Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology
Phone: (616) 957-6010
Professor of Systematic Theology
B.S. (Calvin College, 1970)
B.D. Th.M. (Calvin Theological Seminary, 1973, 1977)
Ph.D. (University of St. Michael’s College, 1982)
John Bolt has served as pastor of Christian Reformed churches in Pencticton and Kelowna, B.C. He began his teaching career at Calvin College in the Department of Religion and Theology. John moved from there to teach at Redeemer College, Ancaster, Ontario. After seven years in Ontario, John came to Calvin Theological Seminary where he now teaches systematic theology. For John, the task of the systematic theologian is to pay attention to the big picture of the Christian faith, to summarize the grand truths of scripture in a coherent way, and listen closely to the voices of important theologians throughout church history. John’s goal is to communicate to students the vision of the Christian faith from a Reformed perspective.
“By background, training, and conviction I am a Reformed theologian. What especially excites me about the Reformed tradition is its bigness, its grand kingdom vision of Christ’s universal lordship. This vision, which gives dignity and worth to human vocation and hope in the midst of an uncertain age, is what I want above all to communicate to my students. My vision for Calvin Theological Seminary is that it will increasingly become a center for training students from all over the world in the Reformed Christian faith. I believe this faith is the hope of the world.”
John is married to Ruth, and has three children and nine grandchildren.
John Bolt is author of The Christian Story and the Christian School, Stewards of the Word, and A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper’s American Public Theology. He is also the editor of the four volume English edition of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics.