Trinity Christian College Celebrates 46 Years

Trinity Christian College held a celebration this month in recognition of 46 years of dedicated education and service.

Trinity Christian College, a four year liberal arts institution in Palos Heights, Ill., was founded on Oct. 1, 1959 by a group of business leaders and professionals. Forty-six years later, the institution has grown from a starting class of 37 students and five faculty members to over 1,000 students and 66 full-time faculty members.

Friday’s birthday celebration included cake and singing “Happy Birthday” all throughout campus. Over 300 students, faculty, and staff joined in the celebrations hosted by the alumni office.

“The birthday celebration was one small way for the alumni office to show students that we want to serve them,” said the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Kelly Netjes. The alumni office plans to make the celebration an annual event, in order to get to know current students and inform them of the resources offered by the alumni office after graduation.

Trinity Christian College President Steven Timmermans reflected on the growth of the College over the years.

“When I think of the first Board of Trustees, our current trustees, and the committed faculty and staff over the years, I become exceedingly thankful that they have brought Trinity to an excellent point in history,” said Timmermans.

The school has undergone much expansion in the recent years. The 1,200-seat Martin and Janet Ozinga Chapel was dedicated in February 2001 and the Heritage Science Center was completed a year later. In 2004, a new dormitory named Alumni Hall was built, expanding upon the school’s facilities. Currently a new Art and Communication Center is being developed.

The College has not only expanded physically, but also in its academic offerings and connections with other universities. Recently, President Timmermans and Dr. Sunil Chand, president of the College of DuPage, signed a cooperative agreement allowing Trinity to offer its Adult Studies Education program on the College of DuPage campus.

“God has blessed us greatly,” Timmermans concluded, “and the many supporters that have graced and continue to grace this campus are evidence of that rich blessing.”