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Wrong Paul Kooistra?

Dr. Paul Kooistra D.

Sixteenth President

Erskine College

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Erskine College

One Depot Street

Due West, South Carolina 29639

United States

Company Description

Erskine College is committed to excellent liberal arts education. At Erskine an excellent liberal arts education means that all students pursue a broad-based course of study including requirements in language and literature, visual and performing arts, ... more

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Employment History

Vice President

Athletic Mark Peeler




Covenant Theological Seminary

Vice President and Dean

Erskine Theological Seminary


Covenant College


Chapelgate Christian Academy


Individual Member
World Reformed Fellowship

36th General Assembly

Moderator of Synod, Erskine Trustee, Advisory Member
Moderator's Commission

Member of the Faculty
Reformed Theological Seminary

Member of the Faculty
Belhaven College




University of Minnesota


Columbia Seminary


Columbia Theological Seminary


Educational Psychology

University of Alabama

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ARPTalk - a place to discuss all issues relevant to the ARP Church

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This issue of ARPTalk asks this question: In the light of what happened in the May meeting of the board, in the light of what happened at the meeting of General Synod, and in the light of what has happened since July 1 on the Erskine board, IS THERE A FIX IN to protect Kooistra?

News update coming out of Due West: Erskine President Paul Kooistra has taken a cheap shot at RJ Gore.
It was a "butt fumble" by President Paul Kooistra and Vice President for Athletic Mark Peeler. Kooistra and his athletic braintrust pulled out all the stops in their full-court press for football. He failed.
Instead of presenting the case for an Erskine football program and asking the board's approval (as was anticipated), President Kooistra pulled back. In uncertainty, he said he just wanted to talk about football. Was he indicating that football was not a "Hail, Mary," but just a forward pass?
ARPTalk 120 - Congratulations to Paul Kooistra: President, Erskine College
ARPTalk 120 - Congratulations to Paul Kooistra: President, Erskine College
Congratulations and a tip of the hat are due to President Paul Kooistra of Erskine College & Seminary. He was somehow able to talk the SACS people into removing the sanction of probation on Erskine. He is a magician! What else can he pull out of his hat?

The particulars for the call are ...

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The particulars for the call are three: (1) to deal with the implications of the three motions passed by General Synod regarding Erskine College & Seminary and, therefore, the ability of President Paul Kooistra to continue as President of Erskine College & Seminary; (2) to discuss the separation of the college and seminary; and (3) to discuss the motion regarding observance of the Lord's Day/Sabbath by refraining from official academic and athletic activities on Sunday.

After the May meeting of the board and, particularly, after the meeting of General Synod, it is well known that both Vigus and President Kooistra were in a dither about resigning over the events of the board and General Synod.
It is well known that Vigus is enthralled with Kooistra.
Both meetings were public humiliations of and rejections of the leadership of Kooistra and Vigus.
A "called" meeting of the board for the purpose of evaluating Kooistra's leadership is going to come to pass.
I have been a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for 44 years. I have never heard of a Chairman of an agency of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church refusing to call a board meeting when it was properly and legally called.
By the way, where is President Kooistra? Is he busy doing his job? No. Kooistra is in Mobile, Alabama, at the General Assembly of the PCA, nominating his friend George Robertson for Moderator of the PCA.
President Kooistra walks the plank, and Erskine will suffer!
One, except for his sycophants, I don't know anyone at Erskine who calls Kooistra a "Christian gentleman.
Four, under Kooistra's leadership the only balanced budget was accomplished by un-restricting "restricted" monies and reclassifying the monies as revenue.
Only at Erskine and with the leadership of Kooistra whose only plan is athletics.

ARPTalk 101 - President Paul ...

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ARPTalk 101 - President Paul Kooistra: Course Correction

