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Faculty | B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies

Uche Anizor

  • Associate Professor of Theology

  • Ph.D., Wheaton College
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.S., University of Western Ontario

Uche Anizor is a theologian who teaches a variety of courses in systematic and historical theology to undergraduate students. His current interests include theological method, the theological interpretation of Scripture and the theology of Colin Gunton. He and his family are members of Redemption Hill Church in Whittier.

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Kenneth Berding

  • Professor of New Testament

  • Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Trinity Theological Seminary
  • Th.B., Multnomah University

Dr. Berding is author of various books, some academic (such as Polycarp and Paul), some semi-academic (such as What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View), others for-the-classroom (such as Sing and Learn New Testament Greek or The Apostolic Fathers: A Narrative Introduction), and still others for-the-church (such as Walking in the Spirit or Bible Revival: Recommitting...

Research Interests

  • Life and literature of the Apostle Paul
  • The Apostolic Fathers
  • The Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts
  • Greek language
  • Biblical literacy and interpretation
  • Using music in teaching

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Edward M. Curtis

  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.S., Baylor University

Edward Curtis, an Old Testament scholar who has done extensive research in Genesis, Job and the Song of Solomon, is author of Transformed Thinking (JKO Publishers); Song of Songs, the Zondervan Bible Study Commentary; and Discovering the Way of Wisdom (Kregel, Fall 2004). He contributes to such journals as Criswell Theological Review; Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; Faculty...

Research Interests

  • Old Testament Wisdom and Poetry
  • Integration of Faith and Learning

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Andy Draycott

  • Associate Professor of Theology

  • Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
  • M.Litt., University of St Andrews
  • M.St., University of Oxford
  • M.A., University of Oxford

The reality of being known and loved by God in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and being bound into creaturely fellowship sustained by the hope of eternal life, fuels Andy Draycott's delight in teaching theology under the authority of Scripture. He comes to Biola having taught Christian Ethics and Theology of Mission in Aberdeen, Scotland. His doctoral study saw him specialize in...

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Jeanette Pifer

  • Assistant Professor of New Testament

  • Ph.D., Durham University
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Biola University

Jeanette Hagen has served in a variety of ministry capacities including evangelistic and humanitarian work with orphans in the former Soviet Union, helping to facilitate for theological and ministry training around the world, and serving in a church plant in Whittier, Calif. She completed her Ph.D., studying under Professor John Barclay at Durham University. Her research focused on the Pauline...

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Leon Harris

  • Assistant Professor of Theology

    Leon Harris enjoys expanding students’ appreciation, while teaching Theology 2 at Biola University, for what God is doing in Jesus Christ to redeem His creation. Harris graduated from Talbot School of Theology with M.Div. and Th.M. degrees. He also graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with a PhD in Divinity, where he successfully defended his thesis on the topic of Pneumatology...

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    David A. Horner

    • Professor of Theology and Philosophy

    • D.Phil., Oxford University
    • M.Phil., Oxford University
    • M.A., Denver Seminary
    • B.A., Colorado State University

    David Horner has taught at the University of Oxford, Denver Seminary, and served as a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Colorado. He has lectured in numerous classrooms and university forums nationally and in Europe, and he has written numerous articles and book chapters on ethics, apologetics and ancient and medieval philosophy. Horner serves as Research Scholar for...

    Research Interests

    • Ethics
    • Medieval philosophy
    • Theology of worship

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    Douglas S. Huffman

    • Associate Dean, Division of Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Professor of New Testament

    • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School
    • B.A., Northwestern College

    Douglas Huffman wants to be a person like Ezra, who "devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel" (Ezra 7:10). Huffman's specialties include the story of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, the story of the early church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, and Christian Thought, i.e. the application of Christian...

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    Joanne J. Jung

    • Associate Dean, Online Education and Faculty Development
    • Associate Professor of New Testament

    • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
    • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
    • B.S., California State University, Los Angeles

    Joanne Jung's interests lie in hermeneutics and spiritual formation. Her research of the English Puritans, specifically their spiritual practices and community, continues to fuel Jung's passion to nurture her students' growth in their knowledge of the Bible and seeing that knowledge impact their spiritual transformation. This passion to see others grow in Christ extends beyond her students,...

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    Richard C. Langer

    • Director, Office for the Integration of Faith and Learning
    • Professor of Theology

    • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
    • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
    • M.A., University of California, Riverside
    • B.S., Colorado State University

    Rick is a Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology and the Director of the Office of Faith and Learning at Biola University. He specializes in the integration of faith and learning, and has also published in the areas of bioethics, theology and philosophy. He has a passion for helping Christians of all ages understand the connection between the Gospel and all the diverse facets of the created...

