Faculty

Bio

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 professor of biblical and ecclesial leadership for the School of Business & Leadership. Dr. Bekker leads the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Ecclesial Leadership concentration, teaches in the doctoral programs of the School of Business & Leadership and is actively involved in research on the use of biblical hermeneutics and spirituality to explore 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 has traveled in Africa, Europe, the East and North America to present at churches, ministries, seminars and academic conferences on the subject of Christian spirituality 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 serves as the director for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) of Regent University and was the 2010 recipient of the Chancellor's Award. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife and son.

Awards

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

Publications

Selected Podium Presentations: Bekker, C. J. (2012). "The Social Philosophy of Ubuntu in Southern African Organizational Leadership." Christopher Newport University; Newport News, VA, USA. Bekker, C. J. (2012). "Constructing Values-based Organizations." Empowerment Academy; Pretoria, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2012). "The Origin, Formation and Testing of Christian Leadership." Christian Leadership to Change the World Conference; Soweto, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. and Chen, V. (2011). "Trending Tigers and Leading Lions: Exploring Possible Common Values in Chinese and Southern African Approaches in Organizational Leadership." International Leadership Association Conference; London, United Kingdom of Great Britain. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Defining Values-based Leadership." Institute for Leadership Excellence; Beijing, China. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Constructing Values-based Organizations." Hsuszu Chamber of Commerce; Hsuszu, China. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Training Values-based Leaders." Antai Business School, Jiao Tong University; Shanghai, China. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Training Values-based Leaders." School of International Business, Beijing Foreign Studies University; Beijing, China. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Transforming our Work into Worship: Diligence as an Organizational and Leadership Virtue." Annual Virtual Conference on Moral Leadership. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Guided by strength towards holiness: Images of God as tribal leader in the Exodus 15 Hymn." Biblical Perspectives in Leadership Research Roundtable; Virginia Beach, USA. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Given to the Word: Protestant Missiological Identity and Perspective." Chicago Catholic Center for Mission and Animation; Chicago, USA. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "First Steps in Transformational Leadership." Moreleta Park Dutch Reformed Church Leadership Conference. Pretoria, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Building Transformational Organizations." Moreleta Park Dutch Reformed Church Leadership Conference. Pretoria, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "Reframing Max Weber's Theory of Religious Leadership for the 21st Century." International Leadership Association Conference. Boston, MA USA. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "Resisting the Noonday Devil: Acedia, Anomie and Organizational Leadership." Virtual Conference on Moral Leadership. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "First Steps in Transformational Leadership." Academy of Chinese Culture. Beijing, China. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "Constructing Transformative Organizations." Academy of Chinese Culture. Lanzhou, China. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "Healing the Narcissistic Wound: The Ecstatic Actions of Leadership Reversal of St. Francis of Assisi." GLE Roundtables of Leadership Research and Practice, Virginia Beach, Virginia USA. Bekker. C, J. (2010). Wounded by the Arrow of Beauty: Franciscan Reflections on a Christian Pedagogy of Aesthetics. Regent School of Communication and the Arts. Virginia Beach, Virginia USA. Bekker, C. J. (2010). The Need for Christian Education in America. Seahawk Foundation. Atlantic Christian School. Chesapeake, Virginia USA. Bekker, C. J. (2010). Finding Joy at Work. Excellence Week: Integrity Auto. Virginia Beach, Virginia USA. Bekker, C.J. (2010). Dealing of Organizational Sloth. Excellence Week: Integrity Auto. Virginia Beach, Virginia USA. Bekker, C. J. (2010). Let this Mind be in you: The Call to Christian Leadership. Messiah College. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA. Bekker, C. J. (2010). Imitate Me: Dynamics of Christian Leadership Formation. Messiah College. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA. Bekker, C. J. (2010). Towards a Theoretical Model of Christian Leadership. Messiah College. