Professor of Systematic Theology

Mary L. Vanden Berg


B.S. (Calvin College, 1981) M.T.S (Calvin Theological Seminary, 2002) Ph.D (Calvin Theological Seminary, 2008)

Mary Vanden Berg joined the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary on July 1, 2008. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Kuyper College, Western Theological Seminary, and Calvin Theological Seminary. Her graduate work focused on atonement theology. Mary’s goal as a professor is to not only help her students understand the truths of theology, which can often seem abstract and difficult, but also to help them understand that theological understanding and piety are intimately intertwined.

“My students will tell you that I always ask the ‘So what?’ question. When I teach a concept, no matter how abstract it might seem, I try to give my students an idea of why it’s helpful for ministry, for understanding God, and for moving through life…My kids have taught me that if it doesn’t touch them in some way, what good is it?”

Mary lives in Hudsonville, Michigan with her husband, Skip. She has three married children and three grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, camping and downhill skiing. She also writes on her blog: Life, God, and Other Mysteries.

Speaking Topics

Prayer: The Chief Exercise of FaithDisappointment, Despair, and GodBasic Christianity: The Niceano-Constantinopolitan CreedLoving Your Neighbor With DementiaCovenant as the Foundation of Renewed CommunityMake Me Like a Tree: A Look at Psalm 1