Norlan De Groot, M.Div

 Norlan De Groot is the Southeast Asia Coordinator for MINTS International Seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Dordt College and a Master of Divinity degree from Calvin Theological Seminary. He was also certified to teach English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has taught at the middle school, high school, college, and seminary levels, as well as serving in administrative roles. He has also served as a writer and editor for various magazines and book publishers. He is ordained as an elder in Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Norlan and his wife Julie live in Sioux Center, Iowa. They have four children.

Professional Experience


2007 – Present
Writer, Editor, Teacher, and Administrator

Since 2007, I have worked as a self-employed contract worker. I work remotely at home or in
travels to Southeast Asia. During this time, I worked primarily with the following five
organizations.


MINTS International Seminary
MINTS brings theological education to students in developing countries through a
distance education model. I write and teach theology courses for MINTS. I also work
with students online, and I travel to South Asia and Southeast Asia to teach students in
person.

 

 

Faithlife
Faithlife is the umbrella company for Logos Bible Software. I served as a contributing
editor for Logos, copyediting, and enhancing transcripts for their theology courses.

 

Kingdom Come Training
KCT trains missionaries to build their team of prayer and financial partners. I taught
online classes to missionaries around the world.

 

Word & Deed Ministries
Word & Deed Ministries is a diaconal ministry that provides help to the poor in the
developing world. I served as a promoter and a theological curriculum writer for Word &
Deed’s Curriculum Development Project.

 

Third Millennium Ministries
Third Millennium Ministries produces seminary-level Bible lessons and distributes them
around the world to train indigenous church leaders. I served as a theological curriculum
writer.

 

2001 – 2007


Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communication, Dordt College
Dordt College is a regional college located in Sioux Center, Iowa. I supervised three staff people,
administered the college’s public relations program, managed the college website, wrote and
edited marketing materials, distributed press releases, and coordinated a team of freelance writers
and editors.

1999 – 2001
Teacher, Mount Vernon Christian School

Mount Vernon Christian School is a K-12 school located in Mount Vernon, Washington. My
responsibilities included teaching Bible, American Literature, British Literature, Grammar,
Journalism, Public Speaking, and other classes in the high school.

 

1998 – 1999
Editor/Publisher, Community Publications

I owned and operated Community Publications, which published a monthly newspaper
distributed to new homeowners in Aurora, Colorado. I managed all aspects of newspaper
production including writing, editing, proofreading, layout, and design.

 

1995 – 1998
Teacher, Chattanooga Christian School

Chattanooga Christian School is a K-12 school located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I taught 7th
grade English and 8th grade Bible.

 

1992-1995
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

UTC is a public university located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I attended UTC and earned a
certificate to teach English. Also, during this time, I worked as an editor at AMG International in
Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I coded Greek and Hebrew words for their specialty Bibles. I
served as an adjunct professor and administrator at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain,
Georgia. I also served as the Director of Education at Messiah CRC in Hudsonville, Michigan.

 

1989-1992
Assistant Editor, Christian Business Men's Committee

CBMC is a nonprofit ministry that serves Christian businessmen in the workplace. It is located in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. I served as the Assistant Editor for Contact Magazine. My duties
included writing articles for Contact Magazine, assisting with layout and design, and publishing
other CBMC periodicals as needed.

 

Education


1995 Secondary Teaching Certification University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

English Education
 

1989 M.Div. Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
 

1983 B.A. Communication-Journalism Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
 

Memberships
 

Mensa
 

Publications

1 Thessalonians. Kindle Direct, 2019.
 

Bible Story Questions: Creation through the Period of the Judges. Volume 1. Kindle Direct, 2013.
 

 

Bible Story Questions: The Monarchy Through the Exile and Return. Volume 2. Kindle Direct,2014.
 

Bible Story Questions: The Life of Christ and the Spread of the Church. Volume 3. KindleDirect, 2015.
 

“Consider the Children.” Radio Commentary, KDCR, Sioux Center, IA. 26 July 1996.
 

“Fun Around the House.” Grit Jan. 29, 1995: 28.
 

“It all Depends on Your Perspective.” Radio Commentary. KDCR. Sioux Center, IA. 30 Oct.1997.


Judges. Elgin, Ill.: David C. Cook Publications, 1995.
 

“Lords of the Pepper Tree Pond.” Amateur Writer's Journal. Apr.-June, 1995: 4-5.
 

“The New Age: Creating God in Your Own Image.” Contact 49:3 (June, 1990): 3-4.
 

“Playgrounds and Power Plays.” Contact 50:3 (June, 1991): 3-4
 

“The Reality of the Incarnation: A Review of Oskar Skarsaune's, Incarnation: Myth or Fact?”
Antithesis 2:4 (July-Aug., 1991): 51.
 

“The Rest of the Story.” Contact 49:4 (August, 1990): 5.
 

“Statements of Faith.” Radio Commentary. KDCR. Sioux Center, IA. 24 April 1997.
 

“Sticking Out.” Radio Commentary. KDCR. Sioux Center, IA. 24 July 2000.
 

“The Way it Ought to Be.” Radio Commentary. KDCR. Sioux Center, IA. 21 April 1998.
 

“A Way-Out Place to Call Home.” Grit. Nov. 20, 1994: 27.
 

“What in the World is a Worldview?” Antithesis 1:6 (Nov.-Dec., 1990): 30-31.
 

“Witnesses to the Truth.” Radio Commentary. KDCR. Sioux Center, IA. 28 Jan. 1997.

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