Discipline of Systematic Theology

Dr GJ van Wyngaard

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Tel: +27 12 429 4738
E-mail: vwynggj@unisa.ac.za


  • PhD (Vrije Universiteit and University of South Africa, 2019)
  • M.Th (Dogmatics and Christian Ethics) (University of Pretoria, 2012, cum laude)
  • B.A. (Hons.) (Ancient Language and Cultures) (University of Pretoria, 2012, cum laude)
  • M.Div. (University of Pretoria, 2008, cum laude)
  • B.Th. (University of Pretoria, 2006, cum laude)

Fields of academic interests

  • Public Theology
  • Contextual Theologies
  • Contructive Theology
  • Theology and Society
  • Ecclesiology
  • Theological Anthropology


  • 2016: Strachan, J & Hülsmann T, WhatsApp: ‘Going Where the Conversation Is’ in Volungeviciene, A., Szűcs A. & Mázár, I. (eds.) 9th EDEN Research Workshop- Forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning: Reaching from the roots. European Distance and E-Learning Network, pp. 109-116.

  • 2015: White Theology amidst White rhetoric on violence in Smith, R.D., Ackah, W., Reddie, A.G. & Tshaka, R.S. (eds.) Contesting Post-Racialism: Contested Churches in the United States and South Africa. University of Mississippi Press, pp. 96-108.

  • 2014: White Christians Crossing Borders: Between perpetuation and transformation in Michael, L. & Schulz, S. (eds.) Unsettling Whiteness. Inter-discplinary Press, pp. 191-202.

  • 2014: The Language of ‘Diversity’ in Reconstructing Whiteness in the Dutch Reformed Church in Smith R.D., Ackah W. & Reddie A. (eds.) Churches, Blackness, and Contested Multiculturalism: Europe, Africa, and North America. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 184-201.

Journal articles

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • 2019- : Chair of Departmental Higher Degrees Committee, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology
  • 2016: Excellence in Teaching and Learning award for Student Support
  • 2015 – 2018: NRF-VU Desmond Tutu PhD Bursary
  • 2012-2017: Co-editor (online editor) of Missionalia (Southern African Journal of Missiology)