After 10 years of serving as dean of Talbot School of Theology, Dr. Clinton E. Arnold will be stepping down from the role and returning to the classroom. He will continue leading Talbot through Aug. 15 and will then become Research Professor of New Testament. It has always been his intent to return to the classroom, Arnold said, and, for a variety of reasons, now seemed to be the right time to do that. He will be on sabbatical in the fall and will return to full-time teaching in Spring 2023. He looks forward to spending more time with students and teaching the subjects he enjoys.

“I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Arnold for his years of service as dean, especially during these past difficult years,” said Dr. Deborah Taylor, Biola’s provost. “I know he is looking forward to having more time for research and writing and being able to interact with students in the classroom, and I’m so grateful that our students will benefit from his outstanding teaching and leadership.”

Dr. Timothy Pickavance will become the interim dean of Talbot School of Theology. Dr. Pickavance has been on the faculty nearly 14 years and has served as the chair of the Department of Philosophy for seven of those years. His experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels provides him with a strong foundation for leading Talbot. He is an outstanding scholar who also has a heart and passion for the local church. He currently serves as an elder and scholar in residence at Redeemer Church, a PCA church in Orange County. He is excited to serve the Talbot community by championing its faculty and programs and by facilitating its mission and work across the Biola campus and beyond.