• 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 churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.


  • Evangelical Theological Society

Publications (Selected)


  • Cuaderno de trabajo de la Teología sistemática: Preguntas de estudio y ejercicios prácticos para aprender doctrina Bíblica by Wayne A. Grudem, Brianna Smith, Erik Thoennes; Spanish Edition, Vida Publisher, October 2021.
  • Systematic Theology Workbook: Study Questions and Practical Exercises for Learning Biblical Doctrine
    by Wayne Grudem, Brianna Smith, Erik Thoennes. Zondervan Academic; Workbook edition, 2020.
  • With Michael Wilkins, Biblical and Theological Studies: A Students Guide, Crossway, 2018.
  • Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World, Moody Publishers, 2018, editor and chapter contribution, "The Revelation of God’s Commitment.”
  • "Scripture, the Image of God, & the Sinner: Reflections on Discipleship and Care of Souls," chapter in Scripture and the People of God: Essays in Honor of Wayne Grudem, Crossway, 2018.
  • “Recreation," article in the Worldview Study Bible, Holman CSB, 2018. 
  • Men’s Devotional Bible, all the New Testament introductions and essays on Ephesians, Crossway, October, 2015.
  • "For the Sake of the Name: Godly Jealousy as a Foundation of Evangelism and Discipleship.” Chapter in Fulfilling the Great Commission in the Twenty First Century: Essays on Revival, Evangelism, and Discipleship in Honor of Dr. Robert Coleman, Lyle W. Dorsett and Ajith Fernando eds. Seedbed, April, 2015.
  • Life's Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most, Crossway, 2011.
  • Overview of Doctrine 13 essays in the ESV Study Bible, Crossway, Fall 2008. Named 2009 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
  • “Created to Play: Thoughts on Play Sport and the Christian Life” chapter inThe Image of God in the Human Body: Essays on Christianity and Sports, Donald Deardorff and John White eds., Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.
  • Godly Jealousy: A Theology Of Intolerant Love. Mentor Press (CFP). March 2005.
  • Reading for Life: 100 Christian College Teachers Reflect on the Books That Shaped Their Lives. Xlibris (Random House), 2002. J. Davis, T. Martin & Ryken (eds). Wrote three book review entries.
  • Light on the Way By J. Wilbur Chapman. Editor and introduction. The Institute of Evangelism, Wheaton, IL, April 1998, editor and introduction for republication.
  • The Inspirational Study Bible Tyndale House Publishers, 1994. Study notes and introductions for various chapters.


  • “The Bible and Revelation”, Boundless Webzine (Oct. 28 2008).
  • J. Wilbur Chapman Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, Blackwell, Fall, 2008.
  • Study Guide for Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, Zondervan, June, 2008.
  • “What if I Cant Remember a Time When I Was Saved?” Christianity Today, December 2007.
  • “Laughing Through Tears: The Redemptive Role of Humor in a Fallen World”, in Presbuterion, Fall 2007.
  • “At Home in Our Bodies: The Implications of the Incarnation for Embodiment and Counseling Psychology” with Elizabeth Hall, Christian Scholars Review, Fall, 2006.
  • “A Jealous God” Biola Connections, Fall 2005.
  • “Can Someone Be Almost Saved?” Christianity Today: April 2004.
  • Review of BibleWorks 5.0, Christian, November, 2002.
  • “Seeking Gods Will”, Biola Connections, Summer 2002.

Multimedia Productions

  • “The Apostle's Creed”, scholar interviews for 4 part video series, Third Millennium Seminary Cirriculum, 2009.
  • “Deepening Life Together”. scholar interviews for various topics, DVD Bible Study Series, Baker Publishing Group, November 2008.
  • “The Promises of God,” Baker Books Video Bible Study series for Baker Publishing Group, September, 2008.
  • “Deepening Life Together”, primary teacher for DVD Bible Study Series on the book of Acts, Baker Publishing Group, July 2008.
  • Expert Interview, “Miraculous Messages: From Noah's Flood to the End Times”, Video production, Grizzly Adams Productions, Inc. October, 2007,


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Apologetics
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Attributes of God
  • Bible
  • Character Development
  • Character of God
  • Christian Education
  • Christian Thought
  • Christian View of Sports, Competition, and Play
  • Church
  • Church Growth
  • Church Planting
  • Clergy
  • Competition
  • Counseling
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Culture
  • Death
  • Discipleship
  • Doctrine
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotions (God's and Human)
  • Evangelism
  • Evil
  • Exercise
  • Faith
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender and Theology
  • God
  • Godly Jealousy
  • Guilt
  • Health
  • Hermeneutics
  • Hinduism
  • Holy Spirit
  • India
  • Jealousy
  • Jesus
  • Leadership
  • Marriage
  • Mentoring
  • Ministry
  • Miracles
  • Missions
  • Moral Relativism
  • Nature of God
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Para-Church Organizations
  • Pastoring
  • Pop Culture and Christianity
  • Postmodernism
  • Preaching
  • Prophecy
  • Racial Issues
  • Religion
  • Religion and American Culture
  • Resurrection
  • Revival
  • Salvation
  • Sex
  • Sin
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Spirituality
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Sports Ministry
  • Teaching
  • Theology
  • Theology of Humor
  • Theology of Sports/Play
  • Trinity
  • Uniqueness of Jesus
  • War
  • Worship
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