Bavinck, Johan Herman, Dutch missiologist born in Rotterdam, 22 November 1895, died in Amsterdam, 23 June 1964.
After graduating from the Free University of Amsterdam and gaining a doctorate from Erlangen in 1919, Bavinck ministered to Dutch congregations in Medan and Bandung, Indonesia (1919-1926). He then pastored in Heemstede, Holland (1926-1929) before returning to Indonesia as a missionary in Solo and Jogjakarta where he developed a deep understanding of Javanese spirituality.
In 1939 he became the first professor of missions at Kampen Theological College and taught at the Free University of Amsterdam until 1964. He wrote on Javanese mysticism and religious psychology and lectured in America and South Africa.
His missiological handbook was translated into English as An introduction to the Science of Missions in 1960. His irenical influence was spread through his students, and by many others impressed by his transparent spirituality and good humour.