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Prof. dr. B. van den Toren

Prof. dr. B. van den Toren

Hoogleraar interculturele theologie
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Curriculum vitae of Dr Bernard (Benno) van den Toren

Groningen, the Netherlands, April 2014

Birth: 21 January 1966 in Alblasserdam in the Netherlands

Married since 23 September 1987 with Gijsberdine Lekkerkerker. Together they have three sons: Wiger (1988), Derk Anne (1991) and Marten (1994).


August – December 1996: Mission course at the Hendrik Kraemer Institute in Oegstgeest (The Netherlands)

1993-1995: research Fellow of the Theological University in Kampen (Koornmarkt), the Netherlands.

1995: Doctor of Philosophy.

1994: Master of Divinity (cum laude)

1992: Master of Theology specialising in Philosophy of Religion and Dogmatics

1990-1991: Research student at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford under Dr Alister McGrath and Dr David Cook.

1984: Beginning of theological studies at the Theological Faculty of the State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

1978-1984: Secondary education giving access to university studies (VWO) in Dutch, English, German, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry

1972-1978: Primary education.

Professional experience

2014-: Professor of Intercultural Theology at the Protestant Theological University (Groningen, the Netherlands)

March 2013- Project Leader (and from 2014 Project Co-Leader) of the ‘Configuring Adam and Eve’ project based at Wycliffe Hall and funded by BioLogos.

August 2012-August 2013: Acting Vice-Principal at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

2010-: Extraordinary professor in the Theology of Charismatic Renewal at the VU University, Amsterdam

2007-2013: Academic Dean at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

2005-2013: Tutor in Christian Doctrine at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and member of the Theological Faculty of the University of Oxford

2005-: Visiting professor in Systematic Theology at the Bangui Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Bangui, Central African Republic)

2004-2005: Director a.i. of the “Troisième Cycle” (Ph.D. programme) at FATEB

2002-2003: Scholar in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C

1997-2005: Professor at the Chair of Systematic Theology at the Bangui Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Bangui, Central African Republic).

1996: Consecration as Minister of the Dutch Reformed Church (NHK).

1996-2008: Missionary of the Mission of the Christian Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (CGKN).

1992-1996: Travelling secretary for IFES-the Netherlands for the work among theological students.

1991-1993: Pastoral work in the Dutch Reformed Church (NHK) in Gorinchem (The Netherlands).

1990-1991: Teaching New Testament Greek at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

1988-1990: Assistant for the teaching of the History of Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of the State University of Utrecht.

Committee memberships

2010-: member of the Selection Committee for Langham Scholarships UK

2009-: member Advisory Board, International fellowship of Evangelical Students – The Netherlands

2008-2013: Parochial Church Council member and Deanery Synod member for St. Andrew’s (Church of England), North Oxford

2007: member of the Study Unit on ‘Contextualisation’ of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance.

1999-2002: secretary AEC-FOR, a committee of the Evangelical Alliance in the Central African Republic for work among Rwandese and later also Congolese refugees.

1992-1996: member of the steering committee of the national centre for youth evangelism “de Windroos”.

1986-1988: respectively secretary en chairman of the Reformed Theological Students Association “Voetius”.

Editorial committee memberships

2010-: Editor-in-chief of Geestkracht, Bulletin for Charismatische Theologie (‘Journal for Charismatic Theology’)

2011-: member of the Advisory Board of Theologia Reformata.

Professional memberships

Society for the Study of Theology

Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians

Supervised doctoral theses

Jason D. Runyan, ‘The Compatibility between a Theologically relevant Libertarian Notion of Freewill and Contemporary Neuroscience Research’, D.Phil. Thesis, The university of Oxford, Michaelmas 2009.

Abel Ngarsoulede, ‘Enjeux théologiques de la sécularisation en Afrique subsaharienne : Une étude de cas de N’Djamena en République du Tchad’, Thèse de Doctorat, Faculté de Théologique Evangélique de Bangui, Décembre 2012.

Other academic responsibilities

2007-2011     MTh Examiner for the University of Oxford

External PhD supervisor of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

First DPhil Supervisor for three students: one from Oxford University, one from Middlesex University through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies; one from the Faculté deThéologie Evangélique de Bangui. Second supervisor of one doctoral student (University of Wales through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies)

Language proficiency

  • Dutch: reading, conversation, lecturing, writing
  • English: reading, conversation, lecturing, writing
  • French: reading, conversation, lecturing, writing
  • German: reading, conversation
  • Latin: A-level
  • Hebrew: limited
  • Classical and NT Greek: adequate

Areas of current research

  • The development of a Trinitarian theology of religions
  • The theology of multiculturalism
  • Pneumatology
  • The Christian theological understanding of Islam as a post Christian religion
  • The method of doctrinal criticism
  • The interface between Christian doctrine and modern science
  • Christian Ethics and Theology in an African Context