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    Michelle Lee-Barnewall

    • Associate Professor of New Testament

    • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
    • M.A., University of Notre Dame
    • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
    • M.S., Pensacola Christian College
    • B.A., Harvard University

    Trained in New Testament studies, Dr. Lee-Barnewall's desire is to help students develop their relationship with Christ through an informed and application-oriented understanding of Scripture. She is the author of “Paul, the Stoics, and the Body of Christ”. Dr. Lee-Barnewall has published articles in New Testament Studies and Novum Testamentum and has presented papers at the national meetings...

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    Teaching and Research Experience

    • Associate Professor, Biblical and Theological Studies Department, Biola University, 1999-present
      • Classes: Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Revelation, Evangelicals and Gender
    • Adjunct Professor, Denver Seminary. Fall 2008
      • Class: 1 Corinthians
    • Graduate Instructor, Theology Department, University of Notre Dame, Spring 1997
      • Class: Biblical and Historical Foundations of Theology
    • Graduate Assistant for Mary Rose D'Angelo, University of Notre Dame, 1994-1996

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    Rob Lister

    • Associate Professor of Theology

    • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • B.A., The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina

    Rob Lister joined the faculty of the Talbot School of Theology in 2006. His primary research interests currently lie in the areas of Theology Proper, Christology and Sanctification — doctrines that all fused together at the hub of his doctoral dissertation on divine impassibility. Lister sees his teaching role as both academic and pastoral in nature — a role that occupies a place outside as...

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    Darian R. Lockett

    • Associate Professor of New Testament

    • Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
    • M.Div., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • B.A., University of Kansas

    The overarching goal of a specifically Christian liberal arts education, in a word, is wisdom. It is Darian Lockett's desire to display Godly wisdom in teaching, writing and service, in order to serve the church of Jesus Christ by equipping individuals for life and ministry. Lockett is particularly interested in the General Letters, hermeneutics, theological interpretation and...

    Research Interests

    • Catholic Epistles (especially James)
    • Canonical function of the CE
    • Relationship between Old and New Testaments
    • Hermeneutics/Theological Interpretation of Scripture
    • Political and economic philosophy and Christian Scripture
    • Jewish Backgrounds (Second Temple Wisdom/Cultic Traditions)
    • History of Biblical Interpretation

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    Jonathan M. Lunde

    • Professor of New Testament

    • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • Th.M., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • M.Div., Lutheran Brethren Seminary
    • B.S., Moorhead State University

    Jonathan Lunde's main interests lie in the study of Jesus, both as he is presented in the gospels and in the more specialized Historical Jesus field. He also enjoys studying how the writers of the New Testament use the Old Testament. Prior to coming to Talbot, he taught for seven years at Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois, and also has local church ministry experience. His passion is to...

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    John E. McKinley

    • Associate Professor of Theology

    • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
    • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
    • B.A., California State University, Sacramento

    Professor McKinley is most interested in the theological questions that touch on personal engagement with God. God is there, but how does God sweep us up into relationship with him existentially? These questions about sanctification, discipleship, and Christology led to Dr. McKinley's doctoral study on the temptation experience of Jesus Christ. He has continued to work on the doctrines of...

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    Jason McMartin

    • Associate Professor of Theology

    • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
    • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
    • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
    • B.A., Biola University

    Jason McMartin specializes in the areas of systematic theology, religious epistemology, philosophical theology and theological integration. Recent investigations have included the epistemic effects of sin, eudaimonistic ethics, and the doctrines of sin and humanity. He teaches systematic theology and theological integration for Rosemead School of Psychology and for Talbot School of Theology and...

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    James M. Petitfils

    • Assistant Professor of New Testament

    • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
    • MA, Talbot School of Theology
    • BA, Biola University

    James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish and Christian discourse on exemplary leadership. His research interests include storytelling and moral formation in the Roman Mediterranean, early Christian martyrdom and leadership in the New Testament and early Christianity. He has previously taught at UCLA, Talbot and Biola...

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    Ronald W. Pierce

    • Professor of Old Testament

    • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
    • Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary
    • M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
    • B.A., John Brown University

    Ron Pierce has taught at Biola University in the undergraduate Biblical and Theological Studies division since 1976, specializing in the contemporary evangelical gender debate, the Israel-Palestine conflict and the OT book of Daniel. From 1986–2001 he and his wife Pat directed Biola's Israel-Palestine travel-study program, and continue to lead academic tours to the Holy Land for local churches....

