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Courses are taught by top-tier faculty: learn from leaders in their respective fields and from scholars with decades of experience.
Mobile Ed Faculty
- Baker, David W.
- Baker, Morven
- Barnes, Gary
- Belcher, Jim
- Block, Daniel
- Bock, Darrell
- Bray, Gerald L.
- Breshears, Gerry
- Brown, Jeannine K.
- Campbell, Constantine R.
- Cardoza, Frederick
- Carr, Gary
- Chapell, Bryan
- Chavalas, Mark
- Cisneros, Johnny
- Cohick, Lynn
- Conway, Bobby
- Cottrell, Jack W.
- James III, Frank A.
- Jipp, Joshua
- Johnson, Eric
- Johnson, Ronn
- Johnston, Jeremiah J.
- Jones, Beth F
- Jones, Ian
- Josberger, Rebekah
- Walton, John
- Waters, Kenneth L.
- Way, Kenneth
- Wenzel, Dave
- Widder, Wendy
- Willitts, Joel
- Witherington, Ben
PhD, Wheaton College; MA Wheaton College
Dr. Michael Allen, Kennedy Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and dean of faculty at Knox Theological Seminary, teaches students to delight in the careful study of God’s mighty deeds (Psalm 111:2), integrating the study of the Bible and theology to prepare students for faithful ministry of worship and witness in local churches.
The son of a lawyer who became a Presbyterian minister, Dr. Allen grew up in both the South and in South Florida. Prior to joining the Knox faculty in 2009, he taught undergraduate and graduate students at Wheaton College. He is a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and enjoys serving in local churches. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the T&T Clark International Theological Commentary and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic. He also serves as book-review editor for the renowned International Journal of Systematic Theology.
When not busy at the seminary, he enjoys time with his wife, Emily, and his two sons, as well as watching NBA basketball, running, reading, the beach, and sweet tea.
PhD, Duke University; MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Chris Armstrong is the founding director of Opus: The Art of Work, a new institute at Wheaton College dedicated to understanding God’s call for work in the world. Prior to taking this post in 2014, he was director of Bethel Seminary’s Work with Purpose initiative while serving as a professor at Bethel. His training is in the field of American church history, and his areas of interest include religion and emotion; Christianity and literature; the holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements; the Christ-and-culture conversation; and the “ancient–future” and “new monastic” movements within evangelicalism. He received his BA from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia (Canada), his MA from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Duke University, where his research focused on the 19th-century holiness movement.
Dr. Armstrong wrote over 70 articles as the former managing editor of Christian History & Biography magazine, and he continues to contribute to Christian History & Biography and other publications, including Christianity Today and Leadership Journal. He has contributed chapters to Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land (edited by Mark A. Noll and Edith L. Blumhofer) and Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders (edited by James R. Goff Jr. and Grant Wacker). Dr. Armstrong’s book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns, was published in 2009 by InterVarsity Press, and his forthcoming book, Getting Medieval: An Exploration with C. S. Lewis, will be published by Baker Academic.
Baylor University; The University of North TexasView Courses
Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries, and host of the # 1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live, heard and watched by millions on over 180 radio stations nationwide. Arterburn is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over four million people, and he serves as a teaching pastor at Heartland Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Arterburn is a nationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as Oprah, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, CNN Live, The New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, ABC World News Tonight, as well as GQ magazine and Rolling Stone magazine. In August 2000, Steve was inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame.
Steve is the bestselling author of Every Man’s Battle, Lose It for Life, Healing Is a Choice, Is This the One?, and Walking Into Walls. With over seven million books in print, he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dave Stoop, he edited and produced The Life Recovery Bible.
Steve resides with his family in McCordsville, Indiana.
PhD, University of London; MPhil, University of London; MCS, Regent CollegeView Courses
David W. Baker
Dr. David W. Baker is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1986, following teaching assignments at the University of Durban-Westville and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He’s also lectured in Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Baker has a particular interest in pedagogy, constantly exploring new means and media to enhance the learning and teaching experience for both the instructor and the student. He has contributed to, edited, or written over 40 books, including Isaiah in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi, and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Forthcoming books include Genesis 37–50: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible Series, 1 & 2 Kings in the Teach the Text Commentary Series, Genesis in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series, and 1 & 2 Samuel in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series.
He’s blessed with a wife, Morven, who immigrated to Canada from Scotland—a start that prepared her to support Dr. Baker in his geographical wanderings. Morven is a counselor specializing in women’s issues, specifically sexual abuse and domestic violence. Together, they have two children and three granddaughters.
DMin, Ashland Theological Seminary
Dr. Morven R. Baker, DMin, PCC-S, NCC, has over 20 years of counseling experience in both institutional and private practice settings. In 2005 she founded the Ashland Women’s Counseling Center, an institution seeking to provide resources to women and those who care for them. Dr. Baker’s efforts deal with a wide range of issues faced by women but primarily with issues arising from sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and the center aims to provide a safe setting for girls and women in need.
Dr. Baker is a popular speaker and teacher, having taught classes and delivered lectures and workshops in the United States and abroad. Topics of her classes and workshops have included aspects of sexual abuse, counseling, and forgiveness. Dr. Baker has contributed to Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused (edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer) and More Light on the Path: Daily Scripture Readings in Hebrew and Greek (Baker Publishing Group).
Originally from Scotland, Dr. Baker is married to fellow Mobile Ed instructor Dr. David W. Baker, and this globetrotting couple has two adult children and three granddaughters.
PhD, Columbia University; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Gary Barnes is currently professor of biblical counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a licensed psychologist, a certified sex therapist, and an ordained minister, specializing in marriage and family research, counseling, and training. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, he served as an assistant pastor for seven years and then earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. While in New York, he was a research project coordinator at NYU Medical Center’s Family Studies Clinic and later completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology through Parkland Hospital in Dallas and the Child Guidance Clinics of Dallas and Texoma.
He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists. He also maintains a marriage and family private practice.
Dr. Barnes and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and almost 7 grandchildren. For fun, he races in the USA Cycling Masters competition.
PhD, Georgetown University; MDiv, Fuller Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Jim Belcher (PhD, Georgetown; MA, Fuller) is president of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California and former associate professor of practical theology at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His first book was the widely acclaimed and award-winning Deep Church: A Third Way beyond Emerging and Traditional (InterVarsity Press, 2009).
Dr. Belcher is the former founding and lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, where he served from 2000–2010, and led a period of steady growth. He was the cofounder of the Restoring Community Conference: Integrating Social Interaction, Sacred Space and Beauty in the 21st Century, a conference for city officials, planners, builders, and architects. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children and live in southern Florida.
DPhil, University of Liverpool; MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dr. Daniel Block, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, has been teaching God’s Word for more than 30 years.
It has been a special joy for Dr. Block to watch students, who often take introductory courses in Old Testament only because they are required to do so by the curriculum, suddenly awaken to the fact that the Old Testament is understandable and its message is both life-giving and relevant for modern, everyday life.
Dr. Block has published a number of books and essays in scholarly journals. The paradigm for his research and ministry is set by Ezra, as described in Ezra 7:10: he committed himself to the study the Torah of Yahweh, to put it into practice, and to teach his revealed will in Israel. This means constantly asking serious questions of the Scriptures: What does the text say? Why does the text say it like that? What did the text mean to the original audience? What does the text have to say to me today? In order to answer these questions, one needs to understand both the worlds out of which the biblical texts arose and the worlds in which modern people live.
PhD, University of Aberdeen; ThM, Dallas Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies and professor of spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary, serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and is on the board of Chosen People Ministries and Wheaton College. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Bock served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society.
He has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar for his work in Luke-Acts, historical Jesus study, biblical theology, as well as with messianic Jewish ministries. He has published articles in the Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News and is a well-known author of over 30 books. His publications include Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods, Jesus According to Scripture, an NIV Application Commentary on Luke, Breaking the Da Vinci Code, and commentaries on Acts and Luke in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series.
DLitt, University of Paris-Sorbonne; MLitt, University of Paris-Sorbonne
Gerald L. Bray
Dr. Gerald Bray is Research Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL, and Distinguished Professor of Theology at Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
He was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, where he did his undergraduate work at McGill University. He completed his doctoral studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and went on to study theology in Cambridge. In 1978 he was ordained in the Church of England and served a parish in London for two years before going on to teach at Oak Hill College in London. He has been at Beeson since 1993.
Dr. Bray is the editor of the Anglican journal Churchman and has published a number of books, including the award-winning Biblical Interpretation: Past and Present (InterVarsity Press, 1996), Yours Is the Kingdom: A Systematic Theology of the Lord's Prayer (InterVarsity Press, 2007), God Is Love (Crossway, 2012), and his most recent work, God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology (Crossway, 2014).
