Professor of Biblical Studies
On faculty since 2005
DTh, University of Stellenbosch
ThM, Covenant Theological Seminary
MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary
JD, University of Missouri School of Law
BA, Wheaton College
I teach in the areas of Biblical Studies (primarily Old Testament) and Missions. My specific area of research has been on the Balaam narratives of Numbers 22-24. My experience as a practicing lawyer has given me a strong interest in the area of Old Testament ethics, while my service as a missionary with Mission to the World in East and South Africa has led to a strong interest in what the Old Testament has to say about the theology of mission. I am also very interested in the study and praxis of cross-cultural ministry in the world today, particularly within the Muslim world.
Courses regularly taught: Old Testament Introduction; New Testament Introduction; Prophets of Israel; Deuteronomy (Old Testament Ethics); Outreach to Contemporary Culture (Apologetics); Theology of Mission; and Missionary Methods and Problems.
I am married to Kathleen Decker Ward, and we have two adult children, Laura and David. (We also have two Labrador retrievers that came with us from our missionary service in South Africa.) I enjoy reading, hiking in the mountains, and playing chess.
I serve as adviser to the Mu Kappa ("missionary kid") Club, work with diversity students generally, and serve on the Faculty Multi-cultural committee.
- Member (inactive), State Bar of Michigan
- Member, Missouri Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in America (ordained Teaching Elder)
Fall 2014 Courses
BIB111 Old Testament Introduction
BIB329 Prophets of Israel
COR337 Intercultural Experience
MIS302 World Religions
MIS404 Missions Practicum