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Ben Gutierrez

Ben GutierrezAdministrative Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Professor of Religion

E-mail: bgutierrez@liberty.edu


Education:

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership & Divinity; Regent University, VA Beach, Virginia.
  • MDIV (Master of Divinity); Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • MAR (Master of Arts/Religion); Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • B.S. Major, Religion; Specialization, Biblical Studies, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. 
  • A.A. Religion, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • Diploma (High Honors), Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, New York.

Cumulative Academic & Administrative Experience:

  • 2011-Present      Administrative Dean for Undergraduate Programs
  • 2007-2011         Academic Dean for Liberty University Online
  • 2010-2011         Chairman, Liberty University Online Undergraduate Academic Council
  • 2009-2011         Chairman, Liberty University Online Academic Admissions & Standards Committee
  • 2009-2011         Lead Professor for all NT Greek Grammar I/II School of Religion Instructors
  • 2007-2011         Chairman, Liberty University Online Curriculum Committee
  • 2007-2011         Member, Dean’s Council of the Office of the Provost
  • 2007-2011         Lead Instructor for all Liberty University Evangelism & Christian Life Instructors
  • 2006-2011         Member, Undergraduate Academic Committee for Liberty University Online
  • 2004-2011         SOR Dean’s Council Member/School of Religion
  • 2004-2011         Chairman, Pastoral Leadership Department
  • 2001-2011         Director of Pastoral Training
  • 2008-2009         Academic Administrator for all former Liberty University Extension Sites
  • 2006-2007         Associate Dean of Religion; Distance Learning Program
  • 2006-2007         Acting Chair of the Department of Church Ministries
  • 2005-2006         Chair of the Executive Committee for the Faculty Senate
  • 2005-2006         Faculty Senate Moderator
  • 2004-2007         Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
  • 2003-2007         Member, Faculty Senate
  • 2001-2004         Director, Pastoral Ministries Department
  • 1996-1997         Graduate Assistant for the Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1995-1996         Teacher’s Assistant to Associate Dean of School of Religion; Liberty University

Summary of Professional Experience:

Highlights from Current Responsibilities Include:

As Administrative Dean for Undergraduate Programs; Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA:

  • Review/Revise SACSCOC Narratives for accreditation reaffirmation report. This includes recognizing and gathering leaders from all appropriate divisions of Liberty University to assist us in creating or clarifying narrative for the report in order to be in compliance, offering recommendations on wording, inclusion/omission of text, and additional appendices information to be added, etc., recalling any connection to other standards and in order to confirm that information is accurate and comparable, etc.
  • Review all undergraduate curriculum and make recommendations for Provost for approval/denial/postponement. This includes discussing all undergraduate curriculum proposals with the Chair, Associate Chair, and Secretary of the Faculty Curriculum Council and with each Academic Dean from the respective college/school in order to understand the impact of the proposal with regard to our mission & purpose for the University along with funding/faculty/facilities needs if applicable.
  • Advise, guide, and support new & interim Deans in making transition into leadership position into the college/school with regard to budgets, course assignments, efficiencies, cultural dynamics related to the particular college/school, administrative perspectives on specific issues, etc.  For example, I have assisted in the leadership transitions of the School of Engineering; School of Business, School of Communication & Creative Arts, School of Music, and School of Religion.
  • Cultivate an educational entrepreneurial spirit within Academic Deans, Chairs, Program Directors, and Faculty as an extension of the Provost’s vision for how to improve academic vision and planning.
  • Review budget revisions, requests, and amendments submitted by Academic Deans and Directors prior to recommending approval to the Provost.
  • Remain watchful for any ‘gaps’ in existing or proposed policies & procedures.  For example, I have reviewed and made recommendations for alternate teaching load calculations for uniquely deployed faculty in specific departments (Cinematic Arts, Theater, Exercise Science, Aeronautics, etc); I recognized the need for the official insertion of the General Education Committee into the Faculty Communication Center approval process, met with academic leadership, which led to their decision/vote to insert an endorsement from the College of General Studies into the curriculum process. I have strengthened the interview process of a faculty candidate by reviewing every step of the process and implementing revisions where needed.
  • Represent the Provost Office when meeting with leadership of external entities in order to gather information on potential new academic initiatives.
  • Liaison & ex officio for the Provost to the Faculty Senate, Faculty Curriculum Council, and all Senate organizational committees.

