Mark Allen

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Mike Allen

Joshua Chatraw

Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Joshua Chatraw

Chris Gnanakan

Ph.D., University of Leeds

Chris Gnanakan

Ben Gutierrez

Ph.D., Regent University

Ben Gutierrez

Rusty Small

Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Rusty Small

Troy Temple

Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Troy Temple

A New Generation of Evangelical Scholars at

Liberty University School of Religion

Learn how they are influencing today’s church

Mark Allen
Chair of the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies

Mark Allen brings real-world ministry experience to the classroom. As an ordained Baptist minister, he planted and pastored an evangelical church in Richmond, Va., launched a nonprofit organization that equips parents to teach their children the Bible, and began teaching online classes at Liberty University while finishing his doctoral degree at Notre Dame.

Allen now chairs the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies and is an associate professor of biblical studies on campus at Liberty.

Learn from Allen’s expertise in the Greek New Testament as well as his experience in church planting, evangelizing, and equipping parents to teach their children the Bible. Enroll in Liberty University School of Religion today.

Joshua Chatraw
Director for the Center for Apologetics & Cultural Engagement; Director for the Theology and Apologetics programs

Joshua Chatraw prepares Christians to defend their faith. He has co-authored two books, “Truth Matters” and “Truth in a Culture of Doubt,” and written several peer-reviewed articles on the subject. He is a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Institute for Biblical Research, and Society of Biblical Literature. Chatraw has served in pastoral ministry and continues to speak at churches, nonprofit ministries, and colleges both in the United States and around the world. He now brings his expertise to Liberty University as the director for the Center for Apologetics & Cultural Engagement as well as the director for the Theology and Apologetics programs in the School of Religion.

Prepare to defend your faith as you study apologetics with Chatraw. Enroll in Liberty University School of Religion today.

Chris Gnanakan
Professor of Theology

With a passion for evangelism, whole-life discipleship, mentoring leaders, and empowering the church’s global mission, Chris Gnanakan brings to the classroom 25 years of experience training students and national leaders in the Bible, church, and missions. As the director of the Outreach to Asian Nationals organization, Gnanakan has trained Christians to plant churches and mobilize local outreach in their native countries, including those that are closed to the Gospel. A dynamic and passionate speaker, Gnanakan continues to serve as a guest lecturer in churches and universities around the world. He makes the Bible and theology come alive for our students with contemporary relevance and a global focus.

Experience Gnanakan’s passion for evangelism and strengthen your ability to empower churches in missions. Enroll in Liberty University School of Religion today.

Ben Gutierrez
Administrative Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Ben Gutierrez brings his ability to develop Christian leaders to the classroom. He encourages students to apply biblical truths to their daily lives. As the author of several books and the administrative dean for undergraduate programs for Liberty University, Gutierrez is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer for churches, ministries, colleges, and schools. Additionally, he actively works within the local church and is an expert in the Greek New Testament and pastoral ministry.

Study with Gutierrez and strengthen your leadership skills. Enroll in Liberty University School of Religion today.

Rusty Small
Associate Professor of Theology

Rusty Small, a 2003 Liberty graduate, understands what it takes to grow a church. During his ministry at Liberty Baptist Church in Appomattox, Va., attendance at the 179-year-old church increased from 150 congregants each Sunday to 450. As associate professor of theology at Liberty University, Small brings multiple gifts to his role in the classroom, including practical knowledge about church growth, strategies for investing in the health of the church, and insight into the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. He exemplifies the kind of scholar and pastor that Liberty is producing today.

Learn from Small’s knowledge of biblical theology and firsthand experiences in church growth. Enroll in Liberty University School of Religion today.

Troy Temple
Professor of Religion

With more than 20 years of service in local church youth ministry, Troy Temple brings his passion for reaching young people to the classroom serving as professor and department chair in the School of Religion. He continues to teach and develop youth ministry training curriculum at seminaries in Mexico, Ukraine, Nepal, and various parts of Asia. Temple also serves local churches by speaking, training, and consulting. He has written small group curriculum for Word of Life and contributed to the Journal of Family Ministry. He teaches with passion and excellence in preparing today's generation to minister in tomorrow's world.

Experience Temple’s passion for youth ministry and learn how to apply theory in real-world contexts. Enroll in Liberty University School of Religion today.

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