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


  • August 7: “Dealing Faithfully With Dementia” (Harderwyk Ministries, Holland, MI)
  • September 14 – 15: ‘The Canons of Dort for the Church Today: Polemics, Pastoring, and Pulling up TULIPS’ (Meeter Center Synod of Dort Conference, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI)
  • October 10: “Dealing Faithfully with Dementia” (Christian Health Care Center Clergy Day, Wyckoff, NJ)
  • October 14: “John Knox: Then and Now” (Third Reformed Church, Holland, MI)
  • October 29: “Dealing Faithfully with Dementia” (Wyckoff Reformed Church, Wyckoff, NJ)
  • November 4 & 11: “Dealing Faithfully with Dementia” (Standale Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI)


  • January 2-3: “Waiting with eager longing: the inseparability of human flourishing from the flourishing of all creation” (keynote speaker, Oikonomia Network Colloquium on Being Human in a Broken World: The Theological Basis for Human Flourishing, Dallas, TX)
  • January 6-11: Young Life Staff Systematic Theology Intensive Course (Sandestin, FL)
  • February 6 & 13: “Dealing Faithfully with Dementia” (The People’s Church, East Lansing)
  • April 2 – Chapel speaker (11am) and afternoon lecturer (on Creation Care), Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
  • April 3 – “Dealing Faithfully with Dementia,” 6:30pm, American Reformed Church, Orange City, IA
  • April 4-6 – Keynote speaker, The Prodigal Love of God: Re-Encountering Dort at 400 and Beyond conference, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
  • April 11 – CALL lunchtime lecturer, “Holy Saturday: Insights from a Neglected Day in Holy Week,” Calvin College, Grand Rapids, 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.”