VIRGINIA BEACH – Regent University has named Corné Bekker the new dean of its School of Divinity, beginning Jan. 1.
Bekker is currently the chairman of Regent’s Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry Department.
“I look forward to joining my colleagues at the School of Divinity as we labor together to provide a transformative educational experience for our students so they may, in turn, serve the Church and the community well,” he said in a release.
Bekker was born in South Africa and was associate dean for academics of Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg. He joined Regent in 2005 and has drawn high praise from his colleagues.
“Dr. Bekker ranks highly among the finest thinkers and professors in the world on the topics of ecclesial leadership and theology,” said Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Regent’s executive vice president for academic affairs, in the release.
Bekker, an ordained minister, is known for his research on the use of biblical interpretations and spirituality to explore Christian and ecclesial leadership, the university said. He has traveled the world to speak about his research in church and academic environments, and is also heavily involved in ministry efforts in Hampton Roads, it said.