About Me

Hi, I'm Ronald Westerbeek, married to Nienke (CEO of Compassion Netherlands), and proud father of two daughters, and we live in the city of Amersfoort, the Netherlands. I love to travel and wander, hiking or riding a motorbike along unmapped roads in India or Africa and winding up in small villages, meeting beautiful people.

I'm eager to see the Kingdom of God breaking in, bringing healing and restoration to creation - in a raw reality that is broken and hurt.

In daily life, I work as a theologian for New Wine Netherlands - a movement of charismatic renewal in the churches. Part of my assignment is to further develop theological grounding and clarify our theological DNA. This includes developing course materials, and to be an advisor and sparring partner to local pastors and their teams in a process of Kingdom-renewal. From 2018-2019 on, I'm also one of the teachers for the courses Kingdom Theology (I & II) by New Wine & Vineyard (in cooperation with the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede).

As a systematic theologian (I did my Research MA at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), I am researching charismatic Kingdom theology as expressed within New Wine and the Vineyard. This could be defined as 'eschatological, inaugurated, enacted Kingdom theology'. My focus is on soteriology (salvation as wholeness) and pneumatology.

In 2006, Nienke and I were asked to plant an international church on behalf of the Reformed Churches (GKv and CGK) in our city. ICF Amersfoort now consists of two congregations, Grace Church (English-speaking) and Oase (Arabic-speaking). In December 2013 we ended our term as church planters, and handed over to Samer Younan (Oase) and Nestor and Florence Tsala (Grace Church).

In 2015-2016 I was part of the interim-leadership team of New Wine in Europe (a branch of New Wine consisting of English-speaking international churches on the continent), in its transition to become LifeStream Europe - independent from New Wine International, more contextualized for international churches in Europe. My role as a theologian and former international church planter was mainly to recalibrate the vision, mission & strategy, and redefine its theological values (inaugurated Kingdom theology).


In June 2016, I joined New Wine Netherlands as their staff worker for Theology & Training. 


Earlier on I worked as a journalist - initially as a freelance journalist (focusing on both foreign news, mainly Africa, and literature & arts) (1990-1999), then as senior editor and chief editor of a Christian monthly magazine, koers (1999-2011).





2 comments:

  1. I've just landed at your site doing research on Moltmann. Allow me to share two brief excerpts from my own writings:

    Over the years I've come to believe we are now living in the "overture" of God's next great act, Act Three of salvation history. The Spirit once again "hovers" above the inchoate world, and the great outpouring of Joel 2:28 that began at Pentecost dramatically accelerates.

    And Act Three culminates in nothing less than the New Creation, where the triune God dwells in all his glory, and the cosmos itself becomes the Holy of Holies!


    But while it's true that only God foresees the specific hour and day of end times events, it's equally true that His timing is responsive, in the same way that the Spirit's coming at Pentecost was responsive to the upper room's "one accord" (Greek: homothumadon, a word better translated as "one passionate accord"). --- John Lawrence Gillis, Washington DC

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