The Rev. Scott Hoezee

Denomination: Other
Organization: Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

The Rev. Scott Hoezee is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America and has served two congregations in Michigan as pastor. Since 2005 Scott has been a member of the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, where he serves as director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching.

Scott is a graduate of Calvin College and earned his M.Div. at Calvin Seminary. He is the author of several books, including his latest, Actuality: Real Life Stories for Sermons That Matter.


Curriculum Vitae

Scott E. Hoezee



Calvin College 1982-1986 B.A. German Studies

Calvin Theological Seminary 1986-1990 M.Div.



Calvin College Freshman Scholarship (1982)

IFLA Delta-Epsilon Phi Award for German Language (1982)

Calvin College Alumni Scholarship (1984)

Calvin College Dean's List (1982-1986)

Calvin College President's Scholarship (1985)

The American Bible Society Scholarly Achievement Award (1990)

The Ben and Minnie Wevers Scholarship (1989)

The Rev. Fred Netz Memorial Award (1987)

Calvin Seminary Major Research Paper--2nd Prize (1990)

"Award of Merit" from Associated Church Press for article in Reformed Worship Issue 85, "Between Two Advents" (2008)



Pastoral Experience

Pastor, Second Christian Reformed Church, Fremont, Michigan, 1990-1993

Minister of Preaching and Administration, Calvin Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1993-2005


Current Position

Director, The Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005-present




The Riddle of Grace: Applying Grace to the Christian Life.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996

Flourishing in the Land: A Hundred Year History of Christian Reformed Home Missions in North America with Christopher Meehan.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996

Speaking as One: A Look at the Ecumenical Creeds.  Grand Rapids: CRC Publications/Eerdmans, 1997

Remember Creation: God's World of Wonder and Delight.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998

Speaking of Comfort: A Look at the Heidelberg Catechism.  Grand Rapids: CRC Publications, 1998

Fifteen Exegetical Essays published in The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday's Texts, edited by Roger Van Harn.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001

Proclaim the Wonder: Engaging Science on Sunday.  Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003

Grace Through Every Generation: The Continuing Story of the Christian Reformed Church.  Grand Rapids: Faith Alive Publications, 2006

"The Pastoral Prayer as Theological Occasion," essay in The Power to Comprehend with All the Saints: The Formation and Practice of a Pastor-Theologian, Wallace Alston and Cynthia Jarvis, eds.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009

Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church.  Co-edited with Deborah Haarsma.  Center for Excellence in Preaching, 2012.

Actuality: Real Life Stories for Sermons That Matter.  Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2014.



Dozens of articles published in The Banner, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, Reformed Worship, Books & Culture, Calvin Theological Journal, and Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith



Approximately three-dozen book reviews appeared in Calvin Theological Journal and in Perspectives between 1991-2012


Other Positions

Founding Member and President of Habitat for Humanity, Newaygo County, Michigan, (1991-1993)

Corresponding Secretary for Christian Reformed Ministers Institute (1993-1996)

Contributing Editor, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (1997-2004)

Participant in "The Pastor-Theologian Program," Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, (1998-2001)

Pastor-in-Residence, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey (September-December 2000)

Participant in Institute of Reformed Theology Colloquy on Worship, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, 2002-2004

Member of Pastor-Theologian Study Group, The Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, 2004-2007

Reviews Editor, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (2000-2004)

Co-Editor, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (2005-present)

Member of Synodical Study Committee on the Migration of Workers and author of the Biblical-Theological portion of the report (2008-present)

Grant Writer and Project Director for John Templeton Foundation "Science for Ministry Initiative."  Grant presented to Calvin Theological Seminary, November 2008 (Grant Program 2009-2011).


Teaching and Seminar Leadership


Co-Leader/Instructor (with Neal Plantinga), "Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching"

M.Div. Elective Class at Calvin Theological Seminary and Continuing Education Seminar (various locations), 2004-present

Co-Founder/Leader, "The Preachers' Oasis" Workshop for Pastors, Calvin College and various locations, 2006-present

Instructor, "Intermediate Preaching" Course, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2006-2008

Instructor, "Advanced Preaching" Course, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2007-2009

Co-Founder/Leader (with Frederick Dale Bruner), "From Text to Sermon" Seminar, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2007-present

Instructor, "Theology and Science: Contemporary Issues" Elective Course, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2007-2009

Instructor, "Preaching Practicum" Course, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2009-present

Co-Instructor (with John Witvliet), "Capstone Course," Calvin Theological Seminary, Spring 2010

Instructor, "The Creeds and Confessions Today," Calvin College CALL Course, Spring 2009

Presenter, Various Workshops, The Calvin Symposium on Worship, 2006-present

Instructor, "Intersections of Theology and Science," Elective Course, Calvin Theological Seminary, January 2012.





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Scott Hoezee: All Righteousness, All the Time

Tuesday January 31, 2017
In his sermon, the Rev. Scott Hoezee says we get so used to defining righteousness and the 'Christian way of doing things' to whatever it is we have grown accustomed to that we are no longer open to the surprises God has in store for us. And the heart of God’s law has all along been love.

Every Creature - Faith & Science Series Part 1

Tuesday September 22, 2015
As we launch our new series, Faith & Science in the 21st Century, the Rev. Scott Hoezee asks some of the big questions of life: does the universe make sense? Does the cosmos have a purpose? Do human beings matter? With the help of Paul's soaring words in Colossians 1, he offers help in addressing and exploring those questions as Christians today.

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Scott Hoezee: Universe, Multiverse, and God - Faith & Science Series

Wednesday October 07, 2015
This summer I spent a few days at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena to sit in on a small conference of scholars who were presenting their findings on nine projects investigating the theme of randomness and divine providence. It was a heady couple of days...

Scott Hoezee: When Appearances Are Deceiving - Faith & Science Series

Wednesday September 30, 2015
"That just doesn’t sound right." At one time or another, we have all had this reaction to something someone said to us. Usually what we indicate by saying this is that we sense intuitively that something is amiss in what was just communicated to us but we cannot at the moment lay our finger on just what that "something" is.

Scott Hoezee: The "One Thing" Behind the Genesis Debate - Faith & Science Series

Wednesday September 23, 2015
In recent years it has become clear to me that the debate between young earth creationists and those Christians who accept a more evolutionary view of cosmic history also finally comes down to just one thing: whether we acknowledge the role played by hermeneutics.