Ambrose University

Van De Walle, Bernie

Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology & Program Convenor (PhD, MPhil, MDiv, BTh)


Office: L2075
Telephone: 403-410-2000 ext. 6906


PhD (Drew University)
MPhil (Drew University)
MDiv (Canadian Theological Seminary)
BTh (Canadian Bible College)


I joined the Ambrose faculty in 1999. Prior to that, I had served in a pastoral role in churches in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and New Jersey. I am an avid football fan and have coached at the high school level for over 20 years. In that capacity, as in my college and seminary teaching, my primary interest is in the development of the whole person and only secondarily in the development of skills and knowledge.

I am married to Colleen with whom I share two wonderful sons: Dave and Ken.

Courses Taught

Theology I
Theology II
Alliance History and Thought
Contemporary Theology
Theology from the Margins
Creation, Fall, and Redemption
The Church and Its Future
Contemporary Evangelical Theology
Theology of Holiness
The Atonement
God and Word
Christian Ethics
Theologies of the Reformation
The Christian Faith

Current Research

The Doctrine of Holiness
The Doctrine of Baptism
A. B. Simpson and The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Recent Publications

"Baptism" in The Lexham Study Bible, Logos Bible Software (Forthcoming)
"Consecration," "Moody, Dwight Lyman," "Regeneration," and "Simpson, Albert Benjamin" in The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan, 2011)
"Holy Heresy?: A. B. Simpson, Sanctification, and Apollinarianism," Wesleyan Theological Journal, Fall 2011
"Cautious Cobelligerence: The Late Nineteenth-Century Divine Healing Movement and the Promise of Medical Science," in The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth (Pickwick, 2010)
The Heart of the Gospel: A. B. Simpson, the Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evangelicalism (Pickwick, 2009)

Recent Conference Presentations

“Ecce Homo?”: The Divine Anthropology of Albert B. Simpson, Wesleyan Theological Society/Society for Pentecostal Studies, Seattle Pacific University, 2013.

Other Scholarly Activity

Board of Directors, The Christian and MIssionary Alliance in Canada
Board of Governors, Ambrose University College and Seminary
Past President, Christian Theological Research Fellowship
Steering Committee Member, Wesleyan Holiness Consortium