Dr. Bray speaks several languages fluently. He has lived in Germany, Greece, and Russia, and he has taught in several European countries and Australia. He can often be found in one of the archives of the Church of England, researching parts of its history, on which he has also published a number of important works. He is also an avid swimmer and cyclist.
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary; MDiv, Denver Seminary
In addition to his three decades of educational ministry at Western Seminary, Gerry Breshears has taught at numerous Bible colleges and seminaries around the world, in countries such as Lebanon, Ukraine, Netherlands, Taiwan, Poland, Canada, and the Philippines. He has also been published in numerous magazines and scholarly journals, including the Journal of Psychology & Theology and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Breshears is also the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society and continues to serve on the regional executive committee of that organization. He has appeared on various radio and television programs numerous times. Dr. Breshears serves as a preaching elder at Grace Community Church. He and his wife, Sherry, have been married since 1968 and have two sons, one daughter, and are enjoying their season of life as grandparents.
PhD, Luther Seminary;
MDiv, Bethel Seminary
Jeannine K. Brown
Dr. Jeannine Brown has taught at Bethel Seminary for nearly two decades in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and integration. Her books include Scripture as Communication, Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation,and the forthcoming volume on Matthew in the Teach the Text Commentary series. She’s written various articles that have been published in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Psychology and Theology, and Journal of Psychology and Christianity. She’s also associate editor of the second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels.
PhD, Macquarie University
Constantine R. Campbell
Dr. Constantine R. Campbell is associate professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he taught for several years at Moore Theological College, Sydney. He’s the author of Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study (Zondervan, 2012), which won the 2014 Christianity Today Book Award in Biblical Studies; Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood and Narrative: Soundings in the Greek of the New Testament (Peter Lang, 2007); Verbal Aspect and Non-Indicative Verbs: Further Soundings in the Greek of the New Testament (Peter Lang, 2008); Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek (Zondervan, 2008); Not Ashamed: 2 Timothy (Aquila, 2008); Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People (Zondervan, 2010); Outreach and the Artist: Sharing the Gospel with the Arts (Zondervan, 2013); and Colossians and Philemon: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor, 2013).
A trained jazz saxophonist, Dr. Campbell is also an active preacher and evangelist. He’s ordained in the Anglican Church of Australia, and he and his wife, Bronwyn, have three children.
PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; MA, Sourtheastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Frederick Cardoza ministered 20 years in church and parachurch ministries of all sizes, and has taught academically for more than 15 years at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Through Talbot School of Theology, Dr. Cardoza serves as chair of the Department of Christian Education’s undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. He is also Biola University’s Director of Distributed Learning and Instructional Technology, where he oversees the areas of distance and online learning, Blackboard, educational technology, and new digital-learning initiatives.
Dr. Cardoza is the executive administrator for the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE), which is the academic society of evangelical professors representing some 200 seminaries, universities, and liberal arts colleges who teach in the areas of spiritual formation, Christian ministries, and Christian education.
Dr. Cardoza is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA), and serves as President of the Board for the Christian Worldview Leadership Academy in Kansas City.
DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary; MA, Asbury Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Gary Carr, vice president for adult and graduate studies at Southern Wesleyan University, oversees the adult and graduate studies program administration operations, and provides leadership for faculty services, student services, and chaplains’ services.
He served as vice president for translations for the International Bible Society and as division chaplain, 2nd Marine Division and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In addition, Dr. Carr has served as command chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and Battle Force Seventh Fleet.
During his military career, he served as national director of chaplain recruitment and as command chaplain at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and served as pastor for the Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church in Michigan.
Dr. Carr and his wife, Karen, are the parents of two married children, Lesleigh and Lauren, as well as a daughter at home, Lydia.
PhD, Southern Illinois University; MDiv, Covenant Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered Worship, Each for the Other, Holiness by Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.
PhD, University of California; MA, University of CaliforniaView Courses
Dr. Mark Chavalas is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he has taught since 1989. He earned his BA at California State University-Northridge and his MA and PhD, both in History, at UCLA.
Dr. Chavalas is author or coauthor of publications including Mesopotamia and the Bible (Baker, 2002) and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (InterVarsity Press, 2000) and coeditor of The Ancient Near East and Women in the Ancient Near East. Dr. Chavalas has had fellowships at Yale, Harvard, Cornell, and other universities. He has nine seasons of excavation experience at various Bronze Age sites in Syria, and he is currently President of the American Oriental Society Middle West region and a member of the editorial board of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
His research over the past decade has focused on interconnections between ancient Mesopotamia and outlying areas such as Anatolia, Iran, Egypt, and Syro-Palestine. Other recent research has investigated gender constructs in the ancient Near East and Mesopotamian historiography. Dr. Chavalas’ current research is focused on writing a history of Bronze Age Syria from the advent of writing in the third millennium BC to the Iron Age. His courses cover a wide area, including ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Syria, and Turkey; Iran before Islam; women in the ancient world; and the Akkadian and Sumerian languages.
Dr. Chavalas and his wife Kimberlee are the happy parents of six. When he is not serving in various capacities at First Evangelical Free Church in Onalaska, Wisconsin, Dr. Chavalas describes himself as “a hopeless baseball fanatic, bleeding Dodger blue.”
PhD candidate, Lancaster University; MCS, Regent College
Johnny Cisneros is the director of curriculum and instructional design at Logos Bible Software and the mastermind behind Logos Mobile Education. He is also the cocreator of the bestselling Learn to Use Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software and Learn to Do Word Studies with Logos Bible Software. His instructional design has been used in more than 75 courses.
Cisneros possesses a rare combination of domain knowledge across biblical studies, ministry, technology, and pedagogy. He combines that knowledge with a passion to develop resources that fast-track people’s studies.
As an avid indoorsman, Cisneros enjoys reading books and watching movies. He especially enjoys family jam sessions with his wife, Carla, and two children.
PhD, University of PennsylvaniaView Courses
Dr. Lynn Cohick, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, is interested in studying how average Jews and Christians lived out their faith in the ancient settings of Hellenism and the Roman Empire, as well as how Jews and Christians today can better appreciate and understand each other. She also studies women of the ancient world—especially how they celebrated their religions—and the impact of feminist thought on New Testament studies. She also enjoys studying the Apostle Paul and his epistles within their larger Jewish and Greco-Roman milieu.
Dr. Cohick had the privilege of teaching overseas at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya for three years, and was challenged by the students’ dedication and sharp intellect.
When not teaching or writing, she enjoys reading mysteries and jogging with her husband, Jim.
DMin, Southern Evangelical Seminary; ThM Dallas Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Bobby Conway is the founder of the YouTube sensation The One Minute Apologist—a video ministry that provides credible answers to curious questions. He’s also the founding lead pastor of Life Fellowship Church near Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Conway earned his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He’s also a PhD candidate in moral philosophy at the prestigious University of Birmingham in England. He’s authored both Hell, Rob Bell and What Happens When People Die and The Fifth Gospel.
Dr. Conway and his wife, Heather, speak nationally for Family Life’s Weekend to Remember marriage conferences, and together they have two children: Haley and Dawson.
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary; MDiv Westminster Theological Seminary
Jack W. Cottrell
Dr. Jack W. Cottrell has been a professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian University since 1967. Dr. Cottrell has earned a BA, ThB from Cincinnati Christian University; a BA from the University of Cincinnati; an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary; and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary.
He’s been married to his beautiful wife, Barbara, for over 50 years, and he ministers at the Bright Christian Church in Bright, Indiana. Dr. Cottrell has been teaching theology at the Cincinnati Christian University for over 40 years, and he’s been writing for over 30 years. He and Barbara have three children and four grandchildren.
Those who know Dr. Cottrell know he’s a huge fan of University of Kentucky basketball and bluegrass music. He likes to read mystery novels and watch Wheel of Fortune and Texas Hold’em tournaments.
PhD, Emory University; MDiv, Princeton Theological SeminaryView Courses
David A. deSilva
Dr. David A. deSilva, PhD, is the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995.
He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning (Hendrickson, 2013), The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude (Oxford, 2012), Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation (WJKP, 2009), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (IVP, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000). He’s also interested in spiritual formation, having written Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation through the Book of Common Prayer (IVP, 2008) and Praying with John Wesley (Discipleship Resources, 2001).
He’s ordained in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, and serves as director of music and organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland. He and his wife, Donna Jean, have three sons.
