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Kampen Theological College
Allen, Horace Newton | Allen, Roland | Alopen | Azariah, Vendanayagam Samuel | Bavinck, Johan Herman | Beaver, Robert Pierce | Bogue, David | Bosch, David | Buchanan, Claudius | Kraemer, Hendrick
Bavinck, Johan Herman
, Dutch missiologist born in Rotterdam, 22 November 1895, died in Amsterdam, 23 June 1964.After graduating from the Free University of Amsterdam
and gaining a doctorate from Erlangen in 1919, he
ministered to Dutch congregations in Medan and Bandung, Indonesia (1919-1926).He
then pastored in Heemstede, Holland (1926-1929) before returning to Indonesia as a missionary in Solo and Jogjakarta where he
developed a deep understanding of Javanese spirituality.In 1939 he became the first professor of missions at Kampen Theological College and taught at the Free University of Amsterdam until 1964.He
wrote on Javanese mysticism and religious psychology and lectured in America and South Africa.His
missiological handbook was translated into English as An introduction to the Science of Missions in 1960.His
irenical influence was spread through his
students, and by many others impressed by his
transparent spirituality and good humour.