Undergraduate

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Adult

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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

  • PH.D., EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
  • M.T.S., GRAND RAPIDS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
  • B.R.E., CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY

Professional Certifications

  • VerBerkmoes is licensed as a minister by Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford, Mich.

John VerBerkmoes

  • Executive Vice President for Academics
  • Dean of GRTS
  • Professor of Adult Learning & Organizational Leadership

Faculty Positions

  • Grand Rapids Theological Seminary - Administration
  • Traditional Undergad Academics - Administration
  • Adult & Graduate Studies - Administration

Education

  • PH.D., EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
  • M.T.S., GRAND RAPIDS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
  • B.R.E., CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY

Professional Certifications

  • VerBerkmoes is licensed as a minister by Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford, Mich.

Dr. John VerBerkmoes has held various staff and administrative roles at Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In over 30 years at Cornerstone, John has served as a resident director (1986-88), director of student financial aid (1988-91), director of admissions and enrollment services at GRTS (1991-98), associate dean at GRTS (1998-02) and academic dean at GRTS (2002-present). In 2009, he was promoted to vice president and academic dean, and in July 2015 his role expanded to become the chief academic officer for the university. With a strong history of humble and excellent leadership, VerBerkmoes also seeks to enhance the PGS community through efficient and effective systems and programs.

John is a double graduate of Cornerstone, completing a Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE) in 1985 followed by a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) at GRTS with an emphasis in Systematic Theology in 1988. Subsequently, he completed the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration at Michigan State University in 2006. His research interest is focused in the areas of assessment and evaluation, particularly in assessment of student learning. He routinely teaches courses in organizational leadership and adult education at GRTS.

In addition to his work at Cornerstone, John serves member schools of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) through workshop presentations and assessment coaching. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Jason and Leslie.

Hobbies

  • Spending time with his family
  • Hunting
  • Fishing

Interests

  • ADULT LEARNING
  • TEACHING AND LEARNING
  • ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING
  • ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

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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.