STM Yale University; PhD, Westminster SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Dan Doriani, vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Seminary, has extensive teaching and pastoral experience.
He served as assistant professor of biblical studies at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania for five years, as solo pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, Maryland for five years, as well as a variety of associate pastor, interim pastor, and stated supply roles. He has been involved in several planning and study committees at the presbytery level in both the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). He was also chair of the PCA’s Theological Examining Committee from 1999 to 2000.
He has authored several books, including Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible (P&R, 1996), Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application (P&R, 2001), The Life of a God-Made Man (Crossway, 2001), and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Peter in P&R Publishing’s Reformed Expository Commentaries series.
Dr. Doriani and his wife, Debbie, live in Chesterfield, Missouri, and have three grown daughters.
PhD, Biola University; DMin, Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary; MDiv, Tyndale SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Kent Edwards’ ambition is to change people’s lives with the Word of God and equip others to do the same. Dr. Edwards is known for his passion for preaching, and brings over 30 years of Christian leadership experience, both as a senior pastor and a church planter. He is a popular conference and seminar speaker and regularly lectures nationally and internationally.
Dr. Edwards is the tenured professor of preaching and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; the founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda, California; and the founder and president of CrossTalk Global. He directed the Doctor of Ministry programs at Talbot School of Theology and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for 13 years while serving as executive board member of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education, as well as founder and editor of The Journal of Christian Ministry. Dr. Edwards is past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, and the author of two award-winning books: Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching (Zondervan, 2005) and Deep Preaching (Broadman & Holman, 2009).
Dr. Edwards earned his Bachelor of Theology from Ambrose University, his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary, his DMin from Denver Seminary, and his PhD in intercultural education from Biola University. His DMin dissertation focused on communicating Old Testament narrative literature, while his PhD dissertation was on effective intercultural leadership.
Dr. Edwards has been married to his wife, Nola, for 32 years. They have two sons, Nathan (25) and Jonathan (22).
DPhil, Oxford Graduate School; MAR, Westminster Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Carl Ellis is the assistant professor of practical theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the associate pastor for cultural apologetics at New City Fellowship.
In 1969, Dr. Carl Ellis began his ministry as a senior campus minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Dr. Ellis served as the assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland, served on the faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as seminary instructor for Prison Fellowship, where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers.
Between 1986 and 2009, Dr. Ellis served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), and as dean of intercultural studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri in Hermoz sur Ollon, Switzerland, completed his Masters in Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a DPhil from Oxford Graduate School.
D Habil, Karoli Gaspar Reformatus University; PhD, Claremont Graduate University; MA, Claremont Graduate University; MDiv, Western Baptist SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has received degrees from Claremont McKenna College, Western Baptist Seminary, and Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for 21 years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He has recently served on the advisory board for the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs.
Dr. Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His published works include From Prophecy to Testament, Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.
PhD, University of Edinburgh; ThM, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Victor Ezigbo, who attended Igbaja Seminary in Nigeria and earned his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, is Associate Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Introducing Christian Theologies: Voices from Global Christian Communities (Cascade, 2013) and Re-imagining African Christologies (Pickwick, 2010). His areas of research include Christology, African Christian theologies, African indigenous religions, and World Christianity.
In 2001 Dr. Ezigbo founded the Nigeria-based Center for Research in Global Christianity (CRGC), which provides quality materials to regional students and pastors engaged in outreach, preaching, and evangelism. The center aims to provide materials of particular relevance to Nigerian theological concerns and has proven to be a valuable resource to pastors and others involved in outreach.
Dr. Ezigbo recognizes the many faces of Christianity and was raised with an understanding that “the theologies that matter are the theologies that speak to the needs of the people, and the pastors who are successful are the ones who talk about the issues that really speak to the people.” He appreciates the beautiful landscape and growing diversity of Minnesota’s Twin Cities area, and loves playing soccer and helping his students “learn to think theologically [and] independently, and how to do theology that actually speaks to specific issues within their context.”
PhD, Southern Theological Seminary; DMin, Capital Bible Seminary; MDiv, Capital Bible Seminary; MA, Pensacola Christian CollegeView Courses
Dr. Don Fanning, director of the global studies department at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia, has over 30 years of experience sharing the gospel in Latin America. He served as a jungle pilot evangelist and church planter in Colombia, and helped plant churches in Argentina, Paraguay, and the US. He served as academic dean at Word of Life Argentina Bible Institute, and founded both Libros Aguila Publicaciones and Branches Publications in the US.
PhD, The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dr. Paul Wayne Ferris Jr. is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to a teaching and leadership ministry in theological education in the United States, Canada, Egypt, Haiti, Israel, and Romania, Dr. Ferris has served as a pastor, church planter, and hospital chaplain.
Dr. Ferris is the author of The Genre of Communal Lament in the Bible and the Ancient Near East (Scholars Press), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary section on Lamentations, and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary section on Lamentations. He has contributed signed articles to The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings, the Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets, and the Lexham Bible Dictionary.
Dr. Ferris and his wife Lois are the proud parents of three married children. They also have five wonderful grandchildren.
MA, Trinity Theological Seminary; CCEF Certificate, Biblical CounselingView Courses
Elyse Fitzpatrick has been counseling women since 1989. She is a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counseling, a retreat and conference speaker, and is the head of Women Helping Women Ministries. Fitzpatrick has a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEEF in San Diego and an MA in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary.
She is the author of more than 15 books, including Love to Eat, Hate to Eat. Fitzpatrick has developed an extensive curriculum in biblical counseling and has trained students in both North and South America.
PhD, Biola University; MAR, Pepperdine University
Dr. John Fuder is the director of Justice and Compassion Ministries of resource global, and the director of city engagement for Park Community Church in Chicago.
Dr. Fuder served in urban ministry for 15 years in California, and was the professor of urban studies at Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago for 17 years. He now trains and coaches the broader body of Christ to engage more deeply in contextualizing the gospel in their local communities.
Dr. Fuder holds a BRE from Prairie Bible College, an MA in religion from Pepperdine University, and a PhD from Biola University. He’s authored many publications, including Training Students for Urban Ministry, A Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community, and A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry. Dr. Fuder and his wife, Nellie, have three children and a granddaughter, and live on Chicago’s north side.
PhD, Catholic University of America; MA, Catholic University of America; MDiv, Westminster Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Mark Futato joined Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in 1999, and serves as the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament. He teaches core classes on Hebrew and Old Testament books. Dr. Futato served as academic dean of RTS Orlando from 2004 to 2012.
Dr. Futato’s research interests include biblical Hebrew, the book of Psalms, and the role that elements of creation, such as climate and geography, play in Scripture. Dr. Futato has published multiple books on the Psalms, as well as an introduction to biblical Hebrew. He is currently finishing a commentary on Jonah.
Dr. Futato also served on the translation team for the book of Psalms in the New Living Translation, contributed study notes for The ESV Study Bible and The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, and contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.
Students appreciate Dr. Futato’s passionate emphasis on God’s desire to bless all nations, his engaging communication style, and his practical application of biblical texts to those who struggle, suffer, and doubt. Dr. Futato and his wife, Adele, have four children: William, Evan, Mark Jr., and Annie.
PhD, University of Utrecht; MA, Westminster Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Michael Goheen, professor of missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary, served as the Geneva Chair of Worldview Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, and teaching fellow in mission studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He has taught worldview, biblical theology, mission, and world Christianity at Redeemer University College and Dordt College. He began his professional life as a church planter and pastor in the Toronto area. He is also recognized as a leading scholar on the thought of Lesslie Newbigin.
Dr. Goheen has authored several books, including A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church in the Biblical Story (Baker, 2010) and As the Father Has Sent Me, I am Sending You: J.E. Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Ecclesiology (Zoetermeer, 2000). He also coauthored the best-selling Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story (Baker, 2004), Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview (Baker, 2008), and The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama (Faith Alive, 2009). He has also coedited two volumes on globalization and the gospel, and on the unity of the church.
Dr. Goheen lives in the Vancouver area where he is minister of preaching at New West Christian Reformed Church. He’s been married to his wife, Marnie, for 33 years and has four married children and four grandchildren.
PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological SeminaryView Courses
George H. Guthrie
Dr. George Guthrie serves as the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. A specialist in New Testament and Koine Greek, he’s authored numerous articles and has written 11 books, including the NIV Application Commentary: Hebrews.
