|The Hollenweger Center
The Hollenweger Center is a joint initiative of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Departments of Practical and Systematic Theology in the Faculty of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and of Azusa Theological Seminary.
From the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Faculty of Social Sciences): prof. dr. André Droogers, Director Hollenweger Center
From the Departments of Practical Theology and Social Sciences and Systematic Theology (Faculty of Theology)
prof. dr. Cees van der Kooi
prof. dr. Cornelis van der Laan
prof. dr. Hijme Stoffels
Publications by staff members and doctoral theses defended at Utrecht University and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Who is Walter Hollenweger?
The Center is named Hollenweger Center, after the Swiss theologian Walter Jacob Hollenweger. Hollenweger was born in 1927. He is married to Erica Busslinger. He was a pastor in the Swiss Pentecostal Mission at Zurich when in 1955 he started studying theology at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Zurich. Most of his church-members were suspicious of these intellectual endeavours and prayed he would fail his exams. He completed his theological studies, resigned from the Swiss Pfingstmission and became a pastor in the Swiss Reformed Church. During 1965-1971 he was Secretary for Evangelism in the World Council of Churches. He wrote a ten volumes doctoral dissertation Handbuch der Pfingstbewegung (1966). The core of this work was published in various languages and became a standard work on Pentecostalism. Through his pioneering work in the field of Pentecostal Studies and Charismatic Renewal he achieved a world-wide reputation. His numerous publications in the years following made him one of the premier interpreters of these movements. During 1971-1989 Hollenweger was Professor of Mission at the University of Birmingham and Selly Oak Colleges at Birmingham (UK). The title of the Festschrift, presented to him around his 65th birthday, mentions the main areas of his many contributions: Pentecost, Mission and Ecumenism: Essays on Intercultural Theology.
During his life Hollenweger collected an impressive library on Pentecostalism, which he donated to our Center in Amsterdam. As a tribute to his outstanding contribution to the study of Pentecostalism and Charismatic Renewal and in gratitude for the donation of his extensive private collection on Pentecostalism, our Center is named Hollenweger Center.