Chad Van Dixhoorn

Church History

Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn (PhD, Cambridge University) is professor of church history and director of the Craig Center for the study of the Westminster Standards at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also serves as an honorary research fellow at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Van Dixhoorn has held a number of additional teaching positions and has also served as associate pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and also at Grace Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA) for nine years.

Dr. Van Dixhoorn’s academic interests include the historical documents of the Westminster Assembly, English Puritanism, and Presbyterian history. He has been widely recognized for his publication of a five-volume work on the Westminster Assembly, The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643–1652, and has published numerous articles on a variety of theological topics. He is currently working on a major monograph on the Westminster Assembly, as well as a complete edition of John Lightfoot’s journals. Both volumes are to be published by Oxford University Press.


  • PhD University of Cambridge, Selwyn College, 2005
  • ThM Westminster Theological Seminary, 2000
  • MDiv Westminster Theological Seminary, 1999
  • BA University of Western Ontario, Huron College, 1996


  • Associate Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia, 2008–2015
  • Associate Minister, Cambridge Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, UK, 2006–2008


  • Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2018–present
  • Chancellor’s Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, 2015–2018
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2014–2020
  • Associate Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, 2013–2018
  • Short-Term Research Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, 2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, 2012–Present
  • Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 2008–2010
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, 2005–2008
  • Visiting Professor of Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California, 2006–2010
  • Lecturer in Historical Theology, University of Nottingham, 2005
  • Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 2004–2008
  • Lecturer in Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California, 2004
  • Guest Lecturer, Oak Hill Theological College, London, 2003–2004


  • The Reformation (CH 311)
  • The Church in the Modern Age (CH 321)
  • English Puritan Thought (CH 432 / 732)
  • The Westminster assembly and pastoral ministry (CH 541 / 841)
  • Church Polity (PT)
  • Classics of Christian Devotion (PT 431)
  • Classics of Pastoral Theology (PT)
  • Preparing for Licensure and Ordination (PT 243)
  • Westminster Standards (ST 532 / 932)