Derke P. Bergsma

 Derke P. Bergsma

Address1725 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027

Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary in California

A.B., Calvin College,
B.D., Calvin Seminary,
M.A., Northwestern University,
D.R.S., Free University of Amsterdam,

Dr. Bergsma joined the Westminster Seminary California faculty in 1982. He previously taught at Calvin College and pastored in South Dakota, Illinois, and Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy and as a chaplain in the USN Reserve, retiring with the rank of captain. For many years, he was professor of theology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois (during which he also served as the college’s acting president).

A minister emeritus of the United Reformed Churches, Dr. Bergsma is a sought-after preacher and Bible conference speaker. Among his writings are The Idea of Predestination in Sunni Islam and Classical Calvinism Compared, Biblical Theological Reader, Redemption: The Triumph of God’s Great Plan, Voices, Intermission, Practical Theology and the Ministry of the Church, 1952–1984 (contributor), and The Compromised Church (contributor). He has also contributed to professional journals including Calvin Theological Journal, The Christian Scholar’s Review, Antithesis, and Insight.

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