College Ministries

Pillar College Ministries seeks to point students to Jesus Christ through Gospel-shaped relationships. We love to walk alongside and encourage college students as they discern vocation, form friendships, and grow in Christian character.

Young Life College

YL Hope is a place to experience community, adventure, and significance rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ. We meet weekly for College Club to connect, reflect, and pursue biblical wisdom. Club meets Tuesdays, 8 PM at the Campus Ministries House. 

College Lunch

College Luncheons during the school year are hosted monthly, directly following Pillar's 10:30 AM service. It's come one, come all, and come hungry! Spring 2023 dates are: January 21, February 18, and April 28.

Inklings Group

We take our cue from the famous circle of Oxford friends that included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The aim is to gather around Christian classics that enrich the imagination and sharpen the intellect on the long obedience of discipleship.


Rev. Joel Boersma
Pastor of College Ministries


Hope College is a place I love and it's the privilege of a lifetime to walk alongside Hope students at a "college church" like Pillar.

During my Hope years, I still recall defining moments in clarifying conversations--in a professor's study, over lunch with a chaplain, gleaning wisdom from upperclassmen, and debating with friends late into the night.

And what's more, I don't believe any of this happened by luck or chance, but that, to borrow C.S. Lewis' great phrase, a "secret Master of the Ceremonies" was providentially at work in all these relationships.

So if you ever need some encouragement, a conversation partner or a listening ear, LJ's is on me!