2019-20 Annual Report
Life in community ended early this year amid physical distancing directives resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. But students, faculty and staff met the challenge by taking classes online and finding God in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, we can see that we are a people called to place our absolute trust and hope in the God of all creation. Christ sits on the throne and he reigns over all. He is mightier than any challenge we face.
Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, Redeemer’s spring mainstage was cancelled. The cast and crew reflect on the show’s preparation and potential.
Redeemer's senior art students share their experiences working and creating amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Becoming Redeemer University is a milestone worth celebrating. The name change clarifies that Redeemer is, as it has been for two decades now, an institution that grants university degrees. Through this change, Redeemer’s ability to accomplish the mission of preparing the next generation of Christian leaders to make a difference for God’s kingdom has been strengthened.
Redeemer students show off t-shirts celebrating the name change.
Redeemer welcomes the second largest incoming class in the school’s history.
This is an exciting time of growth at Redeemer…We praise God for the privilege of being able to engage these new students in Christian university education.
The 2020 Strategic Plan funded by the Re Campaign strengthened the university’s mission and brought Christian higher education within reach.
In January 2020, Redeemer announced the appointment of Dr. David Zietsma as provost and vice-president, academic. Dr. Zietsma brings a wealth of experience, passion and vision to the position. He has been a visionary change agent in key areas across the institution for the last 10 years, and he takes on this new role at a critical time of growth and development for Redeemer.
David has been a visionary change agent in key areas across the institution.
Through advanced technology, the Reaching Higher project is becoming a model for larger campuses to create online and digital experiences that connect everyone and everything on campus.
We’re introducing newer technologies that certainly move us to be leading edge in many ways.
Dr. Ken Herfst, assistant professor of ministry, shares his thoughts on what ministry, both at home and abroad, looks like today.
The kingdom of God... is the world as God really wants it to be.
Dr. Jim Vanderwoerd, professor of social work and chair of the department of applied social sciences, reflects on the tension that exists for Christians working in the field of social work and how Redeemer is preparing its students to deal with that tension.
Social work helps people to navigate the consequences of how sin has damaged their relationships and their life.
This year, Redeemer welcomed 789 students back to campus and sent off 188 graduates.
Redeemer has 6,830 alumni who are reflecting the love and hope of Jesus wherever they are called.
Dr. Kimberly Maich ’93, Redeemer’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, is making an impact on special education and the experiences of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Kimberly Maich ‘93 — this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
30 faculty received $184,593 in research grants and funding.
Theologian Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, the 2019 Emerging Public Intellectual Award winner, is helping Christian leaders to respond faithfully to immigration in their communities.
Dr. Matthew Kaemingk — this year’s Emerging Public Intellectual Award winner.
The Re Campaign came to a close in 2019. Over $19.25 million was raised from more than 900 donors.
Redeemer’s annual Gratitude Project makes time to be thankful for what God is doing through Christian education and its faithful supporters.
Your support has helped Redeemer to deliver on its mission and keep running efficiently.
View our full audited financial statements.
Thanks to generous donors, Redeemer’s long-term debt is now at $16.4 million, down from over $30 million in 2010.* Reducing debt frees up capital to invest back into the university — keeping the academic program relevant and tuition affordable.
* As of April 30, 2020
Redeemer is grateful to God for the work he has done over the past year through its students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters.
Bonus! Sneak a peek at the 2020/21 theme
As the academic year approaches, we are excited to see how God’s grace and strength will be enough for everyone, for all the challenges and all the wonderful plans that he has for us. We anticipate God’s dynamic power and presence to carry us forward in his mission. We offer him our weaknesses and strengths; humble dependence and expectant faith; plans and unknowns. Nothing is too big or too small for his grace.