Recent Administrative Accomplishments Include:

  • Deliberated with Faculty Senate Faculty and facilitated the conversion of the one-year university curriculum approval process to the current 14-day curriculum approval process (post department/school deliberation) via the establishment of the Faculty Curriculum Council (FCC).
  • Guided the new academic leadership in the Center for Cinematic Arts in the establishing of and 4.5 year funding commitment for the Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Center within 30 days of inception.
  • Provided leadership and oversight in the conversion of the former faculty evaluation process (paper-based; varied in levels of evaluation per faculty member) into an ePortolio process and the subsequent changes in the Liberty University Handbook to a more efficient system that remained SACS compliant while gathering more valuable information used for annual reviews of all types of faculty on an annual basis.
  • Implemented an expedited interview process for residential faculty (from logistics to interview meetings) along with securing approval for purposeful & thoughtful interview questions for all residential and online interview committees.
  • Facilitated mid-year transition of departments to new colleges/schools – e.g. Theater Department & technical productions/programing to existing School of Communication and Creative Arts; Music Department & Worship Department to new School of Music. These transitions involved changes in mid-year FCC approval chain, promotional materials, committee representations, budget transfers, salary adjustments, impact upon faculty hiring, remained watchful when SACSCOC notifications were required, etc.
  • Advise, guide, and support new & interim Deans in making transition into leadership position into the college/school with regard to budgets, course assignments, efficiencies, cultural dynamics related to the particular college/school, administrative perspectives on specific issues, etc.  For example, I have assisted in the leadership transitions of the School of Engineering; School of Business, School of Communication & Creative Arts, School of Music, and School of Religion.
  • Guided the CASAS academic leadership team in the establishing courses, minors, AAS degree in Technical Studies (ELEC, HVAC, Welding, Carpentry, Masonry). Represented the Provost Office in engaging potential corporate partnerships to increase enrollment and produce new enrollment streams along with additional sources of funding.

Past Professional Experience includes:

  • Academic Dean for Liberty University Online
  • Chairman of the School of Religion Pastoral Leadership Department
  • Director of the School of Religion Pastoral Training
  • Chairman of the Liberty University Online Undergraduate Academic Council
  • Chairman of Liberty University Curriculum Committee
  • Chairman of Liberty University Academic Admissions and Standards
  • Academic Administrator for Liberty University Extension Sites
  • Member of Dean’s Council of the Office of the Provost
  • Member of Dean’s Council Member of the School of Religion
  • Lead Instructor/Mentor for NT Greek Grammar I/II & Evangelism/Christian Life Instructors
  • Past-Faculty Senate Moderator & Executive Committee Chair
  • Developer of the B.A. in Pastoral Leadership & Biblical Exposition Academic Major
  • Professor of Religion
  • Teaching Pastor/Executive Leadership Member/Young Couples Adult Bible Community (ABC) Teacher; Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Senior Associate Pastor/Director of Education/Worship Leader; Living Word Baptist Church, Forest, VA.
  • Board of Trustees Member/Secretary; Living Bread Ministries/Missions, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Executive Associate Pastor/Church Administrator/Director of Educational Ministries; LakePointe Church, Lindenhurst, IL.
  • Elder/Associate Pastor/Director of Education/Director of Small Group Ministry/Director of Solid Rock Bible Institute; Solid Rock Bible Church, Plymouth, MI.
  • Single Professional Pastor/Chairman of Bible Department; University Baptist Church/University Christian School, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Jack Dinsbeer, Pastor Emeritus.
  • Graduate Assistant for Dean; Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • Single Professional Director Intern; Solid Rock Bible Church, Plymouth, MI.
  • Single Professional Leader; Living Word Baptist Church, Forest, VA.
  • Teacher's Assistant to Associate Dean of School of Religion; Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Student Director Intern, Solid Rock Bible Church, Plymouth, MI
  • Student Director/Minister of Music; Westport Bible Church, Westport, NY.

