Senior members

Stefan Paas CCMW

Prof. dr. Stefan Paas

Prof. Paas (1969) is the director of the CCMW. He is Professor of Missiology at Theologische Universiteit Kampen, J.H. Bavinck Professor of Missiology and Intercultural Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Associate Researcher at the Faculty of Religion at the University of Pretoria (SA). Paas is married, with three children, and lives in Baambrugge, the Netherlands.



Prof. dr. Hans Schaeffer

Prof. Schaeffer (1972) is the vice-director of the CCMW and coordinator of the Centre’s international contacts. He is Professor of Practical Theology at Theologische Universiteit Kampen. Schaeffer is married, with a daughter, and lives in Kampen, the Netherlands.


Leon van den Broeke

Prof. dr. Leon van den Broeke

Prof. Van den Broeke is Professor Theology of Law in the Context of Religion and Society, Director of the Deddens Kerkrecht Centre at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen, a senior member of the CCMW and coordinator of the Centre’s fundraising activities. He is also an associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Also, he is and chair of the Centre of Religion and Law, a joint venture of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Religion and Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.



Prof. dr. Gerrit Noort

Rev. dr. Gerrit Noort (born 1960) is an ordained minister of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. He pursued his theological studies in Basel (Switzerland), Philadelphia (U.S.A.), Amsterdam and Utrecht (Netherlands). He is also a part-time professor of missiology (by special appointment) at Kampen Theological University, where he holds the David Bosch Chair for Ecumenical and Evangelical Missiology. As of 2010 he is director of the Netherlands Mission Council, an ecumenical platform of churches and organizations involved in mission and evangelism.


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Dr. Gert-Jan Roest

Dr. Roest (1966) teaches in the missiology program of the Theological University Kampen. He also works as a theologian and missiologist at the Protestantse Kerk Nederland. Formerly he was pastor of Via Nova in Amsterdam, a pioneering church. He is especially interested in the interaction between the gospel and the western context. Roest is married, with two children, and lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.



Dr. Karen Zwijze-Koning

Karen Zwijze is a senior researcher at the Theological University of Kampen. Her research focusses on the church renewal program Kerk2030. Kerk2030 aims to help local churches develop towards vitality and sustainability by creating a reflective culture on church practices. Karen holds a PhD in organizational communication and is therefore especially interested in the implementation of collaborative governance within churches and their strategic goal deployment. Karen is married to Robert and together they have two children.


Visiting fellows


Dr. Sake Stoppels

Dr. Sake Stoppels is professor (lector) in theology at the Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede (CHE). He concentrates at pioneering and others manifestations of church renewal. His research project in Ede is ‘Zingeving in nieuwe geloofsgemeenschappen’ (‘Meaning of life in new faith communities’) with a focus on the theological profile of new faith communities. He is a visiting fellow in the research program of the CCMW. He lives with his family in Zeist.



Dr. Jan Martijn Abrahamse

Dr. Jan Martijn Abrahamse (1985) is Tutor Systematic Theology and Ethics at Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede (CHE) and the Baptist Seminary in Amsterdam (VU University). His research as part of the CCMW focuses particularly on questions of soteriology and the Good Life. He is married with Grace, and together they have three children.


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Prof. dr. Philipp Bartholomä

Prof. dr. Philipp Bartholomä (1980) has been a passionate free church pastor in southwestern Germany for 13 years. Since 2019 he is Professor of Practical Theology (with special focus on ‘Gemeindeaufbau’/church development) at the Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen. Bartholomä is married, with two children, and lives in Gießen, Germany.


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Prof. Jack Barentsen (Ph.D.)

Jack Barentsen (Ph.D.) studied philosophy and theology in the US, and served as church planter in the Netherlands. In 2001, Barentsen started teaching at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven (Belgium). He currently serves as professor of Practical Theology at the ETF, researching contemporary religious leadership with the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics, and consulting with churches on leadership development. He is married, has two daughters and an expanding family with two grandchildren.


