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Trygve Johnson

Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel


Trygve (pronounced: “trig-vee”) Johnson is a pastor, theologian, writer, and preacher. He currently serves as the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope College. Trygve is ordained in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), preaches and lectures regularly in a variety of church and collegiate settings nationally. Trygve’s first book, The Preacher as Liturgical Artist, has recently been released with Cascade Press.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Trygve savors time with family, dark coffee, words, music, ideas, and sipping conversations with his friends. He is married to Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson, who is professor of Theology and Christian Formation at Western Theological Seminary. Together, they have two children, Trygve Johnson, Jr and Ella Arlene Karis Johnson. They enjoy a life of quiet revolutions in Holland, Michigan.

Trygve, often with his dog Ebey laying at his feet, spends time reading, writing, painting, cycling and lifting, and praying into deep time, where past, present, and future converge to explore the wide-open country of salvation. This site is dedicated for sharing insights and reflections for those who may also be traveling this expansive country.

Curriculum Vitae


University Of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland

Ph.D., Theology, St. Mary’s College, 2009

Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

M. Div., 1999

Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa

B.A., History, 1996

Pastoral Leadership

Hinga-boersma Dean Of The Chapel & Vice

Hope College, Holland, Michigan, 2005-Present


Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, 1999-2002

Ordained As Pastor Of Word And Sacrament In The Reformed Church In America