Dr. Guthrie has participated in translation projects, such as the revision of The New Living Translation, and has served as a consultant on the Holman Christian Standard Bible, the New Century Version, and the English Standard Version. He also served for five years as a cochair of the “Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics” section of SBL, has served on the executive committee of the Institute for Biblical Research, and has served on the editorial board for Sheffield’s JSNTS monograph series. At Union University, he has led in the establishment of, and serves as senior fellow in, the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, which is committed to promoting sound Bible reading, study, and interpretation at the grassroots level of the church. Dr. Guthrie holds both PhD and MDiv degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dana M. Harris
Dr. Dana Harris is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Besides teaching at Trinity, she has taught extensively at retreats, conferences, and adult Sunday school classes, and her teaching has often taken her overseas. Prior to joining Trinity in 2001, Dr. Harris, a graduate of Stanford University (BA) and Trinity (MA, PhD), was the managing editor of the Hoover Digest, a quarterly academic journal covering public policy, economics, and foreign affairs, published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford. For the first five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, she coordinated a program, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, that brought young diplomats from former Soviet-satellite countries to Stanford for four-month study programs. Dr. Harris was also extensively involved in ministry before coming to Trinity.
She is currently writing the volume on Hebrews for the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series (B & H Academic). Recently, Dr. Harris wrote the article on ”Priest“ in the NIV Study Bible. Her research interests include Hebrews, Revelation, Greek syntax, linguistics, hermeneutics, Second Temple Literature (particularly apocalyptic literature), and archaeology. In July 2010 Dr. Harris became the editor of the Trinity Journal.
PhD, Emory University; MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary
L. Daniel Hawk
Dr. L. Daniel Hawk (PhD, Emory University; MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary) is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Much of his writing focuses on the literary analysis of biblical narratives, with attention to the ways that narrative texts construct corporate identities and grapple with the problem of human and divine violence. These concerns converge in several books on the book of Joshua, including Joshua (Berit Olam, Liturgical Press, 2000) and Joshua in 3-D (Cascade, 2010), as well as in his collaboration on Postcolonial Evangelical Conversations (InterVarsity, 2014). His scholarship finds traction through an active speaking schedule and participation in justice and reconciliation initiatives.
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA, University of PennsylvaniaView Courses
As a Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software, Dr. Mike Heiser currently focuses on Logos Mobile Education courseware and producing academic content for Logos. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson both directly contribute to the company’s goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.
Dr. Heiser can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, including Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. He also specializes in Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature.
Dr. Heiser has an active ministry to people whose worldviews are molded by occult, paranormal, and esoteric beliefs. He observed that many who have adopted “alternative” worldviews were formerly traditional theists and Christians who left the faith when their difficult questions went unanswered, or when spiritual leaders failed to address their experiences. Dr. Heiser seeks to fill these gaps as a Christian scholar, and has become well known in these circles through writing, speaking, and numerous radio appearances.
Dr. Heiser is originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Drenna, married in 1987, and have four children.
DMin, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; MSM, Multnomah Biblical SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Bev Hislop teaches courses on pastoral care to women in the Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership—with a Pastoral Care to Women concentration—at Western Seminary in Portland, San Jose, and Sacramento. She also served on the board of Network for Women in Leadership, and has been involved in women’s ministries for over 30 years.
She founded the Women’s Center for Ministry at Western Seminary in Portland in 1996, and established the unique Pastoral Care to Women (PCW) programs and courses offered at Western Seminary.
Previously, Dr. Hislop developed and taught a women’s ministry module at Moody Bible Institute in South Florida, established and directed women’s ministries in five churches (on both west and east coasts of America, and overseas), and hosted a weekly radio program, Western Connection for Women, for women in ministry and ministry wives. She also established a ministry just for pastors’ wives.
Dr. Hislop’s newest book, Shepherding Women in Pain, is a vital resource for pastors, women’s ministry directors, and all who have a heart for helping hurting women. Dr. Hislop is also the author of Shepherding a Woman's Heart, and was a major contributing author to the Women's Ministry Handbook.
Dr. Hislop and her husband, Jim, have two married children and six living grandchildren.
PhD, Cambridge UniversityView Courses
Dr. David Instone-Brewer graduated from South Wales Baptist College with the highest marks in that college’s history, and later earned his PhD from Cambridge University, where he studied early rabbinic exegesis. Dr. Instone-Brewer ministered at the Llanishen Baptist Church in Cardiff for five years, and is now research fellow and technical officer for Tyndale House, which is, arguably, among the three best libraries in the world for biblical studies.
Specializing in rabbinic studies, Dr. Instone-Brewer has been a regular contributor to Christianity magazine, and has written several books, including Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament.
PhD, Regent University; CAGS, Regent University; MDiv, Bethel Seminary
Dr. Justin Irving is the director of the Doctor of Ministry program and professor of Ministry Leadership at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Irving has served as a worship leader and a pastor of leadership development and outreach in the local church. He has focused his writing and research on servant leadership, team leadership in the global context, self-sacrificial leadership, and the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams in diverse ethno-linguistic communities.
PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; DPhil, University of Oxford
Frank A. James III
Dr. Frank James is President of Biblical Theological Seminary in the Philadelphia suburb of Hatfield, PA. Prior to taking his current post in 2013, he taught and served as president at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and served as provost and taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Additionally, he has been on the teaching faculties of Villanova University and Westmont College, and was Visiting Professor at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University.
Dr. James has focused particularly in two academic areas—the Reformation and Contemporary American Evangelicalism—and has taught and written widely in both areas. He has written or edited nine books and published over 60 articles in popular and academic journals. His latest book is Church History: Reformation to the Present (Zondervan, 2013). Previous works include (as coeditor and contributor) The Glory of the Atonement: In Biblical, Theological and Historical Perspective (InterVarsity Press, 2004); Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: The Augustinian Inheritance of an Italian Reformer (Oxford University Press, 1998); and (as coeditor and contributor) Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli (Brill, 2009). Dr. James has also has given lectures at distinguished universities and research institutes around the globe, including Oxford University, the University of Zurich, and the University of Padua, Italy.
A Texas native, Dr. James has two doctorates: a DPhil in History from Oxford and a PhD in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is married to fellow author Carolyn Custis James
PhD, Middlesex University; MA, Acadia University; MDiv, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jeremiah J. Johnston
A New Testament scholar and apologist, Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston speaks on university campuses, at churches, and at popular venues, addressing the intersection of the scholarly and popular worlds. His passion is equipping Christians to give intellectually informed accounts of what they believe in the public sphere for the betterment of society.
Dr. Johnston’s contributions to scholarly, refereed journals and serials include substantial entries in major Oxford University Press and Brill reference works. He has presented academic papers at various conferences and has examined ancient texts at renowned libraries such as the Griffith Papyrology Room of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University. He coedits an academic series for Bloomsbury T&T Clark and has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Johnston completed his doctoral residency in partnership with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and received his PhD from Middlesex University. He also holds master’s degrees from Acadia University (Canada) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to serving as Associate Professor of Early Christianity at Houston Baptist University, Dr. Johnston is the founder of the Christian Thinkers Society (CTS), which aims to “teach pastors and Christians how to become thinkers and thinkers how to become Christians.” CTS is known in apologetic circles for producing lively and informative interviews, symposiums, conferences, and broadcasts with the world’s brightest thinkers speaking to issues of faith, culture, and society.
PhD, Emory University; ThM, Duke Divinity School; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dr. Joshua Jipp has taught New Testament in a variety of settings, including as a teaching fellow at TEDS, before joining the faculty at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys baseball, basketball, hiking outdoors, and spending time with his wife, Amber, and their two sons. His most recent scholarly work includes Paul’s Areopagus Speech of Acts 17:16–34 as Both Critique and Propaganda in the Journal of Biblical Literature, and Divine Visitations and Hospitality to Strangers in Luke–Acts: An Interpretation of the Malta Episode in Acts 28:1–10 (Brill). He’s currently working on a book on Pauline Christology for Fortress Press and the Two Horizons Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles for Eerdmans.
PhD, Michigan State University; MA, Michigan State University; MACS, Calvin CollegeView Courses
Dr. Eric Johnson, professor of pastoral care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, taught courses in psychology, theology, and Christian worldview at Northwestern College in Minnesota for nine years.
He has contributed to numerous articles in the field of Christian psychology, arguing for the necessity of theology in both counseling and psychological research. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and in 1998 he was editor for a special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, titled “Psychology within the Christian Tradition.” He authored articles for the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and has coedited and contributed to two books: Christianity and Psychology: Four Views and God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God. Dr. Johnson also wrote Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal.
PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; STM, Dallas Theological Seminary; MDiv, Calvary Baptist Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Ronn Johnson, lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Minnesota, has been the senior pastor at his church, Coon Rapids Evangelical Free, since 2006. He previously taught in the Bible departments at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (1991–1994) and The Master’s College (1994–1996).
