Seminary students are church leaders in training. As a student in Calvin's pre-seminary program, you'll take courses to prepare you for any number of seminary programs nationwide.

Overview

The pre-seminary program at Calvin is a series of classes in English, speech, philosophy, psychology, history, Greek and sociology designed for students who are interested in pursuing ordained ministry. This program can be paired with any major at Calvin, as most seminaries receive graduates from a variety of fields and academic interests. Recent graduates of Calvin's pre-seminary program have gone to some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Duke and Fuller.

Careers in Pre-Seminary

  • Religion Professor or Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Youth Minister
  • Author

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Attend the annual Seminary Fair to investigate schools from a wide variety of denominations and traditions; complete a 10-week internship as a Jubilee Fellow; join in department-wide events like lectures and seminars.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Julius and Sylvia Becksvoort Scholarship
  • amount of award: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-seminary course of study; planning to attend Calvin Theological Seminary; demonstrate excellent Christian character and a willingness to follow a life of service to God
  • search and apply here
Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; psychology major or pursuing a pre-ministry program
  • search and apply here
Willis and Gertrude DeBoer Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,200
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a pre-seminary program or pursuing religious studies
  • search and apply here
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education, a pre-ministry program or missions
  • search and apply here
Rev. Donald J. Drost Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; graduate of Western Michigan Chr HS (Muskegon, MI); preference is given to those planning to pursue ministry in the Christian Reformed Church
  • search and apply here
Jack and Eleanor Elenbaas Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an engineering or accounting degree or be in the pre-seminary program
  • search and apply here
Phil and Mary Slater Frens Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate strong Christian character and diligence in his or her academic work; demonstrate Christian character, promise of growth, and participation and leadership in activities outside the classroom such as church, community, and extra-curricular school activities
  • search and apply here
Reverend Bernard Haven Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; child of missionary; intending to pursue a pre-ministry program or a degree in education; preference is given to those pursuing philosophy, English or history
  • search and apply here
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate an interest in pursuing studies that will lead to the ministry, teaching or business; demonstrate commitment to and evidence of volunteerism or student leadership
  • search and apply here
Jacob and Kathryn S. Hekman Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-ministry program; planning to attend Calvin Theological Seminary; demonstrate excellent Christian character and willingness to follow a life of service to God
  • search and apply here
Dr. and Mrs. Lee S. Huizenga Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med or pre-ministry program
  • search and apply here
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry or pre-dentistry program
  • search and apply here
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry
  • search and apply here
Adrian and Margaret Van Andel Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a degree in education or ministry
  • search and apply here
William and Anna Vanden Bosch Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,550
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; planning a career in missions or some type of parish or pastoral ministry; preference is given to those who plan to pursue ministry in the Christian Reformed Church; special consideration is given to ethnic minorities; active in ministry in their local congregation or in other Christian ministry
  • search and apply here
John S. Vander Heide III Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • senior
  • GPA of 2.67+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a pre-ministry program and planning to seek ordination through Calvin Theological Seminary; also considered is potential for leadership in the ministry of the Christian Reformed Church as demonstrated through theological insight and gifts of pastoral sensitivity
  • search and apply here
Louis Vos Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; career goal of serving a church or teaching Bible or religion and theology; a major or minor in religion and theology is not required
  • search and apply here
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Todd Cioffi

Todd Cioffi
Assistant Professor
Department of Congregational & Ministry Studies
HL 315H
tvc2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7797

Lynn Elliott

Lynn Elliott
Youth Ministry Adjunct
Department of Congregational & Ministry Studies
HL 315G
lbe3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7628

Mary Hulst

Mary Hulst
College Chaplain
CA 144
pastormary@calvin.edu
616-526-7617

Thomas Thompson

Thomas Thompson
Professor
Department of Religion
HL 383
thomto@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6429

John Witvliet

John Witvliet
Professor, Director Institute Christian Worship
Professor
Department of Music
HL 389
jwitvlie@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6806

Talk to us

Matthew Lundberg Matthew Lundberg
Program Director
Department of Congregational & Ministry Studies
HL 385
mdl4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8875

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