DepartmentCook School of Intercultural Studies
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Th.D., Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

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Tom Sappington was involved in pastoral ministry for nine years before being called to ministry in the predominantly Muslim country of Indonesia, where he and his wife served for 15 years in Central Java. During his years in Indonesia, he taught various courses in New Testament, Spiritual Conflict and Pastoral Ministry at six branches of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Indonesia. In addition, he founded "Ambassadors of Renewal," a ministry that brings renewal, healing and deliverance to pastors and other church leaders in Indonesia, and trains them to use these ministries in the context of their local church. In his teaching at Biola and Talbot, he combines a strong background in biblical and theological studies and pastoral ministry with his years of cross-cultural experience. He has written four books and enjoys sharing his passion for missions with students in any part of the world. He and his wife, Katy, live in La Mirada, and have been blessed with two sons and one daughter.


  • The Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • The Evangelical Missiological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature


Books and Articles

  • Revelation and Redemption at Colossae. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series, no. 53. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1991.
  • “The Factor of Function in Defining Jewish Apocalyptic Literature.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 7 (1996).
  • “Ketaatan Gereja terhadap Pemerintah.” Iman 1 (1996), 6-7. (in Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Hancurkan Kuasa Iblis dalam Diri Anda. Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Yayasan Andi & OC International, 1998. (in Bahasa Indonesia)
  • 15 Pelajaran Menuju Kemerdekaan di dalam Kristus. Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Yayasan Andi, 2000. (in Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Letting God Be Judge! Kent, England: Sovereign World Publishers, 2008.
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