William Vanden Bosch
The Rev. Dr. William Vanden Bosch led the October 2011 meeting of the Bangor Pastor Theologians.
Dr. Vanden Bosch is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary and earned his D.Min. degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Ordained to Christian ministry in 1972, from 1979 until 2010, Dr. Vanden Bosch was pastor of the Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church, a core city congregation founded in 1890, which overcame challenges of decline to became a diverse and multicultural congregation. When Dr. Vanden Bosch retired in 2010, about 15% of his parish were African American, Hispanic or Asian and the congregation’s median age was 28 years of age. Dr. Vanden Bosch’s doctoral thesis at Fuller was titled “Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church: A Strategy for Church Growth in a Multicultural Setting”.
Dr. Vanden Bosch has traveled widely in the Near East, in Central America and Africa. In 2004, he led a retreat for Christian Reformed Ministers in Mexico and in 2011, he taught in the Community Leadership and Development program at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda.
At the Bangor Pastor Theologian meeting, Dr. Vanden Bosch brought together his pastoral, teaching and missional gifts in Bible study and teaching, and introduced members of the group to the Timothy Leadership Institute of Grand Rapids, MI.
In 2012, Dr. Vanden Bosch was nearing the completion of an inductive study of the Spirtual Disciplines titled, "At the Lord's Feet: Experiencing Spiritual Disciplines with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke." This work is scheduled for publication toward the end of 2012.