ABTS Acquires New Professor from the Netherlands

The header photo shows Kees van der Knijff. (Photo courtesy of ABTS)

Kees van der Knijff always had an interest in theology. Growing up in the Netherlands, he felt the call to minister to the global Church.

At first, van der Knijff studied econometrics, which is the mathematical side of economics. But he eventually left that line of study to attend a seminary in Amsterdam. There, he obtained a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology.

Teaching theology

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In the spring of 2021, he and his family moved to Lebanon, where he began teaching at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. He says, “I’ve been teaching a course on providence and prayer, the relationship between God’s plans, God’s care for creation, and our influence when we pray. That has been a joy to do. In the future, I will be mainly teaching systematic theology and historical theology.”

What is the difference between historical and systematic theology? van der Knijff says, “Historical theology is mainly where we study the development of Christian thought throughout history and the worldwide church.” Meanwhile, systematic theology looks at different doctrinal topics and expresses what the Church believes and why.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Ask God to use ABTS to strengthen churches across the MENA region.
  • Pray for Kees and his family as they learn Arabic and adjust to life and ministry in Lebanon.

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