Bob Dykstra


The Sacredness of Individuality in Boys and Young Men

The Unedited Self: Spontaneity and the Souls of Boys and Young Men

Robert C. Dykstra is the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his PhD and MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his BA from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Dykstra’s academic interests include pastoral care and counseling, psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychology, contemporary issues impacting children and adolescents, human sexuality, pastoral preaching, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with research in the human sciences. He is on the editorial boards of Pastoral Psychology and the Journal of Childhood and Religion and is the author of several books, including the forthcoming “Finding Ourselves Lost: Ministry in the Age of Overwhelm.”

A native of Minnesota, Dykstra is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He served for a number of years as a minister, youth minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor.