This article appears in the News edition of the Calvin Seminary Forum
Grand Rapids, MI (April 2022) — Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) welcomes Dr. Wilson de Angelo Cunha, set to join the seminary faculty in fall of 2022 to serve as a professor of Old Testament.
The faculty met on March 25 for discernment and then on March 29, the faculty voted to recommend Dr. Cunha for a regular faculty appointment, pending successful CTS Board of Trustees and Synod interviews.
Dr. Cunha comes to CTS with ten years of teaching experience in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew. Most recently he taught at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
“Speaking on behalf of the search team and faculty, I would say that we were impressed by the teaching ability, scholarship, and collegial commitment that (Dr. Cunha) has displayed,” President Jul Medenblik said in an email to the seminary community announcing Dr. Cunha’s appointment. Medenblik also noted Dr. Cunha’s service at LeTourneau and within local church contexts as evidenced by his time in Brazil, in the Netherlands (where he received his PhD at Leiden University), and in the US—which included adjunct teaching for CTS.
“After years of recognized teaching excellence and a full publishing record, he will quickly become one of the seminary’s valued teachers and leaders,” said Gary Burge, dean of the faculty. “Dr. Cunha will bring to the seminary further international diversity and strong links to the Brazilian Presbyterian Church (by which he is ordained).” Dr. Cunha plans to move his ordination to the Christian Reformed Church in North America in the coming years.
“I feel honored to return to CTS now as an Old Testament professor,” said Dr. Cunha. “Building on the solid foundation of those who came before me, I look forward to participating in the seminary’s more than 140 years of history of helping the Church encounter God anew by carefully hearing his voice in the pages of his life-giving Word.”
Dr. Cunha and his wife, Katie, said they look forward to setting down roots in the CTS community and greater Grand Rapids with their three children.