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA. Bekker, C. J. (2010). The Connection between Spiritual Formation and Authentic Christian Leadership. Messiah College. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA. Bekker, C. J. (2009). In Search of a Model: First Steps towards a Theoretical Description of Christian Leadership. Chungyup Lectures. Methodist Theological University. Seoul, South Korea. Bekker, C. J. (2009). From Theory to Praxis: The Philippians Hymn as an Early Mimetic Christological Model of Christian Leadership. Chungyup Lectures. Methodist Theological University. Seoul, South Korea. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Looking in the Mirror: Pauline Perspectives on Spiritual Formation. Bethany Methodist Church. Seoul, South Korea. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Philosophy as Leadership: The Kenotic Leadership Model of St. Agnes of Prague. International Leadership Association International Conference. Prague, Czech Republic. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Perspectives on Servant Leadership: Greenleaf's Proposal of Elder Leadership and African forms of Elder Leadership. International Leadership Association International Conference. Prague, Czech Republic. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Spirituality in the Workplace. Marine Corps University. Quantico, Virginia USA. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Biblical Disciplines of Devotion. Banner Church, Taichung City, Taiwan. Bekker, C. J. (2009). First Steps in Transformational Leadership. Banner Church, Taichung City, Taiwan. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Transforming Organizations through Transformational Leadership. Hsin Tien Covenant Church, Taipei, Taiwan. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Leading through the Disciplines of Discipleship and Mentoring. Hsin Tien Covenant Church, Taipei, Taiwan. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Pursuing Deeper Intimacy with God. Riverlife Church, Singapore City, Singapore, July 10-11. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Developing the Christian Mind. Riverlife Church, Singapore City, Singapore. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Life Together: Lessons in Building Community from the Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Chapel Presentation, Regent University, Virginia Beach VA, USA. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Cultivating leadership humility: Insights from early western Cenobitic Monasticism. Presented via video. International Research Workshop on Spiritual and Ethical Foundations of Organizational Development. University of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India. Bekker, C. J., & Winston, B. E. (2009). Empty to lead: Towards a model of mimetic Christological leadership. Presented via video. 2nd International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership. University of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India. Patterson, K. A., Gomez, D., & Bekker, C. J. (2009). A comparative analysis of servant leadership, spiritual leadership, and Christian leadership. Servant Leadership and Biblical Perspectives in Leadership Research Roundtables, Virginia Beach, VA. Winston, B. E., & Bekker, C. J. (2009). An exploration of Jesus' leadership styles in the Gospels. Biblical Perspectives in Leadership Research Roundtable, Virginia Beach, VA. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Meaning at work: Finding joy and fulfillment at work. Seminar Presentation for Center for Effective Organizations, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. Bekker, C. J. (2008). Towards an indigenous, values-based approach to leadership in southern Africa. International Leadership Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA. Bekker, C. J. (2008). The turn to spirituality and historic understandings of spiritual leadership. International Leadership Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA. Spencer, J. L., & Bekker, C. J. (2008). St. Francis of Assisi and spiritual leadership: Integrating ancient insights with contemporary practice for greater leadership effectiveness. International Leadership Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA. Bekker, C. J. (2008). Iconic leadership: Kenotic mysticism and servant leadership in the Letters of Clare of Assisi to Agnes of Prague. International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. Bekker, C. J. (2008). The origin of Christian leadership. Banner Leadership College. Taichung City, Taiwan. Bekker, C. J. (2008). Animated to serve: Contributions of contemporary spirituality research to the study of servant leadership. Global Servant Leadership Research Roundtable, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Bekker, C. J. (2008). On this rock: Charismatic mediators and Weber's theory of religious leadership in Matthew 16:13-20. Christian Leadership Colloquium. St. Augustine College, Johannesburg, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2008). Leading in the image of Jesus. Presentation to the Leaders of the African Christian