Books:

  • Gutierrez, Ben & Murphy, Cara (2009) "Learning How to Read New Testament Greek Workbook" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) is an extremely valuable tool to assist NT Greek students in reinforcing what they are learning in their Koine Greek grammar classes. This book provides over 2000 supplemental exercises to reinforce foundational principles of Greek grammar. This book serves as a companion to David Alan Black’s popular “Learn to Read New Testament Greek."
  • Towns, Elmer and Gutierrez, Ben (2012) “The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey” (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) provides a practical, readable, and insightful survey of theological concepts, practical applications, study questions, and helpful word studies for all 27 New Testament books. Drs. Towns and Gutierrez draw from our lives as teachers to provide a well-tested and proven New Testament overview that we wrote at the collegiate level, yet it is still very appropriate for pastors, scholars, and laymen alike. This exciting survey of the Scriptures highlights the key elements of the New Testament. The history, archaeology, and wisdom of the biblical world are revealed with an eye on the application of their moral principles, theological insights, and practical application to today’s world.
  • Earley, David & Gutierrez, Ben (2010) “Ministry Is…How to Serve Jesus with Passion and Confidence” (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) is a collection of practical yet substantive ‘essentials’ of church ministry. This book contains descriptions of what every person’s heart & soul should reflect if he/she is to be called a ‘minister.’
  • Gutierrez, Ben (2015) “Think Like Jesus- Understanding the Mind of Christ” (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) serves as an official “Innovate Church” Conference Resource of Thomas Road Baptist Church. It teaches the reader ‘how to have the Mind of Christ within the Body of Christ’ and how this is essential to having a God-honoring personal & local church ministry. The reader should regularly rehearse the biblical teachings of this book with his/her ministry team(s) in order to remain pure & God-honoring as they minister together.
  • Etzel, Gabriel & Gutierrez, Ben (2015) “Theology Applied- A Living Faith" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) is an extremely practical approach to teaching theology. The authors believe that the teaching of theology is not complete without also teaching how it can change someone's life. Their writing aims to result in students who actually allow their theological beliefs to be put into practice, affecting their daily actions and decisions. Unapologetically practical, this study of theology guides the reader toward discovering the wonderful truths about God as the Creator of the world, the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the daily guidance provided by the Holy Spirit, Life/death/eternity, and a person's need to be forgiven by a loving God who invites us to know him intimately.
  • Gutierrez, Ben (2015) “Be Encouraged! Inspiration for the Journey of Ministry" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) is a 40-day devotional for the purpose of encouraging vocational and volunteer ministers and to promote a leadership style of encouragement. The devotionals are all based upon sound exposition of scripture but framed in non-technical terms so that any reader can both learn the meaning of a portion of scripture and its practical impact upon his/her life and ministry. The reader will not be able to walk away from this ministry devotional without feeling a deep sense of obligation and responsibility to become a minister of encouragement.
  • Gutierrez, Ben (2015) “Living the Christian Life- Answers to Common Questions about Christianity” (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) provides a foundational, detailed evangelistic explanation of what salvation is & what salvation is not, specific biblical teachings that provide guidance on how to be spiritually disciplined in the areas of personal holiness, expressing mercy, and walking in humility, and makes recommendations on how one is able to immediately live out all of these extremely practical biblical principles in his/her Christian life.
  • Weider, Lew & Gutierrez, Ben (2015) “Finding Your Worldview -Thinking Christianly about the World" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman) invites the reader to have a very respectful discussion regarding truth, the Christian message, and the need to think critically in order to consider adopting a biblical world view. The conversational tone should put at ease anyone who is considering these profound yet relevant truths for the very first time.

