Dr. Chad B. Van Dixhoorn

Chancellor's Professor of Historical Theology, Associate Professor of Church History

  • Church History | Faculty | Washington D.C.

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University of Western Ontario (BA)
Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM)
University of Cambridge (PhD)


A Canadian by birth, Chad Van Dixhoorn is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). He has taught theology at the University of Nottingham, and has held three fellowships at the University of Cambridge, where he has researched the history and theology of the Westminster assembly and taught on the subject of Puritanism.

A former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, in 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his five-volume work on the Westminster assembly, published by Oxford University Press. Van Dixhoorn also serves as an honorary research fellow in the School of History at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Van Dixhoorn has lectured at RTS Washington since 2008 where he teaches church history and practical theology. He has served as Associate Professor of Church history at RTS Washington since 2013, and as Chancellor’s Professor of Historical Theology for RTS since 2015.

Van Dixhoorn served as a pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and then at Grace Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA) for nine years. Chad and his wife Emily have five children. He organizes his free time by coaching little league, losing tennis matches against all comers, and reading NYT bestsellers.

Online Resources









      • Confessing the faith: a reader's guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith (Edinburgh, 2014).
      • The minutes and papers of the Westminster assembly, 1643-1652 (Oxford, 2012), 5 vols.


      • ‘Politics and religion in the Westminster assembly and the “grand debate”,’ in Alternative establishments in early modern Britain and Ireland: Catholic and Protestant, eds. R. Armstrong and T. O’hAnnrachain (Manchester, 2013), pp. 129-148.
      • ‘Election’, in T & T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology, ed. D. Whitford (Edinburgh, 2012), pp. 86-104.
      • ‘The strange silence of prolocutor Twisse: Predestination and politics in the Westminster assembly’s debate over justification’, The Sixteenth Century Journal 40 (2009), pp. 395-418.

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