• 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 also serves as a member of the pastoral team at a local church. Talley enjoys research in the areas of Old Testament theological themes, local church ministry, and contemporary theological issues. His dissertation research on the judgment of pain in Genesis 3 continues to be a focus in his research as he formulates a perspective on Godly living in a difficult world. Talley is passionate about understanding and teaching the truths of God's Word, discipling and equipping others, and "passing on the faith" to the next generation. In 2013, he completed a survey book on the Old Testament, which blends the information of the biblical text with the transformation of the heart. His research has also been published in The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, Eikon (formerly the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood) and the Christian Research Journal. Talley has traveled to over 20 countries in order to partner with the international church in leadership training, especially with a focus on pastors and equipping the church to impact Muslim nations with the gospel. He is Vice-President of an organization, which provides training for underground church leaders in persecuted countries, and he serves on several mission boards. He currently serves as Pastor of Theology and Teaching at Cornerstone Church in Long Beach.


Books and Articles

    • Hebrew words for "desire" in The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, ed. Dr. Willem Van Gemeren, Zondervan, 1997.
    • “Painful Realities—Pointing People Toward Rest” in Yonsei Review of Theology and Culture, Volume 6 (February, 2001): 45-54.
    • “Law, Old Testament” in The Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism, ed. Brenda E. Brasher, Routledge Publishers, 2001:275-278.
    • “Gender and Sanctification: From Creation to Transformation, A Comparative Look at Genesis 1-3, the Creation and Fall of the Man and the Woman, and Ephesians 5, the Sanctification of the Man and the Woman in a Redemptive Marriage Context,” Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 8/1 (Spring, 2003): 6-16.
    • Served on Bible Advisory Board for the video series, “K10C” or “Kids’ Ten Commandments,” 2002-2003 and served as advisor to a “Jonah” film project 2005.
    • “Muhammad and Deuteronomy 18: Who is the Prophet “Like” Moses?” Christian Research Journal 30/1 (2007): 50-51.
    • “Psalm 99,” chapter in a book on the proper use of the Psalter, honoring Dr. John Davis, Chalice Press, 2010.
    • Study notes for “Hosea,” “Joel,” “Joshua,” and “Jeremiah” in the Quest Study Bible, second revised edition, Zondervan Publishing Company, 2011.
    • “Pagan Religious Practices and Heretical Teaching: What Is to Be Our Attitude? Gleanings from the Old and New Testaments,” in Chrislam: How Missionaries Are Promoting an Islamized Gospel, I2 Ministries Publications, 2011.
    • The Story of the Old Testament, Reclaimed Publishers, 2013; available on Amazon, Kindle, iBooks. (ISBN-13: 9780615872544 and ISBN-10: 0615872549).
    • “Ready! Set! Wait!” Christian Research Journal, 38/5 (Fall 2015).
    • Old Testament consultant for Josh McDowell’s New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, 4th edition, revised by Sean McDowell, 2016.
    • Deep Roots Bible Curriculum, 7th grade Christian School Bible curriculum, surveying the Old Testament, 2018.

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


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Bible
  • Bible Interpretation
  • Church
  • Church Growth
  • Church Leadership
  • Clergy
  • Discipleship
  • Doctrine
  • Faith
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender and Theology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Issues within the Church Community
  • Marriage
  • Ministry
  • Missions
  • Old Testament
  • Pastoring
  • Preaching
  • Prophecy
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Spirituality
  • Theology
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