Rev. Dr. Hans Kouwenberg
Director, Presbyterian Formation
Rev. Dr. Hans Kouwenberg’s CV
Although born in the Netherlands, Hans Kouwenberg attended elementary and secondary schools in a number of different towns in southern Ontario. He received both his BA (Hons) and MA in English and German Literature from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, and his MDiv from Knox College, Toronto, ON. He also received a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. His dissertation topic was: “Strategic Issues in Church Renewal: Bridging the Traditional-Contemporary Gap.”
After serving four summer student charges in rural Saskatchewan and Ontario during his years of university studies, as well as a three year, part-time youth ministry at Trinity Presbyterian, York Mills, Toronto, Hans was appointed to a remote, aid-receiving charge, St. Giles’ Presbyterian, Prince George, BC, in 1973. By God’s grace, the congregation grew, became self-supporting and added programs and staff. Hans stayed until 1993. He was subsequently called to Calvin Presbyterian in Abbotsford, BC, which also experienced significant growth, serving until 2011.
During his congregational ministries, Hans served the church regionally and nationally in many of its offices and on many of its committees, including serving on the governing boards of all three of its theological colleges. He served as Acting Dean and, later, the Convener of the Board of St. Andrew’s Hall and Vice Chair of the Board of Vancouver School of Theology. For his contribution to the communities in which he has lived and the churches and the colleges he has served, Hans was awarded a DD from the Presbyterian College. In 2007 Hans was further honoured by being elected as Moderator of the 133rd General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Hans has conducted a preaching-teaching ministry. He has facilitated a number of long-distance education courses for Regent College, Vancouver, in Prince George; and, he has taught an English Literature course at Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, for several years. He has taught several on-line courses for the Elders’ Institute. Hans has been the editor of “Channels” magazine for sixteen years and has written numerous articles for various church publications. He has been a frequent church consultant and theme speaker. Hans is particularly interested in the development, health and well-being of the local church.