“Our experience at Trinity has been so interwoven into the lives of the Carpenter family, I can’t even separate the two,” said Ginny Carpenter, vice president for student development. Over the years, her family has become part of what Carpenter describes as Trinity’s “community.”
Beginning her service at Trinity Christian College in 1984 as a residence director, Carpenter is well-acquainted with residence life: she and her husband Jeff and their three children lived in South Hall until 1991 when she became assistant dean of students. She was an integral part in the planning of additional student housing including Tibstra and West Halls and later Alumni Hall.
Carpenter became dean of students in 1996, the subsequent change from dean to vice-president reflecting the growth of the office and its responsibilities. Carpenter considers “transformation” to be the theme of her years here, not just in campus structures but also in expanded opportunities for service for and to students. “It is good to have been at a place for so long; God’s faithfulness is evident in so many ways,” she said.
She said she is humbled to see that faithfulness in the generations, in alumni who return to campus “all grown up with experiences that have molded and shaped their lives.” Many she once served as a residence director are now enrolling their children in Trinity.
A return to campus included two of the Carpenters’ children. Kate van den Brink graduated in 2007, and Aaron graduated in 2009; both are employed by Elim Christian Services. Son Nathan is working on his doctorate at Michigan Tech.