Sebastian Bjernegård

Thesis title: Participation and Covenant: Humanity's Relation with God in the Theology of Herman Bavinck


Sebastian Bjernegård is from Upplands Väsby, Sweden. He has lived and studied in the U.S.A. where he received his Bachelor of Arts at Belhaven University and Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh, where he is supervised by James Eglinton and Simon Burton. His research centers on Herman Bavinck and the relation between God and humanity.


B.A. (Biblical Studies and Ministries) at Belhaven University

B.A. (Philosophy) at Belhaven University

M.Div at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson

Responsibilities & affiliations


  • American Academy of Religion
  • The Evangelical Theological Society
  • Society for the Study of Theology

Undergraduate teaching

University of Edinburgh, U.K. - tutor


  • Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (Semester 1, 2022-2023)


  • History of Christianity as a World Religion 1A (Semester 1, 2023-2024)


  • History of Christianity as a World Religion 1B (Semester 2, 2023-2024)


Belhaven University - Adjunct Faculty

  • Theology; Biblical Studies (August 2020-Present)

Postgraduate teaching

Belhaven University - Adjunct Faculty

  • Theology; Biblical Studies (September 2022-Present)

Research summary

My interests are centered on Herman Bavinck and the relation between God and humanity.

Current project grants

Abraham Kuyper Christian Leadership Fund

Papers delivered

2023 – Kuyper Conference, Redeemer University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. Paper Title: "Analogy of Being: A Central Theme in Herman Bavinck’s Participatory Metaphysic"

2024 – SGSAH Theology and Religious Studies PGR Conference, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland. Paper Title: "Archetypal-Ectypal Distinction: Herman Bavinck’s Employment of a 16th-century Concept to Satisfy the 19th Century’s Longing to Know God"

Reformed Theological Seminary:

  • 2021 Theology Award - In recognition of distinction, outstanding performance, and excellence in theology   

Belhaven University:

  • 2015 Trustees’ Award - Awarded to the graduating senior with the highest scholastic average
  • 2015 Guy T. Gillespie Memorial Award - Awarded to the graduating senior who, in the judgment of the faculty, approximates most nearly the ideals of the College


Bjernegård, Sebastian ‘Book Review: Geerhardus Vos, Natural Theology, trans. Albert Gootjes and intro. J.V. Fesko (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2022),’ Journal of Reformed Theology (Vol. 17.1, 2023), pp. 106-7.

Bjernegård, Sebastian 'Book Review: Herman Bavinck, Christian Worldview, trans. Nathaniel Gray Sutanto, James Eglinton, and Cory C. Brock (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019),' Reformed Theological Review (Vol. 79.2, 2020), pp. 147-9.