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Cornè Bekker, D.Litt.

Department Chair; Professor, Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry, General Education


  • D. Litt. et Phil., Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2001?Biblical Studies
  • M. A., Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1994?Biblical Studies
  • Certificate, Cum Laude, Rhema Bible College, Randburg, South Africa, 1992?Ministerial Training
  • B.A. Hons., Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1992?Biblical Studies, Cum Laude
  • B.A., Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1991?Classical Greek and Biblical Studies
  • Certificate, Rhema Bible College, Randburg, South Africa, 1990?Ministerial Training, Cum Laude
  • Honors and Awards

    • Caulkins Lectures, Corbin University, 2012
    • Chancellor's Award, Regent University, 2010
    • Chengyup Lectures, Methodist Theological University, Seoul, South Korea, 2009
    • Regent University, School of Business & Leadership, Faculty of the Year Award, 2007
    • Arby Carter Lectures, Heritage Bible College, Dunn, N.C., 2006
    • South African Council of Social Science Research Grant, 1996, 2000
    • Rand Afrikaans University (Johannesburg) Merit Award, 1992, 1996
    • South African Council of Social Science Research Grant, 1992
    • Mimi Coertse Music Award, 1987

    Classes Taught

    • GENE 100: The Making of the Christian Mind
    • BIBL 103: Introduction to the Old Testament
    • BIBL 104: Introduction to the New Testament
    • BIBL 111: Introduction to Christian History and Thought
    • BIBL 314: Pauline Literature
    • BIBL 316: Acts of the Apostles
    • BIBL 317: Psalms
    • GENE 402: The Making of the Christian Leader
    • BIBL 485: Senior Seminar

    Research Interests

    Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics, Ecclesial Leadership in the early Christian Church, Matthew's Gospel

    Teaching Philosophy

    The metaphor of pilgrimage is one that has been used in Scripture (Psalm 84:5 and Hebrews 11:9) and in the history of Christianity to describe the call to a Spiritual life. The early Church taught that life is like a journey, that this world is not our ultimate destination, and that we are all on our way back to God who is our truest home (see Hebrews 11:13). This biblical description of a "sacred pilgrim" has become a guiding metaphor when I consider the mission of Christian scholars as those who intend to seek diligently answers to the enduring questions of meaning, truth and purpose. But we do not walk blindly. We have been given a collection of sacred Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, the Bible; through which we are invited to respond to the reality of our Creator and omnipresent God with a love and devotion that includes not only our body and heart, but also our critical faculties (see Jesus' use of the great "Shema" of Deuteronomy 6:5 in Matthew 22:37).

    My primary area of interest in both scholarship and teaching is biblical exegesis. Exegesis is the interpretative process guided by the Holy Spirit of finding, seeing and hearing God in the Sacred Scriptures, the collective history of those faithful pilgrims that have come before us in the journey. We are a pilgrim people on a sacred journey in a quest to "incarnate" God's truths in our world. We have been given a book for our journey, a sacred book that is God-breathed and "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16); a holy book that provides direction for pilgrims on the way of truth. The Christian University, School or College is the place where the Church does her thinking - but more fundamentally it is the place where we are immersed into God's Holy Word so that we might be transformed into the image of His Son. My teaching philosophy is grounded and rooted in the centrality of God's Word as the source of truth, meaning and salvation. Nothing less is worthy of the name of Christian scholarship.


    Dr. Corné Bekker joined Regent University in 2005. He previously served as the associate dean for academics of Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg, South Africa and now as the Department Chair of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bekker also leads the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Ecclesial Leadership major of the School of Business & Leadership and is actively involved in research on the use of biblical hermeneutics and spirituality to explore Christian and Ecclesial leadership. He is the editor of the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (JBPL) and the co-editor of Inner Resources for Leaders (IRL).

    Dr. Bekker is an ordained minister and is actively involved in ministry in the Hampton Roads area. He has traveled in Africa, Europe, the East and North America to present at churches, ministries, seminars and academic conferences on the subject of biblical exegesis and leadership formation. He has been an invited speaker to universities, seminaries and Bible colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

    He served in South Africa on the board of the South African Council for Theological Education, was nominated to the Standards Generating Body for Theology and Ministry of the South African Qualifications Authority, and served on the Consultative Forum of the South African Council of Churches. Dr. Bekker also served as the director for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) of Regent University and currently as the director of the Center for Christian Thought and Action in the College of Arts and Sciences. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife and son.

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