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Dr. Cornelis P. Venema

Professor of Doctrinal Studies | President

While studying at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1979-1981, Dr. Venema was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theology. He served as pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of Ontario, California, for six years before coming to Mid-America. Dr. Venema serves as President of the Seminary in addition to his systematic theology teaching responsibilities.

Dr. Venema has served as an elder in his church and preaches on a regular basis. He also speaks and teaches in a variety of church and conference settings.

His special interest lies in Reformation theology, particularly the work of the Reformers John Calvin and Heinrich Bullinger. Dr. Venema’s books, Heinrich Bullinger and the Doctrine of Predestination: Author of “The Other Reformed Tradition”? and Accepted and Renewed in Christ: The “Twofold Grace of God” and the Interpretation of Calvin’s Theology, reflect this interest. He is the author of several other books including But for the Grace of God: An Exposition of the Canons of Dort; What We Believe: An Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed; The Promise of the Future; Getting the Gospel Right; Children at the Lord’s Table?; Christ and the Future; The Promise of the Future Study Guide; and The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ. Dr. Venema is a co-editor and frequent contributor to The Outlook and the Mid-America Journal of Theology.


B.A. Dordt College 1975
B.D. Calvin Theological Seminary 1978
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary 1985

Audio Links

2013 Fall Convocation Chapel Service
2012 Spring Evening Class: Pierced for Our Transgressions
2012 Spring Chapel Service
2011 Fall Chapel Service
2011 Fall Convocation Chapel Service


Doctrinal Studies Courses:
DD 112: Theological Foundations
DS 213: Christology
DS 233: Pneumatology
DS 313: Ecclesiology
DS 332: Eschatology
ED 333: Denominational History and Government
PP 121: Sermon Types
PP 331: Catechism Sermon

John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion
Readings in the History of Covenant Theology
The Doctrine of Justification and Sanctification in the History of the Church