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Western Theological Seminary names new president

• Mar 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM

HOLLAND — Western Theological Seminary in Holland recently announced the appointment of Dr. Felix Theonugraha as its next president.

Theonugraha is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and an administrator who comes to the seminary from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, where he currently serves as vice president for Student Life and University Services.

During his tenure at Trinity, Theonugraha led the enrollment team, athletic department, alumni office and Student Life division, and also served on the President's University Leadership Team and the Gender Equity Task Force. He also served as co-chairperson of the Racial Reconciliation Implementation Team and taught courses in the Master of Arts in Leadership program.

Theonugraha led the graduate student affairs division for a time, and also worked alongside international students and helped to introduce intercultural elements to Trinity’s chapel services.

“Western Theological Seminary has an incredible history,” Theonugraha said. “The deep commitment to ministry and passion for the Lord that characterized the students who, in 1866, requested to continue their theological studies in Holland are still evident at WTS today. My prayer is that I can continue to extend and deepen that history, so that WTS can continue to be a place that prepares women and men who are called by God to lead the church in mission, and do so in a way that is mindful and responsive to our time and place in God’s story — such as the increasing ethnic diversity in our country and the growth of the church in the Global South and East.”

Theonugraha was born in Indonesia, and later spent time in Taiwan before arriving in California around the age of 12. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div., Ph.D.). He loves to preach, and he and his wife Esther are active in their church, where they have co-taught adult education classes and K-5 children’s ministry.

Theonugraha will assume his duties as president of the seminary on July 1. He is following the 11-year tenure of Dr. Timothy Brown, who is retiring as president but will return to the classroom as Henry Bast Professor of Preaching.

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