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Wim Janse

“With its name, the McClendon Chair refers to a type of theology that is thoroughly academic and profoundly practical, radically baptistic and courageously ecumenical. It will produce scholarship that takes seriously the challenges of our world. With that profile, the McClendon Chair and its Chairholder, Prof. Dr. Henk Bakker, will contribute significantly to the multicolour theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam."

Professor Ruard R. Ganzevoort, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Theology of Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
“McClendon's work offers an international, ecumenical, yet, distinctly confessional approach to doing theology. IBTSC itself promotes research in this area and sees this Chair as an opportunity to develop further collaborative learning, teaching, and research with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam into this particular expression of the Free Church tradition. Prof. Dr. Bakker is an internationally acknowledged scholar in this field”.
Stuart Blythe, PhD, Rector of International Baptist Theological Study Centre (2014-2017), Amsterdam, Associate Professor John Gladstone Chair of Preaching & Worship, Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Stuart Blythe
Nancey Murphy
“I was James McClendon's wife and fellow scholar for seventeen of his years. Knowing what he knew and cared about, the shape of this Chair perfectly honours his memory. He was not narrowly Anabaptist, or even Baptist, but gleaned resources from many religious movements and revivals. The interests of the holder of the Chair, Prof. Dr. Henk Bakker, are remarkably similar to his. This Chair is a great honour in his name and I look forward to supporting its work in any way I can”.
Nancey Murphy, PhD, Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA
“Prof. James McClendon was my friend and colleague for many years. We first met in the midst of Anabaptist beginnings in Zurich and worked together in the Believers’ Church Conference at McMaster University (Hamilton) in 1996 where he was the keynote speaker. I have valued Jim’s theological accomplishment and used it many times in my advanced seminars. It brings together many streams in the Believers’ Church Tradition. I welcome the establishment of the Chair in his honour at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam”.
William H. Brackney, PhD, Professor emeritus at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, Pioneer MacDonald Chair of Baptist Theology and Ethics, Carey Theological College, Vancouver, Canada, effective January 1, 2018.
William Brackney
Tony Peck

"The Baptist World Alliance representing over 40 million Baptist believers globally, is delighted to be a co-sponsor of the McClendon Chair. McClendon’s writings are a gift and a continuing challenge to the whole church, but especially to Baptists who dare to embrace his ‘baptist vision’."

Rev Tony Peck, General Secretary, European Baptist Federation, and Regional Secretary, Baptist World Alliance

"Miroslav Volf called McClendon “one of today’s premier American theologians.” Curtis Freeman once praised McClendon for seeking “to overcome the poverty of baptist theology” by recovering “a distinctive baptist vision as a standpoint for theological reflection” and by retrieving “diverse baptist voices as partners for theological conversation.” I urge Baptists to record our gratitude for McClendon’s contribution by supporting the fundraising program for the establisment of the chair."

Dr Neville Callam, General Secretary, Baptist World Alliance, 2007-2017, in ‘Baptist World’ 64.3, July-September 2017, p. 14
Neville Callam


The James Wm. McClendon Chair is made possible by these national and international partners:

Logo Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Logo Unie van Baptistengemeenten in Nederland

Dutch Baptist Union

Logo IBTSC Amsterdam

International Baptist Theological Study Centre

Logo Evangelisch Werkverband binnen de PKN

Evangelisch Werkverband

Nancey Murphy

Nancey Murphy

Logo Baptist World Alliance

Baptist World Alliance

Christelijke Hogeschool Ede

Christelijke Hogeschool Ede


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