Curriculum vitae

dr Piet van Veldhuizen

Born on December 6th, 1959 in Ede, Netherlands.
Married to Machteld Teekens, artist, since 1983.
Two children: Maria (1989) and Wilbert (1993).



Elementary School in Rotterdam-Kralingen and Krimpen aan den IJssel.


Secundary Education: Latin School in Gereformeerde Scholengemeenschap Rotterdam (GSR).


Study of Theology at State University, Utrecht.

1982 Bachelor's Degree
1985 Master's Degree

Major Thesis in Philosophical Ethics.
Minors: New Testament and Polish Language and Literature.

1986 Exam for the curriculum of the Dutch Reformed Church
1987 Colloquium Doctum (admission to holy ministry)


Studies in Philosophical Ethics at Catholic University in Lublin (Poland).


Post-Master Seminar in Social Ethics at Catholic Theological Academy in Warsaw, agreed as a cover for clandestine work as a minister and student coach in Polish Evangelical Reformed Church.


Research as an external Ph.D. student at Catholic Theological University Utrecht with Prof. Dr. Maarten J.J. Menken, concluded by promotion ceremony on December 2nd, 2004.



Church worker (half-time) in local Reformed Church parish in Nieuwegein-Vreeswijk for pastoral care and community building in newly built housing estates.

13 sept 1987

Ordination to Ministry in Utrecht for work in Poland.


Theological advisor in the Polish Evangelical Reformed Church (coaching students of theology, preaching and community building), and minister in Warsaw for a two-year term.


Miniser in Dutch Refored Church parish in Willemstad, Netherlands.


Minister in Dutch Reformed Church parish in Rotterdam (Kralingen, Immanuelkerk in Alexanderpolder).

2008- Minister in Dutch Protestant Church parish in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht (De Ark)

Positions held:


Member of the Dutch interchurch committee for Polish-Dutch parish partnerships


Member of the executive committee of the Dutch Foundation for Aid to Poland - for allocation of funds from the national fundraising action for Polish Winter Aid 1988-1989.


Teacher and director of an annual Weekly Theological Seminar for Polish Reformed and Lutheran studants and ministers in Zychlin, Polen.


Member of the Board of the Dutch Bible Society.


Member of the Editorial Board of Interpretatie, 6-weekly journal for exegesis and biblical theology (secretary of the board 2005-2009).

Publications (among others):


(Journal about Poland under martial law, 1981-1982) Polen tussen twee polen - Indrukken uit een land in tweestrijd.
Franeker (Wever) 1983, 176 pp. Under pseudonym Chr. van Ede.


"Protestant in Polen"
26 columns in Dutch national daily newspaper Trouw about protestant minority church life in Poland


Ruimte voor geloof  (Space for Faith, a series of lessons about church and faith based on the history and symbolism of one church building, the Reformed Church in Willemstad)


Geef mij te drinken. Johannes 4 als waterputverhaal. Zoetermeer (Boekencentrum) 2004, 247 blz. ISBN 90 239 1785 5 (Give me a drink. John 4 as a well story. Dissertation).

2008 Polen. Reisgids voor de bewuste bezoeker. Zoetermeer (Meinema/Averbode) 2008, 212 blz. ISBN 978 90 211 4201 2 (Travel companion to Poland in a series for 'conscious visitors')
2009 Verzet geen bergen. Over verwoestend geloof en heilzame aarzeling. Zoetermeer (Meinema) 2009, 136 blz. ISBN 9789021142371 (Do not move mountains. On destructive faith and salutaryhesitation - about the biblical expression that faith may move mountains)

Numerous articles and columns in magazines and journals are listed in the full publication list (in Dutch) and most of them are included in the Dutch section of this website.



Translation of Sir Jonathan Sacks,The Dignity of Difference, into Dutch: Leven met verschil, Meinema 2005.