The God & Work initiative was launched in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2014. It is presently led by Roland Heersink as chairman and Dr. Szaszi Bene, professor of Theology at Tyndale Theological Seminary in The Netherlands.
Additionally, we have engaged a number of other resources to help give our workshops and produce our written materials. These include, among others, Michael Wright, Bala Asirvatham, and Marco Sanders.
Please see more details on Roland Heersink, Dr Bene and Bala Asirvatham below.
Mr. Heersink is a former public company executive, company founder and engineer (among other things).
Some years ago, Roland left full-time employment for the entrepreneurial life, with an ear to hear what God might have in store.
Mr. Heersink is in his early 60's, has been blessed with a marriage of 40+ years, has 4 children and 7 grandchildren together with his wife.
Roland's passion is to help fellow Christians see & understand what God's intentions might be for their life, especially in the workplace.
Bala comes with many years of experience in senior roles in international human resource management in Asia and Europe. In his corporate career he supported talent and career development of employees at various levels and functions.
Though he was born and raised in a Christian family, he truly came to faith during August 2007 when he trusted the scriptures and asked the Holy Spirit to come into his life. His prayers were answered in a dramatic way. That led to a deeper connection to God’s Word and His ministry. He became active in prayer ministry along with his wife Helen. He served as the church warden and church council member for many years. He is keenly interested in evangelism and apologetics.
During October 2017, when he was at career cross-roads, he attended God and Work workshop looking for clarity and direction. That was a turning point in his work-life. Soon after he took a step of faith and started his entrepreneurial journey. Now he is the founder and manging partner of FutureXeed B.V., a strategic human resource consulting company located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Bala is married to Helen and they have two children. They worship and fellowship at Trinity Church Eindhoven. He is originally from Tamil Nadu, India, currently living in Eindhoven, The Netherlands from June 2006. Here is his LinkedIn profile.
Dr. SZASZI BENE
Dr. Szaszi’s vision in life is to be a theologian for theologians, pastors and church leaders. In pursuit of this vision he likes to teach, preach and have good coffee with students.
His specialties include both systematic theology and biblical theology. His aim is to integrate theology into daily life.
Dr. Szaszi sees his work as a missionary at Tyndale Theological Seminary as the calling of God on his life.
Within the God & Work initiative, Dr Szaszi's speaking abilities are put to good use, and he has deep knowledge of the subject matter from an academic/theological perspective (over and above his personal relationship), to add significant insights into our seminars and workshops.
A summary of Dr. Szaszi's educational background:
MDiv. Tyndale Theological Seminary (2003)
M.Th. Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2005)
Ph.D. Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2010)
The God & Work course is 100% Bible-based and intentionally non-denominational in appeal.
The workshops have been given in a range of church settings - from the traditional Baptist church in Houston Texas, evangelical churches in Europe and community church groups in Africa.
Since the material is so fundamentally Biblical and not based on any teaching of mankind (although Timothy Keller's book "Every Good Endeavour" is reference 2x in the one-day "everyone" session!