On Friday morning, July 19, 2014, at about 11:00 AM, the Erskine board voted unanimously NOT to confirm Dr. Paul Kooistra as Interim President but AS the sixteenth President of Erskine College and Seminary. Dr. Kooistra is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA), Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the University of Alabama (PhD). An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Dr. Kooistra served in Florida where he was also principal of a Christian school, he held professorships at Belhaven College (Jackson, MS) and Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS), he was President of Covenant Seminary (PCA) (St. Louis, MO), and, most recently, he served as the Coordinator of Mission to the World (MTW) (PCA) in Atlanta, GA. In 2008, he was elected to serve as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCA.
When Dr. Kooistra became President of Covenant Theological Seminary (CTS) in 1984, CTS was struggling with no endowment and barely 100 students. In 1994, when he left CTS to lead MTW, CTS had about 800 students and an endowment of about 8 million dollars. At MTW, he was met with debt, a small budget, and no endowment. During his stewardship at MTW, debt was eliminated, the budget was increased from less than 20 million dollars to over 50 million dollars, an endowment was created and grown to nearly 25 million dollars, a mortgage of 4 million dollars was satisfied in the first year-and-a-half, administrative costs were reduced from 15% to less than 10% while increasing the administrative staff, and the outreach of MTW expanded from 50 to 80 countries.
Along the way, Dr. Kooistra authored five books, published a multitude of articles, developed an extensive national and international speaking ministry and served on multiple church committees and civic organizations. Both Paul and his wife Sandi experienced the grief of the death of their first spouses. Experiencing God's gift of second-love, they reside in Suwanee, GA, where their home is often filled with the laughter of the seven grandchildren in which they delight.
Regarding Dr. Kooistra's appointment, former Moderator of Synod, Erskine trustee, advisory member of the Moderator's Commission on Erskine, and denominational chairman of the Synod's legal defense committee, Mr. Steve Maye says,
I am very encouraged to hear of the appointment of Dr. Paul Kooistra as the President of Erskine College & Seminary. While I do not know him, there are many Christian leaders that I trust who speak very highly of his godly character, his intellectual prowess, his proven track record as a turnaround specialist, and his leadership ability.
Having attended CTS in the 1990s because of Dr. Kooistra's reputation, Rev. Paul Patrick, Erskine Chaplain and RUF Campus Minister, responds,
I was thrilled to hear of Dr. Kooistra's willingness to serve at Erskine. Covenant Seminary, where I attended (1995-1998), was "the seminary that Dr. Kooistra built. He was able to foster a robust, academic context in a culture of Gospel-nurturing ministry. The standards were high, the faculty and staff were excellent and the Christ-honoring mission was crystal clear to everyone. What is more, he was known for having led the institution from financial stress into a season of financial stability. I understand these to be the repeated legacies of Dr. Kooistra's leadership everywhere he has served. I am truly excited for Erskine and am hopeful for our future with the proven, faithful, decisive and mission-defining leadership of Dr. Kooistra in place.
Let's all be praying for Paul and Sandi Kooistra as they lead Erskine at such a critical time.
Paul Kooistra has a special gift in administration as it applies to agencies of the church. During his time at Covenant Seminary it grew not only in numbers of students and faculty, but also in reputation in the world of evangelical schools. On a personal note, I can attest to the fact that he can work with people who hold opinions quite different from his own and come to a consensus that solves problems and brings glory to Jesus. From my understanding of the current needs at Erskine College and Seminary, I believe he will be a great blessing to both the institution and the ARP Church.
The Rev. Bill Marsh, former member of the Moderator's Commission, said the following:
Paul Kooistra has a long and distinguished record as a man whom God uses to get things done in the power of the Spirit. At long last, we have a courageous board with strong and godly leadership. With this hire, they have signaled to Satan and his minions that business in Due West will no longer be "as usual. This board has hired a man with a decades-long pattern of leading the people of God in Kingdom advancement. My great hope is that the decades of bland pieties, missional confusion, and studied mediocrity are finally over. Dr. Kooistra is no Superman, though. He will need the prayers of faithful ARPs throughout the world. The survival and thriving of Erskine is a work that only the Lord can do and Providence has brought Dr. Kooistra to the tip of the spear.
When I learned that Dr. Paul D. Kooistra had been appointed president of Erskine College and Theological Seminary I immediately gave thanks to God. Dr. Kooistra has had a distinguished career as a member of the faculty of Belhaven College and of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, has been the singularly effective president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and for many years has served as Coordinator of Mission to the World, the foreign missions agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. For more than seven years he and I were colleagues in Jackson. I know him to be a devout believer with a brilliant mind and a carefully developed Christian world and life view. He has had extraordinarily broad and comprehensive experience in administration and development. His remarkable gifts and background equip him in a wonderfully impressive way to give the leadership for which many of us have been praying. It is thrilling and a great encouragement that this excellent man will be guiding institutions very important to our church as they move into what we hope will be an ever brighter future.
Moderator-elect Rev. Jamie Hunt expressed his delight in the appointment of Dr. Kooistra as President of Erskine in these words:
Paul, a seasoned leader, has a strong record in leading an institution in particular need. Apparently, he has the ability to make strategic, if difficult, decisions and has the respect of character which enables him to be successful in spite of those difficult decisions.
It is certainly with great thanks to God that the news of Dr. Kooistra's appointment as President of Erskine College and Seminary must be received.
Dr. Kooistra is a man who has lead notable institutions in our sister denomination, the PCA, and who has solid academic qualifications.
Dr. Paul Kooistra brings a remarkable range of successful academic and administrative experience-at Belhaven College, Reformed Theological Seminary, Covenant Seminary, and the PCA's Mission to the World-to Erskine College and Theological Seminary. I am confident that the search committee and Board of Trustees have identified God's man for the job, and I look forward with anticipation to his leadership at Erskine.
In a telephone conversation with Dr. RJ Gore, former Vice President and Dean of Erskine Seminary, he says,
I am stunned at the goodness of God. We have been blessed above and beyond anything I imagined possible.
I met Paul Kooistra during the school year of 1975/76 while a student at RTS/Jackson. Dr. Kooistra was one of my teachers. Though younger than most of his students, he was highly respected by all. His reputation was he never slept. He is an indefatigable worker who functions on four or five hours of sleep, and, by the time most are getting out of bed, he has already put in a good half-day's work. I am thrilled he is at the helm at Erskine.
Since leaving RTS/Jackson in 1976, I have followed Dr. Kooistra's career with keen interest. If anything, he knows how to reset the course for a Christian institution that has lost its way. After 175 years of drifting - and badly drifting the last 50 years, Erskine College & Seminary is in desperate need of a course correction, and, with a sound understanding of the Christian world and life view, Dr. Kooistra is more than cap

