B.A. University of Western Australia

M.Phil. University of Oxford

M.A. University of Cambridge

Ph.D. University of St. Andrews


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 CV for Suzanne McDonald


  • TH113 Systematic Theology I
  • TH124 Credo
  • TH505 – Creation Calling: Thinking Wisely, Acting Well
  • TH518 Eschatology: Christian Hope and the Last Things
  • MN121 Church Governance (RCA Seniors)
  • MN582 – Ministry, Aging, and Dementia

Speaking Engagements

  • September 17 & 2411:00-11:40am – two part series, “Dealing Faithfully With Dementia,” Alger Park CRC, Grand Rapids
  • October 1 & 89:15-10:15am – two part series on the Reformation, 14th St CRC, Holland
  • October 16, 3:30-4:30pm, lecture: “Does The Reformation Still Matter Today?” Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
  • October 19, 10:45-11:45am, Christian Educators Association Convention, lecture: “Being Catholic before the Reformation: What Art and a Will Can Teach Us,” Holland Christian High School, Holland, MI
  • October 22 & 295:00-6:00pm – two part series on the Reformation, Alger Park CRC, Grand Rapids
  • November 5th, 11:45-12:45,  “Dealing Faithfully with Dementia,” Park Church, Grand Rapids
  • February 11 & 18 – two part series, “Dealing Faithfully With Dementia,” Hope Church, Holland
  • February 25 & March 11 – Creation Care series, Woodlawn CRC, Grand Rapids
  • March 18 & 25 – two part series, “Dealing Faithfully with Dementia,” First Reformed Church, Grandville, MI
  • April 22 – “Re-presenting Election,” Second CRC, Grand Haven, MI

Suzanne McDonald

Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology

Suzanne McDonald was born and brought up in Australia and came to faith as an undergraduate through studying English 16th & 17th century literature. After postgraduate studies in literature at Oxford, she lived in the UK from 1998 until 2007. While there, she began training for ordained ministry in Cambridge, but an inspiring professor and mentor encouraged her to consider whether she might have a calling to theological teaching and writing. He was the catalyst for Suzanne to discover that this is indeed the calling that holds her deepest joys and best gifts together. She did her Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews on the doctrine of election and then taught for a year as an interim professor of theology at her former seminary in Cambridge before joining the Religion Department at Calvin College in 2007. She taught there for seven years until joining WTS in 2014. She is the author of two books and several essays and articles on topics in systematic and historical theology.

Suzanne is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and is “theologian-on-tap” to the pastors at her church, Alger Park CRC in Grand Rapids, MI. In her spare time, she is likely to be out watching and photographing birds. She also loves reading, art, and music, is a life-long cricket fan (not an easy sport to follow in the US!) and has somehow become an NFL fan too.

“I’m passionate about teaching theology because of the powerful ways that the Holy Spirit has used studying theology to deepen my relationship with the Triune God and transform my life in Christ. I pray that this will be true for every student, too, so that by doing theology together, we may grow in knowledge and love of the Lord, our ability to share that with others, and our desire to reflect more fully in our lives what we learn of God’s promises and purposes for us and all of creation.”