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ETEQ appoints new president

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L’ETEQ (L’École de théologie évangélique du Québec – the Quebec Evangelical School of Theology) is an educational institution at the university level. L’ETEQ is the result of the merger of l’Institut biblique V.I.E. and of l’École de théologie évangélique de Montréal and is partnership with the Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses of Laval University.

The Board of ETEQ is pleased to announce that Jean-Christophe Bieselaar will become the new President of ETEQ. The transition from Jean (John) Martin’s time of service as President to Jean-Christophe Bieselaar’s beginning in this role will occur on December 4, 2021 at ETEQ’s annual general meeting.

Jean (John) Martin has been at ETEQ since its origin at the merger of l’Institut biblique V.I.E. and l’École de théologie évangélique de Montréal. He first served as Academic Dean from 2016 to 2019 and then as President from 2019 to the present. Under his direction, ETEQ has consolidated its financial situation, seen an expansion in academic programs and grown in the number of students. Jean Martin is moving progressively toward retirement. He will remain a professor at ETEQ along with working to develop and to maintain donor relations.

Mr. Bieselaar brings to his position at ETEQ solid pastoral experience, service in hospital chaplaincy as well as involvement in higher education in Europe, the United States and in Quebec. He has pastored with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Gatineau, Quebec, in Paris and in New York City. His work as chaplain has been done in several hospitals in Paris as well as at the Nyack Hospital in the state of New York.

Jean-Christophe Bieselaar holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from the King’s College – University of London in the United Kingdom. He also holds a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity (counselling) from the Alliance Theological Seminary in the state of New York, USA. 

In the years prior to his pastoral experience and his academic career, Mr. Bieselaar had significant involvement in business that helped him to develop his management skills in the areas of finance and human resources. 

Jean-Christophe shares this vision for ETEQ: “I dream of a school that will renew and energize our churches in Quebec and beyond and of teachers who will profoundly influence the spiritual life of students, encouraging them to make a positive contribution to Quebec society.”

Mr. Bieselaar will begin serving as President on December 5, 2021, following Mr. Jean (John) Martin (2019-2021) and Ms. Kristen Corrigan (2016-2019) in this leadership role at ETEQ.

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