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Dr. Jan van 't Spijker

Dr. Jan van ’t Spijker is assistant Professor of Missiology and Practical Theology at the Theological University of Apeldoorn. Next to that, he participates in the CCMW-research group of the Theological University of Kampen. In his research, he focuses on the missionary identity and practices of the church in its context, both in Western and non-Western contexts. He is married, with two children, and lives in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands.



Dr. Annemiek de Jonge

Dr. Annemiek de Jonge is a lecturer at VIAA Hogeschool Zwolle. She has a special interest in lived soteriology and ecclesiology in missionary practices in the Netherlands. Annemiek lives in Nijkerk and is married with children.


PhD students

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Pieter van der Wilt, MSc

Pieter van der Wilt, MSc (1978) is a PhD student at TU Kampen. As part of the CCMW programme, he focusses on a research about understanding and experiences of salvation in the churches of the Papuan highlands (Indonesia). Pieter and his family have served as missional workers in Papua, Indonesia from 2011-2019. He currently works as a consultant with Karunia foundation, a Christian NGO that lends services and support to education and faith communities in Papua, Indonesia.


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Rev. Marco Buitenhuis

Marco Buitenhuis is pastor of the Reformed Church (GKv) in Noardburgum. As pastor and as member of the Commissie Plaisier he often speaks with converts who are not believed by the Dutch immigration service (IND). As PhD candidate at the Theological University of Kampen he conducts research into the theological aspects of the IND’s judgements on religious conversions. Marco lives in Burgum, is married and the father of five sons.


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Auke Dijkstra LLM MA

Auke Dijkstra LLM MA is a PhD student in Church Law at the Theological University Kampen (supervisor: Leon van den Broeke). His research is focusing on comparative disciplinary law. The research is performed from the dual perspective of both church law and state law. Auke also works as a lawyer at Watermill Tax & Legal (Utrecht).


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Ds. Peter Strating

Peter Strating is teaching Diakonia at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. His PhD research focusses on the diaconate in international- and migrant communities in the Netherlands and the connection between migrant churches and Dutch churches in diaconal issues. In addition to his work at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen, he is a pastor at the Havenkerk, a church that is strongly involved in diaconal encounters in the Schilderswijk in The Hague.



Michael-Christan Diehl

Michael-Christian Diehl (1968) is a pastor in the Bund Freier evangelischer Gemeinden in Germany. He investigates the regional leadership structures in Congregationalism and examines the extent to which these structures need to be renewed. His PhD-research (supervisors are Paas und Bartholomä) aims to contribute to giving regional leadership structures theologically justifiable powers, for enabling them to set new missionary impulses in a congregationalist Free Church. Michael-Christian Diehl is a pastor in Haiger, where he lives with his wife and family.


Joel Vande Werken

Joel Vande Werken is a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and currently serves in parish ministry in Massachusetts (USA). He has served in various leadership roles in his classis and developed an interest in church order. His PhD-research (supervisors Van den Broeke and Schaeffer) focuses on the formal nature of church membership as a framework to help church leaders call people to faithfully follow Jesus. Joel is married and has five children.

Porträt Matthias Voigt

Matthias Voigt

Matthias Voigt is a pastor in a free church in Hamburg, Germany. His former ministry experience consists of ministering in a church plant in Hamburg and serving as a training coordinator for a European church-planting network. Next to his pastoral work, he is an associate researcher at Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen, Germany. His PhD Research (supervised by Stefan Paas and Philipp Bartholomä) focuses on missional spirituality in the context of urban church plants in Germany. Matthias is married to Linda and has four children.

Other PhD students

Attilla Csongor Kelemen.

Other members

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Rianne ten Voorde, MA

Rianne ten Voorde (1977) is CCMW’s academic secretary. She works as a church leader within a pioneering church community. Rianne also contributes to the ‘Landelijke Leergemeenschap Pionieren’ of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN), with regard to ‘church taking shape’ (kerk-zijn ontdekken), one of its main themes. Missiology, interreligious dialogue and soteriology are of great interest to her. Rianne is a self-employed practical theologian, editor and project manager.