Democratic Party, South African Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2008). Isivivane: Building African organizations for the future. Louis Group Business Academy, Cape Town, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2007). The possible contributions of spirituality research to the study of organizational leadership. International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference. Vancouver (BC), Canada. Bekker, C. J. (2007). Leading from the desert: The Christian monastery as a spiritual organization. International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference. Vancouver (BC), Canada. Bekker, C. J. (2007). Defining Christian leadership. RiverLife Church, Singapore. Bekker C. J. (2007). The call to authentic Christian leadership. Carmel Bible College, Bristol, UK. Gary, J., Bekker, C. J., & Bisk, T. (2007). The future according to Jesus. The World Future Society Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Bekker, C. J. (2007). Prophet and servant: Locating Robert K. Greenleaf's counter spirituality of service. Servant Leadership Research Roundtable. Virginia Beach, VA. Bekker, C. J. (2007). Sharing the incarnation: Towards a model of Christological leadership. Bridging Sunday and Monday: Making Faith really matter in Business, Seattle Pacific University. Seattle, WA, October 4. Bekker, C. J. (2007). Sustaining the spiritual life of leadership. Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS. Bekker, C. J. (2007). The role of religion in economic development: A case study exploring the use of religion in societal and economic transformation of the early Christian communities. Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Conference, University of Delhi, India. Bekker, C. J. (2007). Christian Monasticism and the Quest for Spiritual Organizations, Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Conference, University of Delhi, India. Bekker, C. J. (2007). Early images of Christian leadership in the Philippians hymn (2:5-11). Morality, Spirituality and Leadership Roundtable, St. Augustine College, Johannesburg, South Africa. Hale, J., & Bekker, C. J. (2007). Towards theologies of Christian leadership: Surveying the literature. Values-based Leadership Styles Academic Symposium, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Belville, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2006). Ubuntu and mutuality in post-Apartheid South Africa. International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference. Chicago, IL. Bekker, C. J. (2006). Empty to lead: In search of kenotic leadership. International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference. Chicago, IL. Bekker, C. J. (2006). The call to discipleship. Carmel Bible College, Bristol, UK. Bekker, C. J. (2006). Following in the footsteps of Jesus: The call and process of Christian leadership. Project Bridges, Washington, DC. Bekker, C. J. (2006). Hermeneutics and Christian leadership. Heritage Bible College, Dunn, NC. Bekker, C. J. (2006). The Philippians hymn (2:5-11) as an early mimetic Christological model of Christian leadership in Roman Philippi. Servant Leadership Research Roundtable, Virginia Beach, VA. Bekker, C. J. (2006). Exploring leadership through exegesis. Arby Carter Lectures, Heritage Bible College, Dunn, NC. Bekker, C. J. (2006). Finding the "other" in African Christian leadership: Ubuntu, kenosis and mutuality. International Conference of Values-based Approaches to Leadership, Graduate Business School, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. Bekker, C. J. (2005). Servant leadership and humility. Servant Leadership House, Ashland University, Ashland, OH. Bekker, C. J. (2005). Christian leadership to change the world. Thanksgiving Convocation, Ashland University, Ashland, OH. Selected Publications: Bekker, C. J. (2012). Come to the Quiet: The Prayer of Silence. Impact. Volume 35, Number 4. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "The intersection between spirituality, organizational spirituality, and leadership," in Gandolfi, F. "Fundamentals of Leadership: Volume 1." Lambert Academic Publishing. Bekker, C. J. (2011). "Kenotic Leadership," in Gandolfi, F. "Fundamentals of Leadership: Volume 1." Lambert Academic Publishing. Bekker, C, J. (2011). Christian scholarship as pilgrimage. Korsets Seier, The official national Pentecostal Magazine of Norway, March 18. 2011. Bekker, C. J. (2011). Animated to Serve: A Review of "The Spirit of Servant-Leadership", edited by Shann Ray Ferch and Larry C. Spears. Journal of Virtues and Leadership, 2 (1). Bekker, C. J. (2011). Making Sense of the Journey: The Christian Business Leader as Pilgrim. Regent Global Business Review. Slattery, J. & Bekker, C. J. (2011). Wa and Trust: Building Sustainable Business Relationships in Japan. Regent Global Business Review. Fields, D. & Bekker, C. J. (2010). "Theological Reflection, Cognitive Frameworks and Commerce: Exploring the Intersection between Christianity and Business." Journal of Biblical Integration in Business. Volume 13, Fall Edition. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "Church History: High and Low Points". Impact, Volume 34, no. 6. