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Rev. Willem J. J. Glashouwer
President, Christians for Israel International
Honorary President, European Coalition for Israel


Reverend Willem J.J. Glashouwer was born in the Netherlands in 1944 during the Second World War into a Dutch Reformed family that was active in the Resistance Movement. His father was a nationally well-known Dutch Reformed pastor, who was in prison several times during the, and was actively involved in hiding Jews.

After completing his traditional High School Education at the Gymnasium, he studied Theology at the Universities of Groningen and Utrecht, where he received his theological degrees, and was ordained as a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in The Netherlands.

For 20 years he served as a producer, host and finally Executive Director of the 'Evangelische Omroep' (Evangelical Broadcasting Company) responsible for all TV programs. He was one of the establishing pioneers of this independent company, which has become part of the National Dutch Broadcasting System that became one of the larger production units within the National Dutch TV & Radio organization.

During these years he produced and/or hosted many Radio and Television programs. Among others, for instance, a many episode multi-media documentary series on: How the Bible came to be (on the Bible as a book and on Higher Bible Criticism); How the world came to be (on the Creation-Evolution debate); How Israel came to be (on the reliability of the Old Testament) and How Christianity came to be (on the reliability of the New Testament). He was also one of the pioneers of the establishment of the Institute for Evangelical Higher Education in the Netherlands, and the Christian School for Journalism.

After a major brain-surgery, during which a very large brain-tumor was removed, he became full-time minister of a 2500-member Dutch Reformed church in Katwijk, Holland, which he served for 7 years.

Rev. Glashouwer served for over 10 years as the Chairman of the Dutch organization ‘Christenen voor Israel’, a pro-Israel organization with a subscriber-base for their monthly free newspaper of over 60,000 addresses; a ‘Holland Choir’ that sings for and in Israel of over a 800 voices; charity projects in Israel through Jewish organizations, among which the collecting of funds to bring over 120,000 Jews home to Israel from the former USSR, Ethiopia and more.

After having served for over 10 years, Rev. Glashouwer was asked in July of 1999 to become the full-time President of ‘Christians for Israel International’, a non-political inter-denominational Christian organization.

By Royal Decree on the 20th of February 2010 Her Majesty , Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands appointed Rev. Willem J. J. Glashouwer Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau for his exemplary promotions of the Jewish People & Israel.

Rev. Glashouwer has been married to Marianne for over 40 years and they have 4 children. Their eldest daughter served for 9 years on the mission-field in Central-Asia and Africa; and currently in Sri Lanka.
Rev. Willem Glashouwer and his wife Marianne are blessed with 6 grandchildren.

Rev. Glashouwer published multiple books, articles and Bible Studies on Israel; on the Christian faith; and a 500-page commentary in the format of a daily devotional on the book of Revelations, called ZIE HIJ KOMT! (BEHOLD, HE IS COMING! English translation in process), German edition DER ERSTE UND DER LETZTE.

The Bible Study book WHY ISRAEL? has been published in Albanian, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Polish,  Rumanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian. Danish editions are in progress of publication.


The Bible Study book WHY JERUSALEM? was recently published in Dutch; translated in English and into German.

The Bible Study book WHY END TIMES? has been published in Dutch, English, Italian Korean, Polish, Russian and Tai.

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