Derke P. Bergsma

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Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology

Dr. Bergsma joined the Westminster Seminary California faculty in 1982. He previously taught at Calvin College and pastored in South Dakota, Illinois, and Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy and as a chaplain in the USN Reserve, retiring with the rank of captain. For many years, he was professor of theology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois (during which he also served as the college’s acting president). A minister emeritus of the United Reformed Churches, Dr. Bergsma is a sought-after preacher and Bible conference speaker.

What I Want to Instill in My Students
“Westminster Seminary California’s motivational pulse is identified in its determination to be faithful to the full revelation of God in the sacred Scripture. Its institutional logo identifies this commitment in the words of Acts 20:27 ‘the whole counsel of God’. Committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and convinced that in Him the fullness of the Godhead dwells, Westminster Seminary California seeks the preeminence of Christ in all things.”

Biblical Theological Reader
Classical Calvinism Compared
Redemption: The Triumph of God’s Great Plan
The Idea of Predestination in Sunni Islam

He has written essays and articles in various publications, including:
Calvin Theological Journal
The Christian Scholar's Review
The Compromised Church (contributor)
The Pattern of Sound Doctrine (contributor)
Voices, Intermission, Practical Theology and the Ministry of the Church, 1952–1984 (contributor)
PT708 Practicum: Preaching and Congregational Life
Course descriptions are available in the WSC Catalogue.