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.
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.
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.
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)
- 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
- 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