Our Faculty

Rev. Nathan Brummel, Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament and Dean at Danville Correctional Center

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Rev. Nathan Brummel was appointed in December 2011 to be the first administrator and Professor of Systematic Theology & New Testament with Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary. Rev. Brummel earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (where he wrote a thesis on Jonathan Edwards’ theology), and is a graduate of the Protestant Reformed Seminary. He has a Th.M. from Calvin Seminary with a focus in missiology (having written on the Dutch Missiologist, J.H. Bavinck).  Rev. Brummel is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches and an associate pastor at Immanuel United Reformed Church in DeMotte, Indiana.

Rev. Ken Anema, Professor of  Old Testament and Dean at Westville Correctional Facility and the Rockville Women’s Prison


Rev. Ken Anema joined the Divine Hope faculty as Professor of Old Testament & Hebrew in the fall of 2013.  Rev. Anema graduated from Dordt College in 1988 with a degree in history.  He completed his seminary training at Mid-America Reformed Seminary in 1991.  Prior to joining the faculty, Rev. Anema served as pastor at the Messiah’s Independent Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, for 20 years.

Rev. Paul Ipema, past Professor of Ministerial Studies

Rev. Paul Ipema began his appointment as Professor of Ministerial Studies in the fall of 2015.  He is a graduate of Dordt College and Mid-America Reformed Seminary.  Over the past 21 years Rev. Ipema has served pastorates in Lansing, Illinois, Nampa, Idaho and most recently in Schererville, Indiana. In 2023 he finished his work with Divine Hope, having accepted a new appointment at Mid-America Reformed Seminary.


Rev. Brett Mahlen, Professor of Practical Theology and Church History and Dean at the Indiana State Prison

Below: Pictured from left to right, Rev. Ian Wright, Rev. Brett Mahlen, Rev. Nathan Brummel

Rev. Brett Mahlen (B.A. Colorado State University; M. Div. Westminster Theological Seminary; S.TM. Trinity School for Ministry; D. Min. Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary) has been a pastor at Grace OPC in Sewickley, PA, a pastor of prison ministry at Covenant OPC in Orland Park, IL, and interim pastor at Westminster RPCNA, Prairie View, IL. Rev. Mahlen has been teaching with Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary since 2017 and has been full-time with Divine Hope since 2022.

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