Barry J. Beitzel
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Languages
BA, MA, Bob Jones University
PhD, The Dropsie University
Post-PhD, L’Université de Liège
1976-2016

After a number of years in administration, serving variously as Executive Vice President, University Provost, and Associate Academic Dean, Dr. Beitzel returned to the classroom. Prior to coming to Trinity, he served on the Old Testament faculty at Faith Theological Seminary, and he has been a Christian Education Director of two churches in southern California. He is the author of the widely- acclaimed Moody Atlas of Bible Lands (Moody, 1985) and the award-winning New Moody Atlas of the Bible (Moody/Lion-Hudson, 2009; now appearing in four foreign language editions). His monographic publications also include Biblica: The Bible Atlas (Global Publishers, 2006; now translated in 14 foreign language editions) and The SPCK Bible Atlas (SPCK, 2013). He has published essays in numerous volumes, including Major Cities of the Biblical World (Thomas Nelson, 1985); Mari: The First Fifty Years (Eisenbrauns, 1992); Anchor Bible Dictionary (Doubleday, 1992); Crossing Boundaries and Linking Horizons (CDL, 1997); The Archaeology of the Levant: A Reader (Eisenbrauns, 2003); and The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (Zondervan, 2009). Maps created or prepared by Beitzel appear in the Ryrie Study Bible; the NIV Study Bible; the NLT Study Bible; the ESV Study Bible; the Thompson Chain Reference Bible; and the Thomas Nelson Bible. Moreover, he has served as cartographic consultant for numerous projects, including the Holman Bible Atlas (Broadman and Holman, 1998); the Logos Electronic Atlas of the Bible (Logos, 2007); The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas (National Geographic Society, 2007); the ESV Bible Atlas (Crossway, 2010); and National Geographic (1996, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012). His serial publications appear in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research; Near Eastern Archaeology; Iraq: the British School of Archaeology in Iraq; Biblical Archaeology Review; Bible Review; Archaeology in the Biblical World; and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, among others. Many of his digital images of the Middle East are licensed in the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands (BiblePlaces.com). Dr. Beitzel is a former member of the Joint American Expedition to Ashara, Syria.

Donald A. Carson
Research Professor Emeritus of New Testament
BSc, McGill University
MDiv, Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto
PhD, University of Cambridge
1978-2018

Dr. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he served for two years as academic dean. He also taught at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Richmond College, and Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Dr. Carson has written or edited more almost sixty books, including The Sermon on the Mount (Baker, 1978), Exegetical Fallacies (Baker, 1984), Matthew (Zondervan, 1984), From Triumphalism to Maturity (Baker, 1984), Showing the Spirit (Baker, 1987), How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Baker, 1990), The Gospel According to John(Eerdmans, 1991), A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Baker, 1992), New Testament Commentary Survey, 7th ed. (Baker, 2013), Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church (Zondervan, 2005), Christ and Culture Revisited (2008), and The Intolerance of Tolerance (2012). His book The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Zondervan, 1996) won the 1997 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award in the category “theology and doctrine.” He coauthored An Introduction to the New Testament (2d ed., Zondervan, 2006) and other works. His edited works include It Is Written: Scripture Citing Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics (Sheffield Academic Press, 1993). Dr. Carson occasionally writes and edits with faculty colleague John Woodbridge; together they wrote the novel Letters Along the Way (Crossway, 1993) and edited Scripture and Truth (Baker, 1992) and God and Culture (Eerdmans, 1993). He is the editor of three series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (IVP), Pillar New Testament Commentary (Eerdmans), and Studies in Biblical Greek (Peter Lang). He is the president of The Gospel Coalition.

Robert E. Coleman
Professor Emeritus of Evangelism

BA, Southwestern University
BD, Asbury Theological Seminary
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Iowa
1983-2001

Dr. Coleman’s ministry centers on lifestyle evangelism and discipleship, a concern that carries over into theological education. He served as a pastor for six years and on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary for twenty-seven years before coming to Trinity. He is a founding member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and has been president of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. Dr. Coleman is the Director of the Institute of Evangelism at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, and Dean of the Billy Graham International Schools of Evangelism. He has authored twenty-one books, including The Master Plan of Evangelism and The Coming World Revival.