Dr. Johnson is well known by his students for demanding that they think about what they believe instead of being passive listeners. His approach is the opposite of proof-texting—simply quoting Bible verses without consideration of what they might mean in context. His goal is to drive home the point that the Bible is more than a collection of verses to be memorized and thrown into play—it’s a message from God that had a clear, coherent purpose that we need to hear without imposing our own traditions on the text. That approach of loyalty to the Bible above all else comes through in his Mobile Ed sessions on Bible doctrine.
He and his wife, Susan, have three teenage children. His pastimes include reading and giving too much attention to Kirby, the family dog.
PhD, Duke University; ThM Duke Divinity School
Beth Felker Jones
Dr. Beth Felker Jones teaches theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and earned her PhD at Duke University. Dr. Jones is the author of several books, including a study of the bodily resurrection titled The Marks of His Wounds (Oxford University Press, 2007), God the Spirit (Cascade, 2014), and Practicing Christian Doctrine (Baker Academic, 2014). She also writes for The Christian Century and is committed to writing theology for the church. Dr. Jones’ interests include conversion, theology and gender, and what it means to be human in Christ. She and her husband, Brian, have four children.
PhD, University of North Texas; PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; MA(RE), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Ian F. Jones is Professor of Psychology and Counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is chairman of the Division of Church and Community Ministries and holds the Baptist Community Ministries’ Chair of Pastoral Counseling.
Previously, he served as Assistant Dean of the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Director of the Baptist Marriage and Family Counseling Center in Fort Worth, Texas; and Professor of Sociology and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Howard Payne University. In 2009 he received the Gary R. Collins Award for Academic Excellence in Christian Counseling.
Dr. Jones has contributed numerous articles to the field of Christian counseling and has written chapters in Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One: Foundations & Practice of Compassionate Soul Care (WaterBrook Press, 2002) and Caring for People God’s Way: Personal and Emotional Issues, Addictions, Grief, and Trauma (Thomas Nelson, 2005). He has written articles for the Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education (Baker Academic, 2001) and The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling: An Indispensible Tool for Helping People with Their Problems (Harvest House, 2011). Dr. Jones is also the author of The Counsel of Heaven on Earth: Foundations for Biblical Christian Counseling (B&H, 2006).
With an MA, MDiv, and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in Sociology from the University of North Texas, Dr. Jones has taught, counseled, and conducted family conferences in the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and his areas of teaching specialization include Counseling Theory, Cross-cultural Counseling, Historical Pastoral Counseling, and Counseling and Ethics.
PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; MAR, Gorden-Conwell Theological Seminary; MAOT Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Rebekah Josberger is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Multnomah University in Portland, OR. She has a passion for Old Testament studies and biblical languages, particularly Hebrew. Her goal is for students to learn to read and understand the Word for themselves, whether in Hebrew or English, so that they might better know its Author.
Since her arrival at Multnomah in 2009, Dr. Josberger’s efforts have been focused on developing a solid seminary Hebrew program that enables and encourages students to learn Hebrew well enough to use it for personal growth and ministry long after their student days are over. At Multnomah she enjoys the opportunity to pursue her interests and to work with colleagues she respects and admires while pouring into the lives of students.
Dr. Josberger earned her PhD at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is continuing research related to her dissertation topic, “Between Rule and Responsibility: The Role of the Father as Agent of Righteousness in Deuteronomy’s Domestic Ideology.” She has a special love for the book of Deuteronomy and shares the psalmist’s passion for the Torah as so beautifully expressed in Psalms 19 and 119.
Becky is happily married to the man she says “I respect, admire, enjoy, and just plain adore more than anyone else in the world.” Together they have four children—Mia, Amanda, Emily, and Haven James—and enjoy a full and noisy household with never a dull moment.
PhD, Northwestern University; MTS, Garrett-Evangical Theological Seiminary; MABS, Moody Graduate School; MS, Northeastern Illinois University
Dr. George Kalantzis was born and raised by the shadow of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. He is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies at Wheaton College. His research and writing interests focus on the dynamic relationship between the written documents and their interpretation in early Christianity.
He is the author of Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service, Theodore of Mopsuestia: Commentary on the Gospel of John, and numerous articles and essays on patristic thought. Dr. Kalantzis is also coeditor of Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal; Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective; and The Sovereignty of God Debate. He is currently completing a project on wealth and poverty titled Crumbs from the Table: The Eucharist in the Life of the Church.
Dr. Kalantzis holds a BS in Neurophysiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago; an MS in Neurobiology and Neurosciences from Northeastern Illinois University; an MABS (Master of Biblical Studies degree) from Moody Graduate School; a MTS (master’s degree in Theological Studies) in Patristics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; and a PhD in Patristics and Classics from Northwestern University.
PhD, Duke University; MDiv, Assemblies of God Theological SeminaryView Courses
Craig S. Keener
Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is the author of 17 books, four of which have won book awards in Christianity Today. One, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, has sold more than half a million copies. He has authored scholarly commentaries on Matthew, John (two volumes), Acts (four volumes), and more briefly on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation. Dr. Keener is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who spent 18 months as a refugee in her nation of Congo before their marriage.
PhD, University of Aberdeen;
MDiv, Denver Seminary
William W. Klein
Dr. William W. Klein is professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary and serves as Chair of the Division of Biblical Studies.
Dr. Klein has written articles for several biblical dictionaries and encyclopedias and has published chapters or essays in several books and Festschrifts. His articles and reviews can be found in major journals as well as popular magazines.
He edited and was the major contributor to Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, wrote the commentary on Ephesians in the Expositor's Bible Commentary, Revised Edition, and has consulted on several recent Bible versions, serving as chief exegetical consultant for the New Testament portion of The Message.
PhD, University of Oxford; MPhil, University of Oxford; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; MS, Stanford University
Dr. David Lamb, associate professor of Old Testament at Biblical Seminary, loves to teach the Bible. This passion was developed during twenty years of ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, as a student at Stanford University (BA, MS,) and then on staff in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv) and the University of Oxford (MPhil, DPhil) further deepened his interest in the Old Testament.
He has been teaching Old Testament at Biblical Seminary in Philadelphia since 2006, and started blogging (www.DavidTLamb.com) in the spring of 2011. His dissertation, Righteous Jehu and his Evil Heirs was published in 2007 (Oxford), and his more popular book, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? was published in 2011 (InterVarsity Press).
Dr. Bryan Litfin, professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, teaches courses in theology, church history, and Western civilization from ancient and medieval periods.
He is the author of Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction (Brazos, 2007), as well as several scholarly articles and essays. Dr. Litfin earned his bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Tennessee, as well as a master’s degree in historical theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.
He has always enjoyed epic adventure stories as well as historical fiction, but most of his reading is taken up by academia.
PhD University of St. Andrews; MDiv, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Darian Lockett (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is an associate professor of biblical and theological studies at the Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Darian grew up in the Kansas City area where he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998 (BA in history) and Midwestern Seminary in 2001 (MDiv). In 2002, he and his family moved to St. Andrews, Scotland where they lived for three years while Dr. Lockett completed his PhD in New Testament. While in Scotland, he filled the pulpit for several small churches in the East Neuk of Fife.
Academically, Dr. Lockett is particularly interested in the Catholic Epistles, hermeneutics, biblical theology, and political/economic philosophies and Scripture. He's the author of Understanding Biblical Theology (Zondervan), An Introduction to the Catholic Epistles, and Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James (both with T&T Clark). When he's not reading history or theology, he likes to play guitar, wrestle with his kids, and watch the Kansas Jayhawks play basketball. He lives in Brea, California with his wife, Nicole, and his three children: Madeleine, Evan, and Aidan.
PhD, Yale University; MDiv, Westminster Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has written over 25 books, including commentaries on Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel, and Nahum. His books have been translated into 17 different languages. In addition, as a Hebrew scholar, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation, and has served as a consultant on other popular Bible translations, including The Message, the New Century Version, the Holman Standard Bible, and the Common Bible. He has also edited and contributed to a number of study Bibles and Bible dictionaries, most recently The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013).
He earned his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, and both his MPhil and PhD from Yale University. Dr. Longman and his wife, Alice, have three sons and two granddaughters.
PhD, University of South Florida; MDiv, Bethel Seminary
Dr. Mark McCloskey is Director of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program and Professor of Ministry Leadership at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where he has also taught in the MBA program. He has been at Bethel since 1998, when he began serving as Dean of the Center for Transformational Leadership, a post he held for eight years.
