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Dr. Paul D. Kooistra

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President

Theological Seminary
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • B.A. , Psychology
    University of Minnesota
  • M.Div.
    Columbia Seminary
  • M.Div.
    Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. , Educational Psychology
    University of Alabama
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-- Erskine College and ...
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-- Erskine College and Theological Seminary President Paul Kooistra, hired as the school's 16th president on July 18, announced several program and personnel reductions in a letter addressed to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 2. The reductions, scheduled to take effect in the 2015-16 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, are part of a plan aimed at getting the institution back on a firm and sustainable financial footing. Approved by the Erskine board of trustees on Aug. 15, the new reductions are expected to save the institution about $875,000. At the seminary, three of the 12 full-time faculty positions will be eliminated, with the remaining faculty taking a 25-percent reduction in salary. This reduction comes on top of a 5-percent institution-wide reduction that took effect after the Aug. 15 decision. In his letter, Kooistra stated the seminary expects an increase in revenue next year through expanded programs and tuition.
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President Paul Kooistra says he wants to 'magnify the Christ-centered approach to education' Paul Kooistra
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Erskine College and Theological Seminary President Paul Kooistra was named head of the Due West institution this summer.
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DUE WEST - Erskine College President Paul Kooistra reminds himself each morning that the campus he now calls his home is not his but God's.
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"If I remind myself every day that God is in charge," Kooistra said. "This is his school, not mine. My approach to this is to have a sense of anticipation to see what God is going to do. That is the excitement of ministry. If you trust in the Lord, his work will always exceed anything that you had planned."
Kooistra said he wants to "magnify the Christ-centered approach to education" at Erskine College and Theological Seminary.
A month into this new stage of Kooistra's career, he is excited about the possibilities as the college celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, he said. He has been meeting with students, both informally around campus and through small group meetings. On Monday, he met with accreditation officials as they work to help the college's staff with keeping data about students' outcomes and how the college's academic goals are being met.
He said he is also working with staff to develop a plan for the college and seminary's financial stability.
Another goal, Kooistra said, is to build the college and seminary's student body by reaching students where they are, possibly adding courses, and strengthening programs at the college's smaller campuses and programs across the state.
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So Kooistra said the next step is to work on strengthening the institution's coffers.
But that is something he has some experience in.
Originally from Duluth, Minn., Kooistra has spent more than 50 years working in ministry. He has worked in Christian education, held positions as a youth pastor, has led church preschool programs and has led other higher-education institutions.
Most recently, he headed the Mission to the World, an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. He held that position for 20 years. Before that, he served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Mo.
At the seminary in Missouri and the mission agency, he led efforts to build their coffers and left them on firm financial footing.
Covenant Theological Seminary's student body grew from 121 students to 790 in the 10 years he served there, and he helped the seminary staff build an $8 million endowment fund to help it keep its budget in the black.
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Bobby McDonald, who was the interim presidential search committee chairman at Erskine, said Kooistra had been consulted concerning Erskine Seminary's Augusta campus.
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"Looking at the list of qualities we sought in a candidate, Paul Kooistra was quickly identified as a contender for the position," McDonald said, in a release from the college.
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"As we studied, met, and dialogued with Dr. Kooistra and his wife, Sandi, it became evident his knowledge of Erskine and academic leadership would serve the college as well."
Erskine's trustees met with Kooistra in July to discuss priorities for what was expected to be an interim presidency. Their vote to name him as the institution's 16th president was unanimous.
Kooistra, now 72, said he is hopeful and excited about Erskine's future. Because he knows who is at the center of it all - God.
It was God who called him into ministry, drawing him out of his own original plan to work in business. God also has guided Kooistra to use his skills as a businessman, some of which he inherited from his father and grandfather, to work for the church. Kooistra said his father owned a trucking company and a gas station and his grandfather owned a rug company in Minnesota that employed more than 500 people.
Those business skills, combined with his faith in Christ, have guided him in each of his posts through the years, Kooistra said.
"Ministry is not simply about the Bible and people," he said.
