Dr. Anne-Marie Kool is Professor of Missiology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, Associate Professor of Missiology at the Baptist Theological Academy in Budapest, Hungary and Adjunct Faculty at the Bakke Graduate University, Dallas, TX.
Since 1987 she has served as a Dutch missionary to Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe, first unofficially affiliated with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, since 1993 as a missionary of the Reformed Mission League of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. As the Founding Director of the Protestant Institute for Mission Studies (1995), in 2006 continued as Central and Eastern European Institute for Mission Studies (CIMS) within the Károli Gáspár University in Budapest, and closed in 2012, she has gained extensive experience in developing theological coursework and programs in informal, non-formal and formal settings, including lifelong learning for pastors and church leaders. Since her appointment in 1998 as full Professor of Missiology, she has been affiliated with several institutions of higher education, conducted teaching and research and supervised master’s and doctoral students in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
She has an extensive experience in a wide range of topics in missiology as well as in teaching at a variety of levels and brings expertise on subjects like missional leadership of the church in changing contexts, evangelism, urban mission, cross cultural communication, World Christianity and missiological challenges in post-communist Europe. In addition, she has supervised missiological internships and fieldwork and have organized a number of extracurricular activities for students, e.g. exposure trips for students to Serbia, Ukraine, Roma-ministries in Hungary and urban ministries in Amsterdam (NL).
She participated on a regular basis in the WEA, the Lausanne Movement and the WCC with regard to reflection on theological education, mission and evangelism. She has served on the Board of Regents of Bakke Graduate University (BGU) since 2006, and has been active in the International Association for Mission Studies, serving as a board member from 2004-2008, and as chairperson of the local organizing committee of the XII IAMS General Assembly in Balatonfüred, Hungary (2008). She helped to establish a regional branch, the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies (CEEAMS) (2002).
Pioneering an Institute for Mission Studies and working as a missiologist in a post-communist context she had to learn to reflect on the challenges of mission and evangelism in western culture, but also on the tough realities of the “shadows of the past” of a communist ideology. It was also her task to introduce students to the realities of global Christianity. Working in this context required competency in the field of theology of mission, combined with a sensitivity in cross-cultural communication in an ethnically and ecclesiastically diverse context that is still so much in transition.
Her research track-record so far has centered on issues related to Central and Eastern Europe. For her PhD, she researched an unknown chapter in mission history, the Hungarian protestant foreign mission movement, while for her Habilitation (an additional research degree required for full professorship in Hungary) she explored a new paradigm for mission in Central and Eastern Europe taking my starting point in the biblical concepts of individual and community. As is evidenced by the Students’ Missions Lecture series at Princeton Theological Seminary (2007), the challenges of churches in Central and Eastern Europe in relation to mission and missiology have also been an area of research. More recently, she has begun researching an issue that has long been a field of interest: mission and evangelism among the Roma (Gypsy) community and the relationship with the European and Central European churches. She was able to (help) initiate a Roma – church research network and in 2011 presented her findings at the annual W. Don McClure Lectures in Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys gardening, biking, and exploring the Central and Eastern European coffee house culture.