Spanish Books Include:

  • Earley, David & Gutierrez, Ben (2013) “Ministerio es…: Cómo servir a Jesús con pasión y confianza” (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Espanol)
  • Etzel, Gabriel & Gutierrez, Ben (2013) “Praxis: Teologia Practica" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Espanol)
  • Gutierrez, Ben (2013) “Refrescar el Alma: Todo ministro necesita ser alentado" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Espanol)
  • Gutierrez, Ben (2013) “La Mente de Cristo: Claves para descubrirla y ponerla en práctica diariamente" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Espanol)
  • Gutierrez, Ben (2013) “El Llamado: Conocer personalmente. Vivir apasionadamente." (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Espanol)
  • Weider, Lew & Gutierrez, Ben (2013) “Para Considerar: Un Analisis de la Cosmovision Biblica" (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Espanol) 

Recognition:

  • 2014 Faculty of the Year Award, Center for Multicultural Enrichment 19th Annual Achievement Awards
  • 2009 Alumni of the Year Award, Word of Life Bible Institute, NY
  • 2006 “Teacher of the Year” School of Religion, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • 2004 Modern Day Hero Award, Student Life of Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • 1997 LBTS Deans Award, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses Taught:

  • BIBL 110 – New Testament Survey
  • BIBL 323/597 – Gospel of John
  • BIBL 497/NBST 697 – Book of Philippians
  • BIBL 497/NBST 697 – Gospel of Matthew
  • BIBL 497/NBST 697 – Prison Epistles
  • CHMN 201 – Introduction to Church Ministries
  • EVAN 101 – Evangelism & Christian Life
  • GREK 201 – Greek Grammar I (Honors)
  • GREK 202 – Greek Grammar II (Honors)
  • NGRK 697 – Special Topic in N.T. Greek
  • NBST 591 – New Testament Orientation I
  • PLED 450 – Leadership & Management in the Local Church
  • WRSP 510 – Leadership in Worship

Service to the University & Christian Community:

  • Member, Core Competency Committee on Biblical World View (BWV)
  • Member, SACS Finance Committee for reaccreditation
  • Strategic Plan Committee member for Liberty University; Spiritual Life sub-committee member.
  • Strategic Plan Committee member for Liberty University; Community Service Strategic Planning Committee member.
  • Chairman, Liberty University Online Curriculum Committee
  • Chairman, Liberty University Online Academic Admissions and Standards Committee
  • Member, Undergraduate Academic Committee for Liberty University Online
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Summer School Curriculum and Structure
  • Member, School of Religion Benevolence Committee
  • Member, School of Religion Faculty Promotional Committee
  • Member, Liberty University and Liberty University Online Interview Committee (Doctrinal examiner).
  • Webinar Host – Liberty University Online http://www.liberty.edu/online/
  • Referenced in Promotional Material for Liberty University/Liberty University Online
  • Contributed to policy-making discussions of current academic and administrative policies (e.g. Academic Policies & Procedures, Academic Overload and Teaching Guidelines, Criteria for Standards of Academic Instruction, Academic Initiatives, Summer School structure and curriculum, LUO Faculty Interview Committees)
  • Guest Speaker for Liberty University Convocation, Liberty Campus Church, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Pastor’s Bible Class of TRBC, Center for Ministry Training Chapel, Spiritual Life Office, RA/RD/SLD sponsored functions, Training Camps for Worship Ministries (e.g. Sounds of Liberty, Exodus, Light, Crimson Flood et al), and numerous university classes.
  • Guest speaker for churches/ministries/schools & guest lecturer of Biblical Studies and Church Ministries classes at Liberty University.
  • Pastoral Ministry Duties (e.g. consultations, weddings, funerals, baptisms, ordinations, preaching/teaching, etc).
  • Board Member and Secretary of Living Bread Ministries – a mission organization with focused attention towards homeless in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Spiritual Gifting:

  • Administration
  • Teaching
  • Shepherding

Areas of Specialization:

  • Maintaining “Big Picture” Leadership
  • Formation of proficient & efficient systems
  • Accomplishment via delegation, equipping, and empowering team members
  • Leadership Development

Core Values:

  • Excellence in performance/presentation/execution--as an expression of my best for God.
  • Integrity in testimony--as a requisite to lead.
  • Support of the Leadership and the organization/ministry--as an example of Christian unity.

Ministry Highlights:

  • Baptizing each of my daughters after having accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior! 
  • Contributing into the lives of the finest students in the world!
  • Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ together with my family!
  • Teaching, learning from, and growing with the most exceptional students in the world at Liberty University.