This article appears in the News edition of the Calvin Seminary Forum
Grand Rapids, MI (May 2022) — Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) welcomes Dr. Yudha Thianto, set to join the seminary faculty in fall of 2022 as a professor of History of Christianity and Reformed Theology .
The faculty met in April for discernment and then on April 19, the faculty voted to recommend Dr. Thianto for a regular faculty appointment, pending successful CTS Board of Trustees and Synod interviews.
Dr. Thianto comes to CTS with over 20 years of teaching experience as a Professor of Theology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Prior to serving at Trinity Christian College, Dr. Thianto was an adjunct professor at Cornerstone University, Calvin Seminary, a visiting lecturer at Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia and currently serves as a visiting professor at South-East Asia Bible Seminary in Malang, Indonesia.
“We look forward to the CTS Board learning more of Dr. Thianto through a Board interview in May,” President Jul Medenblik said in an email to the seminary community announcing Dr. Thianto’s appointment. “Speaking on behalf of the Search Team and faculty, I would say that we were impressed and encouraged by Dr. Thianto's teaching ability, scholarship and commitment to serve the global church.”
Gary Burge, dean of the faculty, echoed the same excitement, “Dr. Thianto is a native of Indonesia and will also bring remarkable global awareness to our classrooms. He is a dynamic and thought-provoking teacher, a recognized Calvin scholar, and someone who will inspire and challenge our students. We are eager to greet him on campus.”
“This year marks the 30th anniversary of my first arrival at Calvin Seminary. I came from Indonesia in 1992 to get my MTS degree at CTS, not knowing that 30 years later I would come back to Calvin to teach,” said Dr. Thianto. “Still thinking of my days as an international student at CTS, I have a large place in my heart for international students. I am looking forward to working with and for international students at CTS, as a way to engage with the global church.”
Dr. Thianto said he looks forward to setting down roots in the CTS community and greater Grand Rapids area.