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    Karin Stetina

    • Associate Professor of Theology

    • Ph.D., Marquette University
    • M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School
    • B.A. Westmont College

    Karin Stetina is passionate about teaching theology that is aimed at loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength (Matt. 22:37). She aims to relate theology to following Christ in daily life. She taught theology and church history for nearly 20 years at Wheaton College and at various churches. She has been a consultant and an editor for Luther Digest. Stetina’s...

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    David L. Talley

    • Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Student Welfare
    • Professor of Old Testament
    • Faculty Athletics Representative

    • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary
    • M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
    • M.A., Grace Theological Seminary
    • B.A., Southeastern Bible College

    With varied ministry experiences, including student development, counseling, pastoring and teaching psychology and Old Testament studies, David Talley brings a blend of scholarship and practical application to his classroom instruction. He co-pastors a local church, and enjoys research in the areas of Old Testament theology, the Pentateuch and the prophets. His dissertation research on the...

    Research Interests

    • Old Testament theology issues with a focus on major themes and how they are evidenced in the story of Israel
    • Gender issues focused on the biblical teaching and implications for our lives today
    • The role of difficulty in our world and how this is evidenced in the story of the Old Testament with implications of what this means for the Christian life today

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    K. Erik Thoennes

    • Professor and Chair of Theology

    • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity Schools
    • M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School
    • M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School
    • B.A., Central Connecticut State University

    Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at...

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    Charlie Trimm

    • Associate Professor and Chair of Old Testament

    • Ph.D., Wheaton College
    • M.Div, Northwest Baptist Seminary
    • M.A., Northwest Baptist Seminary
    • B.S., Western Washington University

    Charlie Trimm loves to inspire students to recognize the beauty of the Old Testament and its relevance for the life of the church today. Having served for several years in pastoral ministry, he strives to encourage the spiritual growth of his students in all his classes. He received his Ph.D. from Wheaton College in 2012, writing his dissertation on God acting as a divine warrior in the exodus....

    Courses

    • Assistant Professor, Talbot School of Theology (Fall 2012–present)
      • Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation (2x a semester)
      • The Early History of Israel (Joshua, Judges, and Ruth) (1x a semester)
      • Divine Violence in the Old Testament (1x a semester)
    • Adjunct Instructor at Moody Bible Institute (2010-2012)
    • Liberty University Online (2011-2012)
    • Corban University School of Ministry (2010)
    • Northwest Baptist Seminary (2005-2007)

    Research Interests

    • The Ethics and Rhetoric of Warfare in the Old Testament and the ANE
    • The Old Testament in the Life of the Church
    • Life in Old Testament Times
    • Ancient Near Eastern Background of the Old Testament

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    Jeffrey Volkmer

    • Assistant Professor of Old Testament

    • D.Phil., Oxford University (In Progress)
    • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
    • B.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa

    Professor Volkmer loves to incite a passion in others for God's Word, especially from the Old Testament. He has served extensively in pastoral ministry all over the country and brings his pastor's heart into the classroom to help his students fall deeper in love with Christ. His academic specialties include the application of the methods of language and computer technology to the textual...

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    Matt Williams

    • Professor and Chair of New Testament

    • Ph.D., Trinity International University
    • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • B.S., University of Illinois, Champaign

    Matt Williams came to Talbot with broad teaching experience, including several years as a missionary to the Spanish Bible Institute and Theological Seminary. He was awarded professor of the year by the university, and continues to preach and teach in various churches and conferences throughout the United States and Spain. Williams was the general editor for Colección Teológica Contemporánea, a...

    Research Interests

    • Johannine Theology
    • Spanish Literature

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    Thaddeus John Williams

    • Associate Professor of Theology

    • Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam
    • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
    • B.A., Biola University

    Dr. Williams loves enlarging students' understanding and enjoyment of God while teaching Theology 1 and 2 courses at Biola University. He also teaches History of Atheism, Introduction to Philosophy, and Biblical Literature in the secular college context. He has taught theology internationally, including seminaries in Nepal and Francis Schaeffer's L'Abri ministries in Switzerland and Holland....

    Courses

    Biola University:

    • Leadership and Decision-Making
    • Organizational Ethics
    • Theology I
    • Theology II
    • Theology of Abraham Kuyper
    • The Character of God
    • Evangelism
    • Foundations of Christian Thought

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