Director of the Openseminary MTS
Associate Professor of Leadership & Formation
ThD, University of South Africa
MDiv, Church of God Theological Seminary
BA, Honors (Greek Linguistics): University of Pretoria
BA, (Greek, Biblical Studies, Psychology): Rand Afrikaans University
Dr. Wynand (WJ) de Kock is married to Marianne and has two daughters, Carmen and Zoé. He was appointed as Principal of Tabor Victoria at the beginning of 2007. Originally from South Africa, he immigrated to Australia in 2004 to take up the position of Vice Principal at Tabor College Victoria. He is Professor of Practical Theology, Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, Executive Officer, Committee for Advancing Christian Higher Education in Australia (CACHE), and Global Associate, Office of Innovation and New Ventures, Eastern University.
In South Africa Dr. de Kock served for twelve years as the Dean at Cornerstone Christian College and Pastor of Bethany Fellowship in Cape Town. Prior to his move to Melbourne, he served on the pastoral staff of CommonGround Church in Cape Town. During this time he pioneered Openseminary as an alternative method of training leaders in the local church. His ministry involvement also included being associate minister of counseling, associate minister of children and youth, senior pastor, and Director of Beth-Uriel Home for Street Youth in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr. de Kock is a graduate of the Rand Afrikaans University (now Johannesburg University), University of Pretoria, and the Church of God Theological Seminary and earned a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of South Africa in 1990. His academic experience includes teaching at Berea Theological College, Chaldo Bible Institute, University of the Western Cape, Church of God Theological Seminary (adjunct professor), University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, Cornerstone Christian College and Tabor College Victoria. He is a regular participant at national and international theological conferences. In his 2014 book, Out of My Mind: Following the Trajectory of God's Regenerative Story, Dr. de Koch explores the impact of God's story in times of uncertainty and doubt.
He has a great love of the church and a desire to see women and men equipped to respond to the call of God in their lives. Dr. de Kock has discovered his love for painting and he and Marianne enjoy exploring the place of art in the Christian life.