After earning his BA at Miami University (Ohio) and his MDiv at Bethel Seminary, Mark earned his PhD at the University of South Florida’s College of Education, where he focused on organizational leadership, adult education, and research and measurement.
He has served on the board of the Christian Legal Society and Christian Conciliation Service of Minnesota and the Governing Board and Board of Directors of the Urban Leadership Academy. Dr. McCloskey is currently a national board member for Love INC, and he consults with businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations and leads workshops in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning, and team building. He also spent 24 years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in numerous roles.
Dr. McCloskey is the author of Tell It Often, Tell It Well, a textbook on evangelism. He and his wife Dawnelle live in Arden Hills, MN, and have two grown children.
PhD, University of St. Andrews; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity SchoolView Courses
Dr. Douglas Moo, professor of New Testament, teaches at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. For over twenty years, his ministry was based at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. His academic interests revolve around the interface of exegesis and theology.
Dr. Moo seeks to model to students a rigorous approach to the Greek text that always asks the “so what” questions of ultimate significance and application. The Pauline and General Letters have been his special focus within the NT canon. In the next few years, he will be writing commentaries on Galatians and Hebrews, a Pauline theology, and a theological and practical book on creation care.
He has also been active in his local church, serving as elder most years, teaching and preaching to the church, and conducting home Bible studies. Also very rewarding has been his service on the Committee on Bible Translation, the group of scholars charged with revising the text of the NIV and with producing the TNIV.
He and his wife, Jenny, have five grown children.
PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; MA; Westminster Theological Seminary
Dr. Erika Moore and her husband, Jim, live on a farm north of Pittsburgh in Armstrong County with their 16-year-old son Philip, Erika's mom, six horses, and numerous cats. She received a BA in political science with a minor in third-world development from Wheaton College, as well as an MAR and a PhD in hermeneutics and biblical studies from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She's currently professor of biblical studies and Hebrew at Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA) where she serves as chair of the biblical-studies deptartment and as director of the STM (masters in sacred theology) program. She's contributed to The Everyday Study Bible, The Woman's Study Bible,The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, The New Dictionary of Apologetics, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry, and Writings, Presence, Power and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament, and has coauthored The Psalms as Christian Worship (2010) and The Psalms as Christian Lament (forthcoming, 2014) with Bruce Waltke and James Houston.
DMin, Fuller Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Greg Ogden is a writer, speaker, and discipleship teacher living in Monterey, California. He was formerly executive pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. He also served as the academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. For 23 years, he served as a pastor with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
While senior pastor of Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California, he developed a discipleship program used by over 15,000 people, and resulted in his book, Discipleship Essentials. Subsequent volumes in the Essentials Series include Leadership Essentials (with Dan Meyer) and The Essential Commandment. Dr. Ogden has also authored the books, Unfinished Business (Zondervan) and Transforming Discipleship (InterVarsity Press).
PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; MAR, Westminster Theological SeminaryView Courses
K. Scott Oliphint
Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, PhD, is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and the author of numerous articles and books, including Is There a Reformed Objection to Natural Theology?: A Review Article, Using Reason by Faith, Bavinck’s Realism, the Logos Principle and Sola Scriptura, Something Much Too Plain to Say, Epistemology and Christian Belief, and Plantinga on Warrant. His books include The Battle Belongs to the Lord, Reasons for Faith, God with Us, and his most recent book, Covenantal Apologetics. He’s also the coeditor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.
PhD, Andrews University; MDiv, Andrews University
Dr. Jon Paulien is Professor of New Testament and Dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University. He specializes in the study of the Johannine literature in the New Testament (Gospel of John and book of Revelation) and the intersection of faith with contemporary culture. He is the author of over 25 books, including Everlasting Gospel, Ever-Changing World: Introducing Jesus to a Skeptical Generation; John: The Beloved Gospel; The Day That Changed the World: Seeking God after September 11; and Everyday Faith: How to Have an Authentic Relationship with God in the Real World. Several of his books have been translated into Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Slovak, German, Latvian, Portuguese, and other languages.
Dr. Paulien has also written over 100 articles (appearing in journals including Ministry, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Andrews University Seminary Studies, and the Adventist Review), scholarly papers, and other publications. He has taught and presented in several countries and takes special delight in presenting his material to non-specialists who can put it to practical use in the real world.
A graduate of Atlantic Union College (BA) and Andrews University (MDiv, PhD), Dr. Paulien enjoys traveling, playing golf, and spending time with his wife Pamella and their three children.
PhD, University of St. Andrews; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity SchoolView Courses
Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington is the associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also served as a visiting professor at Southeastern Seminary, as well as the Institute of Biblical Studies in Orlando, Florida and Melbourne, Australia.
He earned a BA in history and his teaching certificate from Northern Illinois University, and his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he also taught Greek for two years as an NT fellow. For five years, he also served as the associate pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris in northern Illinois.
He holds a PhD in New Testament studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (in St. Mary’s College), where he wrote his thesis, “Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew,” under the supervision of professors Richard Bauckham and Philip Esler. Dr. Pennington is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge), the Institute for Biblical Research, and the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies. He’s published a variety of articles, reviews, and Greek and Hebrew language tools, as well as books like Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew (Brill), Cosmology and New Testament Theology (T&T Clark), and Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction (Baker Academic).
PhD, Marquette University; MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary
Nicholas Perrin, PhD, is dean of Wheaton College Graduate School and Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies. Between 2000 and 2003, he was research assistant for N.T. Wright and has since authored and edited numerous articles and books, including Thomas and Tatian (Society of Biblical Literature / Brill); Thomas: The Other Gospel (Westminster John Knox); Lost in Transmission: What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus (Thomas Nelson); and Jesus the Temple (SPCK; Baker Academic), the first of a three-part trilogy on the historical Jesus. He is also coeditor of the recently revised edition of Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (InterVarsity).
PhD, McMaster Divinity College; MA, McMaster Divinity College
Andrew W. Pitts
Andrew W. Pitts, is the Chair of the Biblical Studies Department and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Arizona Christian University (ACU), has published peer-reviewed articles in publications including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Currents in Biblical Research, the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, and Religions. He has been the editor of the Brill Exegetical Commentary series since 2009 and is co-author of The Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism (Eerdmans, 2015). He is also co-editor of three recently released books on early Christianity: Christian Origins and Hellenistic Judaism (Brill, 2013), Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture (Brill, 2013), and The Language of the New Testament (Brill, 2013).
Prior to taking his post at ACU, Andrew taught at seminaries and universities across the continent, including Hope International University (Fullerton, CA), Veritas Evangelical Seminary (Murrieta, CA), Bethel Seminary (San Diego, CA), Heritage Seminary (Cambridge, ON, Canada), and McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON, Canada), where he did his doctoral work in Christian Theology (New Testament). Andrew has long had a passion for teaching and inspiring students by bringing innovative pedagogical techniques to the classroom.
MDiv, Luther Rice SeminaryView Courses
Morris Proctor is the certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. He has been a pastor and expository teacher for more than 20 years. Logos Bible Software revolutionized his personal study, so he is now devoting his time through his company, Morris Proctor Seminars, to train Logos users to realize its full potential. Proctor has written several Quick Reference Training Manuals, and has conducted training seminars and sales demonstrations around the country. He has trained hundreds of users from beginners to advanced levels, including pastors, Christian educators, military chaplains, professors, students, and more.
PhD Emory University; MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary
Dr. Stephen Reid, joined the faculty of George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in the fall of 2008, where he is currently professor of Christian Scriptures. He earned his PhD from Emory University in 1981 and his MDiv from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1976. Previously, he was academic dean and professor of Old Testament studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana. He first came to Texas as a member of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary faculty in 1990, where he served for 12 years. Prior to that, he taught for almost 10 years at Pacific School of Religion. He began his teaching career at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Reid is a member of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association. He is the author or editor of Experience and Traditions: A Primer in Black Biblical Hermeneutics (Abingdon 1991), Listening In: A Multicultural Reading of the Psalms (Abingdon, 1997), Prophets and Paradigms: Essays in Honor of Gene M. Tucker(Sheffield Academic Press, 1996), and Psalms and Practice: Worship, Virtue and Authority (Liturgical Press, 2001). He and his wife, Kathy, have authored Uncovering Racism (Brethren Press, 2000). He has also written numerous papers and publications on a wide variety of subjects for the Brethren Encyclopedia,New Harper Bible Dictionary, Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, and others. He wrote the annotation for the section on Daniel for the Discipleship Bible and Psalms for the People's Bible, as well as articles for Feasting on the Word.
