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Allan Janssen
Affiliate Faculty Theological Studies
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B.A. (summa cum laude), philosophy; Central College; Pella, Iowa

M.Div. Western Theological Seminary; Holland, Michigan

M.A. Philosophy; State University of New York at Albany
Thesis: "Plato and Protagoras on the Basis of Knowledge"

Ph.D. Free University of Amsterdam, Dissertation: "Kingdom, Office and Church: A Study of A.A. van Ruler's Doctrine of Ecclesiastical Office with Implications for the North American Ecumenical Discussion"


2000 - present: Senior Pastor, Community Church of Glen Rock, New Jersey

2000 - present: Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

1988 - 2000 Stated Clerk, Classis of Albany, Reformed Church in America

1991 - 2000 Instructor, Ephesus II (Synod of Albany lay school)

1978 - 2000 Pastor, First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, Selkirk, New York

1973 - 1978 Pastor, Reformed Church of Port Ewen, New York


Books and booklets:

The Work of God, Curriculum Publishing, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), 1993.

Gathered at Albany: A History of a Classis (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans), 1995

The Problem of Evil, Curriculum Publishing, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) , 1996.

The Church in Search of Itself, Curriculum Publishing, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 1996.

The Apostles' Creed, Curriculum Publishing, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 1999, 2nd ed., (Louisville: Witherspoon Press), 2008.

Constitutional Theology: Notes on the Book of Church Order of the Reformed Church in America (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans), 2000.

Kingdom, Office and Church(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006).

A Collegial Bishop? Classis and Presbytery at Issue, co-editor with L. van den Broek (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010).

A Collegial Bishop? Classis and Presbytery at Issue (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010).


The Netherlands Reformed Church 1571-2005, by Karel Blei (Grand Rapids:
Eerdmans), 2006. Includes introduction and notes.

Chapters in books:

"A Perfect Agreement? The Theological Context of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century," in George Harink and Hans Krabbendam, ed., Breaches and Bridges: Reformed Subcultures in the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States (Amsterdam: VU Uigeverij), 2000.

"Reformed and Evangelical: New Questions and Old," in John Coakley, ed., Concord Makes Strength: Essays in Reformed Ecumenism (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans), 2002

"Plurality in Reformed Church Order," in Eddy A.J.G. Van der Borght, Dirk van Keulen, and Martien E. Brinkman, ed., Faith and Ethnicity, vol. 2 (Zoetermeer: Meinema), 2002.

"The Ministry of the State: A Reformed Approach," in James Hart Brumm, ed., Tools for Understanding: Essays in Honor of Donald J. Bruggink (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009.

"A.A. van Ruler's Influence in the Reformed Church in America", in Dirk van Keulen, et. al, eds., Men moet telkens opnieuw de reuzenzwaai aan de rekstok maken: Verder met Van Ruler (Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum, 2009).

"Office as an Instrument of Unity," in Eduardus van der Borght, ed., The Unity of the Church: A Theological State of the Art and Beyond (Brill: Leiden, 2010).


"Lections and Life," Perspectives, April-August, 1988.

"Thinking about God," Perspectives, October, 1989.

"Cry of the Oppressed," Church Herald, January 1990.

"Used in Quietude," Church Herald, March 1990.

"The Local God," Perspectives, May, 1991.

"Church and Culture: Being Reformed in North America," Church Herald, October, 1995.

"Learning Languages," Perspectives, April, 1996.

"Confessing in Communion," Perspectives, October, 1996.

"More than Words on a Page," Perspectives, June/July, 1997.

"Ministry in Context," The Reformed Review, Autumn, 1997.

"In Praise of Solid Citizens," Perspectives, October, 1997.

"Easter and History," Perspectives, April 1998.

"God Engaged: An Introduction to the Thought of Abraham van de Beek," Perspectives, December 1998.

"Church as Gift," Perspectives, April 1999.

"The Future of Offices in the Future of God," The Reformed Review, Spring,

"Used by God: A Fresh Look at a Reformed Understanding of Ecclesiastical
Office," New Brunswick Theological Seminary Update, Winter, 2005.

"Dare to Take Care," The Church Herald, May, 2005.

"Oh, For a Thousand Tongues," Perspectives, February, 2006.

"Confessing Belhar in America," Journal of Reformed Theology, 2007.

"Minister as Story-Teller," Perspectives, December, 2007.

"A Reformed Response to Local and Universal Dimensions of the Church",
Exchange, 37, 2008.

"A.A. van Ruler and the Point of Connection," Reformed Review, 62/2, Spring,

"Joyful Theology," Perspectives, December, 2009.

"The Future is Now," Perspectives, April, 2010.

Papers and Presentations

"The Apostolate and the Dutch Church Order of 1950," New Brunswick Theological Seminary, February 16, 1998.

"Albany and the Afscheiding," New Brunswick Theological Seminary, April 22, 1997.

"The Church as Embodied Reality as Articulated in the Standards of Unity: An Exercise in Theological Retrieval," International Summer School, Summer, 2000.

"God is Not a Rapist: An Essay on Van Ruler's Notion of Theonomous Reciprocity," International Summer School, July 5, 2004.

"Specialized Ministers: New Opportunities?" Classis North Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 8, 2009.

"John Calvin as Theologian," Capital Area Council of Churches, Albany, NY, November 18, 2009.

Ecclesiastical Service:

Member of the Board, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Moderator, Christian Action Commission of the General Synod, RCA
Member, Commission on Judicial Business of the General Synod, RCA
Moderator, Commission on Church Order of the General Synod, RCA
Member, Task Force of the Revision of the Disciplinary Procedures, the
General Synod, RCA
Moderator, Special Committee to Review the Church Order, General Synod,
President, Capital Area Council of Churches, Albany, New York
Stated Clerk, Classis of Albany, RCA
Member, Board of Editors, Perspectives
Contributing Editor, Perspectives
Ecumenical Officer, Synod of Albany, RCA
Theological Committee, Churches of the Formula of Agreement


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