About the Author

John Van Dyk


Born Aug 5, 1936, in the Netherlands. Citizen of U.S.A. Married, four children. Wife and children citizens of U.S.A.


A.B. Calvin College
M.A. University of Michigan
Ph.D. Cornell University

Teaching Experience

(1) Elementary (part-time, Sydney, Australia); (2) junior high (part-time, Sioux Center Christian School); (3) middle school (part-time Abbotsford, B.C. Christian Schools); (4) high school (full-time, Ripon, California, Christian High School; part-time Duncan, B.C. Christian Secondary School); (5) undergraduate/college (Dordt College, Cornell University); and (6) graduate school (Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto; Institute for Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia; Dordt College graduate program; Covenant College graduate program). Additional summer sessions for undergraduate and/or graduate credit taught in Sioux Center, Pella (Iowa), Denver, Minneapolis, Ontario (Canada), and B.C.

Academic Awards

Has received a dozen fellowships, scholarships, and grants (including Woodrow Wilson, Canada Council fellowships, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, Andrew Mellon Foundation fellowships, American Philosophical Society research grant, and University fellowships); Was a visiting scholar at University of Tübingen, West Germany, 1983-1984.

Membership in Professional Organizations

Membership in 8 professional organizations

Current Research

  • Instructional theory and practice
  • Instructional leadership
  • History and philosophy of education
  • Fostering a reflective culture in Christian schools


Besides doctoral dissertation, articles and booklets on educational, philosophical, and historical topics have appeared in the following publications: Anakainosis; The Banner; Building the House (Dordt College educational anthology); Calvin Theological Journal; Calvinist Contact; Catholicity and Secession; Christian Educators Journal; Christian Home and School; Christian Perspectives (published in Memphis); Christian Scholar's Review; Christian Scholar's Review (ACSI); The Beginning of Wisdom (Christian Schools International publication); The Christian Teacher's Journal (Australia); Dordt College Voice; Fifteenth-Century Studies; Franciscan Studies; Hearing and Doing; Humans Being (Australia); Inside Magazine; International Reformed Bulletin; Issues (published in Australia); Journal of Christian Tertiary Education (Australia); Journal of Education and Christian Belief (England); Journal of the History of Philosophy; NACPA publications; Orientation (South Africa publication); Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis (Christian Reformed Perspectives series); Philosophes medievaux series (Belgium); Philosophical Review; Pro Rege; To Prod the Slumbering Giant; The Reformed Journal; Renewal; Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching; Teacher's Helper (God's World Publications); Will All the King's Men...; Books: Education for Freedom; co-authored with Stuart Fowler & Harro Van Brummelen, (Potchefstroom, South Africa, 1990); Letters to Lisa: Conversations With a Christian Teacher (Dordt Press, 1997), Christian Schooling: Education for Freedom (co-authored with S. Fowler and H. Van Brummelen; published in South Africa); The Craft of Christian Teaching: A Classroom Journey (Dordt Press, 2000). In addition, a number of independently published Center for Educational Services papers have appeared.

Papers, Speeches, Workshops, and Other Presentations

A. Professional papers presented at Asuza Pacific University; Calvin College; Calvin Seminary; Canadian Theological Seminary (Regina, Saskatchewan); Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium); Central Missouri State University; Christian Heritage College (in Brisbane, Australia), Cornell University; Dordt College; Gereformeerde Hoge School, Zwolle, The Netherlands; Harvard University; Institute for Christian Education (Melbourne, Australia); Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto); Karoli Gaspar Reformed University (Budapest, Hungary); The King's University (Edmonton, Canada); Mount Marty College (Yankton, South Dakota); Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (South Africa); Redeemer College (Hamilton, Canada); Seminario Juan Calvino, Mexico City; Trinity Christian College; University of Missouri; University of Regensburg (Germany); Satya Wacana Christian University (Salatiga, Indonesia); University of South Africa; University of Western Michigan; University of Zambia (Lusaka, Zambia); Zeist and Hoeven in Holland (International Philosophical Symposium).

B. Popular lectures, speeches, educational workshops, seminars, summer courses for teachers, etc., delivered/conducted at various times in various contexts in Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin; also in Australia (Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Northern Territories); Brazil (Sao Paulo); Costa Rica (San Jose), Czech Republic (Frydlant), Great Britain (London, Gloucester), India (Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Nagercoil), Indonesia (Salatiga), Korea (Seoul), Mexico (Mexico City), The Netherlands (Veenendaal, Apeldoorn), Nicaragua (Managua), Peru (Lima, Moyobamba); Philippines (Laguna, Manila), Russia (St. Petersburg, Vladimir), South Africa (Johannesburg, Potchefstroom, Pretoria), and Ukraine (Kiev, Lvov).