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "A modest history of the concept of service as leadership in four religious traditions," in Dierendonck, D. & Patterson, K. "Servant Leadership: Developments in Research and Theory." Palgrave and Macmillan Press. Bekker, C. J. (2010, June). "Leading with heads bowed down." www.cbn.com Bekker, C. J. (2010). "Leading Tens, Leading Thousands". Impact, Volume 34, no. 3. Trauffer, H., Bekker, C. J., Bocarnea, M., & Winston B. (2010). A three-factor measure of discernment. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Volume 31, Issue 3, 263-284. Bekker, C. J. (2010). "The Turn to Spirituality and Environmental Leadership," in Redekop, B. W. (2010). Leadership for Environmental Leadership. Routledge Studies for Business Ethics. New York: Routledge. 218-229. Bekker, C. J. (2010). Me, study church history? Impact, Volume 33, no. 6. Bekker, C. J. (2010). Rediscovering the power and beauty of the Old Testament. Impact, Volume 34, no. 1. Trauffer, H., Bekker, C. J., Bocarnea, M., & Winston B. (2010). Towards an understanding of discernment: A conceptual paper. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Volume 31, Issue 2, 176-184. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Transforming talented terrors: Addressing organizational acedia with the virtue of humility. MBA Review, Volume VIII, Issue XI. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Cultivating leadership humility: Insights from early western Cenobitic Monasticism. In S. Singh Sengupta (Ed.), Spiritual and ethical foundations of organizational development. New Delhi, India: MacMillan Advanced Research Series. Bekker, C. J., & Winston, B. E. (2009). Empty to lead: Towards a model of mimetic Christological leadership. In S. Singh Sengupta (Ed.), Integrating spirituality and organizational leadership, 2. New Delhi, India: MacMillan Advanced Research Series. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Towards a theoretical model of Christian leadership. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership, 2(2), 142-152. Bekker, C. J. (2009). Paul and conflict resolution: An exegetical study of Paul's apostolic paradigm in 1 Corinthians 9 à By Robinson Butarbutar. Religious Studies Review 35(3), 190. Esquilin, C. L., & Bekker, C. J. (2009). Leading as a soul friend: The Anamchara model of spiritual direction, person-centered approaches in psychotherapy and follower-focused leadership. Inner Resources for Leaders, 2(2), 1-10. Marshall, J. A., & Bekker, C. J. (2009). Know thyself and your followers. Leadership Advance Online, 17, 1-7. Bekker, C. J. (2009, June). Leading into darkness: The dark path of the illuminati. CBN.com. Bekker, C. J. (2009, March). Knowing review: Peddling visions of doom. CBN.com Bekker, C. J. (2009). Prophet and servant: Locating Robert K. Greenleaf's counter-spirituality of servant leadership. Journal of Virtues and Leadership, 1(1). Winston, B. E., Bekker, C. J., Cerff, K., Eames, D., Helland, M. R., & Garnes, D. (2008, November). An instrument to measure the impact of hope in strategic plan implementation. International Leadership Journal, 1(1), 40-57. Bekker, C. J. (2008, May). Pilgrims on the way of Truth: Biblical exegesis as a directive academic discipline. Regent E-News. Bekker, C. J. (2008, August). Leading like Jesus. Christian Living Today. Bekker, C. J. (2008). Leading with your head bowed down: Lessons in leadership humility. Inner Resources for Leaders, 1(3). Bekker, C. J. (2008). The Turn to Spirituality and Downshifting. In F. Gandolfi and H. Cherrier (Eds.)Downshifting: A theoretical and practical approach to living a simple life. ICFAI Press: Hyderabad. Gandolfi, F., & Bekker, C. J. (2008). Doing business in modern-day China: The role of Guanxi.Global Business Review, 1(2). Bekker, C. J. (2008). Ubuntu, kenosis and mutuality: Locating the "other" in southern African business leadership. Global Business Review, 1(2). Bekker, C. J. (2007). The role of religion in economic development: A case study exploring the use of religion in societal and economic transformation of the early Christian communities. In D. Fields and S. Singh-Singupta (Eds.) Integrating spirituality and organizational leadership. Macmillan Advances Series: New Delhi. Bekker, C. J. (2006). The use of biblical hermeneutics in Christian scholarly work. E-News. Bekker, C. J. (2006). The Birth of Jesus in the New Testament: One Event à Four Narratives. Christian Broadcasting Network Nativity Special. Bekker, C. J. (2003). Answers to difficult questions. Maksiman, Pretoria. Bekker, C. J. (2002). The road of salvation. Lyceum Press, Johannesburg. Bekker, C. J. (2001). The road of devotion. Lyceum Press, Johannesburg. Bekker, C. J. (1997). The Bible code - Truth or error. Truth and Light, Randburg. Bekker, C. J. (1995). The sacrifice of Isaac as motive for the proclamation of Jesus as the suffering Messiah. Hervormde Teologiese Studies.

Affiliations

South African Society for New Testament Studies International Leadership Association

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