The Pastoral Leadership Institute is excited to announce Patrick Jones as our newest eProf! Patrick will be leading our New Testament Survey course in our upcoming Winter Quarter. A little bit about him:
“I became a Christian in high school and figured out pretty quickly that teaching Bible was going to be a significant part of my life. As a teenager I enjoyed studying the Bible and leading Bible studies with my peers. I knew, even then, that God would do something with that passion.
That is why I attended Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa Falls, GA), where I became a Biblical Studies major. I went on to complete my MDiv at Columbia International University (Columbia, SC). Later I would attend Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) and earn a ThM in New Testament.
I am interested in PLI because I love being a teacher and, in particular, I want to equip pastors. When I teach, I draw deeply from my own pastoral experience. I have had the great opportunity of serving as a youth pastor, an assistant pastor, and a solo pastor. I have lived in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia as well as the sprawling concrete jungle of Bangkok, Thailand. I am currently serving as a pastor in Princeton, IL, and I love it. I want to equip pastors with sound theological foundations so that they can proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to their communities.
My area of specialty is in New Testament, where I have taught numerous courses in both traditional and online formats. I have experience in teaching at both the undergraduate level (TFC) and at the graduate level (TEDS). I think that my experience as both a pastor and a scholar will be helpful to students who go through this program. My heart’s desire is for students to grow in their knowledge of the Bible as well as apply that knowledge in their own unique context.
In my spare time I primarily spend time with my family. I met my wife, Susan, at Toccoa Falls College. We have two wonderful kids, Levi and Lily. We also have a dog, Theo (short for ‘Most Excellent Theophilus’). I enjoy ’80s action movies, Star Wars, and board games.”