Dr. Reid is ordained in the Church of the Brethren. He was interim pastor at the Fremont Church of the Brethren in Fremont California and Saint Paul Cumberland Presbyterian Church in southern Austin. He has served on the Bethany Seminary board of trustees. He also served as associate pastor at Austin Mennonite Church.
PhD, Union Theological Seminary; MDiv, Asbury Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Keith Reeves is Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. He received his BA from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, his MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He is the author of The Resurrection Narrative in Matthew: A Literary-Critical Examination (Mellen Biblical Press) and coauthor of What Christians Believe about the Bible: A Concise Guide for Students (Baker Academic). Dr. Reeves has also written numerous articles for a variety of publications.
Dr. Reeves has served as founding editor of the Journal for Christian Theological Research (1996-2007), chair of the Computer Assisted Research Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, and editor of the Gorgias Press The Bible in Technology series. He has presented widely at conferences and seminars on areas of biblical and theological studies, including the use of technology in biblical research and study—which makes him a great fit for Logos Mobile Education.
In his life outside the classroom, Dr. Reeves, who holds an MBA, is a licensed California realtor. He has also coached soccer, been active in community school affairs, led house-building teams in Mexico, and raised three daughters with his wife Karen.
PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MDiv, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Kyle Roberts is Associate Professor of Public and Missional Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Prior to taking this post in 2014, Dr. Roberts served for nine years as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Bethel University.
Dr. Roberts is a Kierkegaard scholar, having published numerous essays on Kierkegaard and modern theology. He has published in Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources and has contributed to other collected volumes on Pietism and Karl Barth. His research interests, apart from Kierkegaard, include the place of Christian eschatology in popular culture and the question of divine providence in the problem of evil and suffering.
Following publication of his first book, Emerging Prophet: Kierkegaard and the Postmodern People of God (Cascade, 2013), Dr. Roberts is currently working, as coauthor, on a theological commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (Eerdmans). Aside from writing and teaching on theology, philosophy, and culture, he speaks regularly on contemporary issues and their relation to Christian thought.
After earning his BA in Philosophy and Literature at Wheaton College and his MDiv at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kyle earned a PhD in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2006.
PhD, University of Stellenbosch; ThM, Trinity Western Seminary
Dr. Steve Runge serves as a scholar-in-residence at Logos Bible Software. He has a Doctor of Literature in biblical languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, supervised by Christo Van der Merwe. He currently serves as a research associate affiliated with the department of ancient studies, University of Stellenbosch. In preparation for his doctoral research, Steve completed several years of study in the linguistic fields of pragmatics and discourse grammar. This culminated in attending a workshop on discourse analysis offered by SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators, facilitated by Stephen H. Levinsohn.
He has also earned a Master of Theological Studies in biblical languages from Trinity Western Seminary in Langley, British Columbia, and a BA in speech communication from Western Washington University.
Steve has served as a visiting professor teaching Greek discourse grammar at Knox Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Trinity Western University, and Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) while completing his education. He is very active in the church. He and his wife were married in 1990. They have two daughters and live in Bellingham, Washington.
PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; STM, Dallas Theological Seminary; MDiv, Central BaptistView Courses
Dr. Carl Sanders is an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary. He has taught at college and seminary levels since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and Washington Bible College in Washington, DC, where he also served as chair of the Bible and theology department (2003–2012).
Dr. Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine. Students quickly learn that he enjoys talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information to essential elements, as well as his good-natured way of fairly explaining differences in theological positions. Dr. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local-church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.
DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; MA, Westminster Theological Seminary California
John D. Schwandt
Dr. John D. Schwandt is the Executive Director of Mobile Education for Faithlife. Before coming to Faithlife, he was one of the original professors at New Saint Andrews College where he taught Greek and New Testament for 17 years. He has over a decade of experience teaching online and developing distance educational curricula.
Schwandt earned his doctorate in Bible translation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He earned his master of arts from Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho.
Schwandt is the founder of the Institute of Biblical Greek (BiblicalGreek.org) and the creator of the National Biblical Greek Exam, an online examination program. He was the general editor of the English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament: English Standard Version (Crossway Books, 2006), and he recorded an audio version of the Greek New Testament for the German Bible Society. You have heard his voice if you have clicked on any Greek word to hear it pronounced in Logos Bible Software.
DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary; ThM, Dallas Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Timothy Sisk, professor and chair of world missions and evangelism at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, has been in vocational ministry for nearly 30 years. He specializes in church planting, history of missions, and global theology.
Dr. Sisk and his wife, Donna, served as missionaries for 14 years in Japan and Bolivia. He also coauthored The Third Wave Movement and Missions Today and coedited Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-First Century.
PhD, University of Gloucestershire; MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Jay Sklar, PhD, is Professor of Old Testament and dean of faculty at Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis. His doctoral research, completed under Professor Gordon Wenham, resulted in the book Sin, Impurity, Sacrifice, Atonement: The Priestly Conceptions. He recently published a commentary on Leviticus in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series with InterVarsity Press.
A native of Canada, Dr. Sklar has led youth and children’s ministries in both church and camp settings and is a frequent speaker at church and college events. Dr. Sklar also has a keen interest in developing theological education overseas. He serves on Covenant Theological Seminary’s International Partnerships Committee and teaches annually (in French) at the French seminary Faculté Jean Calvin, in Aix-en-Provence.
DTh, University of Basel; MDiv, Princeton University
Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr. is the president of Houston Baptist University and previously served as the president and chancellor of Baylor University, where he was a member of the faculty and the founding dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Dr. Sloan has published extensively and has pastored churches throughout Texas and beyond. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has also held membership in a number of professional societies, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the Southwest Biblical Seminar, the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
Dr. Sloan serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Symphony and the Greater Houston Partnership, in addition to his leadership roles on the boards of Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems—Community Relations, Houston Christian High School, Marketplace Chaplains USA, and Orphan Outreach. He and his wife, Sue, have seven children, two daughters-in-law, four sons-in-law, and seventeen grandchildren.
PhD, University of Aberdeen, ThM, Talbot School of Theology; MDiv, Talbot School of TheologyView Courses
Dr. Mark Strauss is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture?, The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, and Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series. Forthcoming books include The Gospels and Jesus, Mark in the revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, and Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series.
MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological SeminaryView Courses
Jeff Struecker enlisted in the US Army at age 18 and served for more than 22 years before retiring as a chaplain with the rank of Major.
Jeff spent most of his Army career serving in special operations units and was deployed to combat in Panama, Kuwait, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He holds many awards and decorations for his military service, including the Bronze Star Medal with the “V” device for valor. His service in the Battle of Mogadishu was depicted in the popular film Black Hawk Down.
While on active duty, Jeff earned an undergraduate degree at Troy University in Alabama. After earning his MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000, he was commissioned as a US Army chaplain in 2001. Jeff completed more than 10 years as a chaplain before retiring from the Army in 2011. He is currently completing his PhD work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina.
With experience as a youth pastor and associate pastor, Jeff now serves as the lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia. He is also a competitive long-distance runner and author or coauthor of several books of fiction and nonfiction, and he and his former high school sweetheart—now his wife—Dawn are the proud parents of Aaron, Jacob, Joseph, Abigail, and Lydia.
DDiv, Western Seminary; MA, Regent CollegeView Courses
Dr. Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people both closer to Christ and closer to others.
By God’s grace, Dr. Thomas is changing the way Christians look at their faith and family life. He has authored several books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Parenting, Sacred Pathways, and the Gold Medallion award–winning Authentic Faith. He is also a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church, Houston, and an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation: how we can integrate Scripture, church history, and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into our modern faith experience. Dr. Thomas’ speaking ministry has led him to speak in 49 states and eight different countries, and on numerous national television and radio programs, including Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.
PhD, Westminster Seminary; MDiv, Westminster Seminary California
Dr. Lane Tipton is the Charles W. Krahe Chair Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has taught at Westminster since 2003 and is ordained as a teacher in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He coedited the anthologies Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics (2007), with K. Scott Oliphint, and Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church; Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (2008), with Jeffrey C. Waddington. His essays include “The Gospel and Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics,” “Resurrection, Proof and Presuppositionalism: Acts 17:30–31,” and “Biblical Theology and the Westminster Standards Revisited: Union with Christ and Justification ‘Sola Fide.’ ”
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dr. Eric Tully is an assistant professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He’s passionate about preaching the Old Testament and helping those in the church interpret and proclaim it with competence and confidence. His research interests include textual-criticism and translation studies, Hebrew linguistics, and prophetic literature. He’s currently preparing his dissertation for publication, entitled “The Translation and the Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea,” and is working on several other forthcoming writing projects. Eric and his wife, Traci, have two daughters.
