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The Academic Diploma program in Christian Leadership & Applied Theology is a 160 - 180 ECTS credit program, focusing on scriptural foundations, theological and historical settings; this includes a survey of the Old and New Testament, church history, understanding social and global matters, leadership, and evangelism/mission in a contemporary context. The goal of the AD program in the School of Theology is to produce leaders who are in touch with the realities of the world in which they live, an applied form of theology: theology in practice.

Coordinator for the academic program: Wilson Bento


Born in São Paulo, Brazil. Wilson lived his childhood in Brazil, where his parents worked as missionaries with street kids in downtown São Paulo for several years. At thirteen years of age, Wilson had his first immigrant experience in 1999 as his family moved to the United States. Wilson lived in the U.S. from 1999 to 2008, where he experienced life as a legal and illegal immigrant. Back in Brazil after this period, now married, Wilson obtained his bachelor's degree in Theology at Southern Presbyterian Seminary (Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul). In 2016, Wilson moved to the Netherlands to pursue his Master's and Ph.D. degrees at Vrije Universiteit with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Sophia and Gabriel. In 2019, along with two scholars from Brazil, he co-authored “Galatians: A Literary-Pastoral Commentary” published by Fonte Editorial. Currently, he is doing his Ph.D. research in Literary Analysis of the book of Revelation at Vrije Universiteit. He is also a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Protestant Studies at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo.

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