School of Religion



Centers & Ministries

Ted Rivera

Ted RiveraDepartment Chair, School of Religion, LU Online




  • Ed.D., Liberty University, in process.
  • Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2007.
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1995.
  • B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1982.

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor and Department Chair, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (July 2012 to present)
    • This role is a teaching and administrative position, overseeing instructional mentors and faculty, and teaching the Bible, theology and missions in the on-line religion program. I moved into this position after having served as instructional mentor.
  • Assistant Professor and Instructional Mentor, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (May 2007 to July 2012)
    • This role is a teaching and administrative position, overseeing faculty, and teaching theology in the on-line religion program. I moved into this position after having served as an adjunctive instructor of theology.
  • Occasional or temporary adjunctive teaching
    • In addition to the work I’ve done with Liberty, I’ve been able to do a measure of on-line instruction for other institutions, developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in theology, Old and New Testament, preaching, and pastoral ministry. While I teach primarily for Liberty University, I’ve also previously taught courses for Crown College in Minnesota, Louisiana College, Grand Canyon University, and elsewhere. In these engagements, I have gained extensive familiarity with online educational tooling, creating and administering classes via BlackBoard, Moodle, eCollege, Angel, Janzabar, and Elluminate, and have also developed video-based training with MediaSite for a Masters-level course at NC State. I have also had numerous opportunities to teach in face to face settings (e.g. for the University of Phoenix and Meredith College).


Ministry Experience

  • Ordained, October 2005, Southern Baptist convention.
  • Senior Pastor, Yorktown Heights Alliance Church, Yorktown Heights, NY
  • Assistant Pastor, Grace Alliance Church, Ossining, NY
  • Interim Pastor, Christ Community Church, Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed Minister, PCA & OPC


  • “The Problem of Good: The Chasm between Good Doctrine and Good Practice” presented at the International Society of Christian Apologetics, 2011. The article is currently under review by the Journal of Evangelical Theological Studies.
  • From Pickwick Publications: Jonathan Edwards on Worship: Public and Private Devotion to God. Published in July of 2010.
  • “The Hermeneutic of Jonathan Edwards—An Analysis of the Sermon ‘Christian Knowledge,’” Journal of Evangelical Theological Studies 49, no. 2 (2006): 273–86.
  • Book review, Roger Ward, Conversion in American Philosophy, Faith & Mission 23 no. 2 (2006): 109–10.
    Book review, George Marsden,  Jonathan Edwards: A Life, Faith & Mission 23 no. 2 (2006): 120–22.
  • Book review, ed. John Piper and Justin Taylor, A God Entranced Vision of All Things — The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards, Faith & Mission 22 no. 3 (2005): 133–34.
  • Divine Direction: God’s Two Great Commandments. This is a short theological primer organized around the first and second great commandments. This work has been self-published, although I am in the process of communication with a couple of publishers. It is available via Amazon.
  • Commentary, as yet unpublished, on the Old Testament Minor Prophet Nahum.
  • Authored or co-authored several dozen articles and conference proceedings in the field of software engineering, including two chapters in Per Kroll and Bruce MacIsaac, Agility and Discipline Made Easy: Practices from OpenUP and RUP (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley, 2006).
  • My current writing project is a book entitled 33 Ways to Help: Evangelical Mercy Ministry.