Lois McKinney Douglas
Professor Emerita of Mission

BA, Biola University
MRE, Denver Seminary
PhD, Michigan State University
1990-1999

Dr. McKinney spent twenty-three years in theological education ministries in Portugal and Brazil with CB International and eight years teaching at Wheaton College Graduate School before her nine years as a Professor at TEDS. She is presently active in theological education as a missionary in Brazil and also serves on the board of trustees of Greater Europe Mission and Columbia International University. Her articles and chapters in books have appeared in several languages. Most recently she coedited With an Eye on the Future: Development and Mission in the Twenty-First Century.

Perry G. Downs
Professor Emeritus of Educational Ministries

Diploma, Miami Christian College
BS, Philadelphia College of Bible
MA, PhD, New York University
1976-2015

Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Downs taught at Philadelphia College of Bible in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Canadian Theological Seminary in Saskatchewan, North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Malaysian Biblical Seminary in Kuala Lumpur, and Daystar University in Nairobi. Dr. Downs has also been interim pastor in ten churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Dr. Downs’s areas of expertise include faith development, moral development, moral education, and spiritual formation. He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education, the Religious Education Association, and the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education. His published works include many books, articles, reviews, and audio tapes. Among them is his book Teaching for Spiritual Growth (Zondervan, 1994).

Duane H. Elmer
Professor Emeritus of Educational Ministries

Diploma, Moody Bible Institute
BA, Michigan State University
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
MA, PhD, Michigan State University
1999-2015

Dr. Elmer has been an educator for over forty years, including five years in South Africa. He held the Price-LeBar Chair of Christian Education at Wheaton College. He has been a cultural diversity trainer and consultant for many Fortune 500 companies, as well as numerous Christian organizations. His teaching and travel in more than eighty countries contributed to his book Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry. He co-edited With an Eye on the Future: Development and Mission in the Twenty-First Century, and authored Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting in Around the World and Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility. His “Cross-Cultural” series are widely used by mission agencies as required training texts and have been translated into Chinese, Korean and Spanish.  He has contributed over 40 publications in books and journals.

Bruce L. Fields
Professor Emeritus of Faith and Culture

BA, University of Pennsylvania
MDiv, ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Marquette University
1988-2019

Dr. Fields has served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in their “Native American Ministry”, with Athletes in Action, and on the University of Michigan campus staff. He has also taught New Testament and theology courses at Trinity College. His areas of expertise include “Epistle to the Philippians”, Liberation theology, and Black theology. He is the author of Introducing Black Theology: 3 Crucial Questions for the Evangelical Church.

Murray J. Harris
Professor Emeritus of New Testament Exegesis and Theology

BA, MA, University of Auckland
DipTh, University of London
PhD, University of Manchester
1967-68, 1971-78, 1986-97

Dr. Harris has taught students on every educational level. From 1981 to 1986 he served as Director of Tyndale House, a residential biblical research library in Cambridge, England. He has coedited Pauline Studies and written Raised Immortal, From Grave to Glory, Jesus as God, Three Crucial Questions about Jesus, as well as Colossians and Philemon, the first of his twenty projected volumes called Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament being published by Eerdmans.

James K. Hoffmeier
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology

BA, Wheaton College
MA, PhD, University of Toronto
1999-2019

Dr. Hoffmeier, who was born in Egypt and lived there until age sixteen, returns often for research, excavation, and teaching ministry. From 1975 to 1977 he worked with the Akhenaten Temple Project in Luxor. He served as Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament at Wheaton College and was chair of Wheaton’s Department of Biblical, Theological, Religious and Archaeological Studies. From 1996 to 1999 he was also director of the Wheaton Archaeology Program. He has published in such venues as the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Revue d’Egyptologie, Ägypten und Levante, Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Anchor Bible Dictionary, and the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis. He was an archaeological editor for the English Standard Version Study Bible and authored “Sacred” in the Vocabulary of Ancient Egypt (1985), Israel in Egypt: Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1997), Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Archaeology of the Bible (Oxford: Lion, 2008), The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens and the Bible (Crossway 2009). He edited and contributed to a number of books including Abortion: A Christian Understanding and Response (Baker 1988), Faith, Tradition and History: Old Testament Historiography in Its Near Eastern Context (Eisenbrauns 1992), The Future of Biblical Archaeology(Eerdmans 2004), Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith (Crossway 2012). He directed excavations at Tell el-Borg, Sinai, from 1998-2008, and has appeared in and served as a consultant for television programs on the Discovery, History, Learning, and National Geographic Channels. Dr. Hoffmeier teaches and lectures regularly across the USA and internationally.

