DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.A., University of Southern California


Donald Sunukjian's lifelong love has been preaching, both as a pastor and a teacher. His passion is to see God's Word presented with accuracy, clarity, interest and relevance. With doctorates in theology and communication and 14 years as a senior pastor, he brings both scholarship and experience to the classroom. He has contributed to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Biblical Preaching, Bibliotheca Sacra, Walvoord: A Tribute and The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching. Sunukjian has conducted pastors' conferences in most metropolitan centers of the United States and maintains a regular preaching schedule.


  • Evangelical Homiletics Society (founding member)
  • Academy of Homiletics and Religious Communication Association (founding member)
  • First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton (member)


Books, Articles, Audio Tapes

  • Three books in the series "Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church" entitled Invitation to Philippians: Building a Great Church Through Humility, Invitation to James: Persevering Through Trials to Win the Crown, and Invitation to the Life of Jacob: Winning Through Losing (Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company, 2014)
  • Five sermons (2 from Mark, 2 from Joshua, and 1 from I Corinthians) featured on Christianity Today’s
  • Invitation to Biblical Preaching; Preaching the Truth with Clarity and Relevance, a textbook on homiletics, published by Kregel Academic and Professional, 2007. Pp. 375. Translated into French, Korean, and Spanish.
  • “The Cripple’s Story (2 Samuel 1-9),” pp. 156-161 in Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching, by J. Kent Edwards, Zondervan, 2005.
  • Thirteen sermons from the book of Philippians accepted for feature publication by Christianity Today on and (sites with 10,000 paid subscribers.)
  • “Topical Preaching Can Be Biblical,” article appearing on, May 2005.
  • The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching. Contributing author. Zondervan 2005. Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larson, General Editors.
  • “The Shape of a Sermon” in Preaching to a Shifting Culture. Edited by Scott M. Gibson. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004. Pp. 113-128.
  • “The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is a Zig Zag,” Audio tape distributed by Preaching Today, 2004.
  • “What Does It Look Like in Real Life?”, 2003.
  • Excerpts from Preaching Today (#202) reprinted in Men of Integrity, published by CTI in association with Promise Keepers, 2003.


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Preaching
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