EdD, Temple University; MDiv, Biblical Theological Seminary; MA, Dropsie College
Dr. William Varner is Professor of Bible and Greek at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. After earning degrees from Bob Jones University and the Biblical Theological Seminary, he served as a pastor in Pennsylvania for seven years, during which time he earned another master’s degree and took his first trip to Israel—an experience that would leave an indelible mark on his ministry. While serving for 17 years with The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry in New Jersey, he earned a third master’s degree (in Jewish Studies at Dropsie College, now the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania) and a doctorate (at Temple University in Philadelphia).
Besides teaching Bible exposition courses and Greek Exegesis at The Master’s College, Dr. Varner is Director of IBEX, the college’s overseas campus in Israel, and has led 46 study trips to Israel. He has also pastored the Sojourners fellowship in Grace Community Church for 16 years.
Dr. Varner is the author of several books, including The Chariot of Israel: Exploits of the Prophet of Elijah, Awake O Harp: A Devotional Commentary on the Psalms, and The Letter of James, along with a popular commentary on James for Lexham Press. He has also written over 100 articles appearing in academic journals and popular magazines, and he loves participating in Civil War reenactments, reading the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and Daniel Silva, and traveling overseas with his wife Helen.
PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; MA, Wheaton Graduate SchoolView Courses
Dr. John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, spent 20 years teaching at Moody Bible Institute.
In his college years, he developed a passion for archaeology and Bible history. Instead of training to be an archaeologist, though, he focused his attention on studies comparing the culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He has never lost his fascination with this subject, but comparative studies only provide one of the means by which he tries to get people excited about the Old Testament. He’s saddened by how little exposure to and understanding of the Old Testament many Christians have, but he’s passionate in doing whatever he can to remedy this spiritual and theological loss.
For 25 years, Dr. Walton was active at South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois—teaching at every level, from adults through preschool. He’s driven by the desire to offer people a greater familiarity with God’s Word and a greater confidence in understanding God’s revelation of himself in its pages. Since moving to Wheaton, he has gotten involved in the same areas of ministry at Glen Ellyn Bible Church.
Whether in teaching or writing, he’s constantly challenged in his own life because the material he’s presenting stretches him as much as it stretches his students and readers. Whatever he’s writing or teaching also has a way of infiltrating his family. His wife, Kim, was trained as a biochemist, which made for interesting dinner conversations—especially when he was working on his Genesis commentary. His three kids have often gotten involved in the discussions, and he’s had fun responding to them and seeing his family grow together.
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary; ThM, Southern Methodist University
Kenneth L. Waters
Dr. Kenneth Waters, Sr., PhD, is professor of New Testament and associate dean of the division of religion and philosophy at Azusa Pacific University. He specializes in gospel studies, the Pauline Epistles, apocalyptic literature, biblical ethics, New Testament and early Christian literature, and African American religious history. In addition to being an active overseas missionary, he’s also served as a senior pastor for over 28 years.
He’s authored several books, including Afrocentric Sermons: The Beauty of Blackness in the Bible (Judson Press, 1993) and I Saw the Lord: A Pilgrimage through Isaiah 6 (Upper Room Books, 1996). He’s also written numerous articles and essays that have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Expository Times, the Lexington Theological Journal, and more. He’s a program chair of the New Testament Epistles and Apocalypse section of the Pacific Coast Region Society of Biblical Literature.
Dr. Waters is a contributing scholar to The Voice Bible project of the Ecclesia Bible Society and Thomas Nelson publishers. He’s been a featured presenter on The History Channel and It is Written Oceania TV broadcasts.
His wife, Deborah, is an elementary-school teacher in the San Bernardino School District and associate minister at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
PhD, Hebrew Union College; MPhil, Hebrew Union College; MA Trinity International University
Dr. Kenneth Way, associate professor of Bible exposition at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, is passionate about teaching the Old Testament in its ancient–Near Eastern environment. His research interests include the book of Judges, Israelite religion and archaeology, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, and the fauna of the ancient Near East. He regularly presents at academic meetings, and has been published in Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Journal of Biblical Literature, Levant, and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Dr. Way also authored Teach the Text: Judges and Donkeys in the Biblical World: A Ceremonial and Symbolic Study.
Ever since his college days, Dr. Way has sensed God’s calling to teach Bible (especially Old Testament) in a classroom setting, and to mentor students who desire more of God in their lives.
PhD, Loyola College; MA, Loyola College; ThM, Western Seminary; MDiv, Western Seminary
Dr. Dave Wenzel earned his PhD in counseling from Loyola University Maryland. He also has master’s degrees in both divinity and theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. He has been a professor of counseling for 19 years. His clinical experience includes the Veterans Administration, outpatient drug and alcohol, inpatient psychiatric, and outpatient community mental health. He also trained for two years in the Isaac Taylor Institute of Psychiatry and Religion in Columbia, Maryland.
Formerly, he served as the clinical director of the Sandy Family Services DUII program, clinical director at Sunnyside Counseling Center from 1994–2007, and director of the counseling program at Western Seminary from 1994–2010. His professional interests include child development, parenting, clinical supervision, and the role of spirituality in mental health. In addition to his teaching and presentation of professional continuing education, he frequently speaks to community groups on parenting, family communication, marriage, and relationships.
PhD, University of the Free State; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MDiv, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Dr. Wendy Widder is a contributing editor for Logos Mobile Education, but has spent much of her career in the classroom. She began with fifth graders, then made her way into the college and seminary environments. Presently, Widder enjoys teaching and preaching in her local church as opportunities arise.
She has a PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of the Free State, South Africa, and has also earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew and Semitic studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in educational ministries from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Widder is the author of two books for singles, Living Whole without a Better Half (2nd edition; Kregel Publications, 2014) and A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily Ever After (Kregel Publications, 2003). She also coauthored a book with her father for Christian school teachers, The Forest and the Trees: Helping Teachers Integrate a Biblical Worldview across the Curriculum (Wipf and Stock, 2008). Additionally, her master's thesis and PhD dissertation have been published by Logos Bible Software and Walter de Gruyter, respectively.Widder is currently writing commentaries on the book of Daniel for two new series by Zondervan (The Story of God; Hearing the Message of Scripture). Her greatest passions are writing biblically and theologically solid materials for laypeople, as well as teaching the Bible in an engaging way.
PhD, Cambridge University; MPhil, Cambridge University; ThM, Dallas Theological SeminaryView Courses
Dr. Joel Willitts is an associate professor in the biblical and theological studies department at North Park University. After graduating with a BS, he spent seven years in youth ministry in Texas, Florida, and Illinois. He earned a ThM (2000), an MPhil (2002), and a PhD (2007) from Cambridge University in England.
He has a wide breadth of experience within both the church and academia. Dr. Willitts has researched and published books, essays, and journal articles on the New Testament’s Jewish context. He is currently working on a Galatians commentary, a book on Jesus as the Davidic Son, and a book about sexual abuse.
Dr. Willitts’ passion for the local church has remained strong throughout his education and professional life. He is a fellow at the Center for Pastoral Theology, a group that promotes theology in and for the local church. He has been married to his wife, Karla, for 20 years, and they have six-year-old twins, Zion and Mary. They live in Saint Charles, Illinois.
PhD, University of Durham; MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological SeminaryView Courses
Ben Witherington III
Bible scholar Dr. Ben Witherington is considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), a society dedicated to New Testament studies.
Dr. Witherington is the Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his PhD from the University of Durham in England. Dr. Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A popular lecturer, Dr. Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges, and biblical meetings—not only in the United States, but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Australia. He’s also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.
Dr. Witherington has written over 40 books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical-studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Patheos website.
Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Dr. Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX network.
PhD, St. Louis University; MSW, Ohio State University; MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary
Daniel W. Zink
Dr. Daniel W. Zink is Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. His courses at Covenant have included Intro to Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Crisis and Transition.
Prior to arriving at Covenant, he served for 11 years as a family counselor, caseworker, and supervisor of public children's services. Dr. Zink was also the founding director and a five-year head of New Hope Counseling Services, a ministry of Chesterfield Presbyterian Church. He has been involved in the Christian education programs of four churches and has served as assistant pastor.
Dr. Zink is an informal consultant to counselors and churches starting church-based counseling centers. He has also written articles and presented widely on aspects of marriage and parenting. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Dr. Zink holds a BA in Social Work from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA; an MSW from Ohio State; an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary; and a PhD in Counseling and Family Therapy from Saint Louis University, where his doctoral research focused on enduring marriages of adult children of divorce.