Paul Kooistra
Paul Kooistra

For new Erskine College and Theological Seminary president Paul Kooistra, honesty and integrity are top priorities. A little more than three weeks into his presidency, Kooistra has already set a plan in motion addressing the institution’s financial insecurity head on.


Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Kooistra initially planned to go into business, intending to buy part of a company called Northern Photo Service.

When several friends went into the seminary, Kooistra decided to try his hand as well, attending Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, with the intention of going back into business afterward.

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