Spouse & Family Ministry

If you have a family, you can be certain that your spouse will find places to grow spiritually and connect with a community of support at Calvin Seminary.

Spouse and Family Ministries is for all Calvin Seminary spouses, female and male, international and North American, including student couples. Programs are led by a team of spouses and coordinated by Jackie Medenblik through the Dean of Students Office.

Regular groups and events

Spouse and Family Ministries offers regular activities to encourage you in your walk with Christ and provide fellowship with other Seminary spouses. Regular offerings include:

  • Mentoring groups
  • Book clubs
  • Social nights

Spouses and families are also invited to participate in many of the Seminary social activities, including regular potlucks, the all-Seminary picnic and the international Christmas dinner.

Other family resources

  • Groceries, clothing, shoes, and various household items are available free of charge to seminarians and their families through the Idema Food Pantry and Clothing Bank
  • Counseling – Subsidized marriage counseling is available for students with the seminary paying $50.00 per session and the student paying the balance, normally $20 per session. In addition, Calvin Seminary works with a number of licensed therapists to provide counseling for a reduced co-pay, usually $10.00. Learn more.
  • Spouses can participate in Seminary classes (as space allows) for $15 per course. See the Registrar to sign up for the course before attending class.
  • As you plan to attend Calvin Seminary and need information about area schools, doctors, family activities, and more, see the Grand Rapids guide (pdf) published by Seminary students each year.

Don’t forget to check out all of the campus amenities available to you and your family as a Seminary student.

How to Get Involved
Sign up for a regular newsletter about opportunities by sending an email to spouses@calvinseminary.edu. Another great way to connect with other Seminary families and plan activities is through the Spouse and Family Ministries Facebook group.