two. Good Christian theology must agree with good science because they both study God's revelation."

Junior Brent Van Til (South Holland, Ill.) and senior Lisa Kiekintveld (Holland, Mich.) offered student perspectives on the vision of the science center, from its conception through its groundbreaking to its completion earlier this spring.

The ceremony also included three key individuals who were instrumental in developing the plans for the new building. Dr. Robert Boomsma, head of the biology department, welcomed the audience. Terry Van Der Aa, chairman of the board, led a litany reading, and former biology Prof. Gary VanDyke, who taught at Trinity for 30 years before retiring in May, closed the ceremony with prayer.

The guests then were treated to refreshments and a tour of the 38,000 square-foot facility, which features nine laboratories and a greenhouse. All of the funding for the $8 million construction came from Trinity friends and supporters.

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