VanKuiken_thumbAssociate Professor of Ministry and Christian Thought

School of Ministry and Christian Thought
918.335.6802
jvankuiken@okwu.edu
B.A. in Religion from Kentucky Mountain Bible College; M.Div., Wesley Biblical Seminary; Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Manchester, UK

Mission & Passion

To the core of my being, I am a teacher. My ministry is to care about other persons enough to share with them the truth that can transform their lives. Sharing the truth takes various forms in my life: witnessing to a non-Christian; instructing students in class; preaching to a congregation; or simply listening to and praying with a hurting soul one-on-one or in a discipleship group. I want to model and pass on a faith that unites sound reasons for belief with heartfelt, practical godliness. Only such an integrated, holistic faith can avoid the twin dangers of both an idolatrous, “ivory tower” intellectualism and an unthinking pragmatism or emotionalism that falls prey to every cultural and religious fad.

Inspiring Verse/Quotation

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)

“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” – Francis Schaeffer

Courses

  • Undergraduate general education courses in Old and New Testament Literature, Methods of Bible Study, and Christian Worldview & Apologetics
  • Undergraduate major-specific courses in Historical Books, Prophets, Acts of the Apostles, Hebrews/General Epistles, Systematic Theology, Doctrine of Holiness, and Issues in Theology
  • Graduate courses in Doctrine of Christ, Doctrine of Scripture, and Personal & Social Holiness

Publications, Memberships, & Ministries

Publications

  • Christ’s Humanity in Current and Ancient Controversy: Fallen or Not? (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017)
  • “Old Testament Models for Leading the Wesleyan Way,” in Aaron Perry and Bryan Easley, eds., Leadership the Wesleyan Way (Emeth Press, 2016)
  • “Convergence in the ‘Reformed’ Theologies of T. F. Torrance and Jacobus Arminius: A Preliminary Survey,” in Keith D. Stanglin, Mark G. Bilby, and Mark H. Mann, eds., Reconsidering Arminius: Beyond the Reformed and Wesleyan Divide (Abingdon, 2014)
  • Articles and book reviews in Christian Scholars Review, Didache: Faithful Teaching, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Light & Life, Light from the Word, Participatio: The Journal of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, Trinity Journal, Wesleyan Theological Journal

Memberships

  • Ordained Minister, The Wesleyan Church
  • Member, Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Member, Evangelical Theological Society
  • Executive Board member, Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship

Ministries

  • Board member and children’s ministries participant, Sooner Park Wesleyan Church
  • Speaker, Lighthouse rescue mission
  • Speaker, OKWU chapel
  • Bible study leader, Multnomah Holiness Camp

 

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