Stanley A. Rock
April 22, 1937 – August 3, 2019

Many of our alum will remember Dr. Stan Rock as a kind and gentle soul who taught pastoral counseling at the seminary for many years, influencing generations of pastors. Dr. Rock was the Florence M. Charavay Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling from 1976-2000. He passed into glory on August 3, surrounded by family.

A memorial service was held Thursday, August 8, 11 a.m., at Hope Church, 77 W. 11th St. in Holland, MI. Full obituary here.


Executive Vice President Jeff Munroe wrote a moving tribute for Dr. Rock which was published on page 10 of the November 2019 edition of The Commons.

Stan was one of my favorite professors. His warmth and smile as well as his encouraging word meant the world to me on many occasions. He was a tremendous servant of our Lord. –John C. Foster ’80

Stan was extremely influential in my development as a pastoral student. Not only did his teaching impact my style of ministry, his pastoral care for me as a student and even later on when I would consult him regarding challenges I faced, will always be remembered with gratitude. –Stephanie Doeschot ’78, ’93

Stan and Nancy were so lovely with me during my short time at Hope Church. Stan invited me to speak to his class regarding the joys and concerns of being single, ordained and a woman. Such a great support and a great example of a pastor. –Toni Macon

Stan was a warm, humble, wise, and caring person. He influenced so many generations of students in powerful ways. He dealt with his Parkinson’s disease with courage and grace. Stan will be missed! –Ken Eriks ’73

Dr. Stan Rock with student Don Topp (left)