Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Grand Rapids
Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

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Education

  • Certificate in Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.A., Calvin College
  • B.Th., Tyndale College

Awards & Recognitions

  • Ruud Scholar and Ph.D. Program Scholar (Fall 1998 - Spring 2000)
  • Board Member of North American Professors of Christian Education (6 years)
  • Member of The Association of Youth Ministry Educators (2002 - Current)

Jim Dekker, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Ministry
  • Bible, Religion & Ministry Division Chair

  • Traditional Undergraduate Bible, Religion & Ministry Division

Education

  • Certificate in Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.A., Calvin College
  • B.Th., Tyndale College

Awards & Recognitions

  • Ruud Scholar and Ph.D. Program Scholar (Fall 1998 - Spring 2000)
  • Board Member of North American Professors of Christian Education (6 years)
  • Member of The Association of Youth Ministry Educators (2002 - Current)

Dr. Jim Dekker has more than 30 years of experience in youth ministry.

A husband and father of two adult daughters, Dr. Dekker invented a multi-level strategy game back in the 90s and still loves playing it today. He would like to one day build his own Cedar strip canoe.

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Hobbies

  • Fly fishing
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking

Research Interests

  • Spiritual direction
  • Resilience among at-risk youth of Alaska
  • Adolescent understanding of respect
  • Asian-American Identity Formation

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.