The Dutch Reformed Church

Theological education differs from any other teaching at the University. In all other professions a student, at the end of his studies, decides where he wants to practice his profession: On his own, in a partnership, as an employee of the state or in a public company.

Theological education is different because from the outset the Church is involved with the student, as indeed the student is trained for ministry in a particular church. The Curatorium (governing body) therefore has an ongoing direct interest in the University, the lecturers and the students.

History

The Dutch Reformed Church has partnered with the University of Pretoria since 1937 in the training of ministers. Division B of the Faculty had been responsible for the Dutch Reformed Church’s training until 2000. Since then theological training in die Faculty has become multi-ecclesiastical, but with the Dutch Reformed Church still very much involved.

Current distinctions

  • The Church wants to guide a student from the first year of study to the end (admission). Over and above this guidance, the Church also provides church-specific training. During this training special attention is given to, amongst others, a certain kind of personality development, spiritual development and practical skills. Dr Gustav Claassen is responsible for coordinating and developing this work.
  • Continuing ministry development. Certain programmes and training opportunities are given to graduands through Excelsus. The Church is entirely aware of the fact that life is lived in a world in which lifelong learning is essential. The person responsible for this programme is dr André Bartlett.
  • Church Secretariat and Fundraising. The theological training is managed by a Curatorium (governing body). The Curatorium comprises of representatives of the four synods in the area that was previously known as Transvaal (namely the Synod of Western Transvaal, the Northern Synod, the Highveld Synod and Eastern Synod). This is currently the responsibility of Flip du Toit.
  • An important part of the activities concerning theology students is the partial provision of bursaries and loans. Mr Diederick Koekemoer can be contacted in this regard.
  • There is also a full-day secretary, Lizette van der Kooi, and a half-day secretary, Rika van Rensburg.

Staff

Head of training for the DR Church

Dr Kobus Myburgh

Office: Room 2-25
Theology Building
Hatfield Campus
University of Pretoria 

Tel: 012 420 4620
 
   

Half-day secretary

Ms Lizette van der Kooi

Office: Room 2-24
Theology Building
Hatfield Campus
University of Pretoria 

Tel: 012 420 2892
Email: [email protected]

 
   

Head: Excelsus (Continuing ministry development)

Dr André Bartlett

Office: Room 2-4
Theology Building
Hatfield Campus
University of Pretoria 

Tel: 012 420 4441
Email:[email protected]
www.excelsus.org.za

   

Half-day secretary

Ms Rika van Rensburg

Office: Room 2-6
Theology Building
Hatfield Campus
University of Pretoria 

Tel: 012 420 6738
Email: [email protected]
 

 
   
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