on faculty since 2008
M.A., University of Manchester, Manchester, England, 2006
B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2001
Jeffrey DeKock, assistant professor, is no stranger to education or travel, and for him, the two are inseparable. An avid anthropologist, his desire to give to those in need has taken him all over the world, in both paid and volunteer ventures. He has served and traveled in nearly 70 countries including the United States, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Honduras, Yemen, Israel, and England, using his education and skills to educate and help others.
“I have studied anthropology, traveled to nearly 70 countries, taken students all over the world, and married a Kenyan, so I have experienced the wonderful diversity of God’s creation,” said DeKock. “I have also seen the hurt caused by stereotypes and discrimination, and it is truly heartbreaking.”
DeKock has been compelled to give of his time and resources whenever and wherever he can. He is the co-founder of Open Hand Studios, a non-profit organization based in Illinois that seeks to fight stereotypes, display the dignity of a given community, and do everything possible to raise that community out of poverty. These are among the lessons DeKock aims to share with his students at Trinity.
“My faith compels me to share my gifts and abilities as well as my time and money to help others in need, whether it is in the villages of northern Kenya or in the rain forests of Nicaragua. Today I am honored to continue that journey with all the others who walk the same path at Trinity Christian College.”
Faces of Dignity: Reflections on People and Places. Open Hand Studios. Grand Rapids, Michigan. December 2009.
“Umm al-Jimal Site Preservation: Presenting Antiquities and Heritage to Serve Diverse Communities.” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. Volume 53. Amman. 2009.
“Preserving Communities, Protecting Culture.” Birziet University. Ramallah, Palestine. 2009.
Grave Errors: Stories from Kenya’s Post-Election Violence. Open Hands Studios and Hope for Kenya Forum. 2009. Documentary.