Joshua D. Chatraw

Dr. Joshua D. Chatraw

Associate Professor of Theology and Apologetics
Executive Director of The Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement  



  • Ph.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.B.A. Georgia Southern University

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor Liberty University, 2014 – Present 
  • Executive Director of the Liberty University Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, 2014– Present 
  • Pastor of Preaching and Students at First Baptist Church Dublin, Ga., 2011–2014
  • Teaching Fellow, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011–2012
  • Associate Pastor, Bacon’s Castle Baptist Church, 2009–2011


  • One of Christianity Today's 2014 33 Under 33 Readers Choice Award Winners
  • Author of One of Christian Retailer's Best Books of 2015 (Truth Matters)
  • A Fellow for the Center of Pastor Theologians
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Ordained Pastor in the SBC 
  • 2004 Georgia Southern University Management Student of the Year 



  • Cultural Engagement. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. (under contract, co-authored with Karen Swallow Prior). 
  • Apologetics at the Cross. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. (under contract, co-authored with Mark Allen).
  • Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging the Skeptical Challenges to the Bible. Nashville: B&H Academic, September 2014 (co-authored with Darrell Bock and Andreas Köstenberger).
  • Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World. Nashville: B&H, 2014 (co-authored with Darrell Bock and Andreas Köstenberger).
  • Truth Matters: An Apologetics Study for Students. Nashville: LifeWay, 2014 (co-authored with Darrell Bock and Andreas Köstenberger).

Journal Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Why Politics Needs Integrative Imaginations and Virtue Shaping Cathedrals” Faith and the Academy 1.1 (2016).
  • “The Pastor Theologian as Apologist” in Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership edited by Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand (Downers Grove IVP Academic, 2016).
  • "Jesus' View of Repentance and Forgiveness: A Hermeneutical Test Case" Southeastern Theological Review. 5/2 (Winter 2014): 185-202. 
  • “Balancing Out (W)right: Jesus’ Theology of Individual and Corporate Repentance and Forgiveness in the Gospel of Luke.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55.2 (2012): 299-321. 
  • “Disunity and Diversity: The Biblical Theology of Bart Ehrman.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 54.3 (2011): 449-65. 


  • “Review of Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore.” Themelios 4.2 (2016).
  • “Review of The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision by Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachen.” Themelios 41.1. (2016).
  • “Review of Models for Biblical Preaching: Expository Sermons from the Old Testament by Haddon W. Robinson and Patricia Batten.” Southeastern Theological Review 6.2 (2015).
  • “Review of Taking Jesus at His Word: What Jesus Really Said in the Sermon on the Mount by Addison H. Hart.” Review of Biblical Literature (2015).
  • “Review of Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective by Francis Watson.” Southeastern Theological Review 6.1 (2015).
  • “Review of Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon W. Robinson.” Southeastern Theological Review 6.1 (2015).
  • “Review of The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary by Francis J. Moloney.” Southeastern Theological Review 5.1 (2014).
  • “Review of The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate by Michael J. Kruger.” Themelios 39.1 (2014).
  • “Review of The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of Old and New Testaments by Thomas R. Schreiner.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56.4 (2013).
  • “Review of Preaching the New Testament edited by Ian Paul and David Wenham.” Themelios 38.2 (2013).
  • “Review of Inerrancy and the Gospels: A God-Centered Approach to the Challenges of Harmonization by Vern S. Poythress.” Themelios 38.2 (2013).
  • “Review of How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N. T. Wright.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56.1 (2013).
  • “Review of Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth by Bart D. Ehrman.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55.3 (2012).
  • “Review of The New Testament: A Literary History by Gerd Theissen.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55.2 (2012).
  • “Review of Images of Salvation in the New Testament by Brenda B. Colijn.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 54.4 (2011).


  • “New Testament Rhetoric and the Age of the Spinmeister”- Plenary Response to Darrell Bock Presented at the Eastern Regional Evangelical Theological Society, 2016.
  • “The Pastor Theologian as Apologist” - Presented at The Pastor Theologian Conference, 2015.
  • “Teaching in a Postmodern World” – Presented at the Liberty University All Faculty Orientation, 2015.
  • “Bart Ehrman, History, and the Resurrection” – Presented at the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, 2014
  • “Truth Matters” – Presented as part of the Liberty University Legacy Lectures, 2014.
  • “Evangelicals, N.T. Wright, and the Historical versus the Canonical Jesus: A Proposal for Approaching the Gospels”- Presented at the Southeast Regional Evangelical Theological Society Meeting, 2012.
  • “Evangelicals and the Meaning of ‘Missional’” – Presented at the Southeast Regional ETS Meeting 2011.

University Service

  • Sr. Editor for Faith and the Academy
  • 2014/2015 Served on the Provost Committee on Christian Scholarship
  • 2015-Current Serving on the Steering Committee for the QEP “Illuminate”
  • 2015-Current Serving on the Assessment Committee for the QEP “Illuminate"