April 26, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
European Evangelical Alliance, Email: [email protected]
Revival is essential in Europe’s traditional structures – that’s the message from the new head of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA).
Rev Niek M. Tramper was appointed General Secretary of the EEA at its annual conference on April 22. He succeeds Gordon Showell-Rogers, who takes a new step towards the World Evangelical Alliance, after eleven years of serving the EEA.
Rev Tramper is pastor of the Evangelical Protestant Church in Vlaardingen (near Rotterdam). He was lecturer in Missiology at Ede Christian University. Previously he worked for 10 years with the Reformed Mission League (RML) as regional director for Europe and the Middle East. During that period he was active in the council of ACO-Fellowship, a cooperation of churches in Europe and the Middle East.
He graduated in biology from the University of Wageningen and in theology from the University of Utrecht. He then started his career as staff worker with IFES-Netherlands. Later he was appointed director of the Reformed Bible College De Wittenberg, in Zeist.
“The Church and Christian movements need each other in advancing the Kingdom of God,” said Rev Tramper.
“Traditional churches cannot continue without revival. Profound theology and missionary zeal are complementary.
“The EEA tries to bring together both in Europe, in the light of the many challenges shared by the church in Europe – the need for cooperation between old and new churches, multi-ethnic cities, a growing number of Muslims, tensions between poor and rich, and human rights violations.
“Meanwhile, in places with few historic churches, the EEA is of great value for facilitating the replanting of churches in countries like Kosovo, Albania and Turkey, as well as in Central Asia.”
Welcoming the appointment, Jiri Unger, President of EEA said, “We are delighted that Niek has accepted our offer to take on this role. The past years have seen significant growth in the EEA, under the direction of Gordon and we feel that Niek brings the necessary gifts and experience to build on that growth and encourage us as Alliances together to impact Europe with a Christian gospel that transforms lives and societies.”
Rev Tramper, who is married and has five adult children, will start his new job in September. He will also continue in his position as minister within the Protestant Church of the Netherlands. His appointment means that the EEA’s office, presently in London, will be transferred to the Netherlands.
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.