Dr. Everett Alan van der Woerd

TMC Associate Dean for Hispanic World
Professor of Religion Studies
Comparative Religion Specialist
International experience:
  • Algeria
  • Belize
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Spain
  • Turkey


Doctor of Philosophy, Intercultural Studies, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
Special Program for Ministerial Candidates (SPMC), Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
Master of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Master of Divinity, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Bachelor of Arts, Pyschology and Sociology, Dordt College, Souix City, IA


Dr. Alan van der Woerd is a veteran missionary who has served in theological education, church and community development, church planting and chaplaincy in Africa, Latin America, and North America. He has taught at Smith Bible College (Nigeria), Seminario Juan Calvino in Mexico City, Seminario ESEPA and La Universidad Evangélica de las Américas in Costa Rica, and PGA Presbyterian Seminary (Korean) and Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. He also started Zacil Be Bible College and Church Planters Institute in Cancun. He has served in administrative roles overseeing chaplains, as a director of a Theological Education by Extension program in the Yucatan Pennisula of Mexico, director of a Seminary Licentiatura degree program, and as the Mexico field director for his mission agency. His dissertation under Drs. Robert Priest and Paul Hiebert was titled: "The Leader-Follower Dynamics of an Autochthonous Church in Mexico City: An Ethnographic Study of Authoritarian and Transformational Leadership Styles."  Dr. van der Woerd and his family live in Canada.     

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