When I read in Faith Online ...

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When I read in Faith Online about Dr. Kooistra's appointment to become president of Erskine College and Seminary, I rejoiced and thanked the Lord! God has so gifted Paul Kooistra with the gifts of leadership, pastoral ministry, preaching the truth, honesty/integrity that Erskine so desperately needs.

Our great God has answered my specific prayers for the next leader of this great institution. I almost wish that I had not retired to be on the receiving end of this very capable man of God.
For several years it has been my unspoken (and spoken to a few) belief that the BOT should go after Dr. Kooistra. I am thrilled that God has been good to "us" and brought this man for this time in the life of our staff, students, and faculty.
I agree with one of the comments above, Dr. Kooistra will succeed on the prayers of the people uttered to the powerful God of the universe. We, those who pray, should get it right this time and pray asking God for His mercy and grace poured out liberally upon this institution.
3) Indeed, I too am thankful for Dr. Kooistra, and, as you say, “May God bless Erskine College and Seminary!� Yes, may President Kooistra be able to lead Erskine to the place of renewal so that God can bless.
The election of Dr. Kooistra exceeds anything that I could've imagined or for which I could've hoped.
I have only met Dr. Kooistra once, when he preached at a PCA church that I was then attending some years ago and then only briefly, but I had heard many good things about him and think it an inspired choice.
Although no longer an Associate Reformed Presbyterian I give thanks as a seminary alumnus for to God for His calling of Dr. Kooistra to Erskine and look forward to seeing how the College and Seminary will be blessed by his leadership in the years to come.

Erskine College will remain ...

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Erskine College will remain fully accredited under a status of probation, according to a letter sent out by Erskine President Paul Kooistra on Tuesday.

Of that encounter, Kooistra wrote: "In that meeting, I had the opportunity to demonstrate two important points to the committee. First, Erskine is currently operating from a sound financial base. And second, we are already making substantial progress toward full compliance with accreditation standards of financial sustainability."
Such steps include various cuts to faculty and programs at the college and seminary announced last week, as well as faculty-wide salary and retirement cuts and a tuition increase announced in August.
"These measures position us to achieve our financial and accreditation objectives," Kooistra stated.
In spite of the new sanction, Kooistra stated the committee was encouraged by the institution's presentation and steps its taking toward long-term financial sustainability. He indicated that because SACSCOC "looks for consistent compliance over several annual cycles," the probationary sanction was not, altogether a surprise to school administration.
While the move toward financial stability was expedited by the accreditation progress, it was part of a larger effort of the institution to secure its future financial sustainability. In his letter, Kooistra reiterated this goal.
"As I have said before, our primary objective is to ensure that we continue to pursue our mission and provide the quality and value worthy of the Erskine name and heritage for generations to come," Kooistra wrote.

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