The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk is the tenth president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where she also is professor of theology.

Before coming to Columbia, Leanne was the dean and vice president of academic affairs at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, for 11 years, and was a member of the Western faculty beginning in 1998. She earlier taught at San Francisco Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Leanne is a graduate of Calvin College, earned a masters in early childhood education at Western Michigan University, and an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Van Dyk's other professional experience includes serving as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS); as a member of the advisory committee for a $6 million Lilly Grant on new models in theological education; as a member of the Wabash Center's Consultation on Theological Education; and on various projects with the Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA). One of her efforts remembered by many in the PC(USA) was as a member of the Catechism Committee which completed its work in 1998. She also participated in the Re-Forming Ministry project with the Office of Theology and Worship.

She has served on the editorial boards of Perspectives, the Journal of Reformed Thought, and the Scottish Journal of Theology. Dr. Van Dyk has published several books, including A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony for which she was also editor (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005); Believing in Jesus Christ, part of the "Foundations" series sponsored by the Office of Theology and Worship of the PC(USA) (Geneva Press, 2002); and The Desire of Divine Love: The Atonement Theology of John McLeod Campbell (Peter Lang Publishers, 1995).

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to "educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world." As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk

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Leanne Van Dyk: God of the Wilderness

Tuesday August 25, 2020
In her sermon, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk says it's not hard at all for us during these days of pandemic and protest to imagine a difficult place like that the Israelites were in. We find ourselves beyond the wilderness in many ways, and yet there’s no wilderness so wild that God cannot find us there.

A Glory Story

Tuesday February 02, 2016
The Transfiguration story is a pivot point in the gospel of Luke, as Jesus moves from his ministry in Galilee to his journey to Jerusalem and the cross, a pivot point in the plan of God for us and our salvation. Above all, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk says, it is a story of the glory of Jesus, the hope of the world.

Video by The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk

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Day1 Minute with Leanne Van Dyk - Part 1

Monday July 02, 2018
In this Day1 Minute, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk of Columbia Theological Seminary takes us to the Mount of Transfiguration to see the glory of Jesus. Watch now for a moment of inspiration!