life and career
Born in 1950 and raised
in a secular family, Jean-Jacques Suurmond became in 1970 involved in
diaconal work in a Pentecostal church in the
In 1978 he married Marianne Vonkeman, with whom he has two daughters.
In 1979 he became a
licensed minister of the Assemblies of God and worked as an associate pastor
at North Hollywood Assembly of God. He became involved in the ecumenical
charismatic movement in
In 1999 he graduated as a
Gestalt therapist at Multidimens institute. For ten
years he worked as a therapist in private practice. Nowadays he is active as
supervisor. He holds the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (awarded by
Since 2005 he is a column writer for the daily newspaper Trouw.
He received his B.A.
He taught at Fuller
Seminary and the Centrale Pinkster Bijbelschool and presented papers at Fuller Seminary, the
Many of his publications deal with spiritual themes and are meant for a broad audience.