Craig Van Gelder

Houston Graduate School of Theology


CVG in AuditoriumCraig Van Gelder

Visiting Professor of Missional Practical Theology

Van Gelder holds a Ph.D. in Missiology (1982) and a Ph.D. in Administration in Urban Affairs (1985) and served as Professor of Congregational Mission at Luther Seminary from 1998-2014, preceded by 10 years as Professor of Domestic Missiology at Calvin Seminary. This discipline utilizes biblical and theological frameworks in developing a missional approach for helping congregations in the U.S. engage changing contexts while pursuing adaptive change and transformation. He is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church.

Now retired from full-time teaching, Van Gelder continues to consult with churches in helping them participate more fully in God’s mission in the world. His most recent book was co-authored with Dwight Zscheile, The Missional Church in Perspective (2011), and is the author of The Essence of the Church (2000) and The Ministry of the Missional Church (2007), as well as serving as editor of numerous other volumes.