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Ken Cleaver

Ken Cleaver

Associate Professor, Church History & Theology


Areas of Specialization

  • Church History (especially the American, Patristic, and Reformation contexts)
  • History of Christian Doctrine (especially Ecclesiology, Canonicity, and Trinitarianism)
  • Systematic Theology (especially Ecclesiology, Anthropology, and Christology)
  • The Use of the Bible in Christian Rhetoric


  • PhD Theological Studies (Emphasis: Church History),Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Deerfield, Illinois, 2002. 
  • ThM Historical Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary; Dallas, Texas, 1993. 
  • Graduate Teacher Diploma, Evangelical Training Association; Wheaton, Illinois, 1993. 
  •  BA Biblical Studies, Bryan College; Dayton, Tennessee, 1989.

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Church History and Theology
    Liberty University, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School; Lynchburg, VA
    2005 – present
  • Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty
    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Deerfield, IL
    Systematic Theology and Church History courses
    College of Lake County; Grayslake, IL,
    Western Civilization and U.S. History courses
    American-Bavarian Exchange; Regensburg, Germany
    “History of the Reformation”
    Liberty University Online; Lynchburg, VA
    Church History and Systematic Theology courses
    2003 – present
  • Guest Lecturer & Pulpit Supply
    Topics have included church history, historical and systematic theology, world religions and cults, and expository preaching in a variety of denominations.
    1998 – present
  • Sunday School Teacher (married adults ages 18-50)
    Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA; Crossroads Church (SBC), Grayslake, IL; Libertyville Evangelical Free Church (EFCA), Libertyville, IL; First Baptist Oak Cliff (SBC), Dallas, TX.
    1991 – present
  • Teaching Assistant to Dr. Stephen Spencer (Historical Theology)
    Dallas Theological Seminary; Dallas, TX
    Spring 1993
  • Instructor of Biblical Studies
    Dallas Theological Seminary Lay Institute; Dallas, TX “Themes in the Pastoral Epistles”
    Fall 1992

Ministry Experience

  • Drama and Multimedia Ministries: First Baptist Church Oak Cliff, Crossroads Church, and Thomas Road Baptist Church; 1990 – present.
  • Vacation Bible School: Libertyville Evangelical Free Church, Crossroads Church, Thomas Road Baptist Church; 1995 – present.
  • Pastoral Ministries: Preaching supply for pastors on leave, funeral and interment services, family and student counseling, and regular discipleship of select students; 2000 – present.
  • Awana Leader: Crossroads Church; 2002 – 2003.
  • Associate Editor: Bolander Marks Football Weekly, DesPlaines, IL; 1996 – 1998. 
  • Texas Baptist Men: First Baptist Oak Cliff; 1990 – 1993. 
  • Interim Senior Pastor: Bonham Baptist Church (Independent Baptist), Spring City, TN; 1990.
  • Puppet Ministries: Bryan College, Sarasota Evangelical Free Church; 1984 – 1990.
  • Student Body Chaplain/VP: Bryan College; 1987 – 1988.
  • Bass Player: “Wings” (Christian Contemporary Band), Sarasota Evangelical Free Church; 1984 – 1986.
  • Friday Morning Baseball Chapel Speaker: Summer Gulf Coast League teams for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays, Sarasota, FL; 1985.
  • Co-Founder: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Sarasota, FL chapter; 1984 – 1985.


  • “Jesus on American Slavery: What He Said, What He Did Not Say, and What He Was Said to Have Said.” A paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, Georgia. November 20, 2003.
  • “Albert Barnes” in An Encyclopedia of Antislavery and Abolition. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • “The Biblical Context of the Runaway Slave Debates in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America.” A paper presented at the Christianity and American History Conference at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. April 20, 2007.
  • “House Churches in the Patristic Era.” Japan Harvest (Spring 2007).
  • “The Use of Slavery in Modern, Biblically-Based Gender Discussions.” A paper presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego, California. November 14, 2007.
  • “The Practical and Ethical Considerations in Labeling a Religious Group as a ‘Cult.’” A paper presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in New Orleans, Louisiana. November 19, 2009. 


  • Who’s Who among American Students, 1993.
  • Part Time Outstanding Faculty Award Nomination, 2004.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Church History
  • Evangelical Theological Society