John F. Kilner
Professor Emeritus of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture

BA, Yale University
MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
AM, PhD, Harvard University
1993-2019

Dr. Kilner served for more than eleven years as the first president of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on the Trinity campus, where he continues as senior fellow. Dr. Kilner has authored/edited 21 books with such publishers as Eerdmans, Zondervan, Kregel, Tyndale, Yale University Press, and Georgetown University Press, including Biotechnology and the Human Good; Life on the Line: Ethics, Aging, Ending Patients’ Lives, Allocating Vital Resources; Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges; and most recently, Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God. He has also written many articles that have appeared in periodicals such as the Hastings Center Report; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law; American Journal of Public Health; Archives of Internal Medicine; Mayo Clinic Proceedings; American Journal of Jurisprudence; and Interpretation. Dr. Kilner has been interviewed in such television venues as NBC (with Tom Brokaw), FOX News (with Bill O’Reilly), CBS, CNN, and PAX, such radio venues as National Public Radio, Moody Broadcasting Network, and Salem Network, and such newspaper venues as the New York Times, Washington Times, and Chicago Tribune. He is currently co-chair of the bioethics section of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has served as a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary and at the University of Kentucky and as a senior associate at the Park Ridge Center. His honors include the 2006 national Educator of the Year Award from the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (Tennessee); the 2015 international Paul Ramsey Award for Exemplary Achievement in the Field of Bioethics from the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (California); and the 2016 Book of the Year Award from Christianity Today--Best Book in Theology or Ethics--for his book Dignity and Destiny .

David L. Larsen
Professor Emeritus of Preaching

BA, Stanford University
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
DD, Trinity College
1981-1996

Dr. Larsen has a rich background of service in the local church, having served seven churches since the beginning of his ministry in 1949. He served as visiting professor of religion at Rockford College. He has also authored many books, including In the Saviour’s School, The Anatomy of Preaching, Caring for the Flock: Pastoral Leadership in the Church Today, The Evangelistic Mandate: Re-establishing the Centrality of Evangelistic Preaching, Telling the Old, Old Story: The Art of Narrative Preaching, and Jews, Gentiles and the Church.

Walter L. Liefeld
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament

ThB, Shelton College
AM, Columbia University
PhD, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary
1963-1994

Dr. Liefeld has taught Greek at Shelton College and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Medical Society. He is active in various aspects of Christian ministry, including evangelism, Bible teaching, and conference speaking. He has contributed to The Expositors Bible Commentary, The New Testament Commentary, The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Encyclopedia, and The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology. Dr. Liefeld is the coauthor of Daughters of the Church.

John W. Nyquist
Professor Emeritus of Mission and Evangelism

BA, MA, California State University
MA, MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
1977–2012

Dr. Nyquist has been in ministry for over 45 years, most of them at Trinity. Before coming to TEDS, he was actively involved in discipleship and evangelism in local churches and with Campus Crusade for Christ. His teaching ministry manifests a blend of New Testament studies and missiology, along with frequent opportunities for dialogue between evangelicals and Roman Catholics.