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Erskine College and Theological Seminary President Paul Kooistra was named head of the Due West institution this summer. Erskine College and Theological Seminary President Paul Kooistra was named head of the Due West institution this summer. GoUpstate.comSeptember 16, 2014 11:06 AM DUE WEST - Erskine College President Paul Kooistra reminds himself each morning that the campus he now calls his home is not his but God's."If I remind myself every day that God is in charge," Kooistra said. "This is his school, not mine. My approach to this is to have a sense of anticipation to see what God is going to do. That is the excitement of ministry. If you trust in the Lord, his work will always exceed anything that you had planned."Kooistra said he wants to "magnify the Christ-centered approach to education" at Erskine College and Theological Seminary.A month into this new stage of Kooistra's career, he is excited about the possibilities as the college celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, he said. He has been meeting with students, both informally around campus and through small group meetings. On Monday, he met with accreditation officials as they work to help the college's staff with keeping data about students' outcomes and how the college's academic goals are being met.He said he is also working with staff to develop a plan for the college and seminary's financial stability.Another goal, Kooistra said, is to build the college and seminary's student body by reaching students where they are, possibly adding courses, and strengthening programs at the college's smaller campuses and programs across the state.For the past two years, the college has topped more than 200 students in its class of new students - something that has not been seen since the 1970s, said Cliff Smith, a spokesman for the school. So Kooistra said the next step is to work on strengthening the institution's coffers.But that is something he has some experience in.Originally from Duluth, Minn., Kooistra has spent more than 50 years working in ministry. He has worked in Christian education, held positions as a youth pastor, has led church preschool programs and has led other higher-education institutions.Most recently, he headed the Mission to the World, an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. He held that position for 20 years. Before that, he served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Mo.At the seminary in Missouri and the mission agency, he led efforts to build their coffers and left them on firm financial footing.Covenant Theological Seminary's student body grew from 121 students to 790 in the 10 years he served there, and he helped the seminary staff build an $8 million endowment fund to help it keep its budget in the black.The seminary did not have an endowment when he stepped into the lead role there, Kooistra said. Today, the seminary serves about 1,200 students.In his time with Mission to the World, that organization's reach expanded to 82 nations from 45, and the agency built up about $30 million in its endowment.Bobby McDonald, who was the interim presidential search committee chairman at Erskine, said Kooistra had been consulted concerning Erskine Seminary's Augusta campus."Looking at the list of qualities we sought in a candidate, Paul Kooistra was quickly identified as a contender for the position," McDonald said, in a release from the college.
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"As we studied, met, and dialogued with Dr. Kooistra and his wife, Sandi, it became evident his knowledge of Erskine and academic leadership would serve the college as well."Erskine's trustees met with Kooistra in July to discuss priorities for what was expected to be an interim presidency. Their vote to name him as the institution's 16th president was unanimous.Kooistra, now 72, said he is hopeful and excited about Erskine's future. Because he knows who is at the center of it all - God.It was God who called him into ministry, drawing him out of his own original plan to work in business. God also has guided Kooistra to use his skills as a businessman, some of which he inherited from his father and grandfather, to work for the church. Kooistra said his father owned a trucking company and a gas station and his grandfather owned a rug company in Minnesota that employed more than 500 people.Those busine
President Paul Kooistra says ...
www.goupstate.com [cached]
President Paul Kooistra says he wants to 'magnify the Christ-centered approach to education' Paul Kooistra
...
Paul Kooistra
Erskine College and Theological Seminary President Paul Kooistra was named head of the Due West institution this summer.
...
DUE WEST - Erskine College President Paul Kooistra reminds himself each morning that the campus he now calls his home is not his but God's.
...
"If I remind myself every day that God is in charge," Kooistra said. "This is his school, not mine. My approach to this is to have a sense of anticipation to see what God is going to do. That is the excitement of ministry. If you trust in the Lord, his work will always exceed anything that you had planned."
Kooistra said he wants to "magnify the Christ-centered approach to education" at Erskine College and Theological Seminary.
A month into this new stage of Kooistra's career, he is excited about the possibilities as the college celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, he said. He has been meeting with students, both informally around campus and through small group meetings. On Monday, he met with accreditation officials as they work to help the college's staff with keeping data about students' outcomes and how the college's academic goals are being met.
He said he is also working with staff to develop a plan for the college and seminary's financial stability.
Another goal, Kooistra said, is to build the college and seminary's student body by reaching students where they are, possibly adding courses, and strengthening programs at the college's smaller campuses and programs across the state.
...
So Kooistra said the next step is to work on strengthening the institution's coffers.
But that is something he has some experience in.
Originally from Duluth, Minn., Kooistra has spent more than 50 years working in ministry. He has worked in Christian education, held positions as a youth pastor, has led church preschool programs and has led other higher-education institutions.
Most recently, he headed the Mission to the World, an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. He held that position for 20 years. Before that, he served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Mo.
At the seminary in Missouri and the mission agency, he led efforts to build their coffers and left them on firm financial footing.
Covenant Theological Seminary's student body grew from 121 students to 790 in the 10 years he served there, and he helped the seminary staff build an $8 million endowment fund to help it keep its budget in the black.
...
Bobby McDonald, who was the interim presidential search committee chairman at Erskine, said Kooistra had been consulted concerning Erskine Seminary's Augusta campus.
...
"Looking at the list of qualities we sought in a candidate, Paul Kooistra was quickly identified as a contender for the position," McDonald said, in a release from the college.
