Distinguished Alumni

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November 30, 2021

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Chaplain InSoon Hoagland was born in Suncheon, Junnam Providence, South Korea. She holds an associate degree as a clinical technician and national board-certified medical technologist. With the goal of furthering her studies, Hoagland came to America in 1989.

Over the years, Hoagland has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL), a Master of Divinity degree from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree in psychology and counseling, with a specialty in marriage and family therapy, from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, TX). She is a certified pastoral counselor and clinical chaplain.

Currently, Hoagland is working on her doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at Kansas State University. Hoagland is also working part time as a graduate research assistant at the National Academic Advising Association Center for Research at KSU. She owns her own private practice, specializing in marriage and family therapy, and loves to work with children’s mental health issues while she pursues her doctoral degree. Hoagland is a certified instructor for prevention and relationship enhancement in the military and also instructs a partner program for singles. Additionally, Hoagland is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, and a clinical fellow for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

The Christian Reformed Church in North America endorses Chaplain Hoagland; Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, MI) is Hoagland’s calling church. She is currently serving as a committee member of the Christian Reformed Church’s Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee and is also a chaplaincy and care advisory committee member.

Hoagland was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in April 1996 and entered the active Army chaplaincy in January 1998 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina while she was attending Calvin Theological Seminary. Her past assignments include: battalion chaplain, 2nd Field Artillery BN, Fort Sill, OK; 1-40th Field Artillery BN, Fort Sill OK (Jan 1999 – June 2001); 302nd Forward Support BN, Camp Casey, South Korea (June 2001 – June 2002); 1-4 Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, TX (July 2002 – April 2004) and deployed to Iraq for 12 months (March 2003 – April 2004); Squadron Chaplain, 1-6th Aviation Squadron, Fort Hood, TX; battalion chaplain (2004 – 2005), 303rd Military Intelligence BN, West Fort Hood, TX (2005); the Chaplain Captain Career Course at Fort Jackson, SC; battalion chaplain (2006), 215th Combat Support Battalion, Fort Hood, TX and deployed to Iraq for 14 months (Oct 2006 – Nov 2007); Fort Hood, TX for Army Advanced Civilian schooling specializing in family life chaplaincy (May 2008 – Aug 2009); Division Family Life Chaplain, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea (Sep 2009 – May 2012); brigade chaplain, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Camp Humphreys, South Korea (June 2012 – Aug 2014); Pastoral Care Coordinator/Chaplain Resource Manager, US Army Garrison (USAG) Fort Leavenworth, KS (Sep 2014 – Feb 2018).

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”

(Micah 6:8)

Hoagland’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Stars (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon (5). She has been married to Daniel Hoagland for 14 years, and they have a 13-year old son, Elijah, who loves math, music, singing, playing musical instruments, practicing Taekwondo, and playing chess. Chaplain Hoagland offers some words of encouragement to the 2019 graduates:

  1. Remember what the Lord requires of you as you live out your calling.
  2. Be all you can be according to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 1-11) and know that your reward is in heaven. Be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
  3. Be the imitators of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord.

May God bless you with His love, protection, and guidance as you live out your calling!



Born the oldest of seven children, baptized by pastor and teacher Dr. S.U. Zuidema, raised in rural poverty under Nazi oppression in the Netherlands, I was a fly on the wall in weekly family discussions of Reformed sermons carrying double Bible-based meanings of faith community and discrete political resistance. Early high school tutoring in my uncle’s tri-stall garage whetted my appetite for learning, for languages, and for civic pride.

All of this was interrupted by emigration to Canada. But my parents were very gracious in allowing two years of high school. My pastor, home missionary Adam Persenaire, opened in me a suppressed desire for college studies and preparation for bilingual pastoral leadership among post-war immigrant congregations. To seven years at Calvin College and Seminary, I added a year at Westminster – to further study Hebrew, Greek, and biblical theology.

After my ordination in 1958, my faithful and supportive wife Ellen (Ploegstra) and I, along with our two children, moved to Exeter, Ontario. Among many new Canadian congregations, we were moved to strengthen the growing congregations of Fort William (now Thunder Bay), First Calgary, and Kildonan Winnipeg, adding three more children along the way.

Following twenty years in local pastorate and outreach, I successfully applied to the Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC) to become the first executive secretary to develop this national body of Canada’s eleven classis in biennial assembly (each sending one elder, deacon, and pastor).

My job description allowed for service and creative imagination in developing the following church-supported ministries (with CCRCC-appointed supervisory committees sustaining each):

  • The Interchurch Relations Committee met twice a year with representatives from Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed, and Mennonite denominations to help other Canadian denominations know our creedal base and witness.
  • The Committee for Contact with the government sought to develop biblical witness to current public issues.
  • The Refugee Committee answered our government’s invitation to sign
    up for a national “private” refugee sponsorship program. 40 years since inception, CRC congregations have settled some 7,000 new Canadians with benefits for all involved.
  • The First Nations Ministries Committee reached out to Canada’s First Nations people trying to live in our cities. Urban spiritual programs have continued under maturing native leadership in Winnipeg, Regina, and Edmonton.
  • Vision Television: When Canadian broadcast services had refused the last Christian broadcast program, the CCRCC joined major denominations in securing a broadcast license for the faith-based network, “Vision.”
  • Worldwide Christian Schools: Following through on mission tours to several Central American countries, I joined “Edu-Deo (formerly, Worldwide Christian Schools) in teaching and promoting Christian Education in Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and several African countries.
  • With no protection in law for the unborn, Beginnings Family Services was started to fill a vital need. Beginnings just marked 30 years of ministry of counseling with prospective and adoptive parents of the unborn. Last year alone, this ministry placed 17 newborns in new families across Canada, and supported countless others who chose to raise their child. Since retiring, I support this ministry as I am able and have also continued to assist Crossroads Bible Studies among prisoners.

Outstanding in my memories, my annual report to Synod was “not debatable” – hence this stymied any engagement on initiatives reported.

To Calvin Seminary’s aspiring pastors, I ask: Are you called to carry forward God’s Word? Don’t stand in its way. Convey that you care – as one humble recipient among them. Have you been awed and exhorted by the possibilities the first hearers embraced? Exegete! Insist on a Christo-centric pulpit. Believe in the work of the Holy Spirit – in and through you. Let your pastoral visits inform your pulpit message. Out of the seminary classroom, apply what you shared while in it. And in everything you do, every breath you draw, Soli Deo Gloria!


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