The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Seminary promotes international scholarship and collegiality in the Reformed catholic tradition of Herman Bavinck (1854–1921), the Dutch theologian and author of the four-volume Reformed Dogmatics; his nephew, Johan Herman Bavinck (1895–1964), missionary to Indonesia and pioneer Reformed missiologist; and his neo-Calvinist contemporaries such as Abraham Kuyper, Willem Geesink, and B. B. Warfield.


The Bavinck Institute facilitates research and friendships among scholars, teachers, pastors, and students through:

  • the Institute’s website, which is an international headquarters for news, scholarship, conferences, publications, and discussions,
  • a scholarly Society with a discussion forum for members,
  • and the annual Review.

Who’s Who?

Rev. Dr. John Bolt, Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Seminary, serves as the director of the Bavinck Institute and editor of the Review.

Advisory Board

Dr. Jordan Ballor
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Publishing,
Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Rev. Timothy Blackmon
Chaplain, Wheaton College
Dr. James Bratt
Emeritus Professor of History, Calvin College
Dr. James A. De Jong
Emeritus President and Professor of Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary
Dr. James Eglinton
Meldrum Lecturer in Reformed Theology, University of Edinburgh
Dr. George Harinck
Director, Historical Documentation Center for Dutch Protestantism (1800–Present), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Dr. Richard Muller
Senior Fellow, Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research; Emeritus P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary
Dr. Adriaan C. Neele
Director Doctoral Program, Professor of Historical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Research Scholar, Yale University, Jonathan Edwards Center
Mr. Douglas K. Vande Griend
Attorney, Salem, Oregon


Calvin College Dr. Joel Beeke
Calvin Theological Seminary Mrs. Hilda Bolt
Dordt College Sid and Cate Jansma
Kuyper College Doug and Kathy Kool
Mid-America Reformed Seminary Ray and Linda Mulder
Princeton Theological Seminary Henk and Sharon Ottens
The Protestant Reformed Seminary The estate of Hubert and Aletta Slegers
Redeemer University College John and Candy Steen
Reformed Theological Seminary Harry and Joan Van Tol
Trinity Christian College Mr. Henry Witte
Western Theological Seminary Dr. Rimmer and Mrs. Ruth De Vries


Bavinck Special Collection Grand Opening Presentation

This video is from the 2 May 2017 Grand Opening of the Bavinck Special Collection at Hekman Library’s Heritage Hall at Calvin Seminary. Prof. Bolt presents a short lecture on “Why a Bavinck Institute? Why at Calvin?” Two recent CTS graduates from China discuss their translating Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics into Mandarin.

Announcing the Bavinck Collection Grand Opening

John Bolt, Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Seminary, cordially invites you to attend the grand opening of the Bavinck Institute Special Collection. The Bavinck Institute Special Collection is housed in Hekman Library’s Heritage Hall. It contains some 1,750 books including copies of original and unpublished Bavinck manuscripts as well as scholarly essays by and about Bavinck, …