Charles W. Nienkirchen

 Charles W. Nienkirchen
Address150 Ambrose Circle S.W.
Calgary, AB

Professor of Christian History and Spirituality, Ambrose Seminary

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Charles Nienkirchen,PhD (University of Waterloo) is Professor ofChristian History and Spirituality at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alberta. He has also been visiting Professor of Christian Spirituality at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario for many years, having been honoured as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for Tyndale College in 1998. Additionally he serves on the Faculty of the Pecos Benedictine School for Spiritual Directors near Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as having been an adjunct professor at numerous seminaries in Canada, the US and Russia.

He has been a Scholar in Residence at Oxford University, England and Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. Most recently he was a Visiting Professor in Residence at Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary in Madurai, South India. For over 25 years Charles has focused his teaching which has included innovative retreat-styled courses, research, publications and ecumenical retreat ministry on the subject of spiritual renewal. He is the author of A.B. Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement (1992) as well as numerous articles on selected aspects of Christian spirituality. His commitment to globally oriented community service and church renewal has also included involvement in Muslim-Christian dialogue, local and international public lectures, participation in conferences and media appearances.

In 2006 the unique ‘Down Ancient Paths’ Travel Study Program (see of which he is the designer and director, received the Award of Distinction for Internationalizing the Teaching and Learning Practice from the Alberta Government Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology. His award winning travel study itineraries have taken students, lifelong learners and members of the general public to Israel, Greece, Malta, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Ethiopia, Armenia and India in the exploration of both Christian antiquity and biblical landscapes.

Charles is an energetic spiritual pilgrim, passionate teacher-scholar and experienced world traveller. He participates in the congregational life of St. James Anglican Church in Calgary.

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