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Research interests

Jacques Körver is associate professor practical theology, pastoral supervisor and CPE-supervisor (Clinical Pastoral Education). For 18 years, he has been a chaplain (hospital, elderly care, psychiatry). At this moment, he coordinates and supervises the practical training. Also he coordinates the Master program theology. In 2013 he finished his PhD on spiritual coping strategies of lung cancer patients. Since 2015 he leads the large scale Dutch Case Studies Project in Chaplaincy Care, together with professor Martin Walton (PThU). In this practice-driven effect research on goals, interventions, and effects of chaplaincy (in care, prison, army, and primary care) participate more than 50 chaplains, and 10 researchers from 4 different universities in the Netherlands. In addition, he is chief editor of the Dutch Tijdschrift Geestelijke Verzorging (Journal of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care), and a member of the Research Board of the professional association of chaplains / spiritual care givers in the Netherlands. Previously, he has specialized in the personality of ministers, conflicts in pastoral settings, the organizational context of pastoral work, and the development of the spiritual care profession. In 2014 he edited a book about innovative practices of chaplaincy: 'In het oog in het hart. Geestelijke verzorging 2.1' [In the eye in the heart. Spiritual care 2.1]. Together with professor Christa Anbeek (VU Amsterdam) he teaches the postgraduate course Theology about and across the borders.


1982-1994: chaplain / head of chaplaincy department Catharina Hospital Eindhoven.

1994-1996: chaplain Van Neijnsel Stichting Vught (psycho-geriatric nursing home).

1994-2000: chaplain Reinier van Arkel Vught & Den Bosch (psychiatry).

1994-2015: supervisor Clinical Pastoral Education (first in Vught, since 2000 in Tilburg).

2000-2007: coordinator postgraduate education School of Theology Tilburg.

2007-until now: associate professor, internship coordinator, and supervisor Tilburg School of Catholic Theology.


Jacques Körver is internship coordinator and supervisor, mainly provides education in the Master Theology. In addition to supervision, he provides practical courses on conversation skills, group processes and methods of pastoral guidance. He is also coordinator of the Master Theology.

He also provides post-graduate education, including the course 'Theology about & across borders' (together with Prof. Christa Anbeek, VU Amsterdam).

Current courses

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PhD supervision

2017-present: co-promoter of Myriam Braakhuis - TST (research into criteria and good practices of chaplaincy / spiritual care, Dutch Case Studies Project Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care).

2017-present: co-promoter of Niels den Toom - PThU (research into the professionalisation of chaplains / spiritual caregivers, Dutch Case Studies Project Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care).

External positions

Supervision of beginning supervisors (Leersupervisie t.b.v. Kaderopleiding Supervisie & Coaching van het Nederlandse Huisartsen Genootschap)

1 Sep 2016 → …


  • Practical Theology
  • Quality Of Life
  • Spiritual Care
  • Religious Coping
  • Coping
  • Religious Leadership
  • Conflicts
  • Spirituality
  • Supervision
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Health Care

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Clergy Medicine & Life Sciences
Ceremonial Behavior Medicine & Life Sciences
religious behavior Social Sciences
Wounds and Injuries Medicine & Life Sciences
Military Social Sciences
Psychiatric Hospitals Medicine & Life Sciences
Veterans Medicine & Life Sciences
Chaplain Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2002 2019

Von Fall zu Fall: Kontext, Methode und Durchführung eines empirischen Forschungsprojekts mit Casestudies in der Seelsorge

Gärtner, S., Körver, J. & Walton, M. N., 2019, In : International Journal of Practical Theology. 23, 1, p. 98-114

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Research Projects
Empirical Research
Pastoral Care

[Review of the book Goed gereedschap is het halve werk: Over theologie in pastoraat en geestelijke verzorging, M. van der Kooi & K. van der Kooi, 2018]

Korver, S., 2018, In : Tijdschrift voor Theologie. 58, 3, p. 307-307 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewOther research output

Open Access
Open Access

Feijenoord is de beste club en andere waanideeën: Interview met psychiater Pieter-Jan Carpentier

Korver, S. & Bras, E., 2018, In : Tijdschrift Geestelijke Verzorging. 21, 90, p. 4-9 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Activities 2002 2019

Building knowledge for chaplaincy in healthcare: Future directions

Sjaak Korver (Contributor)
1 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific


Onderzoeksprogramma Laatmoderne Transformatie

Sjaak Korver (Contributor)
5 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific


Building knowledge for chaplaincy in healthcare: Future directions

Sjaak Korver (Contributor)
1 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceScientific


De geestelijk verzorger als grensganger

J.W.G. Korver (Speaker)
8 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional


De geestelijk verzorger als grensganger: bewegen in zorg en organisatie

J.W.G. Korver (Contributor)
8 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceProfessional

Projects 2016 2020

Case Studies Project Geestelijke Verzorging

Korver, S. & Walton, M. N.


Project: Research project

Geestelijke Verzorging 2.2

Korver, S., Anbeek, C. & Alma, H.

1/09/16 → …

Project: Research project

Stories in patient-caregiver communication

Korver, S., de Boer, E. & Kooijman, A.

1/01/16 → …

Project: Research project

Press / Media

Commentaar op documentaire 'Brandend Verlangen'

Sjaak Korver


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment