David Thomas

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Associate Professor of New Testament & Program Coordinator of Intercultural Studies

Co-Director College of Ministry Graduate Program of Studies

Education

B.F.A. (printmaking and painting), University of Notre Dame, 1986

MDiv (Missions Track), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1992

Ph.D. (New Testament Studies), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005

Experience

I have been involved in ministry for over 30 years, beginning with campus Bible studies during college and eventually stepping into full-time vocational work. I first received ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God in 1992. My wife and I worked for over 15 years as missionaries to Latin America, our ministry overwhelmingly focused upon Ecuador (first Andean then primarily Coastal). Although our ministry was mostly occupied with education (teaching and administration), we were also involved in pastoral duties and evangelism. After earning a doctorate, the scope of my missionary ministry expanded and I traveled throughout Latin America. I concurrently taught at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and did adjunct work at Central Bible College, teaching mission theology and Bible in both schools. During the four years prior to joining the Northwest University faculty (Fall 2012) we pastored in Southern California, taught in local ministry schools, and coordinated international mission support and outreaches from our church.

I currently serve as lead pastor of Trinity Life Center, a multi-ethnic congregation, located in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle.

Our ministry has emphasized educational excellence and sound Bible teaching while seeking to exalt the vital importance of an encounter with Christ through prayer, fasting, fervent worship, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am convinced that a person so equipped will be in the best position to be used by Christ in His mission to touch the nations.

My dissertation, an historical exposition of Revelation 19:11-21, was published in 2008. I have also published periodical and scholarly encyclopedia articles.

Courses

I serve as coordinator of the Intercultural Studies Program and teach courses in both the intercultural studies field and in biblical studies. My classes for Fall 2016 include New Testament History & Literature, Biblical Interpretation, History of Christian Missions, Pastoral Epistles, and Classics of Christian Devotion. I also co-direct the College of Ministry Graduate Program (along with Dr. Bob Stallman) and will also be teaching the graduate course Eschatology for the MABT and MAML programs this fall.

Personal

I was born into a large family and grew up in Western Michigan. Though I came to Christ during my high school years, I first received the call to ministry in college. Upon graduation I moved to Kentucky for ministry opportunities and theological education.

My wife, Patti, and I have two grown sons (John and Joseph) and several grandchildren. We are currently raising our little girl, Eden.

I enjoy preaching, history books, my little girl’s laugh, artwork, robust discussions, ancient places, model airplane building, new worship songs, writing stories, beautiful scenery, my wife giving me handfuls of Hot Tamales when we start a road trip, and enthusiastic students (not necessarily in that order).

Contact

I can be contacted by email at david.thomas@northwestu.edu or by phone at (425) 889-5279. While I may be found haunting my office (Bronson, B-8) at any given time, it is better to contact me by email and arrange an appointment.