Schaafsma Steps in as Visiting Lecturer

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January 1, 2020

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Katrina Schaafsma has joined Calvin Seminary as the Lecturer in Residence in Old Testament. Schaafsma, a 2012 Calvin Seminary graduate, is also in the process of finishing her dissertation for her ThD from Duke Divinity School, studying Old Testament and homiletics (preaching). In reflecting on what drew her to this area of study, Schaafsma speaks to the richness of the biblical texts: “I am passionate about biblical interpretation for the life of the church, and I could have happily studied either testament. I think I was particularly drawn to the narrative and poetic artistry of the Old Testament, so I find it an absolute delight to study. I hope to spend my life helping people and congregations know God better through these sometimes surprising or troubling texts.”

Originally from Ridgetown, ON, Schaafsma received her BA from the University of Guelph in international development and continued her studies there, earning her MA in political science.

In her free time, Schaafsma enjoys musical activities. She shares, “Music is an important part of my life. I play piano and violin and always try to find a choir or orchestra to join wherever I live. This year, I’m singing with the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus.”

We welcome Katrina Schaafsma back to Calvin Seminary!


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