Chris De Man

“The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of heaven, though exalted in power and majesty, is eager to be friends with us.”
~ A.W. Tozer

Version 2

Bio in Brief

I’m husband to Katrina and father to five. Part-time poet and former dog owner (long live Nacho!) I strive for faithful engagement as a husband, father, friend, worker, and citizen. My vocational travels have visited engineering, church administration and ministry, and recently the realm of technology. Firmly embedded in mid-life, I balance my left-brained day job with writing and reflection on God’s presence in the commonplace – which I find is best done with a sizeable cup of French-pressed coffee.

A bit more…

A life-long resident of West Michigan, my growing-up years were shaped through faith, family, and athletics. After high school, I trekked north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where I earned an Electrical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University. Shortly thereafter, I wandered back to the warmer climes of Grand Rapids to get married and begin my engineering career.

While happy and successful, I sensed engineering may not be my terminal profession. As our family grew, my wife and I were invited into lay-leadership roles in our church. These roles sparked a theological curiosity, which when coupled with my affinity for learning landed me in a seminary level distance education program. Just prior to earning a Master of Arts in Religion, my sense about my engineering future proved true when I was asked to join our church staff. I served there for 10 years in a blended role of administration and ministry work.

Then, similar to my previous premonition, I felt God preparing me for another occupational move. This time He placed me at Calvin Theological Seminary where I currently serve in various capacities.

In the midst of this journey of vocational refinement, I’ve discovered joy in writing, teaching, and mentoring. I’m particularly interested in how hospitality and shared spiritually formative practices assist with unifying multi-ethnic church congregations. While I pursue these interests and develop as a practical theologian, I seek to be more aware of opportunities to offer meaningful contribution.

Specific to meaningful contribution, I welcome the opportunity to converse about strategies and practices for ministering to men, church administration, or collaborating on writing projects. I’m also game for a casual chat about most anything over a freshly brewed, strong cup of coffee. The sidebar of this page has writing projects I’ve worked on as well as samples of my teaching. And of course there’s the blog portion of this site where I welcome you to join me in thinking about God in the common places of life. Please visit my ‘Contact’ page if you’d like to connect.