Miriam Stark Parent
Associate Professor Emerita of Counseling

BA, The King’s College
MA, Liberty University
MA, Biola University
PhD, Rosemead Graduate School
1993-2018

Dr. Parent has served as a counselor educator for more than twenty years. Prior to coming to Trinity in 1993, she taught at Liberty University in the School of Religion. Dr. Parent is a licensed clinical psychologist. She practiced full-time for several years prior to teaching; since then she has maintained a counseling practice providing individual and marital counseling, as well as diagnostic evaluation and assessment. Over the years her speaking and writing have focused on areas such as spiritual formation, stress management, burnout, and ministry and professional ethics. Recent presentations and articles include Gender Issues in the Use of Spiritual Disciplines in Therapy; Christian Spirituality and Counseling: Ethical Concerns; Diagnostic Interviewing; Boundaries and Roles in Ministry Counseling and Christian Formation and Cultural Identity. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Dr. Parent’s articles have been published in such periodicals as Christian Counseling Today, Professional Psychology, and American Journal of Pastoral Counseling. 

Greg R. Scharf
Professor Emeritus of Homiletics

AB, Rice University
MDiv, DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
1999-2018

After receiving the Master of Divinity at Trinity, Dr. Scharf served an internship at All Souls, Langham Place in London, England. He then joined the staff there, serving as chaplain to university students. During this time, Dr. Scharf coauthored Food for Life, published by InterVarsity Press in Britain and by various publishers in Afrikaans, Dutch, German, Chinese, and American editions. He then served at Knox Church, Toronto, Ontario, and subsequently for nineteen years at Salem Evangelical Free Church in Fargo, North Dakota, where he developed an eldership training program and helped equip several pastoral interns and apprentices. He is past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and author of Prepared to Preach, Relational Preaching, Let the Earth Hear His Voice, and editor of The Challenge of Preaching.

Charles M. Sell
Professor Emeritus of Educational Ministries

BA, University of Pittsburgh
ThM, ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary
1971-2000

Dr. Sell has experience as a teacher, pastor, chaplain, missionary, and Christian educational director. He served as chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center in Texas and as the dean of the Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines, which he helped found in 1967. During his twenty-nine years of ministry at TEDS, he served in various leadership capacities, including chair of the Department of Christian Education. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, Moody, The Evangelical Beacon, and Christian Education Journal and has written numerous books, including Family Ministry, Transition Through Adult Life, Achieving the Impossible: Intimate Marriage, Unfinished Business: Helping Adult Children Resolve Their Past, and Power Dads.

Mark H. Senter III
Professor Emeritus of Educational Ministries

BA, University of Illinois
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Loyola University of Chicago
1980-2015

Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Senter served as a youth pastor and as pastor of Christian education at Wheaton Bible Church. His areas of expertise include youth ministry, volunteerism, leadership, and distance education. He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education, chairs the Board of the Association of Youth Ministry educators, and is a consultant for churches and parachurch agencies in periods of transition. On assignment from TIU, Dr. Senter served for two years at Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology in Seoul, Korea, as a visiting professor in Education Ministries. His publications include Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church, Reaching a Generation for Christ (coedited with Richard Dunn), The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry, Recruiting Volunteers in the Church, and The Complete Book of Youth Ministry (coedited with Warren Benson). His articles appear in such periodicals as Youthworker, Moody, Christianity Today, Leadership, Journal of Youth Ministry, Evangelical Review of Theology and Christian Education Journal. Dr. Senter has also written chapters for other volumes on youth ministry. His book God Shows Up traces the history of Protestant Youth Ministry in America.

Willem A. VanGemeren
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Diploma, Moody Bible Institute
BA, University of Illinois, Chicago
BD, Westminster Theological Seminary
Visiting Graduate Student, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin
1992-2015

Dr. VanGemeren taught at Geneva College and Reformed Theological Seminary for eighteen years before coming to Trinity. His areas of expertise include Old Testament theology, poetical and prophetical books, and the books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Isaiah. Dr. VanGemeren’s publications include contributions to such works as The Bible Almanac, Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament, Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, Baker’s Encyclopedia of the Bible, Continuity and Discontinuity, and Layman’s Bible Handbook. He is the author of The Progress of Redemption: The Story of Salvation from Creation to the New Jerusalem, Interpreting the Prophetic Word, and a commentary on the book of Psalms for the Expositor’s Bible Commentary. In 1997 Dr. VanGemeren was honored by Zondervan Publishing House for his service as senior editor of the five-volume work The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDOTTE). He also coedited Studies in Old Testament Biblical Theology.