...
"As we studied, met, and dialogued with Dr. Kooistra and his wife, Sandi, it became evident his knowledge of Erskine and academic leadership would serve the college as well."
Erskine's trustees met with Kooistra in July to discuss priorities for what was expected to be an interim presidency. Their vote to name him as the institution's 16th president was unanimous.
Kooistra, now 72, said he is hopeful and excited about Erskine's future. Because he knows who is at the center of it all - God.
It was God who called him into ministry, drawing him out of his own original plan to work in business. God also has guided Kooistra to use his skills as a businessman, some of which he inherited from his father and grandfather, to work for the church. Kooistra said his father owned a trucking company and a gas station and his grandfather owned a rug company in Minnesota that employed more than 500 people.
Those business skills, combined with his faith in Christ, have guided him in each of his posts through the years, Kooistra said.
"Ministry is not simply about the Bible and people," he said.
...
Erskine College and Theological Seminary President Paul Kooistra was named head of the Due West institution this summer. Erskine College and Theological Seminary President Paul Kooistra was named head of the Due West institution this summer. GoUpstate.comSeptember 16, 2014 11:06 AM DUE WEST - Erskine College President Paul Kooistra reminds himself each morning that the campus he now calls his home is not his but God's."If I remind myself every day that God is in charge," Kooistra said. "This is his school, not mine. My approach to this is to have a sense of anticipation to see what God is going to do. That is the excitement of ministry. If you trust in the Lord, his work will always exceed anything that you had planned."Kooistra said he wants to "magnify the Christ-centered approach to education" at Erskine College and Theological Seminary.A month into this new stage of Kooistra's career, he is excited about the possibilities as the college celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, he said. He has been meeting with students, both informally around campus and through small group meetings. On Monday, he met with accreditation officials as they work to help the college's staff with keeping data about students' outcomes and how the college's academic goals are being met.He said he is also working with staff to develop a plan for the college and seminary's financial stability.Another goal, Kooistra said, is to build the college and seminary's student body by reaching students where they are, possibly adding courses, and strengthening programs at the college's smaller campuses and programs across the state.For the past two years, the college has topped more than 200 students in its class of new students - something that has not been seen since the 1970s, said Cliff Smith, a spokesman for the school. So Kooistra said the next step is to work on strengthening the institution's coffers.But that is something he has some experience in.Originally from Duluth, Minn., Kooistra has spent more than 50 years working in ministry. He has worked in Christian education, held positions as a youth pastor, has led church preschool programs and has led other higher-education institutions.Most recently, he headed the Mission to the World, an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. He held that position for 20 years. Before that, he served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Mo.At the seminary in Missouri and the mission agency, he led efforts to build their coffers and left them on firm financial footing.Covenant Theological Seminary's student body grew from 121 students to 790 in the 10 years he served there, and he helped the seminary staff build an $8 million endowment fund to help it keep its budget in the black.The seminary did not have an endowment when he stepped into the lead role there, Kooistra said. Today, the seminary serves about 1,200 students.In his time with Mission to the World, that organization's reach expanded to 82 nations from 45, and the agency built up about $30 million in its endowment.Bobby McDonald, who was the interim presidential search committee chairman at Erskine, said Kooistra had been consulted concerning Erskine Seminary's Augusta campus."Looking at the list of qualities we sought in a candidate, Paul Kooistra was quickly identified as a contender for the position," McDonald said, in a release from the college.
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"As we studied, met, and dialogued with Dr. Kooistra and his wife, Sandi, it became evident his knowledge of Erskine and academic leadership would serve the college as well."Erskine's trustees met with Kooistra in July to discuss priorities for what was expected to be an interim presidency. Their vote to name him as the institution's 16th president was unanimous.Kooistra, now 72, said he is hopeful and excited about Erskine's future. Because he knows who is at the center of it all - God.It was God who called him into ministry, drawing him out of his own original plan to work in business. God also has guided Kooistra to use his skills as a businessman, some of which he inherited from his father and grandfather, to work for the church. Kooistra said his father owned a trucking company and a gas station and his grandfather owned a rug company in Minnesota that employed more than 500 people.Those busine
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Dr. Paul Kooistra
Paul Kooistra is a Presbyterian minister and coordinator of Mission to the World, the missions agency of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He was also elected moderator of the 2008-2009 General Assembly of the PCA.
Prior to assuming the leadership of Mission to the World, Kooistra was a pastor, professor at Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and president of Covenant Theological Seminary.
Kooistra was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and received an M.Div. from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.
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The Harvest is Plentiful, the Laborers Few by: Dr. Paul Kooistra
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Dr. Paul Kooistra, Coordinator for Mission to the World, PCA
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