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Speaker Bios

  •  Kristen Deede Johnson  Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western Theological Seminary
  • Trygve “Tryg” Johnson    Hinga Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope College 

Kristen Deede Johnson

We live in a complex and divided cultural moment. Many of us are personally experiencing the impact of these complexities and divisions, while many writers and thinkers are asking questions about how we can navigate the deep differences of our age. In a memorable lecture delivered in 1944, C.S. Lewis probed what he believed to be a permanent aspect of human existence, namely our desire to be on the inside of the “inner ring” and our terror at the prospect of being left on the outside. By drawing on the insights found in Lewis’ “The Inner Ring,” and placing it in conversation with contemporary voices, we will explore how Lewis’ wisdom from long ago might help us today as we seek to cultivate friendships and community in the midst of our deep differences. 

Trygve “Tryg” Johnson

The Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson has served as the Hinga Boersma Dean of the Chapel since 2005. He leads and oversees the Hope Campus Ministries office, whose team of chaplains facilitates programs related to Christian formation. These include a voluntary chapel program as well as discipleship and mission opportunities.

Trygve preaches regularly in Chapel services and a Sunday evening service called The GatheringHe also preaches nationally in churches, at Christian conferences and at other college campuses. Trygve works closely as vice president with the President’s Administrative Council and Hope’s Board of Trustees on behalf of the Christian formation and mission of Hope College.

He is ordained in the Reformed Church of America, is an adjunct professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary, and is the author of The Preacher as Liturgical Artist (Cascade Press, 2014).


  • Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
  • M.Div., Western Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Northwestern College