This June, nearly 300 delegates, conferees, and guests were on campus for Synod 2010, the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s annual denominational meeting. Attendees came from all over the United States and Canada, as well as from overseas. Grace Community Christian Reformed Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois, was the host church.
A highlight of Synod, especially for the Trinity community, was the ratification of the appointment of Rev. Julius Medenblik as the new president of Calvin Theological Seminary. Medenblik is a 1978 graduate of Trinity; his wife Jackie ’82 serves as the College’s director of the Cooper Center for career and counseling.
In a recent interview, Medenblik addressed the topic of Trinity students discerning God’s calling about their futures. After advising those needing guidance to visit the Cooper Center and sharing the importance of his involvement as a student, Medenblik said, “Be faithful and available. Follow the promptings of God and take opportunities to be involved widely and deeply.”
Seven other Trinity alumni attended the conference and enjoyed a dinner gathering sponsored by the alumni office.
Scheduled for June 12-17, Synod wrapped up with final discussions and decisions Thursday evening, June 17. Discussing the state of the denomination, instituting policies, and establishing guidelines are the principal goals of Synod, the largest gathering of CRC representatives.