Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Küster

Professor of Comparative Religion and Missiology


  • since Oct. 2012 Professor of Comparative Religion and Missiology, JGU Mainz
  • 2002-2012 Professor of Cross-cultural Theology at the Protestant Theological University (PThU), Kampen, The Netherlands
  • 2001-2002 Researcher in Intercultural Theology at the Interuniversity Institute for Missiological and Ecumenical Research (IIMO) / Utrecht
  • 1999-2001 Research Fellow at Kampen Theological University, The Netherlands
  • 1999 Ordination as minister of the Protestant Church of the Palatinate (Protestantische Landeskirche)
  • 1998 Habilitation and Privatdozent at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Heidelberg; Topic: Intercultural Christology
  • 1997-1999 Assistant pastor (Vikar)
  • 1994 Dissertation at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Heidelberg (magna cum laude) Topic: Minjung Theology and Theory of Contextual Theology
  • 1990-1997 Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the University of Heidelberg (Missiology, Ecumenics and Comparative Religion)
  • 1987/88 One Year of Special Studies at the Third World Church Leadership Center of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary Seoul/Korea
  • 1982-1990 Theological Studies at the University of Heidelberg
  • 2021 Honorary Doctorate of the Theological Faculty, University of Lund, Sweden
  • Regular invited lectures, contributions to conferences and visiting professorships on an international level.

Editorial boards, awards and grants

  • Exchange. Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research (since 2001);
  • Wereld en Zending. Tijdschrift voor interculturele theologie (2002-2007);
  • Madang. International Journal of Contextual Theology in East Asia (since 2005);
  • Reformed World (since 2009);
  • Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift (since 2009);
  • editor of Contactzone. Explorations in Intercultural Theology (since 2007;
  • till date 12 vol.). Replacement subsidy of The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for the book project “Introduction to Intercultural Theology” (2009-2010);
  • Award of the Academy for Intercultural Studies 2000 (donated by DaimlerChrysler) Award of the minister of culture (Rheinland-Pfalz) for social Engagement (1982)

Fields of Research

  • Intercultural Theology and Hermeneutics;
  • Contextual Theology and Art in the Third World;
  • Ecumenical Theology; Theology of Mission;
  • Theology of Religions;
  • Interreligious Dialogue and Comparative Religion.

Key publications

  • The Many Faces of Jesus Christ. Intercultural Christology, London: SCM Press and Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis books 2001 [Ger. 1999; Nl. 2012].
  • Wie, met wie, over wat? Een zoektocht in het landschap van de interreligieuze dialoog, Kamper Oraties 26, Kampen 2003 [Engl. 2004; Ger. 2005].
  • Christian Art in Asia: Yesterday and Today, in: The Christian Story: Five Asian Artists Today, Museum of Biblical Art, New York and London 2007, 28-43.
  • Gott/Terror. Ein Diptychon, Frankfurt a.M. 2009 [Nl. 2008].
  • A Protestant Theology of Passion. Minjung Theology revisited (Studies in Systematic Theology 4), Leiden 2010.
  • Einführung in die Interkulturelle Theologie, Göttingen 2011.

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