Dennis & Betty Voskuil Professor of Old Testament (retired)
Tom Boogaart has spent a lifetime immersed in the scriptures, as a student and teacher in the Netherlands and in England, and later at Central College in Iowa and at Western Theological Seminary. He was ordained into the ministry of the Reformed Church in America in 1982. He began working at Western in 1986 and retired the end of 2018.
In all his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Boogaart was committed to helping the church recover the Scriptures as a spiritual resource. He tried to show his students how delving deeper into Scriptures brings them closer to God. He wrote a new curriculum for teaching Hebrew in which students take the words into their hearts through various practices, such as singing, memorization, and enactment.
Dr. Boogaart helped his students to see the world through the lens of Scripture and to see more clearly God working for peace and justice. His own vision for peace and justice is seen in the ministries he initiated at Western Theological Seminary: The Bridge, a fair trade store on 8th Street in Holland, and the Community Kitchen, a hot meal program served at noon in the Commons of the seminary.
“I help students recover the sacred in the scriptures; that is, its power to bless them and energize their ministries. Together we explore the ways Western culture has silenced the scriptures, and together we listen again to its song of peace.”