It is my hope that you will join our learning community here in Grand Rapids as you pursue your call to ministry.
Calvin Seminary has a reputation as a school with a rigorous academic curriculum and a strong commitment to the Reformed faith and confessions. For 140 years, the Seminary has been working, growing, and developing to serve the Church as the Church serves the mission of God.
"We invite you to find a rhythm of worship here"
We are a learning community of faith. We worship together. We pray together. We learn from one another. The seminary community worships in a variety of ways through student prayer groups, community chapel services and early morning prayer times. We invite you to find a rhythm of worship here—in community.
If you choose Calvin Seminary, know that you will have a Christian community here who supports and prays for you. Your fellow students and your professors will all be here to encourage you. And if you participate in the mentored ministries program, your group members, leader, and vocational mentor will all be, too.
We hope to come alongside you in this new stage of your Christian journey. May God bless you as you discern your steps for the future!
In His Service With You,
Rev. Jul Medenblik
President Medenblik at his inauguration, October 2011
Following graduation in 1995, Jul accepted a call to Orland Park CRC in Orland Park, Illinois, to be the founding pastor of a church plant in New Lenox, Illinois. New Life Christian Reformed Church began worship services in a public high school auditorium in 1996, was organized as a congregation in 2002, and moved into its own building in 2003. During this time the church expanded from one to three worship services with over 700 people in total attendance.
Jul has served as a former board member and president of the CRC Loan Fund; former board member and president of the Chicago Christian Counseling Center; former board member and chair of the Classis Chicago South Home Missions Committee; Synodical Deputy from Classis Chicago South; board member and president of the Calvin Seminary Board of Trustees; synodical delegate to the synods of 1990, 2002, and 2006; and Church Planting and Development Point Team Leader for Christian Reformed Home Missions.
Upon receiving this latest appointment, Rev. Medenblik stated, “I am humbled by the opportunity to move from serving the church as a local pastor and in various denominational settings to the presidency of Calvin Theological Seminary. One picture that we have in church planting in the Christian Reformed Church is embodied in the phrase, ‘Deep Roots, New Branches.’ Calvin Theological Seminary is deeply rooted in and nurtured by the church. We have a great opportunity to use those roots to nourish preachers and church leaders for the ministries and new opportunities that await us in the mission field around each and every one of us.”