Brenda B. Colijn, PhD

Brenda B. Colijn, PhD

Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology

From the time she first stepped on campus as a student, Dr. Colijn has felt that being at Ashland Theological Seminary is like "coming home." The atmosphere of ATS has allowed her to integrate her professional life and faith, deepening her own walk with God as she guides others down that same road. One of the most valuable events in Dr. Colijn's walk with Christ has been the shift from a formulaic evangelical devotional life to a transformative friendship and companionship with Jesus, and this is one thing she hopes to foster in students' lives.

Dr. Colijn is a gifted teacher and a wise leader, and this is evident both in and outside of the classroom. She finds research and teaching to be incredibly fulfilling and has special interest in New Testament Theology, salvation, and Anabaptist theology. Dr. Colijn is also ordained in the Brethren Church and enjoys serving on her church’s pastoral team. She has been greatly influenced by the works of Henri Nouwen, C. S. Lewis, and Richard Foster, as well as a personal friendship with Dr. Jerry Flora, who is a professor emeritus at Ashland Theological Seminary. Dr. Colijn has a long list of her own work published in journals, magazines, and books. In particular, her book Images of Salvation in the Testament is a favorite.

Dr. Colijn met her husband, Hendrik, in a prayer group at Cornell University. Their family is composed of one daughter, Erika, and her husband, Lance, and one son, Chris.

Dr. Colijn enjoys visiting new places around the globe, although she doesn’t get to travel nearly as often as she’d like. Her favorite destinations have been Bermuda, England, and Spain. Her other hobbies include watching soccer, riding her recumbent bike and walking, tackling the occasional crossword puzzle, and listening to classical, Celtic, and contemporary music. She also finds herself drawn to science fiction in all its forms.

Contact bcolijn@ashland.edu 419-289-5980
Denomination Brethren
Education PhDCornell University MACornell University MAAshland Theological Seminary BAPennsylvania State University
Current Classes CTH 5510 Fundamentals of Christian Theology CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God CTH 6646 Christ and Salvation
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Brenda's Published Books

Images of Salvation in the New Testament ISBN: 978-0830838721 View on Amazon