Professor, New Testament and Greek
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
M.Div., North American Baptist Seminary
B.S., University of South Dakota
Hired in 1991
I was raised in a solidly Christian family in a small mid-west farming community. The Bible occupied a central place in our lives together, whether at home, in relationships, in church, or in the wider world. For me as a child, to love and trust Jesus and know Him more and more through the Word of God was a life-affirming step of faith that powerfully influenced the rest of my life.
I regard it as an incredible privilege to be able to walk with students in and out through the stories of God’s redemptive history recounted in the Bible. What a joy to read Scripture – often in its original languages – together and learn to hear afresh the truths as taught through the Holy Spirit! I thank God for the opportunity to show students how to read the Word for all its worth – holistically, historically, and with ears of faith to hear and obey. That my students then go out throughout the world and share this gospel of the Kingly reign of God in Christ as witnessed to in Scripture is a wonderful kingdom outcome from which I take the greatest joy!
During my Ph.D. studies at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), I was compelled by the significance of historical studies into Jesus’ life and teachings. In my doctoral work that drove me to look carefully into the references of Jesus’ earthly life in the Epistle to the Hebrews. At Multnomah, that interest has now drawn me to work with students intensely on the many strands of Jesus research – ancient and modern – in the gospels, especially looking at the impact of understanding first century Judaism for better comprehending the gospel portrayal of Jesus’ life and teachings.
God has blessed me with a wonderful spouse with whom I have shared a rich life journey of faith and work. Our grown son, is an engineer in the Portland area. God took our daughter Rachel home to heaven in 1999, a loss that has deeply colored our faith and life. Our two other daughters are in elementary school and remain a daily joy and parenting challenge.
Though often called a “good walk ruined,” golf remains a real personal outlet for me, one that my son and daughters have also adopted. I also confess a love for reading good quality fantasy and science-fiction literature, especially the classic writers in this genre. I can also be found watching my daughters playing competitive soccer and cheering them on.