Herb Ward

Herb Ward

Professor of Biblical Studies
On faculty since 2005

 

706.419.1261
herb.ward@covenant.edu

 

Education

DTh, University of Stellenbosch

ThM, Covenant Theological Seminary

MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary

JD, University of Missouri School of Law

BA, Wheaton College

 

Professional Interests

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.

 

Personal Interests

I am married to Kathleen Decker Ward, and we have two adult children, Laura '05 and David '07, and one daughter-in-law, David's wife Katie Bell Ward '08. (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.

 

Covenant Activities

I serve as adviser to the Mu Kappa ("missionary kid") Club, work with diversity students generally, and serve on the Faculty Multi-cultural committee.

 

Professional Membership

  • Member (inactive), State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Missouri Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in America (ordained Teaching Elder)

 

 

Beatrice Brackin

Beatrice Brackin '16 reflects on how her faith has been shaped and strengthened through the academic rigor of her major and by the caring faculty of the Biblical & Theological Studies department.

Kateland Godat

"Missions Methods and Problems. It was the first time I had ever taken a class on missionary life. It really taught me a lot about missions and how it’s not this fairytale adventure that people expect it to be. People expect missionaries to be perfect people with perfect adventurous lives, but sometimes you’re just a regular fallen person doing the average daily activities, and that’s okay."
 - Kateland Godat '19

"Old Testament Introduction with Dr. Scott Jones. Dr. Jones is the man. He has a brilliant way of making Biblical scholarship come to life. In the class, Dr. Jones gives you a peek into the world of the Ancient Near East. Building historical context around the Old Testament was illuminating. Every class blew my mind. I would immediately pull out my phone to text my parents or friends something crazy I had learned."
 - Brad Assaraf '19

Andrew Fultz

"Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic. More distinctly than anything or anyone else at Covenant, Kapic has helped me understand what it means to intentionally pursue faithful living in every area of my life. This began in Doctrine I, but has also continued in his other classes like Doctrine II, Christology, and Christian Spirituality. One of the first concepts we wrestled with in Doctrine I discussed the dynamics of how not only does our theology inform our lives as acts of worship, but simultaneously our lives inform our theology. You’ll have to take a class with him to really begin to unpack what that means, but Kapic has really helped me grasp the significance of this idea and how to live in response to it."
 - Andrew Fultz '18
Dr. Scott Jones, professor of biblical studies, and John Holberg, director of library services, discuss the research processes students learn in the Current Issues in Biblical Studies course at Covenant College.